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.
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
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.
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.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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.)