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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 ba.com, 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.

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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

Conclusion

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.


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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:

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)

  • Trevor says:

    Barbados just went High Risk for UK inbound so 7 days mandatory quarantine even with a negative test. That’s us out. Literally booking today. Not now…..

  • ChrisC says:

    I booked a couple of trips for next year (flights and 1 night hotel) to lock in some good prices and be able to pay a deposit rather than pay in full for just a flight and tie up my cash.

    I wonder how many flight schedule changes there will be between now and July on my 4 flight (3 with AA) itinerary.

    Closer in I’ll reprice the flights and see if there are any savings to be made and cancel the holiday and use the deposit to rebook.

  • Pawel says:

    Its one thing more with BA holidays…
    If You booking only flight it’s good to add one night at hotel or 1 day car to booking….then if cur destination is on UK quarantine list you can cancel it and get full refund zyou can do it 3 week or later from your departure day

  • mr_jetlag says:

    “7 nights all-inclusive at the 45* Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa” should be 4.5* perhaps? Otherwise that’s some hotel…

    • AJA says:

      I thought the same thing 🙂

    • ankomonkey says:

      Maybe Cruz didn’t take up his full allocation of shares because he’s a bit skint having booked himself a holiday at a 45* hotel…

  • ChrisBCN says:

    “complimentary Galleries Club lounge access at Heathrow Terminal 5. You must stay for at least seven nights”.

    Good lord, two hours is plenty long enough in that lounge thank you.

  • Simon says:

    Slight correction. BA holiday deposits can be exchanged for a FTV. You don’t have to pay the full amount.

  • Robert McCleave says:

    When is BA going to discount it’s Avios requirements in line with cash sale fares?

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I don’t see why they would, it’s not cashflow generating.

      BA is a bit like a gamblers savings account right now. You give them your cash so they can survive. At some point in the future, you may get what you booked. If you don’t, you can get a token (FTV) to play the game again.

      • Charlieface says:

        It does actually generate cashflow. YQ/YR charges go in their back pocket. Other taxes and charges are only payable at the time of the actual flight.
        And they have done 50% off Avios tickets before when demand is low.

        • ChrisBCN says:

          It’s long haul that generates the big tax amounts, not so much short haul thanks to RFS. I guess if you slashed long haul avíos requirements it would be positive for cashflow, this is true!

  • VinZ says:

    I would’ve dreamt of having so many bargains only a year ago… am I the only one not feeling excited in the slightest about all these offers? I have a few flights lined up in the next few months, mainly to Italy but the idea of flying is sooooo painful. It’s not Covid-related at all, I’m not scared of catching it, I just feel like I can live without flying as much as I would pre-pandemic.
    Mean while my avios balance keeps growing… hitting the 800,000 goal in a day or two… I’ll have a million by the the beginning of next year I think. And 3 companion vouchers… not sure what to do with all of it at present.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I hope you’ll feel differently at some point in the not to distant future! This time next year you’ll have all those avíos to spend and the world will be your oyster 😉

    • Jamie66 says:

      Travel by public transport [planes and trains] is a pretty miserable experience at the moment. Until the masks are no longer a requirement, plus all the other ‘we can’t do this or that’ due to Covid, then I’m staying away. IHG hotels as Spire: ‘we can’t serve you a complimentary drink due to Covid but you can buy one’. LNER 1st class: ‘no alcohol or breakfast due to Covid but we can give you a biscuit and a coffee’. No lounges in the regions. Third party ones closing early. Have you tried the boxed nonsense from Aspire? As BA Gold, I’ve now sampled Wetherspoons at EDI [very good setup] and flew what I had to with easyJet – simply because it was the least punishing way of travelling. LHR is a good setup too. But every BA flight needs an extra day or two tagged on, for me, anyway. Every single way I look at it, it is just not fun. Another 12 months maybe? Who knows. Most of 2021 could be written off too at this rate travel wise.

      • BSI1978 says:

        Can’t disagree with most of that Jamie66, although I do think that the requirement to wear a mask is going to be around for sometime, vaccine or otherwise.

      • Mark says:

        I’d say my experience has been somewhat difference. The two BA trips we’ve done from Heathrow this summer (both short haul, CE outbound, ET return both times) have been very good, the only real negative against normal service being the revised CE catering. Ultimately the flights are a means to an end and, whilst you may feel you’re missing out due to the missing and downgraded status benefits, there are also upsides to visiting some places without the normal crowds.

        I’d have thought for most the unpredictability of the quarantine rules and, for some, concerns around traveling and/or the prospect of getting COVID in a foreign country / away from home are likely to be the biggest issues.

        • jamie66 says:

          Means to an end – I agree with that 100%. Feel I’m missing out?!? Absolutely not!! I’m not flying business class unless I get business class. I’m not flying economy class unless I get economy class. And if my option is hassle, then I choose the least hassle option. The least worst option., which at the moment is my car. A ten year old Mercedes CLS owned since new with 22k on the clock. Which just shows you how much I pollute in normal times… 🙂

      • Mark says:

        No complimentary drink but you can buy one does seem a bit cheeky though… how did they justify that?

        • Anna says:

          Not happened on any of our IHG stays – on the contrary, at the Voco in Solihull we were both offered doubles of any spirit we wanted! (Went for Bacardi 8 anos to try and feel just a little bit tropical 🤣)

          • jamie66 says:

            Are you secretly paid by IHG like that chap over at LoyaltyLobby secretly is? If not, give it a few years after sampling your Spire status…. IHG Spire is great, especially if you mainly stay at Crown Plazas in Europe, in which case at some hotels you can equal or even better Hilton Diamond. If you want good lounge access [at least pre Covid]: then try: CP Bratislava, Porto, Athens, Tel Aviv to name a few. Those better Hilton. Except the 2x Hiltons in Prague and the handful of DT’s across Poland. 🙂 Though Bratislava CP is good for all day drinks and cakes 🙂

      • ChrisW says:

        And this was during summer when people actually wanted to travel to have a beach break after 4 months of lockdown.
        Far fewer people travel shorthaul during winter and with all the changing restrictions it’s going to be a very bleak winter for airlines.

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