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Book British Airways Club World from £991 in the new BA Luxury Sale

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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 ba.com 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.

Conclusion

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 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 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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

(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 (73)

  • Matt says:

    I’m sure this was already said, but couldn’t find it, sorry for that. Do you get hotel points when booked via BA Holidays? Thanks

    • Anna says:

      No – though Hilton sometimes recognises status with free breakfast.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      No as per the T&Cs of the programmes these 3rd party travel bookings do not earn points nor do you get any of your status benefits.

      In reality you never know it’s possible due to error or generosity.

      • Anna says:

        Hilton quite often let you have free breakfast if you’re gold or diamond. We had a BA holiday to Rome last year and got free breakfast for 4 days due to status!

    • Harry T says:

      I added my Hyatt number once at a BAH stay at a Hyatt but only received points for spend on food and beverage. This was fair enough.

  • Eli gold says:

    First class offer to Tel Aviv is assuming they return to 3 daily flights of which maybe 1 will have first. They run an A350 and used to have an A320 on another both with no first cabin

    • Nick says:

      It’s been many years since BA sent an A320 to TLV. Some operations used to be on the A321 (with mid-haul CW seats), but that’s hardly the same thing.

  • Globetrotter says:

    OT but that picture of BA’s First seat made me miss QR’s Business seats. But I suppose at these prices one could travel BA First and have the “bonus” of a hot meals.

  • ChrisWalk83 says:

    Hello all! Just a question my wife and I have our first baby due jan and looking to fly later in 2021. If we were booking club world or first how do we do it with a baby and unknown name etc? Silly question I know.

    • Dev says:

      Be careful with BA … isn’t a baby ticket 10% of a full fare ticket, or something ridiculous?

      (Have you tried the [email protected] address .. they may be able to book a generic ticket – Baby xxxx, and then do a name change once you have confirmed the name?)

    • Pid says:

      Just book your tickets and then ring up and add the baby once it is born. You also then get the benefit of free seat selection as travelling with an infant and they have to give you a bassinet. I think from memory it is 10% of your fare. We did this with our baby and it was very easy.

      • ChrisC says:

        You’ll get free seat selection but they don’t have to give you a bassinet. They will try but it’s not guaranteed as the number in any flight are limited.

        Also the seat selection may be limited as not all seats May have an extra O2 mask.

    • Pid says:

      Also remember to open an executive account, which you can do through a Household account. They will not earn Avios or TP until 2 years but if you email BA on the email Dev provided they will credit 1000 Avios. If you or you partner has had to take maternity or paternity leave you can also ask for a status extension.

  • ChrisC says:

    Priced up the two bookings I made in the last sale and the prices are more expensive than in that sale.

    One trip to SFO is ~£250 more and another to NYC is £500 more (that one does surprise me as it was for £1100 ex INV and only includes one nights hotel)

  • AJA says:

    The fares to Tel Aviv, both in J and F are tempting but I booked this time last year for July2020 and th

    • AJA says:

      Oops, my phone playing up, was going to say and that ended up being cancelled. I am still not convinced that travel will be possible until later in 2021 so although I will take a look I doubt I will buy, even at these prices.

  • Rahaney says:

    Hi, want to upgrade my WTP flights via cash to CW through the app but want to pay the difference via a different CC than was used for the initial booking. Can this be done?

    It’s asking me to commit to changes before letting me choose how to pay?
    Ta

  • jc says:

    Is it correct that if I book one of these flights to e.g. the USA for next year that Amex Platinum insurance will not cover me whatsoever, even if the advice against non-essential travel has been lifted between now and the trip?

    • jc says:

      That’s what’s stopping me from booking these. No travel insurance doesn’t seem like a great way to travel, especially at the moment, especially to the USA!

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Correct. Amex Plat insurance is invalidated is there’s FCO advice against travel in place at time of booking.

    • jc says:

      Is there any way around this (like an insurance that can still be purchased now) to combat this? Would love to book one or two of these for next year – I’d only travel if restrictions were lifted by that time, cancelling for a voucher otherwise.