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LAST CALL: Get a bargain in the British Airways September Sale

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Wednesday 30th September is your last chance to book a bargain during the current British Airways saleIt offers savings on both flights and holiday packages, with flights within Europe as well as select destinations outside of Europe with Club Europe flights from as low as £149 return!

There are some decent prices, but you only have a few more days to book as the sale ends Wednesday 30th September.

You can see all deals available here.

BA maldives

What are the BA sale flight prices?

You can find a number of very good sale fares flying in Club Europe and Club World (business class) or World Traveller (economy class) to Dubai, Antigua and Barbados amongst other places.

Here are some ‘lead-in’ prices in Club Europe (return)

For selected outbound travel dates between now and 31st March 2021:

  • Dublin from £119
  • Krakow from £129
  • Prague from £149
  • Florence from £135
  • Athens from £199
  • Larnaca from £199

You can find these Club Europe deals here.

If you are specifically interested in routes which earn 160 tier points, we covered those in this article yesterday.

British Airways Club Suite cabin

Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for World Traveller flights:

For selected outbound travel dates between now and 30th September 2021:

  • Barbados from £429
  • Antigua from £384
  • Dubai from £299
  • New York from £258
  • San Francisco from £348

….. and some of the lead-in prices for Club World

For selected outbound travel dates between now and 30th September 2021 (quite a long window there!) from London Heathrow or Gatwick, for return flights:

  • St. Lucia from £1,369 (out of Gatwick)
  • Toronto from £1,299 (out of Heathrow)
  • New York from £1,199 (out of Heathrow)
  • Hong Kong from £1,898 (out of Heathrow)

You can find the Club World deals here.

Remember that, under the British Airways ‘Book With Confidence’ guarantee, you can cancel your flight at any time, for any reason, for a British Airways ‘Future Travel Voucher’

This applies to bookings made by 30th September for travel by 31st August 2021.  The voucher must be used for a flight which is taken by 30th April 2022.

Cap Cana beach, Dominican republic

Save an extra £50 or £100 on BA Holidays

BA Holidays has also got in on the act with a selection of ‘flight and hotel’ packages based around the current flight deals and is offering extra savings when booking between today and Wednesday.

In addition to the already discounted packages you can save

  • an extra £100 when spending £2,500+ per booking
  • an extra £50 when spending £1,250+ per booking

This offer is for travel dates between 1st October 2020 and 15th September 2021. For travel in 2020 this offer is only available for selected destinations.

The key thing to know about BA Holidays is that – due to the weird world of airline pricing – booking a flight and hotel, or flight and car hire, together can often work out cheaper than just booking a flight itself.

These are some example deals in the current sale with the additional discount already applied.  The travel dates vary and the pricing is based on a seven night stay.

Euro Traveller (economy) – Flights plus 7 nights hotel

  • Corfu from £749 per person – including 7 nights all-inclusive at the 5* MarBella Corfu Hotel and flights from Heathrow for travel between 1st and 31st May 2021
  • Larnaca from £679 per person – including 7 nights all-inclusive at the 45* Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa with flights from Heathrow for travel between 1st and 30th April 2021

World Traveller (economy) – Flights plus 7 nights hotel

  • St Lucia from £1,199 per person – including 7 nights all inclusive at the 4* Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa with flights from Gatwick for travel between 1st and 31st May 2021
  • Las Vegas from £699 per person – including 7 nights at the 5* Venetian Resort with flights from Heathrow for travel between 1st – 31st March 2021

‘Flight and car’ packages are available from as little as £99 per person.

Booking a BA Holidays package also gives you additional protection in case there are any issues with your flights or hotel, due to the strong legally-binding ATOL scheme.

Remember that, under the BA Holidays coronavirus guarantee, if you book a holiday before 30th September 2020 for travel up to 31st August 2021, you can amend your booking for free (just pay the difference in price) or cancel it and get a voucher for travel up until 30th April 2022.

Note that the Flight + Hotel prices are still being updated on, so you might need to click through to the search results screen to see the most up to date sale offers.

British Airways flash sale

Free lounge access with Economy holidays

British Airways has also brought back the offer of free Heathrow lounge access for high spending BA Holidays customers.

Customers booking a ‘flight plus hotel’ package during this September sale will receive complimentary Galleries Club lounge access at Heathrow Terminal 5. You must stay for at least seven nights. There is a minimum spend requirement of £1,000 per person on short haul and £1,500 per person on long haul, based on two people travelling.

This benefit is only for new bookings made between 27th August and 30th September for travel between 3rd September and 24th December 2020. You can see more on the British Airways website here.

British Airways A350 inflight narrow

Other little known benefits of booking with BA Holidays ….

Just pay a deposit now:

As usual with BA Holidays you don’t have to pay in full when booking. You can secure the deal with a small deposit of £75 per person, and then pay the balance three weeks before departure. This is a substantial extra benefit compared to just booking flights.

You get a degree of cancellation flexibility:

If you only pay the deposit now, you can walk away from your booking at any point up to three weeks before departure, which is when the final payment is due. You will lose your deposit but that is an excellent outcome compared to having to walk away from pre-paid non-refundable flights.

That said, as long as the ‘Book With Confidence’ guarantee is still in place, you would also have the option of making the final payment and then cancelling the entire holiday for a British Airways voucher valid until April 2022.

Part Pay with Avios

As always you can reduce the cost of the flight with Avios part payment. With discounts starting from 1,000 Avios for £10 off any flight.

Here are a few price examples for World Traveller flights:

  • London Heathrow to New York (JFK) from £170 plus 25,000 Avios
  • London Gatwick to Antigua from £164 plus 49,000 Avios
  • London Gatwick to St. Lucia from £179 plus 49,000 Avios
  • London Heathrow to Male from £337 plus 74,000 Avios


There is a lot going on here and you only have a few more days to book ….. discounted flights, discounted holiday packages and free lounge access on some economy holidays.

The BA September sale page is here where you can find out more and get your head around what is available.   Remember that you need to book by midnight on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points 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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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.)

Comments (38)

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Can always exchange for wine or uk hotels.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    Some really good deals in Istanbul over Christmastime still available. 4 nights in the Conrad and return J flights 400pp. On the other hand, I almost need a spreadsheet just to track all the credit vouchers accumulating from all of my frustrated attempts to fly longhaul…

    • babyg says:

      I have said spreadsheet..

      • MattK says:

        If you book a flight using two vouchers (and cash) and then have to take a new voucher for the booking do you get one overall voucher? Or the two original vouchers plus a new one?

    • Neilg says:

      Is your status recognised by hotels if you book through BA Holidays? Assuming you don’t get points but wondering if you get a hotel booking reference that you can associate to your account. I see the Intercontinental Istanbul available in this and I have Spire Ambassador so if could associate to my IHG account might be worth doing.

  • Andrew says:

    Incorrect information in the article about Holidays deposits: you don’t have to pay the full balance to convert to a FTV – the deposit alone can be converted to a FTV.

    But it’s interesting to see the complete lack of interest in these offers with the few comments that are on this page, all saying they aren’t going to travel. It does feel like the recovery of the industry is moving further away by the week.

    • ChrisC says:

      I’m prepared to travel and have flight only and holiday bookings so don’t say everyone isn’t prepared to travel.

      And I wouldn’t rely on a single reminder post about an offer. It’s clear that across HFP posts that people are travelling or making bookings.

      • AJA says:

        The trouble is that while there are people travelling the numbers are way down. Individual flights may be full but that’s because there are far fewer flights operating. These sales usually generate a lot of business but I suspect that the take up is much lower than normal. I haven’t even looked at what is on offer since I don’t want to travel and I think I’m in the majority and you’re in the minority. It’s a shame but realistically until a vaccine is widely available the majority will just stay at home. My Avios balance is increasing on a daily basis and I do want to spend them but I’m waiting until at least January as none of the places I want to travel currently accept UK citizens so no point even looking let alone booking.

  • Stu N says:

    Yep, too much hassle and too much disappointment. No forward bookings for overseas travel and no plans to make any. Sad times.

  • Jack says:

    I’m still traveling but definitely last minute. I’ve only had one cancelation with that strategy. However I am under 30 and childless which makes it substantially easier to plan.

  • makrxx says:

    Booked 3 trips to Istanbul, Madeira and Athens. 3 cities that I’ve not been and actually want to go. Paid around £578 in total. Gets me Silver. Not too shabby I guess…if the trips happen at all!

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