British Airways has launched a decent deal, valid in all travel classes. The best value is clearly for Economy flights which, I admit, knocks out a large percentage of our readership. There are some decent World Traveller Plus prices at the moment though – Oman, at around £550, has been flagged in the comments below – which should be upgradable with points to Club World if there is Avios availability.
Until midnight on Monday 23rd April, you will save £50 per person on any British Airways long-haul flight booking which begins in the UK.
You can book for travel between 21st April and 27th October.
There is NO minimum spend (well, there is, £51, but I doubt BA has any long-haul flights for that …..). You need to be a member of British Airways Executive Club to book, but that is hardly likely to be a problem for a HfP reader.
You cannot mix this with ‘part pay with Avios’ and you can’t use it on an Avios redemption to reduce the taxes. The discount is per person, not per booking.
Flights must be BA marketed AND BA operated. Codeshares, eg the American Airlines flights to the United States which carry a British Airways flight number, do not qualify.
How to book
Bookings can only be made on ba.com. Here (click) is the special booking page – it says that you need to use the links on that page for the code to work.
In theory you need to use code BAMember50 during the booking process for the discounted prices to show. However, when I tested it via the main ba.com home page the code failed. It ONLY seems to work if you book via the booking box on this page which automatically applies the discount code.
The code is applied AFTER you have selected your flights. If you do need to enter it manually, in VERY tiny print on the flight summary page it says ‘Promo code or e-voucher’. Click that and a box appears where you can input the code.
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card. Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
Remember you cancel a flight booked yesterday for FREE ….
British Airways has a 24 hour (timed to the minute) cancellation policy.
If you booked a long-haul flight yesterday which would qualify for the discount, you can call BA and cancel it. There are no fees at all. You can then immediately rebook and claim the £50 saving. Obviously check the price has not gone up though ….
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)