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.
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.
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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.