31st January is your last chance to book in the British Airways Winter sale. You can take a look at what is available via this special page of ba.com.
(It may or may not be a coincidence that the BA promotion above starts one day later on 1st February.)
Nashville, pictured below, is the star deal, with Club World return seats available for £1,376 in March. New Orleans is also looking attractive with Club World fares as low as £1,541.
The Caribbean looks interesting – Kingston £1,214, Punta Cana £1,493, San Jose £1,494 and so on.
Don’t forget BA Holidays
As usual, don’t book a Club World flight before pricing it up via BA Holidays – see here. Adding a hotel or car can often cost little more, and sometimes less, than the flight itself. BA Holidays also lets you lock in your trip now by only paying a small deposit, with the balance only due five weeks before travel.
Don’t forget ‘part pay with Avios’
Sale flights are still valid for ‘part pay with Avios’. How much you save now varies by route and by class, and the value per point tends to get worse the more you try to discount, but it is always worth taking a look at what is on offer for your particular ticket.
A Nashville Club World booking offered me:
- £50 off for 6,250 Avios (0.80p per Avios)
- £110 off for 16,000 Avios (0.69p)
- £150 off for 24,750 Avios (0.61p)
- £190 off for 34,000 Avios (0.56p)
- £280 off for 55,000 Avios (0.51p)
There are also deals in Economy and short-haul Club Europe, including short break deals via BA Holidays.
As usual, travel dates are all over the place depending on whether you are travelling short haul or long haul, whether you are flying from Gatwick, City or Heathrow, and what travel class you are flying in. In general you’ll find you can book up to either May / June 2019 or mid December 2019.
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card. Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.