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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.

British Airways luxury sale

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:

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

Europe

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):

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 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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (102)

  • Martin says:

    Thanks for that worth the risk

  • 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!

  • Phil says:

    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

  • Phil says:

    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.

    • Anna says:

      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.

    • Rob says:

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

      • Phil says:

        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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