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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.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

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British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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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

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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:

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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:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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Comments (25)

  • Lumma says:

    Is the Rio flight direct now or does it still stop on Sao Paulo first?

  • NigelT says:

    I booked this deal earlier today when it was a little cheaper – direct flight to GIG

  • Jonathan says:

    It’s a 787-8 for anyone interested so no First cabin.

    • AJA says:

      Unless they do a change of aircraft for operational reasons. In late June it was substituted with a 787-9 so lots of pax got operational upgrades. Lucky people. 2 friends of mine got upgraded to CW from WT+. LHR to GIG.

      Seriously thinking about this latest deal ex CDG but not having any success finding availability via the app.

  • Gautam says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for August dates…

    • Rob says:

      Despite what the fare rules say, I think you’re pushing your luck finding it at such short notice.

      Technically only 7 days advance booking is required under the ticket rules.

    • Allan says:

      13th, 20th, 21st available for 1218 EUR (~£1090) depending on your FX provider and 7 night trip

  • Doug M says:

    Many of the good BA fares in the last couple of weeks have been out of CDG, are they treading on AF toes, or is it just a random start point to gain business?
    4th July I booked Vancouver next May for €1328. Routed to produce 720TP, well under £2/TP for a place I’ve long wanted to visit, so more creative holiday route than TP run. This is an AA booking, simply because their multi-city option works better than BA, I prefer BA for the extra Avios, but when AA make their endless schedule changes between now and May it does make it easier to resolve things when booked directly with them.

    • Aston says:

      Could you kindly provide a breakdown of that 720tp please?

    • Lady London says:

      LH & LX are offering same pricing on this route right now – I will take a bet British Airways is only doing it because of that.

      As soon as the LH and LX offers disappear then British Airways offering it will disappear too.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    A couple of months ago I got a great ex-CDG to Denver for the wife in CW – c 1100 euro.

    Have got her the flight back to Paris 21 hours after the Denver flight arrives in London – so hopefully she’ll be allowed her bags back for the overnight in London 😉

    And I have two nights in Paris with her on the outbound for my birthday with our IHG vouchers!

  • Alan says:

    Is it possible to not continue on back to Paris on return leg? Or would that result in mileage penalties?

  • nick says:

    On the virgin 2-4-1 voucher – do I need to be one of the passengers? Or can I book for 2 family members?

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