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Amazing £1,070 BA Club World business class flight deal to Rio, starting in Paris

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British Airways is currently offering an exceptional £1,070 return fare to Rio de Janeiro in Business Class.

You need to travel to Paris Charles de Gaulle to start your trip, but this is a modest inconvenience given the price.

Here are the fare rules:

You must travel OUTBOUND between 13th August – 13th September, or 27th October – 13th December

You must travel INBOUND before 13th September, or 4th November – 24th December

You must stay away over a Saturday night

You must book by 31st July (although it may be pulled earlier)

Whilst this doesn’t always work, I would recommend trying to book through the BA Holidays site here and adding in a hotel or car hire.  This can bring down the fare even further if you get lucky.

In terms of British Airways Executive Club tier points, you will earn 40 + 140 + 140 + 40 = 360 for the return trip.  The Head for Points British Airways tier point calculator is here.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best bet to maximise your miles when paying is with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card.  This 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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus 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.

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 sign-up 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.

Comments (25)

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  • Tom says:


    Airlines don’t like you “throwing away” the last segment of your flight but there isn’t a lot they can do about it.

    In theory they might ban you or fine you in money or Avios, but I doubt it

    • Rob says:

      Are you joking?

      BA will close your BAEC account if you do this more than a couple of times in quick succession. Numerous examples on Flyertalk over the years. If you book through a travel agent, the travel agent will get a bill for the difference between what you paid and what you flew, which is deducted from the commission payments due from BA. Various examples of this including Propeller Travel, which was heavily used by Flyertalk members and so unfortunately had a higher than usual % of travellers dropping legs.

      • Lady London says:

        Anyone tested that in court? I thought Iberia lost a case about pretty much that.

  • Jack says:

    Looks like this deal is now gone less than 24 hours later, everything now showing at just under £2000 for me…

  • Another Commenter says:

    No longer available, m’fraid.

    Ah well, there will be another deal along shortly.

    I wonder if Virgin will have opening offers when they start flying to Sao Paulo??

  • Tom says:


    I think you’d have to do it a few times to get your BAEC closed. After all, people fail to show up for flights all the time.

    Or of course if you won’t bothered about the miles then book it through a third party like Expedia.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you do need to do it a few times to get closed down.

      Expedia gives miles. And only a fool would do something which lands Expedia with a massive fine and thus encouraging their lawyers to come after you. I have never seen a case of BA coming after an individual who booked direct for extra £ – you only get your account closed, which happens anyway via either route after multiple abuses.

      • Charlieface says:

        I doubt Expedia would be able to claim for such a punitive fine from a pax where there is no clear upfront agreement about paying it. Equally BA is lucky noone tested an account closure in court, it strikes me they would see it as an unfair clause (if it’s even in the contract) and definitely anti competitive.

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