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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 is an example itinerary:

British Airways Rio deal

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)

British Airways Rio business class offer

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.)

Comments (25)

  • 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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