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British Airways selling long haul Economy seats at £100 each way for its 100th birthday

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If you were wondering why Virgin Atlantic brought back its £1 ‘Golden Tickets’ game on Monday (see this article), it seems to be a spoiler for a new British Airways offer.

As part of its 100th birthday celebrations, British Airways will be selling 100 long-haul Economy seats each day for £200 return, ie £100 each way.

Different routes will be offered each day between Monday and Thursday at noon.

BA 100th birthday offer

There will be two different destinations each day, to include the USA, Africa and South America over the course of the week.

Tickets will be made available at noon exactly.  ba.com will collapse at around 12.00:05 ….

Destinations will be listed on this special page of ba.com.

On Monday the destinations were New York and Cape Town.  On Tuesday it was Abu Dhabi and Boston.  On Wednesday it was Pittsburgh and Rio.

Travel dates have varied by destination so it is impossible to predict what will be offered on Thursday.  The window is generally about four weeks.

These tickets have booked into ‘M’ class in general but this is not guaranteed.  This means that you can upgrade them later to World Traveller Plus if Avios reward seats open up.  Do note, however, that this will trigger the higher rate of Air Passenger Duty plus additional BA surcharges so it won’t be cheap.

As an Avios earning opportunity, this is surprisingly good.  A BA Blue member would earn 6,020 Avios and 80 tier points return from the Cape Town offer.  A BA Gold would have earned a whopping 18,060 Avios return plus 80 tier points for their £200 outlay – and they got to visit Cape Town.  Although 2 x 12-hour overnight flights in Economy is not exactly an easy way of earning cheap Avios ….

The promo page for BA’s 100th birthday sale offer is here.


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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.

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Comments (316)

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  • Anonymus says:

    Hi Rob
    Just wondering, do you never feel that sharing some deals can make them less available for your close friends and family?Do you at times hold your cards close to your chest like?

    • Rob says:

      Fair question.

      There are some things which we never write about. These are loopholes which would be closed within 24 hours if they became public, and so publication serves no purpose. If you come to one of our parties you will definitely learn a few things face to face (not from me though, because I spend the 2 hours running around in panic making sure everything is going OK!).

      For deals that are available immediately, obviously I can pick them up before an article goes out. If I have written an article about, say, the next batch of O2 concerts being available for Marriott points, then clearly I will have jumped in for myself before the article goes live. I’d be stupid not to.

      Would I write about a great AUCTION deal for Marriott points if I wanted to win it, knowing that telling 25,000 more people was going to massively reduce my chance of getting it? Don’t know.

  • Rma says:

    OT Has the BA redemption finder site gone out of business? It doesn’t seem to have worked for weeks, citing a problem with Avios. This seems to be taking a long time to resolve, so hoping that it is still operating.

    • Rob says:

      The guy who runs it works for Avios. Issue is down to BA data feeds, certain bits of ba.com currently don’t work either I believe.

      • Really says:

        He works for avios and thus has insider info and is making money out of it? Are Avios aware and genuinely happy with such conduct?

        • Alan says:

          My understanding is they employed him after he’d already set up (or even because of?!) the redemption finder website.

        • Really says:

          Mmmmmmm

          My take is that he needed the insider employee knowledge to get the data feed. Unless we all believe Joe Public can have free access to this specific data feed?

          Rob’s insight explains a lot.

          • Alan says:

            Rob will be able to confirm but I’m almost certain the website development predated his BA employment.

          • Rob says:

            Avios employed him BECAUSE he wrote this. They are not totally stupid in Crawley. If a kid can write something in his spare time which is better than the entire Avios IT team can put together you want that person on your team.

        • Really says:

          Hi Alan, in which case, we should all believe Joe Public can have free access to this specific data feed?

        • Really says:

          “for a while” Rob?
          Presumably therefore, no longer.
          Yet ‘Tim’ still has access, whereas Joe Public does not.

    • Grant says:

      Leaving aside the fact that it’s FUBAR at the moment so nobody appears to have access, Tim presumbly did the entirely sensible thing of negotiating ongoing access to the data as part of his acceptance of an offer to work for Avois. I’m not sure what the issue is.

  • Instastam says:

    Got Abu Dhabi on Tuesday for 4 Nights for two of us, immediately upgraded the inbound night flight to WTP with no issue.

    Anyone every flown into AUH then stayed in Dubai? Worth the hour journey or not?

    • Rob says:

      Depends what you want to do. Abu Dhabi is lighter on ‘stuff’ (Dubai has the mega malls, mega towers, indoor ski slopes, La Perle water show etc) but if your only plan is to sit on a beach then Abu Dhabi has cheaper hotels.

      • Knowledge is power says:

        ….and not forgetting, both are extremely tedious destinations.

  • James says:

    Got some Philly flights today – quick question….is it possible to tag some domestic EDI-LHR connections onto the same booking? Or will I need to book them separately??

    Was disappointed to note there was no Priority Pass lounges at PHL….until I noticed the Centurion Lounge wooohooo 🙂

    • Lucky you says:

      I’ve no doubt you’ll be able to – just interesting to see if they will do a deal on a connection?

    • Rosalie says:

      I also got Philly flights rang executive club to link my NCL connection flights PNR and was told no it can’t the only option is to ask at check in to see if they would be willing.to do it.

      • Alan says:

        Sadly they’ll probably say no – BA has an appalling policy now in this regard. I think it was dreadful they didn’t sell it with connections at the time (and I’m not meaning for free, just at usual prices).

  • Jane says:

    Could someone tell me how to see the flights that are available in the first place please?
    i.e. check for destinations and dates on the main offer page and then book on the app, or via the ‘normal’ booking pages? Or is there a link specific to whats available?

  • Matt says:

    I was just curious what today’s destinations were. I was lucky to get NY tickets earlier in the week for £200.

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