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Excellent Christmas & New Year USA fares from £1,061 on British Airways from France & Germany

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British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair – all British Airways partners, and all earning Avios and BA tier points – have launched some excellent Winter deals from France and Germany to the United States.

If you are looking for a Christmas break in the US sun, this could be the one to book.

How cheap?  We’re talking under £1,100 return in Business Class.  This INCLUDES Christmas week.

Here is Christmas week in Orlando out of Germany for example.  Click to enlarge.  The cost is €1,305 which is £1,132.

British Airways Christmas deals

Here is Christmas week in Atlanta out of Paris.  The cost is €1,223, which is £1,061.

Cheap British Airways fares

Available destinations seem to include (and there will be more):

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Charleston
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • Key West
  • Las Vegas
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Palm Beach
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle
  • Tampa

Here are the fare rules:

Book by 21st May (although they may get pulled earlier – this article was published on Tuesday afternoon so if you are reading this on Wednesday morning and can’t find them, they’re dead)

Fly outbound between 24th-30th November or 24th December – 7th January

Fly inbound between 23rd-30th November or 22nd December – 3rd January

Minimum stay of three days

Stopover in London, Madrid or Helsinki costs €150 plus any extra taxes (which means a lot of APD if stopping in the UK)

You can price this from various cities in France and Germany.

You can book at as usual.

If you want to maximise your credit card rewards when booking, your best choices are British Airways American Express Premium Plus (double Avios on BA flight bookings so you earn 3 Avios per £1) or American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (double points on airline bookings so you earn 2 Membership Rewards points per £1).

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (25)

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  • Peter Taysum says:

    I don’t think error fares. I’ve just bought ex CDG to SEA inc Car hire for €1400. Just impossible to use the BA website. Four password changes later (and I’m still locked out of the app) but I got them. 460 TP (CDG to JFK to SEA, back LHR to CDG).

    Phoned BA (Silver Line) and they said they can’t do that. Pretty sure that’s just ignorance?!?!? Great sale price and yet BA supremely BAD customer service, and dreadful IT. I got asked for my passport number a month back for ID purposes (I was at LHR so had it) when calling. I know they lost a load of data TWICE, but they really need to sort out IT.

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