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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

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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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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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  • Mike says:

    Got a decent J deal to Brussels with a night in a hotel which will do for a tier point run and a weekend away in the winter.

  • LGWFlyer says:

    Are the £100 extra Club Europe fares actually posting like this? Struggling to find any example of this working like this in practice despite ‘Sale’ showing next to some dates on low fare finder.

    • Mike P says:

      Yep – I priced up my BRU trip in Y and it came to £200 less than it in J. Decent price for the TPs.

      • LGWFlyer says:

        Done a bit more investigation. It seems to require ‘I class’ availability to work.

        Not 100% sure but it also seemed like the £100 premium was on the Economy Plus rather than Economy Basic fare.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    £489 to AUH in WTP is pretty keen

  • Jon S says:

    I wasn’t expecting much in this sale, but got slightly excited when I saw £100 off holidays over £2500 – until I realised it doesn’t include open jaw bookings. A trip for next September I’ve been pricing up for the last couple of months BNA-DEN has actually risen by another £30 since last week. Ah well…

  • Cal says:

    Tried to get Club Europe for Prague but getting ~£160 increase for two, before the end of the March.

  • Lynny says:

    Going to Australia around 28th January until around 15th February, was hoping for some decent, Black Friday business class deals but can’t see anything around these dates. Don’t mind flying from Europe but can’t find any of the great Qatar deals previously mentioned from Scandinavia or Germany, where is the best place to search?

    • marcw says:

      Australia,,, you need to plan and put yourself a price you are happy to pay. Be realistic though and flexible. Keep calm, reading different blogs/forums that highlight these deals,… and eventually jump in.

      • Lynny says:

        Thanks, good advice, I will keep looking. I have a 241 and about 250000 miles so now looking at possibility of routing using partner airlines.

        • Will says:

          Alternatively avios multi carrier award chart and try to sneak in a kong economy leg somewhere to try and price it all as economy.

          • jtz says:

            Spill more, is this the travel certain number of miles for 150k or 200k in points? as long as its BA plus 2 other carriers?
            Thanks

          • Rob says:

            Yes, that one. Does not need BA on it.

        • Spurs Debs says:

          You can’t use 241 on partner airlines only BA metal.

      • Rob says:

        Is the £1275 Air China deal from Germany blocked for those dates?

      • Adam says:

        I appreciate that it’s too late for this deal, but I recently booked Florence to Singapore return for my parents (Swiss out Singapore back) for £940 return. They have then tagged on an economy leg from Singapore to Perth for £400 return (it’s only 5 hours)

        They have lots of time and so can do stopovers. As others say, you have to be creative to get to Australia sometimes!

        • Lynny says:

          Thanks, that was good deal, and we have the time. Couldn’t get the Air China to work for our dates so now being creative. Thanks for the help, I am remaining positive.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Lynne you don’t say your destination, but Gothenburg to Perth on those dates available right now for under £1200!!!

  • Matthias Mahr says:

    Possibly the worst set of BA offers ever?

  • Patrycja says:

    Looking at Bucharest in May and getting £260 increase on economy.

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