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Still bookable – British Airways First Class to Cape Town for £2,026 each, or less

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Last week I wrote about the new British Airways ‘241’ First Class trial that is running, called ‘Dream Tickets’.  It has proved popular with Head for Points readers – I’ve heard from around 15 who have booked at £3,600 to £4,000 per couple and I assume there are many more who didn’t get in touch – so I thought I’d give it another mention before it ends.

The first ‘Dream Tickets’ deal is Cape Town.  As you can see on this page of ba.com, you get two First Class tickets to Cape Town from Heathrow in January, February or March for just over £4,000.

Unfortunately, availability on the DIRECT flight back from Cape Town is now very limited.  You can get down OK but, coming back, it is very hard to find dates which don’t require you to change in Johannesburg.  On the upside, you get another 10 (EDIT: according to the comments, not 40 as I wrote) tier points for doing this.

British Airways Dream Tickets

If you can find dates where you can get the direct flights in First Class in both directions, you can save £300 per couple by booking here at the BA Holidays premium holidays site.  Book your First Class flights for two people and throw in a car rental on top.  For a seven night stay in March, you will pay around £1,800-£1,900 each.  It is far cheaper than just booking the flight on its own.

The snag is that BA Holidays will usually (although I have seen reports of exceptions to this) only price up when you are on the direct BA flights in both directions and there are few days left where you can do this. Do give it a go before booking ‘flight only’ though.

You must book by 18th July for travel between 1st January and 31st March.

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.

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