British Airways launches new Luxury Flights and Holidays sale
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British Airways has launched a new sale offering savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class flight.
There are some decent prices here and you have until 19th March to book.
You can see all deals available here. This article focuses on the flight-only offers and we will look at the BA Holidays packages on Sunday.
First and Business Class flight-only deals
You can find a number of good sale fares flying First or Business Class to Vancouver, Lima and Dubai amongst other places.
Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for Club World or Club Europe return flights:
Fort Lauderdale – from £1,555 return in Club World
Nashville – from £1,396 return in Club World
Tampa – from £1,562 return in Club World
Vancouver – from £1,420 return in Club World
Latin America and Caribbean
Buenos Aires – from £1,850 return in Club World
Grand Cayman – from £1,800 return in Club World
Lima – £1,695 return in Club World
Nassau – from £1,799 return in Club World and from £3,499 return in First
Santiago – from £1,999 return in Club World
Sao Paulo – from £1,799 return in Club World
Athens – from £199 each way in Club Europe
Barcelona – from £111 each way in Club Europe
Basel – from £118 each way in Club Europe
Belfast – from £87 each way in Club Europe
Billund – from £98 each way in Club Europe
Budapest- from £160 each way in Club Europe
Copenhagen – from £139 each way in Club Europe
Gothenburg – from £109 each way in Club Europe
Hamburg – from £109 each way in Club Europe
Krakow – from £140 each way in Club Europe
Lisbon – from £139 each way in Club Europe
Marseille – from £119 each way in Club Europe
Paris – from £99 each way in Club Europe
South and Central Asia
Bengaluru – from £2,189 return in Club World
Mumbai – from £1,859 return in Club World
Middle East and Africa
Abu Dhabi – from £1,448 return in Club World
Amman – from £1,309 return in Club World
Dubai – from £1,698 return in Club World
Johannesburg – from £1,986 return in Club World
Nairobi – from £1,775 in Club World and from £2,400 in First
Far East and Australia
Hong Kong – from £1,983 return in Club World
Sydney – from £3,794 return in Club World
Tokyo – from £4,298 return in First
You will typically need to stay for a week or over a Saturday night to get the prices above.
Lima at £1695 is a good fare given the distance and the fact that this isn’t a route which is often heavily discounted.
Barcelona at £111 each way is a good way to pick up 80 BA tier points and get a well-priced short break. We reviewed the impressive 5-star Hotel Arts (managed by The Ritz-Carlton and part of Marriott Bonvoy) recently – see here.
Belfast, Luxembourg or Inverness at around £170 return seem the cheapest way to pick up 80 tier points if you want a quick mileage run. Malta, Catania and Funchal are 160 tier points return routes and are £240-£250 return.
If you are looking at Dubai, note that Abu Dhabi is £250 cheaper and only a £40 taxi ride away.
‘Part cash, part Avios’ is available with these sale fares but do the maths and work out the ‘pence per point’ before you book. If it is substantially under 1p then you may get a better deal by paying 100% cash in this sale and saving your Avios for a 100% Avios redemption in the future. Here are a number of Avios part payment pricing examples (click to enlarge):
The BA luxury flights and holidays promo page is here.
Remember that you need to book by midnight on Tuesday 19th March.
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 (March 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
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.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.