British Airways news: £1150 Club World to Cape Town, Muscat suspended, Phoenix reduced

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We have three pieces of British Airways news to cover today:

£1,150 Club World fares to Cape Town

British Airways is running special deals to Cape Town and Johannesburg from several European cities.

The best deals are from Amsterdam.  Cape Town is £1,155 return and Johannesburg £1,227.

See the screenshot below for Cape Town:

The fare rules are:

  • Book by 27th September
  • Travel between 20th November to 11th December, or 6th January to 30th January, or 18th February to 3rd April

Various other European capitals are available for around €1400-€1500. Try Athens, Brussels, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Vienna etc.

Before booking, I strongly recommend looking at BA Holidays (the Club World holidays page is here).  Price up a ‘Flight & Hotel’ or ‘Flight & Car’ package and see how it compares.  You may find it is cheaper than just booking a flight.

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 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.

Cape Town holiday deals

British Airways drops Muscat

British Airways has announced that it is dropping the Muscat service for Summer 2019.

The last service will depart on 30th March 2019.  Flights are expected to resume with the Winter 2019 timetable in late October.  No rebooking guidelines have been published yet.

Phoenix services reduced

It has also emerged that BA is dropping three Phoenix services per week from 31st March 2019.

The service will drop back to one flight per day (14.45 outbound, 19.45 return).  This is in parallel with American Airlines launching its own Phoenix to Heathrow service.  It is not clear if impacted passengers will be moved to the other BA flight or offered the AA service instead.

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  1. Mark Smith says:

    O/T any tips for flying club from T5 with a 7 month old? We would like to take a buggy and online BA suggests checking in at the “family zone” in zone A…if I just go to the club check in desks with a buggy will they send me away or let me check in there? Also if any HFP readers happen to be sitting next to us and our little darling starts to scream then apologies in advance!

    • Checked in with a 1 month old at the club check in desks in Jan and there were no issues.

    • New Card says:

      Completely your choice whether to use the family zone or go to Club check in. You may find that the Family check in has a shorter queue…

      • +1 – the family zone was more tranquil, the staff were VERY friendly and helpful when we travelled with a 3 year old and a 3 month old. Our 3 year old even got to push the button to send the suitcase into the abyss. A very happy family.

        You’ll then be nearer North security which sometimes has a faster fast track, too.

    • Check in at club area. Take the buggy on to the plane. No leaving it at the door nonsense. Fold it up and ask cabin crew to put it in the cupboard. Smile nicely. We have done this 6 or 8 times no problem. *Avoid annoying looks when you land and walk straight off with child in buggy….

    • Nearly 2 yrs ago, I used T5 checkin with a 4month old. Normal desk lines were quite short but was ushered over to family checkin. Big line, lots of families, all taking a while to get all their bags and children checked in. Yes staff were very friendly but it took at least 30mins. Next week, I plan to avoid these desks and use the regular checkin desks, now with a 2yr old and a 2 month old.

    • Scallder says:

      Mark – if you haven’t already got one would highly recommend a travel buggy. We’ve got the Joie Pact Lite which is by far the best thing we’ve bought since our little one arrived 10 months ago. £120 at John Lewis but we got ours second hand off eBay for roughly half that. Just got back from NZ and it’s small enough to fold up and put in the overhead lockers plus thin enough to wheel down the aisle of a plane (both long and short haul ones). Really can’t recommend it highly enough and would mean you wouldn’t have to worry about checking the buggy in at all…

  2. OT – How long does it normally take for an Amex Platinum supplementary card to come through?

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      I’ve been waiting 6 working days and was beginning to wonder the same. I’ll call them tonight and report back.

  3. Help! If I accidentally missed my connection in London on the way back from CPT, what would happen. Do BA have a means of trying to claw back the bargain reduction? Obviously I would have to start in AMS and not miss the outbound connection via LHR. It would mean ensuring my bags are not routed through…conveniently it comes up with stupid connections from LGW or LCY!
    Cheers, Oliver

    • Fine as a one off. Do it regularly and your BA account will be closed.

      And never do it if booking via a TA as BA will bill the TA.

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