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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

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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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  • Robert says:

    OT: Anyone know if the Amex Platinum London pop-ups will be back this year? Thanks

  • Gary Dunn says:

    I’m up north and some very good sale fares in WTP to AUH.
    INV-AUH 30th Jan returning AUH-ABZ 10th Feb – £350.50 !!!!

  • Ashish says:

    Where is the curve thread?

  • Dan Early says:

    I’ve got Avios to burn as part payment and need 260 tier points to hit Silver – Any suggestions on a low run to somewhere using this sale that would make sense?

    • Rob says:

      A Club World return is one hit.

      Far cheaper would be 2 x Club Europe returns on 160 TP routes – long weekends in Malta, Helsinki, Athens etc.

      The Inverness flight mentioned here (£350 to Abu Dhabi in WTP) would be 180 TP for the long haul plus whatever the short-haul earns.

    • Doug M says:

      With respect to Rob FT is a much better resource for this sort of question. You need to offer more information to get better answers. When by, being quite critical, along with how much time do you have for the TP run. 260 points is quite a long way short of silver, put another way you’re bronze + 40. Is there a reason you value silver if by normal flying you’re only hitting 340?

  • TripRep says:

    Warning for anyone on Club World flights from LGW, BA have a new caterer as of last week. Was not impressed with quality and the fact 2 of my 3 hot dishes were served cold, emailed Rob the details.

  • JL Bourque says:

    Hi
    It will be first time I use my avios points

    I wish to go to bali in January 2021

    I live in Montreal

    What is best way to spend my Avios points

    I have about 500,000

    Is it possible with cathay pacific in business class

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you can use Cathay. Seats are only bookable 11 months in advance though, so plenty of time to look for potential routings.

  • Jason says:

    OT if you included a sliver member in your booking, am I right in thinking you all get free seat allocation ? So does that mean if you then cancelled the silver members seat you would still all keep the other seats allocated.

    Cheers

    • Rob says:

      Probably – put it this way, if you lose your BA status then you don’t lose your seat allocations, unless you start messing around in the booking.

    • Doug M says:

      The farther away the flight the bigger chance you’ll lose the seats. Aircraft change, if it’s Europe changing the size of the CE cabin, all make BA revisit the seating, and then you lose the seats.

    • C77 says:

      Actually you don’t.
      You can book including the silver/gold member to trigger the free seat assignment. Then call up to cancel the status passenger off within 24hrs without penalty and the seat reservations stick for everyone else remaining.

  • Linda says:

    Seems Nashville is on £1595 if you part pay with Avios, Otherwise its £1945 or there abouts.

    • Rob says:

      No, £1595 is the base price. BA sent me an example showing how you could get it for £895 using ‘part pay’ vs £1595 so that is definitely ‘all cash’.

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