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. Michael Gareth Cheshire says:

    I’m planning a trip to Rio anyway this summer so I do hope that’s up today. My question is to those who managed to get the payment page (or completed a booking) any hints or tips so I might do the same at 12.01??? Thanks in advance peeps.

    • Michael Gareth Cheshire says:

      Oh…. and could I just book a return journey?? (as I’d like to use my LLoyds upgrade voucher LON-GIG). Thanks Again x

      • The BA page says £100 each way as part of a return trip, implies no one-way allowed.

        You wouldn’t be able to use the upgrade voucher to upgrade a cash fare. If aiming for a PE redemption you would probably be better off anyway buying the cash return and upgrade using Avios.

        You could throwaway the return leg and book a club world redemption using the upgrade voucher. The taxes would be lower redeeming for the return leg too. However, short notice award availability to Rio could be scarce.

  2. Hi, if you book these flights then cancel at a later date, how much money would you get back? Taxes should be refundable, correct?

    • The taxes seem to vary by destination. Rio was GBP 149.22 with a carrier charge of about 49 pounds that wouldn’t be refundable. There is a fee to refund the taxes but I don’t know what it is.

  3. What about regional departures? If these are from LON only would you have to add on a domestic flight or could it be incorporated later into the booking?

    • Not interested in this offer but really hope they haven’t restricted it to London-only departures, esp given they now refuse to through-check luggage on separate bookings…

  4. Pittsburgh and Rio today – may the odds forever be in your favour

    • what dates please? I’m wondering if you can just go straight to the booking page instead.

  5. Website very slow , cannot log on, anyone knows what destinations on offer today

  6. It’s completely crashed today. Nothing!

  7. Sorry, there seems to be a technical problem. Please try again in a few minutes.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

  8. Pittsburgh late may to June and Rio Sept to Oct today.

  9. Rio here I come!

  10. BSI1978 says:

    Just picked up two more tickets to Rio in mid September – initially thrown by the dates as was expecting some time over the next three months but having never been to Rio, I am chuffed with this!

    I’ll never hear a bad word against BA again…….!

  11. Federico says:

    I’ve been able to get to the payment page (but didn’t book it as the dates were not suitable).

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