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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 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)

  • Anna says:

    Flight plus car hire to Malaga next summer exactly the same price as when I booked it a couple of weeks ago. Is there not a law which says products have to be on sale at full price for 28 days before they can go in a sale or something? Has anyone actually found a holiday priced less than previously?

    • Nick says:

      Yes. But not everything on a particular route has to be on sale, so maybe what you bought isn’t (e.g. a shop could have a red size 12 shirt on sale but not a black size 10).
      BA does keep records of prices and inventory pre- and during-sale precisely in case a court demands them, so I do think they’re legit with it.

  • Rash says:

    Thanks for that. I need a quick 40 TPs to keep Silver but as I’m based in Manchester over October looks like it will be a quick MAN-LHR same day return. Having never done this before I guess when I get off at LHR, I just follow the signs for domestic connections and go straight to the gate for the return leg and no issues?

    • Anna says:

      Rash, you will get off at the same gate or very near to where you will get back on unless something has gone badly wrong (usually the lower number A gates, 7 or 9 IME). I can’t see that you would have to leave the general area unless there is a different procedure for back to back flights. As you won’t have left the airport, I’m assuming there will be no need for security screening or passport checks at LHR. I would also consider this as a future tier point run, though not on a day when it costs more than flying to America as is sometimes the case!

  • Graham Law says:

    Example of BA holiday saving. 5 of us going to JNB returning from CPT in WT. £727pp for flight only. Need a car for nearly half the time we are there which would cost £356. Booking together price pp went down to £653, saving over £140pp compared with separate bookings.

  • Julian says:

    Darn. I just booked economy flights to Sofia last week as the business class flight was priced at over £500. BA upgrade offers still come up to the same amount. Do you think BA will allow me to upgrade to the current price if I call them?

  • Alex G says:

    Awesome, have booked 2 return tickets to HEL in January Fri-Sun for £420, bargain for 160 tier points! And lounge-wise, they depart and arrive from T3, so can go to the Cathay Lounge.

  • RonaldDacey says:

    Do I rightfully assume that there is no way to redeem my existing reward points to use either the Sale or the BA Holiday packages?

    I have a good amount saved up by now and would like to redeem part of it for a long weekend (Thu-Mon e.g.) with the Missus in New York City in Spring 2020. How would you best proceed here to maximize bang-for-the-buck?


    • Rob says:

      You can part-pay with Avios for sale tickets, not an issue. The rate isn’t great though – generally close to 0.5p vs 1p per Avios which should be possible for an ‘all Avios’ ticket.

  • TomR says:

    Do you think hotel status will be treated like booking with any other travel agent? ie, they probably wont recognise your status? Thinking of booking a Hilton in Helsinki to bag 160 Tier Points.
    If I book the flights separate and the hotel directly, it’s only costing £50 more, so for the Honors points, chance of an upgrade and breakfast I think I will probably just book flights with BA.
    (Hilton Honors Gold via AmEx Platinum)
    Thanks 🙂

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