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BA Black Friday deal: book two Club World business class tickets for £2,018 over Christmas

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Between today and Monday 26th November, British Airways is selling two Club World seats to selected destinations for £2018.  That’s just £1009 return per person.

You cannot book for one person at these rates.  However, it does seem to work for three and other odd numbers.

The deal is only valid for selected destinations.  I was genuinely surprised to see Abu Dhabi as the Middle East is normally very busy over Christmas anyway.

British Airways BA A380 flying

Cities included are:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • Montreal
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • San Jose
  • Tampa
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul

The bad news is that travel dates are restricted.

Outbound flights must be between:

11th – 13th December

16th – 18th December

24th – 31st December

Return flights must be between:

24th December – 31st December

8th January – 10th January

And try BA Holidays …..

These deals are often even cheaper if you add a hotel or car hire via BA Holidays.  Go to this Club World page of the BA Holidays site and check the pricing before you book ‘flight only’.

BA Holidays is also running its own Black Friday bonus.  For ‘flight + hotel’ or ‘flight + car ‘ holidays booked for travel between 1st December 2018 and 20 October 2019 you will:

  • Save £100 on holidays with a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking
  • Save £50 on holidays with a minimum spend of £1,250 per booking

BA Holidays can be booked here.  Flight-only deals can be booked at 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 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 UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

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5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

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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 10,500 Avios.

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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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (66)

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  • Dan says:

    This even “worked” for my wife and our lap infant: LHR-SHA £1025

    Couldn’t get to price up on BA last night but was showing on various lesser known OTAs via Kayak last night so gave it a punt. Was ticketed this morning and managed to choose bassinet seats so no problems so far.

  • Gary says:

    2 Club seats to Vancouver out 17th Dec, back 10th Jan, £1,847.02 with Carlton Leisure (via Skyscanner)

  • ouaile says:

    On a completely different note, how does virgin now treat cash withdrawals with curve ? cash advance or still purchase ?

  • s879 says:

    Are the BA fares for UK departure only? Would they work from USA to UK?

  • RJM says:

    Virgin Atlantic seems to be working for indirect flights with Delta to get better availability, very limited for the direct routes. This is great as indirect not working with BA with BA metal being needed to work! Damn you AA!!!

    • Nick_C says:

      I saw AA on connecting flights this morning. LHR – PHL – MIA. No direct flights to MIA at the sale price

  • aceman says:

    great, more fares for companions…. getting tired of this as a solo traveller….

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Swings and roundabouts. It’s far easier to get a redemption for a single seat.

      • ChrisC says:

        What if you don’t have the avios for a redemption? Not everyone collects them anyway.

        This is not swings and roundabouts given the low % of reward seats there are compared to revenue.

        Just be fair to solo travellers and give us the low fares too.

        • Jay says:

          Honestly, you’re just having a whinge. I travel solo and other times as a party of 4. Both aren’t great for deals or redemptions. Those are the breaks. Popular markets drive the deals *shrugs*

  • Raj says:

    How can you get this deal with an infant and 2 adults? When I do 2 adults to Abu Dhabi it comes up to £2016.00 but if I do 2 adults and an infant it goes up to £3800!!

    • SM says:

      Book the 2 adults and then ring CS and ask them to add infant to your PNR. Make sure they waive the service charge for booking over the phone.

    • Thomas T says:

      Having children is expensive…

  • SteveD says:

    OT (or at least tangential)

    New to points and planning (way) ahead for a family holiday to S.Africa Autumn 2020, prob Oct half term.
    As I may need to book reward flights in 12 months I thus need to start collecting aggressively points and 241 vouchers about now. That’s all in hand but here’s where I’d like some advice:

    I’ll need 3 seats. BAPP voucher covers 2 of those. But looking at the cash price of the 3rd seat in CW at T-355, its not cheap. This plus taxes on 2 CW redemptions and the total cost, approaching £4k, seems barely worth using the avios for.

    What’s the chances of:
    picking up the cash CW ticket at some point after T-355 in a sale such as this one?
    Buying 3 flat bed seats from another carrier at these sort of prices (£1k ea) and banking the avios?
    We’d consider positioning into Europe – LHR not that convenient anyway – if long haul was direct.
    Only really want CW if overnight, but WTP rewards are like hens teeth.

    I realise this is a dark art, but any advice welcome, sorry for length of post!

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