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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.