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Get £50 off all British Airways long-haul flights until Monday night

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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.

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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 points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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.)

Comments (42)

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  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Why just economy flights?

    The Promotion Code is valid on:
    c. All long haul cabins (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and First) and all selling classes within these cabins.

    • Rob says:

      Sorry, bad wording. I know it is valid on all classes but obviously £50 is a nominal discount once you get out of Economy. Have reworded it.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        There are some very cheap WTP fares (that you can obviously then UUA) atm though e.g. £550 to MCT.

  • Sam says:

    So I can get WTP to Oman for £508 all in… that’s a steal. I presume the voucher doesn’t negate any Avois upgrades?

    Any better offer destinations?

  • FlyUpTop says:

    Damn, as soon as I saw the headline I thought about stacking with part pay with avios. Now that would of been very good value! ????

  • Sam says:

    Moscow – £286 in WTP. Sadly not my dates, but maybe helpful to others…

    • Lady London says:

      Haha. Thanks for the link. Very scripted statements from Alex Cruz. He said at least 3 times how wonderful it is for “customers to reduce their fare if they have enough Avios”. Surely a hint of Avios earnings, as well as spendings, being tied to the amount paid for a flight in the future.

      • Anna says:

        And he thinks £200 is an “incredible saving” – it will certainly be incredible for BA if people can be persuaded to part with 50,000 avios or whatever to achieve this saving!

  • John Stoddart says:

    Am I right in saying that Istanbul Club Europe would not be covered in this offer as full price is showing?

  • Clive says:

    Does anyone have the Director of Customer Services email for BA per chance?

    • Lady London says:

      Sorry I don’t have it. Previous feedback on here has indicated Twitter is very much worth a try and gets a more likely response, prompter, than calling Customer Services, emailing anyone at all, etc., at British Airways.

  • Nigel Williams says:

    Damn, was looking to book flights to Texas for Xmas. 🙁

    OT – Any reason why a BA flight from LHR > DFW is more expensive than flying MAN > LHR > DFW using the same actual LHR > DFW flight?????

    • Doug M says:

      Because airfares have little to do with miles or segments flown. They’re set at the a point an airline thinks you’ll pay, whilst maximising their take.

    • lumma says:

      Managed to book MAN-LHR-BOS last August for £250 return, was almost £600 direct from Heathrow. Getting a train up to Manchester and dropping the last sector was a no brainer

    • Lady London says:

      As @Doug M says. People have even been known to take the train from London to Manchester to start a flight where fare differences like this on such as British Airways and Virgin have existed.

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