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.

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. will collapse at around 12.00:05 ….

Destinations will be listed on this special page of

BA 100th birthday offer

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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  1. Looks like they are giving us 2019 Avios too! Just got mine 🙂

  2. Peter K says:

    Oh the shenanigans of these airlines.

  3. There are T&Cs on the page but they are not specific to the promo.

    It’s as though they’d forgotten it was their anniversary and Marketing cobbled something together quickly!

  4. 2019 free Avios for BA’s bday – Who said they were a mean old bunch! Ha

  5. dicksbits says:

    will it be available on the app?

  6. No sign of my 2019 avios!

  7. Last September I was given 2018 avois for my birthday, another 2019 free avios today for BA’s birthday – little giveaways like this help a lot.

    • Lol nice, sadly never had any birthday Avios, seems to be a bit erratic what they offer. At least my GUV2 is coming through properly as F TP/Avios, that’s Silver almost renewed 🙂

      • Diddly squat for my birthday in Dec or any of our 3 accounts today! Happy Birthday BA! ☹️

    • How do you qualify for these? Never had any for my birthday or BA’s.

  8. BSI1978 says:

    Ditto on the 2019 special Avios, which in addition to the 2018 I got for my birthday in December is not to be sneezed at. Now trying to work out how this deal works prior to midday….

  9. Scottydogg says:

    With regards to SPG redemptions on hotel rooms ,
    Ive been looking for hotels in bangkok and singapore , i have searched to 2 adults and 2 kids and mostly all the SPG hotels will say ‘no availability’ , but if i change it to 2 adults and 1 kids , then they suddenly become available ,the rooms are usually showing as 2 double beds so 2 adults and 2 kids would work

    Also when i do a dummy booking for 2 adults and 2 kids as if i was paying with cash , the rooms are available ?

    Anyone have any experience with this , could i trick the system and book it as 2 adults and 1 child and then try and sort it out at the desk when i get there ?

    • Don’t wait until you get there. Book, then immediately email the hotel. If they won’t allow it, cancel.

      • ankomonkey says:

        Good advice. I have mailed hotels to ask if 2 adults/2kids can stay in these 2 double rooms before and have usually been allowed the 4 guests even if the official booking engine only accepts 3.

      • Or just turn up and sneak one of the kids past the check-in desk?

  10. Journeyingjohn says:

    … but as ever with BA there will be surcharges for baggage, seat choice et al… so net cost will be north of £200

  11. Jacques Ferreira says:

    then a Avios upgrade?

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