We covered the current British Airways and BA Holidays sale last week.
The article focused on long-haul routes. However, British Airways has also reduced fares on many short haul routes.
The longer Club Europe routes earn an impressive 160 Executive Club tier points for a return flight.
Remember that BA has cut status requirements by 25%
British Airways has reduced the number of tier points you need to earn status by 25% as part of its coronavirus response. This means:
Bronze status now requires 225 tier points (Bronze benefits here)
Silver status now requires 450 tier points (Silver benefits here)
Gold status now requires 1,125 tier points (Gold benefits here)
With a single £200ish Club Europe flight earning you 160 tier points, Bronze or Silver status could be yours for a relatively modest outlay. 2-3 weekend breaks would get you Bronze or Silver status without any long-haul trips required.
What routes offer 160 tier points for the lowest price?
The prices below are the lowest fares showing on 160 tier point routes in the ba.com Low Fare Finder for Club Europe over the next 12 months. I have only listed routes around £300 return or less.
Remember that you cannot currently travel on many of the routes listed below, so you are taking a gamble on the route opening up.
Your booking is refundable to the extent that British Airways will give you a ‘Future Travel Voucher’ if you choose to cancel for any reason. You can read the terms of the ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee here.
Here are cheapest 160 tier point Club Europe deals I could see. You may need to stay a specific number of days or over a Saturday night to see these fares:
- Algiers (£286)
- Bucharest (£234)
- Catania (£228)
- Funchal (£278)
- Gran Canaria (£256)
- Istanbul (£274)
- Kalamata (£274)
- Kefalonia (£266)
- Lanzarote (£234)
- Malta (£236)
- Marrakech (£233)
- Paphos (£248)
- Preveza Lefkada (£246)
- Reykjavik (£222)
- Sofia (£198)
- Tenerife (£272)
- Thessaloniki (£290)
- Tirana (£194)
This Head for Points article lists all Club Europe routes which earn 160 tier points for a return flight. Some routes on that last are currently suspended, however.
The cheapest Club Europe business class deals in the sale are under £160 but these only earn 80 tier points return. On a ‘pound per point’ basis, the deals above are better.
You can book Club Europe for as little as £125!
Newquay is not on the ‘Low Fare Finder’ for some reason, but can be booked for a remarkable £125 return in Club Europe. For example:
Newquay is an 80 tier point route. There are currently no flights for sale between the end of February, when BA’s Government subsidy runs out, and July when the route restarts on a fully commercial basis.
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 (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)