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New British Airways sale now on

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British Airways has launched its Winter sale, following a slight delay caused by drone-gate.  You can take a look at what is available via this special page of ba.com.

I will do a full analysis in a couple of days when I’ve been able to take a full look at pricing.

For now, I just want to flag up a few of the top deals in Club World.

British Airways Winter sale

Nashville, pictured above, is the star deal, with Club World return seats available for £1,377 in March.

New Orleans is also looking attractive, with Club World fares as low as £1,551.

New York is as low as £1,476 in October and around £1,500-£1,600 for much of the rest of 2019.

These fares are all from BA’s Low Fare Finder tool which you can find here and are a little lower than the headline prices that BA itself if quoting on the sale website.

Don’t forget BA Holidays

As usual, don’t book a Club World flight before pricing it up via BA Holidays – see here.  Adding a hotel or car can often cost little more, and sometimes less, than the flight itself.  BA Holidays also lets you lock in your trip now by only paying a small deposit, with the balance only due five weeks before travel.

And don’t forget ‘part pay with Avios’

Sale flights are still valid for ‘part pay with Avios’.  How much you save now varies by route and by class, and the value per point tends to get worse the more you try to discount, but it is always worth taking a look at what is on offer for your particular ticket.

A Nashville Club World booking offered me:

  • £50 off for 6,250 Avios (0.80p per Avios)
  • £110 off for 16,000 Avios (0.69p)
  • £150 off for 24,750 Avios (0.61p)
  • £190 off for 34,000 Avios (0.56p)
  • £280 off for 55,000 Avios (0.51p)

Travel dates

There are also deals in Economy and short-haul Club Europe, include short break deals via BA Holidays.

As usual, travel dates are all over the place depending on whether you are travelling short haul or long haul, whether you are flying from Gatwick, City or Heathrow, and what travel class you are flying in.  In general you’ll find you can book from early January to either May / June 2019 or mid December 2019.

Look out for a longer article in a day or so when I’ve had time to digest the details.  The BA sale website is here if you want to take a closer look.

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 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 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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.

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.

Comments (33)

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  • howard says:

    off topic but do you bet referral points for a self referral?

  • Dimitri says:

    BA holidays with flight + hotel is so cheap + all the extra avios and I am struggling to book directly with IHG…

    There is not a single destination or dates that booking directly is cheaper. It’s always 10%-20% more expensive. The most outrageous case I found is at the IC Hong Kong where there is an extra offer of free breakfast and room upgrade for booking with BA!

    This is basically a middle finger towards loyal IHG members who if they booked directly not only they wouldn’t be getting any free breakfast or even upgrade (unless ambassador) but would even pay more. Speechless.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      12% back in rewards points on a recent IC stay

      And far more important than cash becuase I’ve used points when the rate is sky high and that’s where I needed to be.

  • Bev says:

    If you part pay with avios do you still earn the full amount of avois?

    • MarkZ says:

      Yes, you do. But beware – as I can testify, with Part Pay with Avios, the original terms and conditions of the base ticket will apply in the event of having to cancel the flight, and, depending on the Selling Class of the ticket, you could end up losing your Avios.

  • Tom says:

    First is on sale as well. Typically 200 quid more than CW each way.

    Just bagged a RT to LAX in First for about 3 grand. Not super cheap, but not bad esp as I will earn 37,000 Avios (am BA Gold) plus another 10,000 Avios for buying it on my card with triple miles.

  • Harry Hv says:

    Crude oil price now less than in 2016, let’s wait for 2019 sales

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      In recent months crude has dropped but airlines hedge their purchases so it may be a while, if at all, before that flows through.

      The £ has also taken a long and continued hammering. I would imagine BA has a lot of currency expsoure here not just to crude (which is $ denominated) but also plane leases, landing and operational charges in their key US market etc.

      I dont think this is a golden time for airlines.

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