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Book Manchester to Las Vegas business class flights for £1,400 on BA or AA

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American Airlines and British Airways are offering decent mid-week fares from Manchester to Las Vegas for a limited time in November / December. You can connect in London or in one of American Airlines’ mid-Atlantic hubs.

I managed to get fares for £1382 in the last week of November flying via Philadelphia outbound and Heathrow on the return.

Availability isn’t great – the fare only appears to be valid for a handful of weeks. The travel dates are between 18th November and 2nd December 2019, and you must fly between Monday and Wednesday on the outbound and Tuesday and Friday inbound. You must stay over a Sunday.

This isn’t the most useful fare deal but if you can fit yourself around the restrictions it’s not half bad, especially if you are after some British Airways Executive Club tier points.  If you can route both legs via Philadelphia then the trip would earn 560 tier points since you have four legs over 2000 miles each.

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.

You can book on the British Airways website.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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.)

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