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ENDING SOON: The British Airways Luxury Flights and Holidays sale

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We wanted to give another shout-out today to the current British Airways sale.  It was extended until 26th March but that still only gives you three days to book.  BA is 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 now until Tuesday to commit.  If you are thinking of booking something for later in the year then this weekend is a good time to think about it.

Remember that any bookings you make will earn you double Avios in the new British Airways promotion launched this week.  You MUST register for this offer before booking – registration can be done here.

You can see all deals available here. This article focuses on the flight-only offers.

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 £1,497 return in Club World

Nashville – from £1,395 return in Club World

New York – from £1,283 return in Club World

Orlando – from £1,496 return in Club World

Tampa – from £1,497 return in Club World

Vancouver – from £1,378 return in Club World

Latin America and Caribbean

Buenos Aires – from £1,849 return in Club World

Cancun – from £1,594 return in Club World

Grand Cayman – from £1,799 return in Club World

Lima – £1,695 return in Club World

Nassau – from £1,799 return in Club World

Rio de Janeiro – from £1,799 return in Club World

Santiago – from £1,999 return in Club World and from £3,499 return in First

Sao Paulo – from £1,799 return in Club World and from £2,799 return in First


Athens – from £199 each way in Club Europe

Barcelona – from £119 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 £2,130 return in Club World

Mumbai – from £2,366 return in First

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 £1,985 return in Club World

Nairobi – from £1,791 in Club World and from £2,416 in First

Far East and Australia

Hong Kong – from £1,999 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 £119 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 26th March.  You also need to remember to register here for the new ‘double Avios’ offer BEFORE bookings.

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.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (8)

  • Tom C says:

    I’m unsure if it’s due to the sale, but we got 2 x F tickets to JNB in December for £5.5k, which I consider very reasonable. Last year we were there and it was almost double the price.

  • Zain says:

    Has anyone from the UK successfully registered for the double Avios promo? I keep getting a ‘you are already registered for this promotion’ message which leads me to believe this is for US-based BAEC members

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes. Suspect you are registered like it says.

      • Alan says:

        Yep – first time around it didn’t seem to give me any confirmation. Tried again and received confirmation already registered.

  • Zapper says:

    One business class transatlantic flight that I was tracking increased by 25% when the sale started. Is it likely to return to its original price any time soon?

    • Peter 64K says:

      Depends on how close to departure it is. The closer it gets (especially within a month) the higher the price tends to go. 3-6 months out, or a sale, is often the sweet spot.

    • Amit says:

      Not sure whether to bite the bullet or wait till the next sale. Currently getting price of around £1700 in J to the west coast in October which seems like a good price

      • Peter 64K says:

        If it is a price you are happy with then it’s worth going for it. It may go a little cheaper but it may not. At least you get peace of mind and a price you don’t mind paying.