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. I managed to get Philly, site kept crashing but it went through eventually. Thanks Rob 🙂

  2. Catalan says:

    Didn’t get a look in today. Gone before it started. Oh well it’s been fun trying. It’ll be even funnier reading the grumpy posts to follow!

  3. YeahBeenThere says:

    Boom, got Barbados for a weekend. Never been…tips to stay/what to do in 2 nights?

    • Chris Horsfall says:

      You lucky b****rd. I could not even get though to the page which told me the destinations. I clicked then refreshed on the second, then the “Technical” issue kept coming up. I had the time booked off, and wanted a diving destination for one person. Would have been perfect as I don’t mind economy when it is just me. Wife “has” to fly club 🙂

    • Depends what you’re into.
      If you’re there on a Friday night, visit Oistins fish fry on the south coast.
      Best beaches and sunsets are on the West Coast. I prefer staying near Holetown, which has plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.
      Buses are $2 per person, for any destination, so you may not want to bother with hiring a car.
      Places to visit: Harrison’s Cave, St Nicholas Abbey with it’s brand new train service, Bridgetown (the capital). If you want a flavour of the island, I’d highly recommend Ted’s Tour, the best tour guide on the island.
      Any other questions, ask away! I love Barbados, and hopefully you will too.

  4. The Philadelphia flights appeared to be change to AA in Dublin.

  5. So close… managed to go through the whole process but then “sold out” message after card details – 4 people to Barbados for £455 + 8000 Avios, plus could have used my Marriott travel package for 7/9 nights!

  6. 8 Adults to Barbados!!

    Thanks ROB1!!!

  7. I just forgot about it completely this time, oh well, like others GBP400+ saved

  8. Got Barbados.

  9. I got Rio yesterday arrriiibabababaaaaaaa excited as always wanted to go. Thanks so much Rob!

  10. 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?

    • 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.

  11. 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.

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

      • 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?

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

        • 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.

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

          • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

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