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1 million British Airways seats bookable for less than £40

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As part of its current sale, British Airways has released over 1 million seats to Europe for less than £40 each way!

In addition to these very low Economy prices, there are also some excellent fares to be found in Club Europe, including Malaga from as little as £84 one way.

You must book by midnight on 26th January to get these extra 1 million seats, but the offer covers travel dates all the way through until December 2021.

You can see all deals available here.

Club Europe British Airways

What are the Club Europe flight prices?

Let’s focus on Club Europe, as this is can be a source of good value Executive Club tier points as well as offering you a more relaxing flight.

Here are some ‘lead-in’ prices in Club Europe (note these are each-way):

  • Malaga £84
  • Faro £94
  • Geneva £90
  • Larnaca £114
  • Nice £94
  • Palma (Majorca) £119

It wasn’t many years ago that any Club Europe trip under £250 return was seen as sensational. British Airways is now offering flights from under £170 return, which come with the usual Club Europe benefits:

  • Priority check-in
  • Fast track security
  • Lounge access
  • Guaranteed empty middle seat
  • Complementary food and drink
  • At least 40 tier points each way
  • 1.5 Avios per mile flown, with a minimum of 750, plus any status bonus

These are all based on a seven day return trip flying from London Heathrow. Don’t forget that, from the examples above, Larnaca is a 160 tier point Club Europe destination when flying return, so this could be a nice tier point earner at a low price point.

What about Club World flights?

If you want your first trip out of lockdown to be a little further afield, there are some appealing Club World / Club Suite offers too. Jamaica from £1,189 is sounding particularly attractive on this cold January day.

You can find out more about Club Suite, now available on selected aircraft, in the HfP Club Suite guide here.

These prices are RETURN:

  • New York £1,199
  • Orlando £1,499
  • Las Vegas £1,599
  • Los Angeles £1,399
  • Barbados £1,339
  • Kingston, Jamaica £1,189
  • Tokyo £1,898
  • Singapore £1,999
  • Mauritius £1,799

As above, all prices are based on a seven day return trip flying from London Heathrow.

British Airways Club Suite cabin

British Airways ‘Book with Confidence’ commitment

We are still in some very uncertain times and booking a flight may feel a little risky. Here is the British Airways’ ‘Book with confidence’ commitment for reassurance:

Changing your booking
You can change the dates and destination of your booking without incurring a change fee, although you will need to pay any difference in price. This applies to bookings made from 3rd March 2020 onwards for journeys that are due to have been completed by 31st August 2021.

Cancelling your booking
If you decide you no longer want to travel, you can cancel your booking and BA will give you a voucher to the same value for a future booking (as above, this applies to bookings made from 3rd March 2020 onwards for journeys that are due to have been completed by 31st August 2021).

COVID-19 Safety
British Airways has a 4-star COVID-19 safety rating, awarded due to their stringent cleaning measures and protective customer standards

How should you pay for your tickets?

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

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 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.

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

Conclusion

The ‘1 million seats for less than £40 each way’ offer is only available until 26th January so you have just a few days to book. Don’t forget this

The other offers will be available until the sale ends on 2nd February.

You can search for flights and see all applicable terms and conditions here.


how to earn avios from credit cards

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

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.

You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

100,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and a long list of travel ….. Read our full review

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

50,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and free for a year Read our full review

Here are your other options. 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 (57)

  • John says:

    Desperate cash grab before BA folds from hotel quarantine

    • ChrisW says:

      Hotel quarantine will not happen. The logistics of setting it up are mind-blowing. The Government should and will put every spare resource into vaccine administration?

  • Stephen says:

    Their “Book with Confidence “ terms remain unattractive and unfit for purpose, with the August cutoff a difficulty. We are all being invited to give them an interest free lump sum which they get to keep!

    • ChrisC says:

      Not that there’s a lot to be earned by money in the bank these days!

      Anytime you pay for anything in advance you are effectively lending the company money until the service is provide. COVID hadn’t changed that.

      If the BWC terms don’t suit then don’t book. But they suit a lot of people and have given them a lot of flexibility they wouldn’t normally have.

    • babyg says:

      you are hedging against future ticket price rises… pretty normal these days… if you put the money in the bank and went to buy the same flight in 6 months youre likely to be worse…

      • kitten says:

        you are only hedging against future price rises if a flight on your ticket gets cancelled by airline.

        Otherwise you have to pay fare difference.

        • Mr. AC says:

          FWIW I had 4 Club Europe trips booked for this spring during the sale in September – all cancelled! So worked out quite well since I can now move them around to convenient days. Every single flight <1£ per Tier Point…

          • Andrew says:

            +1. I had a LHR-BSL booked for March that I spotted for £91 cheaper in the autumn sale. Cancelled for FTV and rebooked, pocketing the difference as a FTV.

            Now flight is cancelled I’ve changed both the dates and the destination (swapped to ZRH to reduce the quarantine requirement risk compared to BSL which is technically in France). Just need to keep my fingers crossed things open by the time of my rebooked dates!

  • Howard says:

    How long before the flight can I cancel/Change? Think this is important information and should be in the article (apologies if missed)

    • Doc says:

      Depending on your ticket terms and conditions, if you are doing a voluntary cancellation for a FTV, you can cancel right up to check in close in time but I wouldn’t recommend that strategy.

  • Mike P says:

    Complimentary food and drink not complementary.

    Is anyone actually booking flights at the moment? I’ve got no bookings at all and have no intention of booking anything until things get a lot clearer.

    • Andrew says:

      Yes it looks like the summer before restrictions are to be lifted now, not the Spring, so would expect anything before June to be cancelled.

    • Tom says:

      Same Mike. Aside from redemption bookings later in the year that can easily be changed, I have no intention of booking any cash flights for the near future until we have more certainty. Airlines must be absolutely desperate for cashflow.

    • Ian M says:

      Normally I would have 4 – 6 flights booked for coming weeks/months. I’ve got zero and no plans to book anything. Seems odd then having a sale when travelling is almost pointless and far from a pleasant relaxing experience. We don’t even know what will be required once countires do start to reopen (vaccine passports etc?).

    • James says:

      Yes. Lots. All on points – cancelable 24 hrs before. Hotels the same. I intend to leave this rainy island as soon as remotely possible!

    • James says:

      Yes, I have 8 round trips booked between now and the end of the year – 6 business and 2 leisure. Book it now at the cheaper price, worst case scenario it gets cancelled so you rebook/change date/time and still keep the cheaper price.

  • Pablo says:

    At these prices it’s worth a punt booking something out of Gatwick for March-April as it will likely get cancelled, giving the option to rebook for peak summer period or get a refund.

  • BS says:

    Very poor sale. Only one day in the month of October (so not peak times) where the lowest price is available. The remaining days are at least twice as expensive.
    Waste of time.

  • ChrisW says:

    What are the travel dates? It’s my understsnding BA aren’t selling package holidays right now because it’s illegal to travel for non essential purposes? As in their website won’t let you book it

    • ChrisC says:

      Travel dates are mentioned in the 3rd sentence of the article!

      BA are certainty booking holidays. I (re) booked one on Wednesday for the US in September over the phone with no issue at att.

      The web is pricing up other trips for me as well.

  • Zumodenaranja says:

    Sad to say, I think my 2021 will end like my 2020: with my feet never having left the ground 🙁

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