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Get yourself a bargain in the new British Airways luxury flight and holiday sale

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British Airways has launched a new flight sale and is offering savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class flight.

You must book by 29th October and travel dates vary by destination. You can see all the available deals on the BA website here.

British Airways luxury flight and holiday sale

Business class flight deals

There are some good value Club World deals to the US and Canada, although these are not the cheapest deals we have ever seen.  In North America the most competitive fares are:

  • Montreal £1398
  • Nashville £1499
  • New York £1367
  • Orlando £1579
  • Philadelphia £1383
  • Toronto £1374
  • Washington DC £1399

Remember that selected New York (selected Boeing 777 flights) and Toronto (the A350 flights) services have the new Club Suite seat.

You can save a couple of hundred pounds on fares to the Caribbean and Latin America.  These are not rock-bottom prices but then again it is peak tourist season.  In general, these fares are available during Spring 2020:

  • Antigua £1745
  • Barbados £1766
  • Cancun £1645
  • Kingston £1694
  • Lima £1984
  • Providenciales £1891
  • Punta Cana £1521
  • St Kitts £1766
  • St Lucia £1765
  • Tobago £1716

The real winners, though, are in the Middle East and Africa – again, whilst not bargain basement sums, you will rarely see better direct fares than this during peak season:

  • Cape Town £2581 (in previous sales it was £3,200-£3,500)
  • Dammam £1859
  • Durban £2727 (again saving £500+)
  • Johannesburg £1709 (almost half price from previous sales!)
  • Nairobi £1246

British Airways luxury hotel and flight sale

And in First class…

A lot of North American destinations are available for less than £2000 in First:

  • Atlanta £1899
  • Austin £1999
  • Boston £1998
  • Chicago £1999
  • Houston £1999
  • Miami £2099
  • Nashville £1899
  • New York £1798
  • New Orleans £2003
  • Philadelphia £1803
  • San Diego £2099
  • San Jose £1999
  • Seattle £1999
  • Toronto £1798
  • Vancouver £1998
  • Washington DC £1899

The sale isn’t great outside North America, but these are worth highlighting:

  • Beijing £2399
  • Shanghai £2399
  • Tel Aviv £1544

Travelling with a companion?

There are also fares for pairs, for two people flying the exact same sectors in Club World. These are extremely competitively priced:

  • Seychelles £2499 (£1249 per person)
  • Durban £2999 (£1500pp)
  • Nassau £3399 (£1699pp)
  • Santiago £3999 (£1998pp)
  • Singapore £4498 (£2249pp)

And in First:

  • Barbados £4930 (£2465pp)
  • Sao Paolo £5999 (£2999pp)
  • Santiago £5999 (£2999pp)

The full list of destinations offering ‘241’ deals in Business Class is: Seychelles, Kingston, Durban, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Islamabad, Chennai, Kuala Lumpur, Nassau, Santiago, Sao Paolo, Singapore and Sydney.

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 Club World deals are:

  • Abu Dhabi from £1409 per person – for travel between 15th November and 15th December 2019 including including three nights at a 4* hotel and return flights in business class from Heathrow
  • Barbados from £1999 per person – for travel between 16th June and 19th July 2020 including seven nights at a 4* hotel  and return flights in Club World from Gatwick
  • New York from £1579 per person – for travel in April 2020 including four nights at a 4.5* hotel and return flights in Club World 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.  The only downside is that flights booked as part of a BA Holidays package do not earn anything in the BA On Business SME loyalty scheme.

Conclusion

The BA luxury flights and holidays page is here. It is also worth using the low fare finder tool on ba.com to track down destinations and fares and which months they’re available. Make sure to book by the 29th October, which is when this sale ends.

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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Comments (144)

  • Harry T says:

    OT:
    Flying With Ba Holidays to Dubai from LHR 25th October and returning 1st November. Any recommendations for a cheap hotel and airport parking deal? We will be driving down from Leicester on 24th October and leaving the car there for the week. Looking for a hotel for just the night of the 24th?

    I have status with Hilton, Marriott etc through Amex Platinum.

    I’ve looked at the Sofitel but it’s quite expensive, considering it doesn’t include parking.

    • The Original Nick says:

      Harry T, there are plenty of hotels along the Bath road (Renaissance Hotel is one) which you can then use the free buses around to T5.
      Could use Justpark to get your car parked close by to your hotel.

  • Zain says:

    Not sure if it’s worth mentioning that TPs are available on the cheap! Just booked a run to Madrid and Sevilla for £180 and to Sofia for next month for £195 – can’t beat £1.2/TP!

    • Tom says:

      I am looking to book flights to Sofia next month, what is a TP. and £1 2/TPI

      • Doug M says:

        It’s a Tier Point. When you fly on BA or credit your One World flight to your BAEC you earn two types of reward. Avios, these are the currency, and can be used for flights, hotels and some other things, and secondly you earn TP, these are your status reward and the number you have determines your status with BA. Each status level has things like seat reservations without payment, and at an early date, lounge access, fast track checkin, those sorts of things.

      • Zain says:

        Doug’s explained this quite well. Business class (Club Europe) return tickets are available for weekend trips to Sofia for just under £200 return from LHR.

  • Clive says:

    OT – Anyone received the Virgin miles from Tesco this period?

  • Navara says:

    Anyone had the 40% Tesco toAvios bonus this month?

    • Binks says:

      I haven’t had my Tesco virgin points Thai month either. Tesco account points have left but they haven’t hit my virgin account. ☹️

  • Andy says:

    OT: Had a look at the new Club Aspire in Gatwick today in the BA terminal. Very nice! Still had bacon and sausages out at 11:30am so it made a nice change from BA’s galleries Club.

    There was a shower which was out of order. Could get in with priority pass no problem at 11:30 but the lounge had a “full” sign on the reception desk after 2pm. I took some pics if anyone needs.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: people’s view on WeWork? Their bonds are Min denom $2k trading at 85c

    • Rob says:

      We are a customer, we are happy. Most people are. They are not the cheapest (although, as everything is included, it may well work out the same) but you can’t argue with the quality and contract flexibility. And the free beer.

      The problem, based on other analysis of the IPO prospectus (which was deliberately vague), is that the underlying business loses money. If (stripping out new opening costs etc etc) they are losing money on a building-by-building level then there is trouble coming. You can’t jack up rentals much.

      All I would say, to be fair, is that when they open new buildings they deliberately try to shift people out of existing sites. They’d prefer 10 buildings at 80% than 9 at 90% and an empty new one. With new openings now stopped occupancy may rise.

      Regus in 2000 is the shadow though. In a recession your clients go. We are on a 30-day contract.

      Even worse for WW is that they are taking on more big customers. Barclays is in our building. Why? Because it is funkier that Canary Wharf and it attracts the staff they want. That’s OK in good times. If they begin mass firings at the Wharf in a downturn and the tower has an empty floor suddenly, you can be sure the WW staff will be pulled out. Avios is also in WeWork in Chancery Lane.

  • Marcus Griffin says:

    Has anyone found the dates for the Sydney companion flights?