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Here are the British Airways Black Friday to Cyber Monday deals – anything interesting?

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British Airways has released its Black Friday deals.  

These went live today (28th) and run to Tuesday 3rd December.

It is a mixed bag and I’m not quite sure what to make of it.  They don’t appear too desperate to fill premium seats.

Details are the ba.com Black Friday page here.

There are actually FOUR different offers.

Offer 1:  Companion fares on Club Europe short-haul

British Airways is offering ‘companion deals’ on the following routes:

From Heathrow: Barcelona, Berlin, Billund, Bologna, Brussels, Basel, Budapest, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hanover, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul “and more”

From Gatwick: Turin, Porto, Verona, Geneva, Salzburg, Bilbao, Grenoble, Bergamo, Faro, Naples, Sevilla, Nice, Jersey, Edinburgh, Dubrovnik, Glasgow

When you book for two people, Club Europe will price at exactly £100 per person, return, above the Euro Traveller price.

British Airways Black Friday deals

Offer 2:  Discounted World Traveller and World Traveller Plus tickets

There are ‘special fares’ on the following routes:

World Traveller:  Abu Dhabi, Durban, Johannesburg, Seychelles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Osaka,
Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Grand Cayman, Cancun, Kingston

World Traveller Plus:  Cancun, Lima, Orlando, Mauritius, Tampa

Here are headline prices supplied by BA:

  • Abu Dhabi – £297 return
  • Las Vegas – £399 return
  • Kingston – £495 return
  • Johannesburg – £499 return
  • Grand Cayman – £649 return

British Airways Black Friday deals

Offer 3:  Guaranteed ‘buy up’ deals to World Traveller Plus

On the following routes, World Traveller Plus is being offered for a fixed premium over World Traveller.

There could be some good deals here if you also manage to upgrade your World Traveller Plus seat to Club World using Avios.  Remember that this requires Avios availability in Club World.

Remember that World Traveller Plus offers 90-100 tier points each way and a lot more Avios than World Traveller, so the ‘buy up’ is even better value than it looks.  Rhys will be doing a World Traveller Plus review next week, although it will be after this deal has closed.

Routes where WTP is £199 above WT:  Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Jeddah, Muscat, New Orleans, Osaka, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington

Routes where WTP is £249 above WT:  Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, New York, Austin, Pittsburgh, Tokyo

Routes where WTP is £299 above WT:  Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban

British Airways Black Friday deals

Offer 4:  Discounted Club World tickets

Club World discounting is very restricted this year (no ‘2 for £2019’ offer) and will be limited to the following routes:

Durban, Johannesburg, Austin, Nashville, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Here are headline prices supplied by BA:

  • Johannesburg £2599
  • Toronto £1595 (Club Suite on the A350 departure)
  • Nashville £1595
  • Austin £1595

Travel dates: Johannesburg: 13/01/20 – 31/03/20, Toronto, Nashville and Austin: 23/12/19 – 29/12/19.

I will update this article during the day if more deals come to light.

Full details are on BA’s Black Friday page here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

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10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

Comments (74)

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  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Anything interesting ? No…

    • Rob says:

      £1595 CW is not terrible to Nashville etc, although ‘2 for £2019’ would have been a lot better ….

      • Sussex Bantam says:

        You’re right – “not terrible” is a good description !

        Actually the upgrade from WT to WTP is not a bad deal. I’d happily pay £200 for that upgrade.

        • Bijandra says:

          looking forward for another 2020 offer, but maybe have to wait a year for it.

        • Lloyd says:

          Not fantastic. Booked Nashville last year for c.£1,800 in First so only £200 more than the current CW fare. I’m sure I’ve seen the Nashville prices around the £1,400 mark in the recent past.

  • TripRep says:

    Currently in the LGW BA Lounge, had to titter to myself seeing a rack of charcoal burnt toast after the article on the £10k CW MIA-LHR cheese toasty the other day.

  • BJ says:

    Better than Qatar Airways, just had their Black Friday email and fares seem higher across the board that they would normally charge any other time of the year. Special offers of some sort for BA flights to Japan seem commonplace these days, and award availability is really good too. Seems like they are struggling with competition to Japan. Offers for Singapore seem more common than they used to be too.

    • Polly says:

      Exactly. We actually came in from Singapore today. 1st time on a q r sale via arn. Usually try for kul, hkg or hkt. Our biz cabins on all 4 sectors were full. So l guess we will have limited choice of destinations in future qr sales.

  • riku2 says:

    >>Remember that World Traveller Plus offers 75 tier points each way and a lot more Avios than World Traveller

    I am getting 90 points each way in WTP and 100 points for routes like LHR-KUL and LHR-NRT

  • BJ says:

    Does the fixed price upgrades to WTP include the extra APD or does that have to be added too?

    • Rob says:

      Includes.

      • BJ says:

        Starts to look like a potentially very good deal then. Would be interesting if they offered extra value to part pay with avios too on these flights too.

        • meta says:

          I think you can. I looked at NY and you could discount £30, £60, £144 for 3.4k, 6.5k or 21k avios bringing down the price between £550-620.

  • maccymac says:

    Underwhelming to say the least.

    You’d have though that after multiple data breaches, IT meltdowns, cancellations and pilot strikes they would have used the opportunity to make a positive splash.

  • john mcdibble says:

    these are great offers. i am thinking about purchasing for these wife and kids to abu dhabi. not sure how safe it is though as middle east has some dangerous parts. normally only fly miami twice per year.

    • Rob says:

      You’re having a laugh John, surely. You travel to Miami twice per year but you think Abu Dhabi is dangerous?! Your chance of being the victim of crime in Abu Dhabi or Dubai is effectively nil.

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        Don’t all the drug lords hang out in Miami?

        UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait. All very safe.

    • Alex M says:

      States has dangerous places too but it does not stop you flying there?

    • Spurs Debs says:

      You will be a lot safer in Abu Dhabi than Miami. I spent a week on my own in Ras Al Khaimah couple weeks ago. I decided as a woman travelling on my own it would be much safer flying into Dubai for a week than going to Caribbean.
      There are very nasty consequences for crimes committed. Especially against tourists, chatting to driver who picked me up we were talking about safety and he was telling me if they are caught doing a crime it’s a harsh fine/ prison sentence then deported and a ban for life. They are there to make money to send back to families and all know consequences of any criminality. Even their fines for minor driving offences are really expensive.

  • Paul says:

    Still seem to be matching Virgin BF deals to SEA and SFO @£1550 each club…. at least in June where I was looking…

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