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.  ba.com will collapse at around 12.00:05 ….

Destinations will be listed on this special page of ba.com.

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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Comments

  1. Michael Cheshire says:

    Do you go straight to BA.com, or is there a particular portal or web address?

    • AndyGWP says:

      The link is in the article at the top of this very page…

      “Destinations will be listed on this special page of ba.com.”

      … if you can’t see the above text in the article, then turn off your ad-blocker software

      • AndyGWP says:
        • Michael Cheshire says:

          Thats grate- then just click on the banner where it currently says “this offer is no longer available” right? got it thanks.

        • AndyGWP says:

          Just load the page at 11:59am tomorrow, and keep pressing refresh on your browser until the “Sorry this offer has now finished” picture disappears, and the ‘new offer’ appears. It will explain the destinations available, and the dates available and you just need to click through from there 🙂

  2. Looks like Caribbean tomorrow?

  3. Got 2 tickets to Rio in Sept. Thanks H4Points!

  4. Charlie says:

    Disappointed – it got me to the last payment card page then refreshed and they were gone.

    This is great marketing for BA but I think leaves genuinely interested customers a bit pissed off and left with nothing. Would be better to just do a competition draw.

  5. Also make sure the dates are between the outbound dates, it says must return by X date but didn’t find any availability in or around those.

    Also found not going on a Friday and bacsun/mon brought up more £100 days

  6. Newinthegame says:

    Got Return to Rio for £200, thanks headforpoints.com

  7. Thanks Rob, I got Pittsburgh for May half term for the three of us for £462 all in.

  8. Managed to get 2 return tickets to Rio for 10 days in September – thanks HFP! Annoyingly I selected to use 4k Avios to save £40 on total price but it didn’t register and I didn’t dare take the extra time to go back and reselect it… Can’t complain too much at £200 return to Rio though!

  9. BSI1978 says:

    Didn’t someone write that these economy tickets were upgradeable (if availability)? I can’t seem to see the comment above and there’s no option under manage my booking so perhaps all the seats have gone already….

  10. Anyone know where the updated picture is for tomorrow? First glance looks Carribean?

    • The current thinking is Bermuda. If you look at the HTML, someone certainly thinks the destination is ‘romantic’: /assets/images/MediaHub/Media-Database/Royalty-free-RF/Holidays/Romantic-Holidays/80039149_1200x675.jpg

  11. Thanks Rob
    Got Rio for 3 of us for 560(they charged less than 100 one way for my 26 month old daughter)
    So chuffed…

  12. funkypigeon says:

    Trying to prepare for a quick check out for 12 noon today. I missed out on the Rio tickets as had to type in my address and card details even though these are saved? Does anyone know if you need to follow the sale link or can you just search through the main page? The sale link takes you to an older style BA website. I’d like to practice to ensure I can checkout as fast as possible today.

    Yesterday, the tickets sold out as they were confirming payment on my Amex.

    • Paul Stevens says:

      I had to go through the link – couldn’t find the cheap flights via the main page

    • Lewis King says:

      This has happened twice for me on last AMEX confirmation. Cape Town and Rio… annoying. I did get Abu Dhabi tickets though!

  13. BA site crashed

  14. BSI1978 says:

    No chance of getting in today it seems – don’t even know the 2 destinations at this stage! Oh well, one shouldn’t be too greedy!

    Hope the rest of you are having better luck!

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