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Save 20% on British Airways flights with their Black Friday offer

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British Airways has, it seems, decided to run its Black Friday offer this year in conjunction with the Daily Mail. You don’t need to buy a copy of the Daily Mail however.

With the offer, you will save 20% on the cash price of any qualifying British Airways flight you book.

For once, the 20% discount is on the FULL ticket price and not just the base fare. It is a genuine 20% saving.

British Airways A350

You can see full details on this page of ba.com.

Here is the small print:

  • You must use promo code ‘BASpecial’ on ba.com during the booking process
  • Valid across all travel classes except First
  • Valid only on flights operated by British Airways and carrying a BA flight number
  • Flights must depart from the UK
  • Must book by 23.59 on Friday 27th November
  • Valid for travel between 3rd December 2020 and 16th November 2021
  • Not valid with ‘Part Pay With Avios’ or any other sort of discount or promotion

Where do I insert the code?

The code box isn’t on the payment page. It comes earlier in the process. Once you have selected your flights you see this page, and at the bottom is a box for your eVoucher:

If the ‘BASpecial’ code is accepted, the saving will show immediately:

Because you apply the discount at this stage, you do NOT save 20% on anything you add to your booking later in the process, such as seat selection or extra baggage.

Will there be further Black Friday offers from BA?

That’s a good question. BA has boxed itself into a corner now, because if it runs any further deals on Friday then they will double up with this 20% discount. We haven’t heard anything from British Airways about Black Friday offers.

You can find out more about the 20% discount on this page of ba.com.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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(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 (39)

  • Matt says:

    Could you call up and use a future travel voucher with this code? Surely just because I have a FTV to use shouldn’t exclude me? Same question re: Monese code.

    • ChrisC says:

      Do you have an old style FTV (using the booking ref) or a 125- voucher?

      If the latter then you can use it on line no problem along with this discount.

      Not sure about using the former on the phone though should be OK. voucher is just another way to pay. And if they refused it would hack a lot of people off!

      • Matt says:

        Got an old style one (pnr style). Am on hold trying to get it booked using it.

  • Gavin says:

    I’ve been keeping an eye on the prices for Tenerife in December. Since yesterday, the dates I was looking at have increased by around 20%. Probably not a coincidence!

  • Speedbird676 says:

    I was looking at one way flights to Dublin yesterday around the £31 mark. Low fare finder is still showing £31 as the lowest price for the date I was considering but when I click through to book the actual lowest fare is £37. Coincidentally 20% more!

  • John says:

    Hmmm, pay the extra 20%, or forever be tagged as “Daily Mail reader” in the BA marketing system? This is an expensive-looking discount!

    • Josh says:

      Not everyone is a Daily Star reader.

    • Mike says:

      BAEC has a 20% offer code as well, so you don’t have to be tagged as a Daily Mail reader 🙂

    • southlondonphil says:

      If you don’t want to be associated with the Daily Mail in BA’s marketing analytics there’s a second code – BFOFFER – which appears to be exactly the same Ts and Cs. Supposedly you have to log in to your BAEC account to use it but I did a dummy booking and got all the way through to the Payment Details page as a ‘Guest’ without BA’s IT objecting.

  • J says:

    Prices for a domestic went up from 61.45 over 20% so with discount comes to around 64…

  • Harry says:

    They could still do something for ‘Cyber Monday’ as this offer expires on Friday

  • ChrisC says:

    I found a couple of good CE and ET prices but CW for the routes I want (ORD and JFK) was still far more than the budget will allow for flight only. There will be other sales no doubt.

    Your experience may vary.

    Also no problem using a 125- voucher to pay for these flights on the website you just have to go back into the tab to enter the voucher number after you’ve applied the BAspecial code.

  • Graeme says:

    Just booked flights for October 2021 to Florida and UUA WTP-J. Cost was £95 extra pp plus the Avios. This is the difference in YQ after checking ITA Matrix. Is this the typical difference to upgrade please? TIA

    • James says:

      Yes – sounds about right – WT+ to J is ~£100 tax ex-UK to east coast, plus the Avios. You can check by doing a dummy Avios booking in WT+ and then in J and see what cash it asks for in each case and work out the difference.

      • ChrisC says:

        There is no extra tax to upgrade from WTP to CW. APD is the same for both cabins.

        There is extra BA surcharge which isn’t a tax.