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:
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 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 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.
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