DEAL OVER: BA selling long haul Economy seats at £100 each way (100th birthday offer)

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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. Scored!!! Managed to get 2 tickets to Boston – flying out Friday 8th March, returning Monday. Yay!

  2. Has anybody else noticed the city picture change each day for when the promotion ends? Should we believe this is some sort of hint…

  3. Thanks for the heads up on the deal – refreshed a few times before it loaded, then got through to the booking pages. We decided to twist rather than stick and see what comes up tomorrow/Thursday/Friday. Hoping (optimistically) for Rio or Hong Kong. Think I need to calm down for tomorrow, the adrenaline rush to not actually book any flights was too much!

  4. I, too, hope for Rio, or SF, or somewhere entirely random. I found no problem getting through to the payment pages but I don’t want to go either of today’s destinations at that time. Back tomorrow, I shall be!

    • “Two exciting destinations in the USA and beyond will be on offer at 12 midday every day from 21-24 January.”

      San Fran is out of the question, no more US destinations in this promotion after New York and Boston.

      • Ah! In my excitement I misinterpreted that part. Well, then, that just makes Wednesday and Thursday even more interesting..!

      • Lewis King says:

        I think this means two destinations every day, not two from the US in total.

        • I’m inclined to agree now I’ve re-read it. Notice the picture this time, though? 😉

        • @Lewis King, I think you are correct actually. In that case I expected LA or SF to turn up. I would jump at either, dated pending.

  5. I managed to select the discounted fares for Boston in Feb half term for 2 adults 2 children under 12, the APD for the adults was £78 return (£175 total in taxes), and £0 (£97 total taxes) for the children so the total would have been £644 for the 4 of us if I had completed the booking, but I’ve decided to wait and see what comes up tomorrow. Does that mean BA only pocket £25 for each passenger return for these fares?

  6. I found I could not even load the site, after it eventually loaded I tried to look on the cheapest dates finder for a date for Bos but it just came up with 280 in Feb and March, so gave it a miss. Roll on tomorrow!

  7. Lewis King says:

    Okay Abu Dhabi booked for some nice winter sun. Anyone got any hotel recommendations? They all look incredible…..

    • Avoid Sofitel Corniche! They couldn’t arrange for a smoke-free room until the final night on a recent trip and staff / management couldn’t have cared less.

    • youngtraveller says:

      You can try staying in Yas Island and chill there, Yas rotana, crowne plaza and so on.

    • Traders Qarat Al Beri. Excellent 4 star hotel with its own beach and pool. Go for Traders Club Rooms. Probably pay no more than £100 a night. Nice walk along to the Souk at the Shangri-La with shopping and restaurants. Fairmont at the other end of the promenade with excellent buffets in CuiScene.

      • Don’t stay at the IC (reviewed on here). Jumeirah Emirates Towers is good for a city hotel with private beach. For a longer stay go to Saadiyat Island.

      • Rebecca says:

        I also recommend the Traders Qarat Al Beri. Stayed there twice with access to the Traders Club Lounge.
        Theres a buffet breakfast for everyone where you can sit inside or outside downstairs. But if you can access the Traders Club lounge you can eat in there instead (upstairs) where its a lot quieter. Also you get free soft drinks, teas and coffees all day in there plus a happy two hours (I think 5-7pm) where they do food (canapes) and alcohol for free. The food isn’t bad!
        Its nice and quiet in the rooms too. Has a private beach but I think they all do really.

    • New Card says:

      St Regis Saadiyat is very nice

  8. Lewis King says:

    I would be willing to bet Rio is an option tomorrow.

  9. Booked Abu Dhabi great find thank you HFP!!!!

  10. Martin Pelant says:

    was deciding on the date too long: “The flight selected has sold out whilst you have been completing the transaction.” (sold out in about 15 minutes).
    Well Abu Dhabi wouldn’t be my first choice anyways. Let’s wait what are they gonna offer tomorrow.

  11. Mikeact says:

    I managed to get on the Boston page, and got all the way through to payment, but my wife chimed in “£200 each, for a longish weekend ?” “No way” !

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