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British Airways has launched a new luxury flight sale. It is also offering some good savings on BA Holidays packages which include a First or Business Class flight. Details are here.

There are some genuinely good deals here. We’ve started to track British Airways sale fares and these fares are generally lower than we’ve seen recently with some all-time low deals to be had too.

On some routes you can book as far in advance as 3rd October 2021.

British Airways luxury sale

All of the flight and holiday deals can be found on the British Airways website. We’ll explain later why booking via BA Holidays may be a better deal.

You must book before 3rd November. Travel dates vary by destination – visit the sale website and scroll down to the T&C’s at the bottom to see the full list.

British Airways luxury sale

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. Whilst travel is clearly heavily restricted in the short term, many routes can be booked at these fares for well into 2021.

We recommend using the Low Fare Finder tool on to see which months these fares are available.

Flights in Club World to Seattle, for example, are more than £200 cheaper than any other sale in the past 18 months. Here’s our pick of the best deals:

  • Austin £1,391
  • Charleston £1,486
  • Denver £1,391
  • Los Angeles £1,593
  • New York £1,186
  • Orlando £1,473
  • Philadelphia £1,249
  • Phoenix £1,491
  • San Diego £1,491
  • San Francisco £1,489
  • San Jose £1,491
  • Seattle £1,382 (£200 cheaper than any previous sale in the past 18 months)
  • Tampa £1,566
  • Toronto £1,273

Latin America and the Caribbean have some extremely attractive fares, with all-time low deals compared to previous sales:

  • Buenos Aires £1,980
  • Cancun £1,490
  • Grand Cayman £1,591
  • Grenada £1,400
  • Kingston £1,196
  • Lima £1,595
  • Port of Spain £1,545
  • Providenciales £1,558
  • Punta Cana £1,195
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,780
  • San Jose (Costa Rica) £1,396
  • Sao Paulo £1,780
  • St Kitts £1,496
  • St Lucia £1,355
  • Tobago £1,499

There are also some attractive Middle East and Africa fares:

  • Cape Town £1,980 (almost £1,000 cheaper than in previous sales)
  • Dubai £1,480
  • Durban £1,987
  • Johannesburg £1,780
  • Mauritius £1,645
  • Muscat £1,591
  • Tel Aviv £991 (cheapest sale fare ever!)
British Airways First Class luxury sale

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:

  • Austin £1,794
  • Boston £1,789
  • Charleston £1,971
  • Chicago: £1,789
  • Miami £1,989
  • Nashville £1,889
  • New Orleans £1,894
  • New York £1,593
  • Philadelphia £1,794
  • San Francisco £1,889
  • Seattle £1,789
  • Toronto £1,693

And more. Outside of North America you’ll find:

  • Cape Town £2,780
  • Johannesburg £2,580
  • Kuala Lumpur £2,679
  • Mexico City £2,089
  • Mumbai £2,082
  • Santiago £3,280
  • Sao Paulo £2,984
  • Singapore £2,628
  • Seychelles £2,331
  • Tel Aviv £1,391

Get an even better deal with BA Holidays

There are also some good deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package 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 Dubai starts at £1,480 pp. However, if you book Club World flights and 3 nights in a hotel in Dubai via BA Holidays, packages start from £1,325pp.

Some headline Club World deals are:

  • St Lucia from £1,479 per person in June – seven nights at the 4* Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort & Club World return flights
  • New York from £1,299 per person in May – four nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West & Club World return flights
  • Orlando from £1,699 per person in May – seven nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando & Club World return flights
  • Mauritius from £1,899 per person in June and July – seven nights at the 4* Solana Beach Resort & Club World return flights
  • Antigua from £1,999 per person in May and June – seven night, at the 4.5* Royalton Antigua & Club World return flights
  • Barbados from £1,649 per person in June – seven nights at the 4* Radisson Aquatica Resort & Club World return flights

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.

Remember you are covered by Book With Confidence

British Airways recently removed the booking deadline for its ‘Book With Confidence’ coverage. That means that all new bookings are covered until further notice.

The new policy waives the change fee for new bookings made from 3rd March for travel until 31st August 2021.  You will have to pay any difference in fare, however.

Alternatively, you can exchange the value of your ticket for a Future Travel Voucher valid until 30th April 2022.  Remember that, for bookings made purely with cash and with no Avios element, these vouchers now come as an eVoucher and can be used online without having to call British Airways.

You can read more about the Book With Confidence changes in our article here.


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 to track down destinations and fares and which months they’re available. The sale ends on 3rd November.

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 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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (73)

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  • Nick says:

    LHR-MIA in First at £1,989 is, I believe, comparable with the lowest fare they had at any time last year for March this year. Also, then, the comparable fares were not available for flights during the 2020 Spring holidays. They are currently for 2021.

  • Martin says:

    Anyone know the latest time before flying you can cancel please. Is it 24 hours? My flight is 72 hours away at 655 and just double checking. I was waiting as late as possible hoping it would be cancelled fir a cash refund. One is cash and one Avios thank you.

    • Stu N says:

      Yes – 24 hours. If you’re within 48 hours of departure it’s extremely unlikely to be cancelled, other than weather or technical problems, so I’d can it at that point. You wouldn’t want to be in a situation where you try to cancel online at t-25 hours, it doesn’t work and you have to phone BA…

  • KS says:

    Must have meant to say Dubai, slightly odd comparison to make otherwise (flight to Miami v Holiday in Dubai?).

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Not a bad package to NY with BAH! Although still not quite as good as the last New York package back in early September. We got £1250 in CW & 5 nights at the IC in Times Square with Resort Fee paid and upgrade on arrival! I’m still not expecting to go, but an easy win with a £350 deposit. Also that was from Manchester via Heathrow. Not checked yet if adding this makes the price go down further, as it did last time!

  • rowpott says:

    In the current crisis I would recommend caution when booking a BA holiday package. Book with confidence flights can be cancelled shortly before departure and get a voucher. BA holidays have to be cancelled weeks before departure. Also ringing BA holidays is a nightmare with wait times often over 45 mins.

  • Harry T says:

    These aren’t in the same league as the sub-£1000 flights that were released a few weeks ago to Cape Town, Maldives, US etc. The exLUX US fares, although not as directly comparable, were substantially cheaper too (£682 in some cases). Shame.

    • Colin says:

      Yes Harry – agree. I snaffled one of those on the day they became available (BRU/SFO returning IAD/LUX) for next July at £890pp including a night beforehand at BRU to make it a BA Holiday package. The sickening thing was the scandalous seat selection fees BA were looking on the two long haul elements from/to LHR at well over £200pp. I declined and will take the chance that I `might` be seated next to my partner come online check-in. Those seat selection fees are the main reason I always try to book AA/DL/UA etc before BA but those ex BRU/LUX fares were just too good to miss under book with confidence.

      • Harry T says:

        I booked two flights for next August, departing from LUX and returning to BRU. Wanted to make it a holiday but no dice with BAH (don’t work ex LUX). They only cost £682 each though (currency conversion) and I’ve upgraded each leg to First for a total of 80,000 Avios. We will get something like 25,000 Avios back too.

        The seat selection fees are bananas but there is a good chance the seating algorithm will put you next to your family if on the same PNR.

    • Rhys says:

      What were you expecting! Ex-London fares have never really matched ex-European fares. Less APD and more competition on connecting flights.

      • Harry T says:

        I know, Rhys, but the fares Ex LUX and returning to BRU were still historically low. Regardless, the 747 sale ex UK was much better than this current one.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Agreed, though due to random cancellations and quarantine bingo, positioning flights are riskier than ever.

  • Paul says:

    There are some great deals here, but does anyone honestly think that holidaying in North America in the first half of next year is going to be a sensible proposition? I’d absolutely love to believe it was true, and I realise the book with confidence deal helps mitigate any risk, I just can’t really get into planning a trip I’m so confident I won’t get to take… am I being unduly pessimistic?

    • Bs says:

      I don’t think it’s going to happen. Even if a vaccine is found to work tomorrow. I would love to be wrong though!

    • ChrisW says:

      I’m guessing this BA sale ends just before 3 November! ; P

    • Rhys says:

      As the article notes, fares are available into October 2021.

  • Johnny Tabasco says:

    It’s not just a case of whether or not it’s a sensible proposition or not,
    more a case of it being totally pointless! USA in the first half of next year ? Behave.

    It’s amazing how many posts from people I see boasting about a great deal they have just booked, for a trip that is blatantly not going to be happening!

    There was one the other day about a family Christmas trip to Orlando in December. A question about hotel points and upgrades, the normal stuff….and you’re just thinking ….are you genuinely serious? For the most part of for those who are not so hardy 2020 is a write off and so will be most of next year (sadly!).

    • Number9 says:

      Instead of thinking it’s boasting, maybe people are just trying to have something to look forward to and do something normal. I’m sure everyone on this site knows the reality of the situation. You can’t blame people for hope.

      • Johnny Tabasco says:

        Sure, can’t argue with that. Personally I’d argue a bit more realism is needed this year of all years.

        I simply don’t understand the point of booking a trip that deep down, you know full well won’t be happening.

        • Steev says:

          Totally agree. Why book something to look forward to when it is blatantly obvious that the travel will not be permissible? The excitement is then more than offset by the disappointment.

          • Andrew says:

            And the hassle of getting your money back or annoyance that your money is tied up in a company in the form of travel credit. I think people were right to jump on the Avios sale and take a punt, even if the trip has a slim chance of going ahead because it was unusually cheap and there’s less of a financial commitment in terms of how much you’ve paid out now and in terms of a refund on request. These sale fares are nowhere near cheap enough to take a punt on.

        • Jonathan says:

          I don’t think a trip to USA in May next year is out the question. Coronavirus almost certainly won’t have disappeared but do you really think we’ll still be having lockdowns & travel bans in 6 months time?!

          At some point the economic realities will have to trump health concerns for an illness that is miles away from apocalyptic in severity. Those economic concerns are also driving huge investment in medical & testing technologies so things like widespread point of care testing, anti-vitals like remdesivir & a vaccine (probably with development expedited using challenge trials) will shift the balance in favour of opening up business & travel.

          For what it’s worth, I work in frontline healthcare & am in favour of current restrictions but I don’t for one minute think the global economy will be allowed to grind to a halt for more than 12 months.

          • Johnny Tabasco says:

            ‘ do you really think we’ll still be having lockdowns & travel bans in 6 months time?!’

            Well, im sure we all said that 6 months ago too.

          • Anna says:

            The sticking point for travel to the US may well be insurance. No-one in their right mind takes a trip to America if there’s any chance their insurer would turn down a medical claim.

          • Andrew says:

            Totally agree JT – I remember in March when this first started, it seemed out of the question that a trip I had booked to New York in September would be cancelled…

          • Garyc says:

            Humans have a habit of over estimating the level of change in the short term (but over estimating it in the long term) and I think consequences of Covid are no exception.

            Pre Covid I was flying to the US around 10 times per year, yet I am not hopeful I will be able to make a trip in the next year, let alone 6m. Policies in the US and Europe have failed spectacularly to control the spread of the virus, so yes I do expect there to be varying levels of lock down as least as tough as we see now for 6m+.

            The vaccine road is a long one. Even if one of the candidates has decent efficacy, the logistics of manufacture and rollout will make things very protracted. Any immunity may be short lived. A sizeable number of people may refuse to take a vaccine. So even with a vaccine, there is no binary lifting of restrictions and a binary return to normal.

            And even if trave, is possible, entry restrictions and quarantine periods are lifted, desire is likely to be subdued. The US is the last place to go if there is any doubt about the provision of rock solid health care insurance. Plus a large number of people, I suspect, will simply not want to run the risk of getting sick 5000 miles from home.

            I hope I am wrong, but I don’t expect to be back in the US until 2022.

          • Rob says:

            Oddly, your biggest issue with CV and the US is getting out.

            Realistically, since this disease takes quite a while to get from infection to hospitalisation, anyone on a regular 7-10 day holiday would be OK. If they were clear on arrival they are highly unlikely to be so ill within 7-10 days to require hosptialisation.

            However … what happens if the US starts testing on exit? You could be stopped from boarding a flight and then forced to sit in a US quarantine centre whilst your health deteriorates and you may get to the point of being hospitalised. Bottom line – fine to visit for a short trip if there are no tests to leave, riskier if there are.

          • Jonathan says:

            The difference in March was that many thought it would blow over in 3 months. The difference with next year is that we will no longer think it will disappear in 3/6/9 months if we hunker down rather that the cost of continuing along the current path becomes unsustainable.

            Priorities change from throwing money at economic stimulus to ride out a short, sharp shock to investing in solutions to allow life to start to return to normal. All this talk of vaccines taking 5 years to come to market is based on a very different financial & ethical landscape.

            In my university hospital you’ve got staff from every research field putting their usual stuff to one side to work on the Oxford vaccine trial. The government has also been funding the manufacturing of millions of doses a month for the past 3 months. They’ve passed legislation to allow vastly greater numbers of people to administer vaccines (think medical students, physios etc.). The safety data is there, the immune response is the same as for other successful vaccines it’s now just a case of allowing enough time to show the required difference in infection rates between those who had the real vaccine vs placebo. Ironically this was severely hampered over the summer as the level of Covid circulating was too low to infect enough of the placebo cohort. As prevalence increases the results of the trials will be seen earlier.

            Challenge trials also give you results much faster but there has been a hesitancy to go down that path. I think there’s now a recognition that the ethics favour a few volunteers taking controlled risks to potentially benefit society as a whole. As said above, there was too much optimism at the start & too much pessimism now.

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