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British Airways sale highlights: New York in Club World for £1317, 160 tier points for £210

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British Airways has launched a new flight and holidays sale click here for details.

We ran an article last week on some of the deals in First, but the Club World sale appeared to be pulled at short notice due to the announcement of the pilots’ strike.  It is now back.  You must book by 24th September to get these deals.

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Club Europe deals in the BA sale

Club Europe has some short-haul deals worth looking at. I have priced these for a return.  All routes earn 80 tier points return unless stated:

  • Barcelona from £202
  • Bologna from £194
  • Bordeaux from £144
  • Cologne from £148
  • Geneva from £186
  • Gothenburg from £196
  • Helsinki from £210 return (this gets you 160 tier points)
  • Milan from £158
  • Naples from £172
  • Palma from £164
  • Pisa from £192
  • Porto from £174
  • Rome from £158
  • Salzburg from £190
  • Sofia from £210 (160 tier points)
  • Tirana from £210 (160 tier points)
  • Venice from £150
  • Vienna from £158

Helsinki is especially interesting as Finnair has recently refurbished its lounges and the feedback is excellent.

Club World deals in the BA sale

There are some deals in Club World which look interesting:

  • Montreal from £1398 (December 2019 – April 2020)
  • Nashville from £1499 (December 2019 – April 2020, pictured above)
  • New Orleans from £1448 (December 2019 – April 2020)
  • New York from £1317 (December 2019 – April 2020)
  • Philadelphia from £1383 (December 2019 – April 2020)
  • San Jose from £1489 (December 2019 – April 2020)
  • San Jose (Costa Rica) from £1595 (September – October 2019 and May – June 2020)
  • Tel Aviv from £999 (October 2019 – March 2020)
  • Toronto from £1375 (December 2019 – April 2020)

Remember that as of 1st October British Airways hopes to operate their new A350 featuring the new Club Suite on Toronto flights BA93 and BA92!

If you want a full list of routes the easiest way to find the lowest prices is with the Low Fare Finder on the BA website here.

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First Class deals in the BA sale

These are the First Class fares we first published last weekend. It looks like most of these are still available, although I haven’t checked each and every one.

Here are the lead-in prices:

  • Atlanta from £1948
  • Austin from £1979
  • Charleston from £2048
  • Chicago from £1944
  • Dallas from £2071
  • Denver from £1948
  • Houston from £1996
  • Las Vegas from £2167
  • Mexico City from £2148
  • Miami from £2093
  • Nashville from £1903
  • New Orleans from £1853
  • New York from £2148
  • Phoenix from £2117
  • Pittsburg from £1995
  • San Diego from £2061
  • Seattle from £1944
  • Vancouver from £2174
  • Washington DC from £1910

Again, the easiest way to find these fares is via the BA Low Fare Finder, which you can sort by cabin class.

The rules are that you must book by the 24th September. Outbound flights are permitted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday whilst inbound flights are for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. You must stay over a Saturday night.

These prices are for travel from early January until very early April, which is before most schools break up for Easter.

Get an even better deal with BA Holidays

There are also some good deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package in a hotel with your flight (and you can often make substantial savings if you do).

Whilst it is hard to get your head around, the weird ways that flights are priced means that booking a flight with a car or a flight with a hotel can be cheaper than just booking a flight.  Note that if you add a car or hotel it must be for the full duration of your holiday if you want to trigger a package discount.

Some headline World Traveller deals are:

  • New York from £389 per person – for travel in January and February 2020 including three nights at a 3* hotel and return flights in Economy from Heathrow
  • Barbados from £569 per person – for travel in June 2020 including seven nights at a 3* hotel  and return flights in Economy from Gatwick
  • Rome from £99 per person – for travel in January 2020 including two nights at a 4* hotel and return flights in Economy from Heathrow

Remember that you don’t need to pay now when you book a BA Holidays package.  You just pay a deposit and can settle the balance up to five weeks before departure.

You also earn an extra 1 Avios per £1 when you book BA Holidays packages.  This is on top of the standard Avios you receive from the flight and the double Avios you would receive if you pay with a British Airways Premium Plus credit card.

Note that you do NOT earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme if you book a flight as part of a BA Holidays package.

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.


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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

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 (34)

  • riku2 says:

    BA recently cut the Helsinki flights to once daily instead of twice a day and the flight timings are not that convenient (middle of the day used up flying).

    • ee says:

      Yes we were affected by this on some dirt cheap CE tickets where the flights moved several hours earlier. Phoned up and was able to move both legs onto Finnair. A350 one way, A330 the other. Nice.

      Have booked another return for spring next year which we’ll use to pop to Tallinn!

  • MudIslandMlungu says:

    Helsinki is easy for a B2B now. Off the plane and straight into the queue to board. Or a spot of shopping if you do require. Did one yesterday.

    • Andrew says:

      Although you won’t get the price quoted here as BA won’t let you book a B2B, you would need to book 2 singles and likely pay more.

      • Nick says:

        Wrong. ba.com won’t let you book B2B online… but the call centre will book anything as long as it meets MCT. Which at HEL is 40 mins, in other words less than the turnaround, so can be booked ‘legally’. No phone booking fee as you can’t do it online.

    • John says:

      Hasn’t it been like this for many years?

      • riku2 says:

        The cheap prices around this time of year normally need a saturday night stay. so back-back is not possible at this price.

        • Lumma says:

          If you can afford to splurge £210 just chasing tier points why not treat yourself to a night in a hotel in a nice city on top of it?

          • The Original David says:

            Helsinki is much nicer in the summer than December – it gets rather cold and dark! Good sauna weather though…

        • kettlemassive says:

          B2B requires 2 hour lay-over I thought? At least that’s what the BA websites says when you try to book a B2B flight (if under that 2-hour window).

          What would be the cheapest B2B option? AMS?

          • Rob says:

            If you were willing to do two runs you could nest, depending on how prices are the other way. Book 1 ticket out and back, a 2nd ticket back and out and fly in the order out ticket 1, in ticket 2, out ticket 2, in ticket 1.

            This also gets around any Saturday night rule as long as the two trips have a Saturday between them.

          • Graham Law says:

            I have just booked as Rob suggests to Sofia. £209 for ex LHR return, £235 ex Sofia return so I have two B2Bs for £444 yielding 320 tp @ £1.40/tp

  • Patrick says:

    Would add Luxembourg with £143 to the list for the club Europe Sale

    Also Ctanaia and Malta re quite ineresting for TP’s and decent weather during the promotion period 😉

  • DaveP says:

    And don’t forget the Amex BAPP card offer of 1k Avios for £100 spend (expires in next 10 days) if you going to book a flight.

  • Matt B says:

    “Note that if you add a car or hotel it must be for the full duration of your holiday if you want to trigger a package discount”

    Im not sure if that is exactly true. When I booked a package a few months back I initially tried to book a car for 1 night mainly so that I could just pay a deposit for the flights I wanted. The chap on the phone knew what I was up to and said that I could book it for longer and get a discount, but didnt have to be for the full duration. I think it was 5/6 days out of the 10 day holiday.

    Not that I plan to pick it up anyway!

    • Rob says:

      Interesting. Website was changed to require a booking for the full period before you could get the cheaper flight options.

    • Anna says:

      This requirement seems to come and go in my experience of booking BA holidays over the past 10 years or so. I was interested to discover that if you book hire cars in 2 different locations it counts as a package, even without flights or accommodation. I don’t know if it affects the overall price but it certainly allows you to just pay the deposit initially.

  • Lady London says:

    Got a feeling someone said that unlike flights purchased on their own, someone said that if you book a BA Holiday you do not have the 24hr period after booking a Holiday when you can cancel for free.

  • Josh says:

    I booked an Economy Standard flight on Monday to Pittsburgh in October. I just checked today on the sale price, and it is now about £45 higher per person. Buyer beware.

  • Lumma says:

    Now they’ve fully reopened the Helsinki lounges, does that mean BA passengers can access the Finnair one? When I was there in March, the BA lounge was the “almost @ home” priority pass lounge

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