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What are the Club Europe business class deals in the British Airways Luxury Sale?

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Yesterday we looked at the Club World and First deals in BA’s new Luxury Sale. Today we are taking a look at the short haul deals available.

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.

British Airways luxury sale

You must book before 3rd November. Travel dates vary by destination – visit the sale website and scroll down to the T&Cs at the bottom to see the full list.

What are the Club Europe business class flight deals?

Here is a list which I have drawn from BA’s Low Fare Finder tool. I got these prices by doubling the one-way fares shown, although this often underestimates the cost of a return by £10 or so as one leg is often cheaper than the other.

These are destinations available for under £200 return. Historically, finding a Club Europe fare for under £200 was exceedingly rare, which gives you a decent indication of the current state of the market.

These fares are only available at specific periods and will require a Saturday night stay in many cases.

  • Aberdeen £164
  • Alicante £140
  • Amsterdam £160
  • Athens £196*
  • Barcelona £144
  • Basel £134
  • Belfast £174
  • Berlin £164
  • Bilbao £146
  • Billund £122
  • Bologna £146
  • Bordeaux £168
  • Brussels £152
  • Bucharest £172*
  • Budapest £162
  • Copenhagen £158
  • Corfu £184*
  • Dublin £108
  • Dubrovnik £188
  • Düsseldorf £156
  • Edinburgh £174
  • Faro £162
  • Florence £200
  • Frankfurt £156
  • Geneva £152
  • Genoa £156
  • Gibraltar £138
  • Glasgow £152
  • Gothenburg £142
  • Hamburg £140
  • Hannover £158
  • Ibiza £192
  • Innsbruck £170
  • Inverness £122
  • Istanbul £182*
  • Jersey £170
  • Krakow £124
  • Lanzarote £198*
  • Larnaca £192*
  • Lisbon £166
  • Luxembourg £126
  • Lyon £160
  • Madrid £160
  • Malaga £152
  • Malta £172*
  • Manchester £180
  • Marseilles £154
  • Milan £162
  • Munich £144
  • Naples £144
  • Newcastle £164
  • Nice £148
  • Oslo £156
  • Palma £140
  • Paris £180
  • Pisa £132
  • Porto £140
  • Prague £142
  • Reykjavik £164*
  • Rome £166
  • Rotterdam £198
  • Sardinia £190
  • Seville £142
  • Sofia £154*
  • Stockholm £158
  • Stuttgart £150
  • Tirana £174*
  • Toulouse £154
  • Turin £150
  • Valencia £138
  • Venice £142
  • Verona £130
  • Vienna £154
  • Warsaw £136
  • Zagreb £142
  • Zurich £146

*Routes marked with an asterisk earn 160 tier points return.

To show you how cheap this is …..

Larnaca is available for £192 return. This isn’t a theoretical price – you can get it on, say, Saturday 7th November, returning Tuesday 10th November:

Larnaca price

Not only do you get 160 tier points, but you would earn:

  • 6,066 Avios as a Blue member
  • 7,078 Avios as a Bronze member
  • 8,088 as a Silver member
  • 10,110 Avios as a Gold member

It’s just silly. Routes like Sofia, at £154, are even cheaper for 160 tier points although Bulgaria is on the UK quarantine list at present.

Three return trips would be enough to secure you Executive Club Silver status as long as thresholds remain reduced to 450 tier points.

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.

Some headline Club Europe deals are:

  • Larnaca from £349 per person in January – seven nights at the 4.5* Constantinou Bros Athena Royal Beach Hotel & Club Europe return flights
  • Madeira from £349 per person in March – seven nights at the 4* Eira do Serrado Hotel & Spa & Club Europe return flights
  • Malaga from £349 per person in March – seven nights at the 4* Exe Estepona Thalasso Spa & Club Europe return flights
  • Mallorca from £349 per person in April – seven nights at the 4* Blue Sea Club Martha’s & Club Europe return flights
  • Marrakech from £259 per person in January – three nights at the 4* Riad La Maison des Oliviers & Club Europe return flights
  • Prague from £259 per person in March – three nights at the 4.5* NH Collection Prague & Club Europe 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.

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Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

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Amex Gold doubled its sign-up bonus this week to 20,000 points, which converts to 20,000 Avios – and the card is free for the first year.

Comments (14)

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Wasn’t sure where to put this, but it applies to shorthaul routes.
    BAeuro on FlyerTalk states:
    Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Luxembourg, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Turin, Naples, Krakow, Warsaw, Bologna, Verona, Porto, Oslo, Brussels, Zurich, Basel, Dublin, Palma and Zagreb have all been zeroed out till mid December. (There are probably more!)

    Alicante, Bilbao, Valencia, Seville, Reykjavik, Malta and Pisa have gone till 2021.

    I’ve checked with the route that I use (BLQ-LHR) and it seems zeroed out from 5 November until 17 December. Although not mentioned in the above list Newcastle is also zeroed out so domestics aren’t immune to these flight cuts.

    • Tony says:

      Just realised this when I tried to book to WAW for 5/12. Thought the site was playing up until I tried other cities and dates. Disappointing but LOT are still flying so I’ll go with them.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Newcastle is no longer zeroed out. Not sure why that was showing unable to book earlier.

  • Nick says:

    Dublin is actually under £100 on some dates next spring. Not in the Lowest Price Finder but definitely available and an absolute bargain. Some can be ticketed as B2B for anyone chasing status.

    • ECR says:

      It is a very good price, but for a good reason. I think recently there have been a lot of cancellations. Looking at a few random dates next month the BA flights have gone with only a few Aer Lingus flights left in the schedule.

      I would not risk Dublin as a back to back even in normal times. In the past I have had an occasion where it took over an hour from leaving the plane to getting through passport control, and that is as a Common Travel Area passport holder arriving on a BA flight from Heathrow.

      There is currently a 14 day quarantine even if arriving from the UK, so it is really only practical if you allow a large gap between flights or stay overnight in a Dublin Airport hotel and return the next day. Although I imagine Dublin Airport hotels are probably good value at the moment

  • Paul says:

    Flew to Larnaca last week in J. Service was not great. Box with a ham and cheese croissant and some water. Glass of fizz in a plastic cup. Good for chasing status but not worth the money at the moment.

  • Jimmy Mac says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but would 2 of these 160 TP returns with MAN add-ons reach 480 TP and therefore Silver?

    • Jonathan says:

      It would be (80+40) x 2 = 240 each so yes, 480 for 2 but I’d imagine the Manchester leg would add a significant amount to the price as they don’t give you the connection for essentially nothing like they do with long haul. Any short haul domestic connections I’ve looked at recently have ended up adding hundreds to the price so it’s cheaper to drive & park at LHR.

  • Doreen says:

    Not completely OTT to this thread – I’ve a large credit recently converted to an eVoucher … how quickly is a new eVoucher issued when a small amount used – is it automatic? Could probably buy 10 round trips !

    • James says:

      My experience is that the new voucher is issued almost immediately, ie within minutes.

  • pinperl says:

    Hi, Anyone know what the current rules are for Qatar airways for retaining status?
    Thinking of flying with BA and crediting to Qatar?

  • newbie says:

    any of these can you go and come back from without quarantine?

  • GaryC says:

    Presumably BA revenue management have thought this through, but I struggle to understand the strategy behind such bargain basement fares. Even if they were literally giving them away for nothing, I think they’d struggle to fill planes right now. So why not maximise revenue from people who absolutely need to fly, and who are not price sensitive.

    • James17uk says:

      Because there’s actually very few of the cheaper ‘lead in fares’ available. They can then push this in the marketing for PR purposes.