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.

British Airways luxury sale

Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for Club World or Club Europe return flights:

North America

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.

British Airways luxury sale

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):

Part cash Part Avios

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 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.

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  1. If I am Gold on BA and do not fly or earn any points this year, what level will I be next year?

  2. Titus Adduxas says:

    £3800 to Sydney is still at least 50% more than I can pay now with AF or KLM albeit that other airlines are involved, China, Korean or Japan to name but three.

    • Never pay more than £1999 to Sydney. You can always get it ex-EU for that.

      • Will I find it using One World airlines? I try to just keep to one group as I don’t fly a lot. Also is there a way to find a cheap flight by doing multi-city? London – Joburg – Sydney – Perth – London? I have to do this every couple of years and end up booking with a round the world type agency for about £5K. ?

        • Qatar ex Sweden is currently about £2100 I think? Etihad ex-Sweden was close to that recently. Less likely in general to be oneworld though – China Southern or China Eastern ex-Amsterdam are often the cheapest options if there are no sales on.

      • Indeed – ex-OSL with BA has been reliably good value for years.

  3. OT – New to the credit card game, UK resident, picked up Amex Preferred Rewards Gold card. Recently read an article albeit on a different website stating Amex sign up bonuses were once per lifetime, rather than what I initially thought (cancel card, wait certain amount of time, reapply, get bonus again). Which is it? I couldn’t find the answer in their article, or whether they were talking about US/UK residents. Cheers!

  4. Graham Walsh says:

    Typical no offers on what I need. Vegas in July for a conference. Trying to see if I can do a hop through somewhere otherwise might be able squeeze it in PE.

  5. Martin says:

    Hi just qualified for companion fare and looking to book to link in with a tour. Co ordinating is a challenge. Can I book the flights to secure them and then cancel if the tour doesn’t come off? I understand I get my voucher back but what about taxes and other costs. I am hoping to fly F so the add up. Thanks for the help

    • You can cancel and will get all the avios back plus the charges minus £35 per person. The voucher will go back into your account.

  6. Martin says:

    Thanks for that worth the risk

  7. David Livesley says:

    Thanks for the tip off..
    Just got on hold for a reasonable 10 quid LHR-Durban-CPT and return CPT-JNB-LHR in January – February 2020 for 3182 quid. A good deal…one could even get First Class direct LHR-CPT but returning via JNB for under 4k!

  8. A little bit OT
    I am collecting Avios and my cousin has said I can refer her for Amex Gold to collect the referal and sign up bonuses
    She does not live with me and has no interest in using the rewards
    is there any way of having Membership rewards transfered to my Avios account legally?

    I have no intention of breaking any rules

  9. Is this even if she does not live with us ?
    Rules seem to say otherwise

    If you’d like to make travelling together a more rewarding experience, then perhaps a Household Account is for you. It’s free to create, and means you can pool your Avios with up to six people who live with you, letting you make full use of the collective balance. Even children can join, so everyone in the family can collect Avios each time you travel.

    • It’s technically against the Ts & Cs but I’ve never known them check where someone is living. What puzzles me more is why your cousin would want the impact of the card on her credit rating if she’s not going to get any of the benefit? (Unless she’s mortgage free and credit rating is of no importance)

      • Genghis says:

        V v minimal impact. We apply for about 8 cards each a year but still have 999 Experian scores and got a top interest rate on remortgage last year.

        In fact, if mortgage free, prob good having a few cards going through to increase credit activity.

    • You just make all the addresses match. Not an issue.

      • Many thanks to all who answered
        No Mortgage so no credit
        Sorry just so I understand
        Cousin sets up BAEC account using their address
        Then transfers the MRs to Avios
        Then I add this BAEC account to my household account

        We went to USA a few years ago on a 747 economy
        We never dreamt at that time that We would ever be able to go Club on the upstairs of 747 but thanks to this website that is exactly what we are doing next week.

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