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.
Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for Club World or Club Europe return flights:
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.
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):
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 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 (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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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.)