British Airways has launched a new flight sale and is offering some good savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class flight.
This looks to be a decent sale – we’ve started to track British Airways sale fares and these fares are generally lower than we’ve seen in the last two promotions.
Travel dates vary by destination. You must book before 17th March.
All of the flight deals can be found on the British Airways website. The BA Holidays deals can be found here. We’ll explain later why booking via BA Holidays may be a better deal.
Don’t expect any fire sale deals due to coronavirus. Willie Walsh, the IAG Chief Executive, said during the 2019 results presentation yesterday that it wouldn’t happen. He has been caught out in the past by launching deeply discounted sales during periods of turbulence, only to find that he had no seats left to sell when business levels picked up.
What are the Club World business class flight deals?
There’s some very strongly discounted fares to be found to the US and particularly Canada.
We recommend using the Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com to see which months these fares are available.
Flights in Club World to Toronto, for example, are more than £200 cheaper than both the Winter and Centenary sales in 2019. Here’s our pick of the lowest fares:
- Boston £1,172
- Chicago £1,172
- New York £1,172
- Philadelphia £1,172
- Miami £1,395
- Montreal £1,171
- Nashville £1,186
- New Orleans £1,186
- Toronto £1,147
- Washington DC £1,172
Latin America and the Caribbean also have some attractive fares. Kingston, Mexico City, Grand Cayman and Nassau are all priced lower than they were for previous 2019 sales.
- Kingston £1,314
- Mexico City £1,397
- Grand Cayman £1,591
- Nassau £1,591
- St Lucia £1,509
- Rio £1,780
Whilst the Middle East and Africa prices aren’t quite as low as we have seen before, they are still much more attractive than they are in non-sale periods:
- Cape Town £2,658
- Durban £2,690
- Johannesburg £2,584
- Seychelles £1,800
- Tel Aviv £1,141
Moscow is also available for £1,099 but you need to be careful to book onto a long-haul aircraft.
And in First Class…
There’s a good selection of First Class routes to North America for under £2,000, which isn’t something you see too often:
- Chicago: £1,993
- Las Vegas £1,989
- San Diego £1,984
- San Francisco £1,984
- San Jose £1,984
- Seattle £1,984
- Phoenix £1,984
- Portland £1,989
- Toronto £1,974
- Vancouver £1,965
In addition Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville and Washington DC all come in under £2,100.
The sale isn’t as impressive outside North America for First, but these are worth highlighting:
- Mexico City £2,213
- Mumbai £2,442
- Abu Dhabi £2,205
- Seychelles £2,500
- Tel Aviv £1,541
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.
We’ve mentioned this before, but you can make substantial savings when you book a flight+hotel deal with BA Holidays. For example, in the Luxury Sale the Club World flight price to Miami starts at £1,395 pp. However, if you book Club World flights and 4 nights in a hotel in Miami via BA Holidays, packages start from £1,499pp.
Some headline Club World deals are:
- Boston from £1,259 per person – Flying out from Heathrow in Club World on 23rd November 2020 and staying at the Boston Park Plaza for 4 nights
- Miami from £1,499 per person – Departing 7th May 2020 and staying 4 nights in a 4* hotel in Miami’s South Beach area. Flights are return from Heathrow and in Club World.
- New Orleans from £1,669 per person – This offer includes 5 nights in New Orleans staying at the New Orleans Marriott. Flights are Club World return from London Heathrow. Here’s the real shocker – this one is available in school holidays! Flights are available on 6th August, which land back on 12th August (return is an overnight departing 11th August).
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.
You can see full details of offers and fares in the Luxury Sale section of the BA website 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. The sale ends on 17th March.
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.
There are also some good short-haul deals in Club Europe. We will look at those in a separate article in a couple of days.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons why you should get the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.
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.)