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Here are the best Business and First Class deals in the new British Airways sale

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British Airways has launched a new sale, with deals in every class from First to World Traveller and Euro Traveller.

The home page for the premium class part of the sale is here.  You can book until 25th September.

Travel dates are all over the place and it would take me a full article just to list all the permutations.  On most routes you can travel until March 2019 but that statement hides a lot of variability.  Advance purchase restrictions also vary and can be as high as 50 days, so don’t plan on a last-minute getaway to New York JFK ……

You should take a look at the small print at the bottom of the sale website for all the travel date details.

We will look at Premium Economy deals in a separate article soon.  We won’t focus on Economy deals, but you can see what is available via this sale page of ba.com.  The headline fare to New York is £317 return.

British Airways business first class sale

The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com. This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.

If you can be flexible with dates, there are some decent fares available.

In general, fares in First and Club World are similar to what we saw in the January sale although this masks some route by route variation.  I picked out in Club World:

  • Atlanta £1,475
  • Boston £1,335
  • Chicago £1,350
  • Las Vegas £1,624
  • New York £1,343
  • Philadelphia £1,297
  • Antigua £1,696
  • Kingston £1,197
  • Punta Cana £1,150
  • St Lucia £1,497
  • Amman £1,100
  • Abu Dhabi £1,600
  • Dubai £1,699
  • Cape Town £1,966
  • Johannesburg £2,011
  • Seychelles £1,932
  • Lima £1,796
  • Tel Aviv £1,232
  • Delhi £1,749
  • Bangkok £1,763
  • Shanghai £1,808
  • Tokyo £2,245

In First Class, I spotted:

(EDIT: Many of these First Class fares had been increased as of 5th September)

  • Boston £1,976
  • Chicago £1,901
  • New York £2,006
  • San Francisco £2,391
  • Tel Aviv £1,632
  • Singapore £2,781
  • Seychelles £2,663
  • Johannesburg £2,832

There are also deals on European Club Europe short-haul flights with some destinations at £225 return or less for 80 tier points. I spotted Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Billund, Bologne, Bordeaux, Cologne, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Genoa, Gibraltar, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hannover, Limoges, Luxembourg, Lyon, Malaga, Marseilles, Milan, Nice, Nuremberg, Palma, Paris, Prague, Seville, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Toulouse, Turin, Valencia, Venice and Zagreb. These fares will require a Saturday night stay.

One to note is Helsinki from £238 return.  This is a ‘160 tier points’ route (80 tier points each way) which means that a weekend break here is a cheap way to get your nearer Bronze, Silver or Gold status.  I list all the 160 tier point Club Europe routes in this article.  If you’re in Scotland, Glasgow to Helsinki (via Heathrow) is £341 return for 240 tier points.

Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ (details here) can be used with these fares.  Think twice before using this, however, as you generally get little more than a poor 0.5p per Avios at the higher levels.

BA Holidays is also running deals

It is well worth pricing up BA’s ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ options.  Adding a hotel, even a one-star one, or a small car can bring down the cost to less than the flight itself.

I strongly recommend popping over to BA Holidays here and doing a test booking before booking anything as ‘flight only’.

Another benefit of booking your flight as a holiday is that you only pay a deposit now with the balance due five weeks before departure.  To top it off, you get a bonus 1 Avios per £1 spent when booking via BA Holidays.

Here are a few examples of BA Holidays pricing:

Palma –  Club Europe flights and 3 nights at a 4-star hotel from £238 per person

Venice –  Club Europe flights and 2 nights at a 4-star hotel from £259 per person

New York – Club World flights and 4 nights at a 4-star hotel from £1,536 per person

Dubai –  Club World flights and 3 nights at a 4-star hotel from £1,632 per person

Las Vegas –  Club World flights and 5 nights at a 4-star hotel from £1,752 per person

Barbados –  Club World flights and 7 nights at a 4-star hotel from £1,865 per person

Club World holiday deals are here and Club Europe holiday deals are here.

The best thing to do if you are interested is to go to ba.com and have a look around.  The full BA premium sale details are here.

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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.)

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