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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.

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You can see full details on this page of

Here is the small print:

  • You must use promo code ‘BASpecial’ on 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

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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:

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Comments (39)

  • Oli says:

    My usual route was £38 across the board for pretty much every date. It went up to £48 today. Could have made it slightly less obvious…

    • Vit says:

      haha! Is that the ABZ one? Looking at a few dates from ABZ last week and again this morning — can confirm that! 🙂

      • TripRep says:

        Same, douche bag move. Might burn Avios still.

        VS redemption went up by 22500 points while I was on hold for 90mins at lunchtime.

        CS rep spoke with supervisor and honoured the original price for the 2 of us.

        UC £665 and 39,300 miles each RTN to US. (Using a companion voucher as Red)

    • marcw says:

      Mmhh.. the route I was looking at was 260 yesterday… .. now 272.

  • Simon says:

    Been tracking flight prices for 3 (2 adults and a 4yr old) to Maldives in Dec. Been sitting at £4k all up.. with this special it drops a genuine 20% to £3.2k.

  • Dave says:

    Fare finder still shows loads of Glasgow flights at £30 (been that price for months), yet now this ‘sale’ is on they go up to £39.
    I think I’ll wait until the sale is over to buy them.

  • tony says:

    I see you can’t combine this with holiday bookings, but they are also promoting a number of discounts for packages, some of which look quite good.

  • Ian says:

    Does anyone know if there’s a way of using this on a ‘book with money, upgrade with avios’ booking?

  • JohnT says:

    Love it that only one derogatory remark about the Daily Mail now they are offering a discount! Haha …

    • Mike says:

      hey I enjoy the Daily Mail – swopped from the Daily Telegraph went they put the cover price up and went a bit leftie for my liking

  • Dan says:

    BA’s book with confidence policy is only for flights up until 31 August 2021. Does anyone know what T&Cs are in place if flights are booked for travel after this date?

  • Laura says:

    So tempted to book a flight to the Maldives over Easter…