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British Airways has launched a new flight and holidays sale click here for details.  The sale is called ‘What are you waiting for?’.  Probably a message to those who didn’t book flights during the last sale in March ….

Note that you can save an additional £100 on holiday packages (flight+hotel or flight+car) over £2,500 and an additional £50 on holiday packages over £1,250 when you book by Tuesday 7th May.

This sale is a good fit with the exceptionally good Lufthansa and SWISS sale currently running.  The British Airways deals are good for North America but less good elsewhere.  The Lufthansa / SWISS deals – see here – are only aimed at the Middle East, India and Asia.

World Traveller deals

Whilst World Traveller is not a big focus for HFP or its readers, it is worth flagging up that there are some decent deals out there.  For example:

  • New York is £278 in September, when the weather is still pleasant
  • Miami is from £283 in January / February 2020
  • Johannesburg is from £598 in May / June 2019
  • Hong Kong from £398 return for much of the year (not July / August) and into early 2020
  • Barbados is available at £425 at some point in all months in 2019 (bit more in July)

The British Airways Low Fare Finder tool is your friend.

World Traveller Plus deals

The following routes have World Traveller Plus fares in the £700’s return on selected dates.

Upgrading World Traveller Plus tickets to Club World with Avios remains one of the better ways to use your points.  You will need ‘100% Avios’ reward seats to be showing in Club World in order to upgrade a World Traveller Plus cash ticket.

This HFP article explains how to upgrade your British Airways flight with Avios.

For £700-ish you can get, on the right date:

  • Abu Dhabi (£578!)
  • Antigua
  • Austin
  • Bahrain (£650)
  • Boston
  • Bridgetown
  • Cancun
  • Chicago
  • Delhi
  • Denver
  • Doha (£565!)
  • Dubai (£592!)
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Grenada
  • Las Vegas
  • Lima
  • Montreal
  • Mumbai
  • Muscat
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Port of Spain
  • Punta Cana (£634!)
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • St Kitts
  • Tampa
  • Tobago
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

British Airways sale

Club World deals

There are some deals in Club World which look very interesting.  The only snag is that you need to book a long way ahead for the best prices:

  • Atlanta from £1,398 (December 2019 – March 2020)
  • Boston from £1,469 (December 2019 – January 2020)
  • Chicago from £1,432 (December 2019 – March 2020)
  • Houston from £1,398 (December 2019 – March 2020)
  • Nashville from £1,448 (December 2019 – March 2020)
  • New Orleans from £1,398 (January – March 2020)
  • New York from £1,366 (December 2019 – March 2020)
  • San Francisco from £1,398 (December 2019)
  • Toronto from £1,399 (December 2019 – March 2020)

Most other North American destinations have similar pricing.

Remember that as of 1st October BA hopes to operate their new A350 featuring the new Club Suite on Toronto flights BA93 and BA92!

On many routes to North America, you will only pay an extra £400 return to fly First Class.  Factor in the additional tier points (420 vs 280 in Club World) and the extra Avios earned and you may want to pay the extra.

British Airways sale

First Class

(EDIT: some of these deals appear to be sold out, which makes you wonder how much availability was there initially)

As I mentioned above, you can also get a VERY good deal in First Class on many North American routes:

  • New York from £1,798
  • Philadelphia from £1,798
  • San Francisco from £1,798
  • Washington from £1,798
  • Mexico City from £1,848
  • Dallas from £1,848
  • New Orleans from £1,803

£1,798 for what works out as over 24 hours in First Class to San Francisco and back is definitely not a bad deal.  You’d pick up 420 tier points for a return First Class trip.

I couldn’t find anything under £2,000 for Asia, Latin America (apart from Mexico City) or the Middle East.  It is weird that Dubai, half the distance of San Francisco, has a ‘sale’ price of £2,955 in First, especially as this route will have Club Suite from October on the A350 service.

The cheapest fares are generally for travel in late 2019 / early 2020.

‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be combined with sale deals

‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be combined with the flight offers and has been improved for the duration of the sale.

This is not always a good deal so take care.  Taking a World Traveller flight to New York in November as an example, I am offered:

  • £10 off with 800 Avios (1.25p per Avios)
  • £30 off with 3,500 Avios (0.86p per Avios)
  • £70 off with 10,500 Avios (0.67p per Avios)
  • £100 off with 17,000 Avios (0.59p per Avios)

With 100% certainty, redeeming 800 Avios for £10 off is worth it.  A lot of people will find 3,500 Avios for £30 (0.86p per point) acceptable too.

I am less excited by getting 0.67p for redeeming 10,500 Avios or 0.59p for redeeming 17,000 Avios.  Unless all your Avios come from flying paid for by your employer, I would want to be doing better than this.

We also wrote a full ‘Avios Redemption University’ guide to how ‘Part Pay With Avios’ works which is here.

Club Europe British Airways sale

Short-haul deals in Club Europe

There are also a lot of European routes with return Club Europe flights for under £200 per person.

Use the Low Fare Finder to track them down – select ‘Europe, UK & Ireland’, ‘Return’ and ‘Business’.

Get an even better deal with BA Holidays

There are also some good deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package in a hotel with your flight (and you can often make substantial savings if you do).

Whilst it is hard to get your head around, the weird ways that flights are priced means that booking a flight with a car or a flight with a hotel can be cheaper than just booking a flight.  Note that if you add a car or hotel it must be for the full duration of your holiday if you want to trigger a package discount.

Some headline World Traveller deals are:

  • New York from £379 per person – for travel between 6th and 31st January 2020 including including three nights at a 3* hotel and return flights in Economy from Heathrow
  • Barbados from £549 per person – for travel between 1st and 30th September 2019 including seven nights at a 3* hotel  and return flights in Economy from Gatwick
  • Barcelona from £109 per person – for travel between 10th and 27th November 2019 including three nights at a 3* hotel and return flights in Economy from Heathrow

Remember that you don’t need to pay now when you book a BA Holidays package.  You just pay a deposit and can settle the balance up to five weeks before departure.

You also earn an extra 1 Avios per £1 when you book BA Holidays packages.  This is on top of the standard Avios you receive from the flight and the double Avios you would receive if you pay with a British Airways Premium Plus credit card.

(Note that you do NOT earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme if you book a flight as part of a BA Holidays package.)

Get an extra discount this Bank Holiday weekend

You can also save:

an additional £100 on holiday packages over £2,500 and

an additional £50 on holiday packages over £1,250

….. when you book a BA Holidays package by Tuesday 7th May.

50% buy Avios bonus

Don’t forget there is also a 50% bonus when you buy Avios

As we covered yesterday, BA is also offering a 50% bonus when you buy Avios during the sale period.

The link to buy is here.

And what does BA’s Chief Commercial Officer think of the sale?

Andrew Brem, British Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said about the sale:

“We know that our customers like variety when they are looking to travel so we are delighted to offer over 120 destinations in our sale. We’ve got fantastic offers to suit all budgets and tastes, from city breaks to wilderness adventures to beachside lounging”

So there you are 🙂

All sale deals must be booked by 21st May for travel between now and 31st March 2020.

The BA sale home page with all the offers is here.

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 triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency, because it triggers both the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 a huge range of valuable 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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.

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  • Moily says:

    OT: Does anyone have any experiences with getting a very short taxi/Uber ride from LHR to a neighbouring village/location?

    I need to make my own way to Longford to pick up a hire vehicle. It is tantalisingly close to the Heathrow Pod station and T5 but neither seem accessible on foot.

    Getting an Uber from T5 to Longford would work, and possibly a black cab (if I can get one that will give up the lucrative fare to Zone 1) but the return journey would require an early morning pick-up and I don’t want to get stranded there based on Uber’s availability at that time. Anyone have experience of Uber availability – is it fairly good at all times due to it being LHR?

    • Shoestring says:

      You’re going to be popular with the cabbie 🙂

    • Tom says:

      Just pre-book an Addison Lee?

    • The_real_a says:

      There is a bus to all the major rental outlets… But perhaps you are using an offbrand firm? Also think about the free local bus which makes a number of stops close to Bath Road. Or jumping on one of the parking shuttles…

      • Moily says:

        The rental place has only moved there in the past month so unlikely to be on any routes, sadly.

        However it looks like I could walk round to the Thistle and get a shuttle from there, or access the T5 Pod from there (presumably). Thanks for the pointer!

        • Gavin says:

          It’s possible to walk from Thistle to T5 if you want to. I’ve done it before (without much luggage though!)

    • Catalan says:

      Mollly. I believe bus 75/76 runs from T5 to Longford. It should be free as it’s within the Heathrow free zone area.

    • Lady London says:

      Pretty sure there are regular buses from the Bath Road. Should be on Google maps.

      • Lady London says:

        * Although if you’re going there from T5 rather than T2/3 the Bath Road is going to be furher away than Longford! I think T5’s official address is even “Longford”

        • Moily says:

          Yes, the proximity of T5 was what got me thinking about walking but if T2/3 and a bus is quicker then I may as well do that. Thanks for the tip!

    • Kim says:

      Don’t bother with an Uber. I live a few miles south of Heathrow and have occasionally had to get the tube back to Hatton Cross when there have been train problems. I once stood for 45 mins waiting for an Uber that had accepted the trip and told me he’d be there soon but was grabbing petrol, before I realised he was not going to bother (but of course I got charged for cancelling after accepting… eventually got a refund).

      For a short journey, you may as well take a black cab or use a local private hire firm (but they will have to come in to the car park and get you, adding the short stay charge to the fare. Uber also charge an airport access fee). I tend to just grab a black cab for these short trips.

      • Moily says:

        Yeah I thought there may be issues with those options. Looks like a shuttle bus or walk to the Thistle will be the best plan. Thanks for the info,

  • Alex W says:

    If one buys Premium Economy and part pays with Avios, can it still be upgraded to club world using Avios? Thanks.

  • NickS says:

    I’ve been waiting for a luxury sale to come along as I’m doing a cruise from Sydney to Singapore next April and wanted to try to get a decent deal for a cash ticket in business or first. I did manage to snag a couple of Avis club tickets to Sydney by being quick out of the blocks one night but as I think Rob has mentioned before these are not great deals especially when I had used up all my 241 Amex vouchers till I can accrue some more this year and I also wasn’t having much joy getting the return club tickets from SIN, so as suggested by HFP previously I kept an eye on regular pricing and also BA holiday pricing and can confirm that 1) first is only about £1500 more than club for two people (I M returning of course from SIN rather than SYD) and the cash price for TWO F to SYD end March 2020 and 2 F SIN to LHR flight only in A bucket in Mid April came in at £8.6k total vs Club at just over £7k plus of course a hefty seat res fee in club as I’m currently back in Blue tier. Plus I get more Avios in F and propel myself straight into Silver Tier after I’ve completed the flights (assuming I probably need to do one mattress run flight to get the 4 x flight requirement fulfilled (is that correct? I’ll have 690 tier points from the F flights alone but I guess only three sectors actually flown??) anyway with BA hols including 4 nights at the Intercon Sydney and the luxury sale discounts (not huge but a few hundred quid) I’ve now got all this for £8.9k plus c 100k avios worth to me at least 1p (actually I value mine at 2p as I always try to travel F long haul using my 241 Amex vouchers) so you could argue that’s a further £1/2k notional saving and I’ll then be silver till end 2021 and get free seat selection through out !
    I’ll then use some IHG Spire Ambassador points for my other hotel nights and maybe my weekend Ambassador free room and my credit card spend free room and pay cash for the first night in a club room in the hope of being upgraded and left there during my BA inclusive part of the stay. All in all we are going first for probably less than and certainly no more than a normal club ticket so worth all the effort. Thanks to Rob and to HFP for teaching me all this!!

    • BJ says:

      If it’s flexible, you could probably save a packet by cancelling it and taking a flight up to HKT or BKK. From there one way in AY J is usually around £1100, and you might get lucky on a MAS suite for a sale fare. Ex SIN, it used to be possible to get one way Sri Lanka J fares for under £800 but probably higher since £ crashed.

  • Waddle says:

    OT no bits sorry:
    If I have a return trip with BA and in different cabins for each leg, do I get the higher baggage allowance for both legs or respective for each? So if I fly WTP then CW back, is it 2x23kg then 2x32kg or 2x32kg both ways?

    • Shoestring says:

      No – you get the higher baggage allowance for a mixed (say) outward journey if it has more than 1 flight eg CW to Singapore but Economy to Sydney – but if it’s CW out, Economy back you only get Economy baggage on the way back.

      • Lyn says:

        Unless you are BA Silver or above, which I believe gives you 32kg anyway.

        • Lady London says:

          Silver gets extra bag and both bags 32kg even in Y. You may have to remind checking of this. Plus extra bag in another class also making all 32kg.

          The only thing I miss about my BA status.

          • Waddle says:

            Thanks everyone!

          • Lady London says:

            Check in Manage my Booking online in case Brutish Airways ever decides to sneak in worse conditions without announcing them.

          • Jonathan says:

            Not quite correct. It’s minimum 2 x 32kg in any class as Silver so extra bag in Y but no extra in W, J or F. To get an additional bag in any class ie. 3 in W & J and 4 in F you need to be Gold. Either way it’s a very good benefit for European flights in Y as means you can take skis, bike etc on top of a case.

          • Lady London says:

            Thanks very much for the clarification Jonathan.

            Yes I do recall I was Gold when I managed to get 3*32kg in J.
            And it heartens me that when I had 4 bags on my one and only trip in F, not even having Silver would have got me the 4th one free. I don’t feel so bad about British Airways ripping me off for £200 for the 1 extra bag now!

            So i guess the other good thing to remember about Silver is that is makes all your bags 32kg (not 23kg) if you want. I do recall having to gently nudge checkin staff on two separate occasions, though, on shorthaul at T5 when they were about to tell me that my bag was too heavy.

  • Derek Scott says:

    I’ve done the Flight and Hotel packaging with BAH before and it is cheaper than booking seperately. However, you need to factor in that Hotel chains won’t recognise your loyalty membership when not booking direct, so no points, membership benefits, or sometimes even online check-in options.

    It has always intrigued me, frustrated even, that Hotel chains don’t appreciate loyalty by members who don’t book direct. It’s about time one of the major chains broke away and did… they may find they can track even more loyalty by members who become even more loyal.

    • Shoestring says:

      The hotel chains make a lot less profit when you book through a third party so can’t afford to give you loyalty benefits.

    • Anna says:

      That said, I’ve booked Hilton hotels twice recently via BA and then emailed the hotel and asked them to link the booking to my HH account. On both occasions they’ve honoured my gold status and I’ve been given free breakfast – at the HGI in Rome last month this added up to 12 breakfasts so well worth asking!

      • Doug M says:

        Was offered points to forgo housekeeping at an Embassy Suites. Jumped at it, kind of person that leaves a room looking like I find it. On one occasion this resulted in lots of points posting as if I paid Hilton rather than hotels com.

      • Alex Sm says:

        IHG hotels staff never refuse to link your non-qualifying booking to your IHG Rewards number but it doesn’t make much difference anyway

    • Doug M says:

      Making a hotel chain pay more than 20% to a booking agent is the sort of loyalty they manage without. Marriott or SPG used to give you the benefits not the points, but that stopped with the merger/take over. It’s not unreasonable. Depending on situation you could with something like late check-out and free breakfast think it worth paying to book direct, family of 4 say. Solo/couple more likely to benefit from lower rate.

    • Lady London says:

      The new version of Hilton’s promo just started definitely biases rewards to existing loyal Hilton stayers who stay a lot of nights with them that there’s a good chance Hilton would get those nights from anyway.

      I’d say that’s rewarding loyalty quite specifically.

      What it doesn’t do is make me move my none-too-shabby upcoming number of bookings to Hilton as they’ve set the bar too high before anything interesting is earned. Up to and including 15 nights that promo gets me 10-12% off only and I can get what that gives me quite easily anyway elsewhere. But the last thing I am going to do is book even my 4-9 nights or so with Hilton now. I’ll get better rewards elsewhere.

  • Ant says:

    Very OT: booked return flights to HK For Easter 2020. Would like to go somewhere from there for a few days by the beach. Any suggestions for anisland with direct flights from HK or Macau?

    • Shoestring says:

      Macau is fun but no point flying there from HK, just take a speed ferry for fun or the new bridge opened last year so you could go by bus, it’s about 60km away.

      • Shoestring says:


        • Stu_N says:

          If you go to Macau, take the ferry. It takes you to the terminal on the peninsula then there are free buses to get to the casino – we went to the Lisboa. Then it’s a short walk to the heritage sights. It’s ok for a day but it was very busy and pretty run-down away from the main sights. We didn’t go to Cotai to see the casinos as that just doesn’t appeal.

          We were told that if you take the bus, it only goes as far as the border gateway and then you need to get a shuttle to and from there to the casinos, for which you are queueing with thousands of Mainland Chinese visiting for the day.

          On our return the queue for the ferry bus was about 10 mins and the border gate queue was huge – it was well past the “2 hours” marker.

          • chris says:

            If you want to be a bit different; Palau amazing diving and snorkelling.


          • John says:

            If you get to the HK Port (i.e. the bus terminal) by 0900 on weekdays, it won’t be crowded. The casino buses operate from Macau Port starting at 1000, or you can take the paid public bus before that. Crowds start to arrive around 1030, and going back to Hong Kong, it won’t be crowded if you leave before 1730.

            The ferry is at least 3x the price of the bus (6x for over 65s) although I suppose people prepared to pay £250 for a hotel room won’t worry about the difference.

      • Lady London says:

        I went across to Macau on the jetfoil and saw it before it was redeveloped. It was like stepping back in time to the 1950’s. I won’t be returning there as I don’t want to destroy that memory.

        • John says:

          The Asian Vegas is on Cotai. Coloane still has an old-fashioned feel and Macau peninsula, if you avoid the city centre and the border crossing is still quite nice (and uncrowded)

        • Shoestring says:

          Same here (for now, might visit again later) – for me it was back in 1988 and we really enjoyed the food that weekend, seeking out fusion Chinese Portuguese influence fiery stuff 🙂

          • Lady London says:

            1989 for me. Even though I’m only 21 :-).

    • Darren says:

      Phuket, Samui or you could try Danang/Hoi An in Vietnam. I think there’s also direct to Bali and the Philippines but these may be too long to get to a beach.

    • BJ says:

      Cebu…cash on Cebu Pacific or redemption on Cathay. Both from HKG but Cebu Pacific probably fly to Macao too.

      • Cat says:

        + 1 for Cebu, I just flew back on Cathay 2 weeks ago! Cebu has some lovely spots, but it’s well worth taking a ferry on to one of Bohol, Siquijor, Apo or Malapascua islands.

        • Genghis says:

          +1 for Malapascua and Bohol.

          • Cat says:

            So my OH and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this weekend. We’re equally happy in the great outdoors as we are in 5* luxury, so we decided to go camping in a small tent in the New Forest. This decision was made a while back, and despite weather reports, we decided to go ahead with the plan as it looked like it was at least going to be dry. OH went outside just now to cook, spotted massive grey clouds, and according to the beeb, we’re now about to get a surprise hail storm.
            My memories of the Philippines are all that are keeping me going right now…

          • Liz says:

            @Cat – we are currently in our caravan on the Island of Mull – had a great week here with great weather but temp has dropped and it’s blowing a hoolie now! Looking forward to our next big month long USA road trip in 2 wks time!

          • Cat says:

            I love Mull! And Iona! Although I can imagine the weather right now is less than ideal! It just rained a bit in the end, no hail thankfully. I’m very grateful for my down sleeping bag and down-filled air mattress right now!

          • Cat says:

            Where’s the road trip taking you Liz?

          • Liz says:

            @Cat – we’ve had fab weather all week. Wall to wall sunshine but turned chilly and windy yesterday when we climbed our 2nd Munro! We did Iona, Staffa and Lunga to see the puffins this week!
            Flying in to Denver, and road tripping through Colorado, Utah for Arches and Canyonlands NP, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell in Arizona, Bryce and Zion NP, Wyoming for Grand Teton and Yellowstone NP, Billings, Montana, S Dakota for Mt Rushmore, down through Nebraska, through Cheyenne WY and back to Denver – 7 new states for us!

          • Lady London says:

            @Cat you sound just like me. I love being under canvas. The colder, wetter and windier the better though. Provided I know I’ve got my tent (from the people starting with H) well staked down !

            For me weirdly other than that, I only like 5*+ in hotels.
            All the hotel levels in between, for me I dont enjoy and consider them just for work. Unless there’s something unusual about them.

          • Lady London says:

            @Cat down-filled air mattress…. Exped ?

          • Cat says:

            Liz wow! Both trips sound just incredible! I’m so jealous of puffin sightings, I’ve been wanting to see (and get hundreds of photos of) them for ages! I may need to pay the Highlands and islands another visit soon! Im even more jealous of your upcoming road trip – I’ve wanted to do something similar for years, but neither I nor my OH drive, and my similarly minded friends who love hiking in NPs and do drive all currently have small children. I’m waiting for them to grow and either get into hiking, or be old enough to spend a week or two with the grandparents!

            Lady London yes, my exped, its wonderful. The one beginning with H – Hilleberg? That’s exactly what I’m sleeping under right now. They’re bloody marvellous, and perfect if you walk in! I much prefer it when it’s lovely and warm though – not too hot to bake your face in the tent in the morning, but warm enough to hike in a t-shirt, and dry enough to be able to pack the tent away with the outer, inner and footprint still attached to each other! I do love a luxury 5* hotel, but I have a special place in my heart for lovely boutique hotels, well run B&Bs and, yes the unusual places. I thoroughly enjoyed staying in gers in the Gobi desert a while back!

          • Liz says:

            I like taking lots of photos of our trips for scrapbooking and posting on FB so that family abroad can follow our travels – I put up a selection of great puffin pics on my page – they are such cute funny little birds! We saw them last year on the Isle of May from Anstruther on Fife coast.

          • BJ says:

            @TheThreeLadies, your memoirs make me smile although I must confess a preference for sheets to canvas these days myself. They begin with an H too…Hotel Collection 🙂 However, my most memorable travels were in days when even canvas was a luxury, station floors, park benches, beaches, trains and buses were frequently my bed for the night in the good old days. Much more memorable than my first First or my first 5* hotel.

          • Cat says:

            @BJ beaches, trains and buses – yes, yes, yes! Park benches and station floors – hell no, a step too far!
            I can also add a cave on a beach in Sardinia, and a hammock in the upper reaches of the Amazon to the list!

          • Cat says:

            While I was in the Philippines, I did this absolutely incredible 5 day boat trip from Coron to El Nido. We stopped at the most breathtaking, remote beaches every night and slept in gorgeous, ridiculously basic open-sided huts right on the beach every night. The best beach had a backdrop of mountains that looked like a set straight out of Jurassic Park, and we were greeted by turtles when we arrived. I spent a very happy half hour snorkelling with them!

          • BJ says:

            @Cat, sounds awesome, I could always tell you were a real traveller as opposed to a holiday maker 🙂 Oddly, my favourite beach experience is on the shore of Lake Peipsi in Estonia of all places. Locals invited us to sauna in Forrest by the lake, afterwards they built a huge fire at the shore and partied there all night. The coup to overthrow Gorbachaev had just taken place and they were overjoyed as they predicted it was the
            beginning of the end of the USSR. Turned out they were right. Station floors do feel creepy, first was Koln and I was alone at the time so it didn’t help. Worst place ever though was a motel in wrong area of Washington DC, we barricaded the door! I can add a prison to my list too, stayed at the one they converted to a youth hostel in Stockholm.

          • Cat says:

            @BJ oh my word! Lake Peipsi is now going on my list, although the odds of being there for similar monumental political shifts are slim!
            Dodgy hotels and motels – I usually go for the chair under the door knob, if the chair’s tall enough!
            On a side note, I met Gorbachev many years ago. Nice chap!

  • Darren says:

    So now I have to get the calculator out to see if purchasing Avios and tag them to my 241s is better than the BA sale.

    Decisions, decisions.

  • David says:

    San Francisco £1,398 Club World in the sale looks like a very good price. Although some of the Qatar deals, and recently the Lufthansa / Swiss deal, have made me wonder about the continuing value of the Avios collection circus (and if you don’t travel much for work it does end up being something of a past time to earn sufficient points) – I’ve usually reverted to Avios as the maths still favours points travel.

    However, these sort of BA sale prices feel like the beginning of a potential game changer. In the last Xmas sale I paid £790 ish for a return WTP ticket LHR to SFO for November 2019, which my research told me was pretty good. I upgraded it to CW using 60,000 Avios and an additional £200 taxes and charges. So that’s £990 cash plus the equivalent of £600 worth of Avios, which amount to £1,590 total. The sale deal now looks better value.

    Caveats include finding the best sale deal on the specific dates of course, and using a 241 CP adds another level of complexity, but this is the first time I’ve thought: woh – it’s actually cheaper to buy this long haul BA CW flight cash than it is to – sensibly – use Avios.

    • Paul says:

      As was the case with previous ‘bargain’ flights announced on HFP, the ink hasn’t dried and the quoted fares seem to have disappeared. The reality of “San Francisco £1,398 Club World” as of 10 am today 4th May, is a minimum of £400 more with the minor caveat of flying on on Christmas Day! Fly a couple of weeks earlier and the ‘sale’ price rises to £3814.

      • Rob says:

        Seems so. However, it is under £1600 from Nov to March.

      • Peter K says:

        The early bird and all that. The sale started before today and 10:24 am is not that early even if it had. The best deals go very quickly, whether flights, holidays, black Friday etc

      • Doug M says:

        @Paul. If you’re prepared to get to Inverness, San Jose has decent availability sub £1250.

    • Lady London says:

      Avios are in constant danger of devaluation though. So if the value is anything like close to cash I’d get rid of the Avios.

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