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British Airways has launched a new sale, covering travel for later in 2021 and early 2022. 

If you are prepared to book ahead, it offers good savings on both flights and holiday packages. Club Europe flights within Europe are as low as £76 each way.

There are some decent prices and you have until 22nd April to book.

You can see all deals available on the sale section of ba.com here.

BA maldives

What are the BA sale flight prices?

You can find a number of very good sale fares flying in Club Europe and Club World (business class) or World Traveller (economy class).

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

For selected outbound travel dates between 1st November 2021 and 13th March 2022, for trips including a Saturday night stay:

  • Malaga from £88
  • Palma from £88
  • Pisa from £76
  • Nice from £98
  • Barcelona from £87

We will take a separate look at any good tier point run options in a later article.

British Airways Club Suite cabin

Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for Club World flights:

For selected outbound travel dates which vary by destination (see this page of ba.com for exact dates by route) for return flights.

  • Orlando from £1,595
  • Tampa from £1,595
  • Miami from £1,595
  • New York from £1,295
  • San Francisco from £1,495
  • Los Angeles from £1,495
  • Tel Aviv from £1,099
  • Dubai from £1,299

….. and some of the lead-in prices for World Traveller

For selected outbound travel dates which vary by destination (see this page of ba.com for exact dates by route) for return flights.

  • Miami from £339
  • New York from £329
  • San Francisco from £348
  • Los Angeles from £348
  • Tel Aviv from £269
  • Dubai from £341
  • Antigua from £368
  • St Lucia from £428

Use ‘Part Pay With Avios’ for additional savings

There are improved ‘Part Pay With Avios’ offers running throughout the sale period.

Our most recent review of ‘Part Pay With Avios’ is here and explains when ‘Part Pay With Avios’ makes sense.

The exact discount you will see varies by route, but it is always worth looking at the numbers. You can often get 1p per Avios for using a small quantity to pay for part of your booking.

‘Book with Confidence’ is still running

Remember that, under the British Airways ‘Book With Confidence’ guarantee, you can cancel your flight at any time, for any reason, for a British Airways ‘Future Travel Voucher’

This applies to bookings for travel by 30th April 2022.  The voucher must be used for a flight which is taken by 30th April 2023.

If your flight is cancelled by British Airways for any reason, you will receive a full cash refund. Based on my own experience from a cancellation last month, you will have your money within a couple of days of requesting it – there appear to be no delays in processing refunds at present.

Cap Cana beach, Dominican republic

British Airways Holidays has discounted holidays and city breaks

British Airways Holidays has also got in on the act with a selection of ‘flight and hotel’ and ‘flight and car’ packages.

The key thing to know about British Airways Holidays is that booking a flight and hotel, or flight and car hire, together can offer better value than booking each element separately.

These are the ‘lead in’ deals in the current sale.  There are lots of other options available which you can see if you look here.

Club Europe (business) – flights plus hotel

  • Amsterdam – three nights at the 4* Xo Hotels Park West from £279 pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st January – 31st January 2022
  • Lanzarote – seven nights at the 4* Oasis Lanz Beach Mate from £499pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st December – 31st December 2021

Club Europe (business) – flights plus car hire

  • Algarve – flights plus seven days rental of a Mini or equivalent from £289 pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st November – 30th November 2021
  • Pisa – flights plus seven days rental of a Mini or equivalent from £289 pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st November – 30th November 2021

Euro Traveller (economy) – flights plus hotel

  • Corfu – seven nights at the 4* Corfu Holiday Palace from £359pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st October – 31st October 2021 inclusive
  • Algarve – seven nights at the 4* Natura Algarve Club from £359pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st October – 31st October 2021

Club World (business) – flights plus hotel

  • New York – four nights at the 4* Hotel Mela Times Square from £1,319pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st January – 31st January 2022
  • Miami – four nights at the 4* Riu Plaza Miami Beach from £1,659pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st November – 30th November 2021
  • Dubai – three nights at the 4* Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall Of The Emirates from £1,239pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st September – 30th September 2021

Club World (business) – flights plus car hire

  • San Francisco – flights plus seven days rental of an intermediate class car from £1,499 pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st November – 30th November 2021
  • Miami – flights plus seven days rental of an intermediate class car from £1,599pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st January – 31st January 2022

World Traveller (economy) – flights plus hotel

  • Maldives – eight nights at the 5* Curio Collection by Hilton SAii Lagoon from £1099pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st September – 30th September 2021
  • New York – three nights at the 3* Pod 51 Hotel from £409pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st January – 31st January 2022
  • Las Vegas – three nights, at the 3.5* The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod, from £529pp, travelling on selected dates between 1st February – 28th February 2022

Booking a British Airways Holidays package also gives you additional protection in case there are any issues with your flights or hotel, due to the strong legally-binding ATOL scheme.

Under the British Airways Holidays coronavirus guarantee, if you book a holiday for travel up to 30th April 2022, you can amend your booking for free (just pay the difference in price) or cancel it and get a voucher for travel up until 30th April 2023.

British Airways flash sale

Other little known benefits of booking with British Airways Holidays ….

Just pay a deposit now

As usual with British Airways Holidays you don’t have to pay in full when booking. You can secure the deal with a small deposit and then pay the balance three weeks before departure. This is a substantial extra benefit compared to just booking flights.

As we covered last week, British Airways Holidays has recently reduced the minimum deposit required. You can pay as little as £60 per person.

You get a degree of cancellation flexibility

If you only pay the deposit now, you can walk away from your booking at any point up to three weeks before departure, which is when the final payment is due. You will lose your deposit but that is an excellent outcome compared to having to walk away from pre-paid non-refundable flights.

That said, as long as the ‘Book With Confidence’ guarantee is still in place, you would also have the option of making the final payment and then cancelling the entire holiday for a British Airways voucher valid until April 2023.

Bonus Avios

You earn a bonus 1 Avios per £1 you spend when booking with British Airways Holidays. You can find out more on ba.com here.

This bonus is on top of the Avios and tier points you will earn from the flights which are the same as you would get for booking a ‘flight only’, and from your credit card.

Remember that British Airways Holidays spending earns you double Avios (3 per £1) if you charge it to a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.

A non-benefit – no OnBusiness points

The only downside of using British Airways Holidays is that the flights do not earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme.

British Airways A350 inflight narrow

How to pay for your British Airways sale booking

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.

Conclusion

The British Airways Spring sale home page is here where you can find out more and get your head around what is available. 

Remember that you need to book by midnight on 22nd April.

Comments (56)

  • Sukes says:

    Anyone know whether you can apply for a FTV voucher for an inbound sector on a flight booking where the outbound has been flown? Looking to book a US trip but would like to maximise flexibility on the return leg date.

    • Nick says:

      Yes but it won’t necessarily be half what you paid, it’ll be the fare for the unused sector plus relevant taxes/fees. No e-voucher in this scenario, only FTV (which will require manual fare calculation in back office when you come to use it).

  • fivebobbill says:

    I’ve always wondered, how do these BA Holidays, flights or Packages work if you are flying from elsewhere in the UK and connecting in London? Do you have to book a connecting flight separately or can you book a through ticket without the need to check in again at LHR?
    Last time I took one of these trips to Madrid I had to book an Avios connection from Belfast to London.

    • AJA says:

      Have you tried just booking from origin to destination eg searching for flights EDI to JFK? I think if you do that it gives you via LHR as a default if there is no direct flight between the two.

    • ChrisC says:

      No problem at all. London may be pre populated in the booking engine but you can soon overwrite that.

      Be careful though that some trips from the regions can be very expensive so it may be cheaper to start in London and book a separate trip to/ from London to get around that so price up the options..

    • fivebobbill says:

      Thanks guys for the replies.
      The issue I’ve found in the past with these deals is that when selecting a departure from the drop down menu it has always defaulted to London, no way to choose Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester etc. However, after posting my question, I just now tried a dummy booking on the site and low and behold this time I AM able to choose to depart the other locations, including Belfast!
      Should have checked before I posted, sorry guys, but thanks again for the replies.

  • ChrisW says:

    I mean, New York in January is pretty miserable but the Holidays price for Miami is excellent.

    • ChrisC says:

      Is it?

      I’ve had three January trips to New York and it’s been absolutely fine. Yes it can be cold but I’ve never felt particularly miserable.

      If it does snow it’s usually gone in a day.

      • Patrick Cold says:

        I was there in January 2018. All flights cancelled for days, thousands stranded at JFK. That was miserable.

        • ChrisC says:

          Oh so was I.

          The city itself was fine after a morning,

          Yes the airport was a mess but all fine when I left. It wasn’t actually the weather that caused the worst of the issues it was the incompetence of the port authority and the airlines in managing the weather.

        • Aston100 says:

          Username checks out.

          • ChrisC says:

            Aston did you call BA re your query about using a flight voucher for a BA Holidays.

            Would be good to have confirmation (or not!) to add to the body of knowledge!

          • Aston100 says:

            Hi Chris.
            Yes I called BA Holidays who confirmed I could use an evoucher over the phone (no option online).
            I went into MMB and applied for the voucher against my current flights.
            Less than an hour later I got an email with the evoucher code.
            Phoned normal BA customer services on 0800 727 800 (as I have no status) and they transferred me through to BA Holidays.
            I told them the details of the flights, hotels and dates; gave them the evoucher number; gave them credit details for the balance.
            They sorted it very quickly.
            New flights with hotel sorted, for only a little bit more than the cost of the original flights alone.
            Pleased with the outcome.

          • ChrisC says:

            That’s great

            The BA Holidays staff really are excellent and you really do get the best out of them when you can feed them flight numbers and hotels rather than vague ‘what can you offer me’

  • AJA says:

    It’s a bit of an indication of low demand how few comments there are on this article. Sadly I won’t be booking anything. BA Holidays is advertising heavily on TV at the moment too, trying to drum up business.

    • Chris says:

      I took advantage of it to reserve seats to Fiji in December … no idea if it will be open but a 300 pound deposit is low loss in the event of not being able to go / the prices being lower in the future…

      Can decide in November if its worth confirming it…

      Its the First /cash/ ticket i have booked in a year or so.

      • YC says:

        Whats a good price to Fiji? Always wanted to go there but its literally one of furthest place to get to from the UK!

        • Chris says:

          This is an unusual booking; In this instance I booked first from Heathrow with a return via Sydney for 6.5k as a single ticket. With a night in a hotel i wont be using. Its usually better to Aus / South Pacific in my experience to use split tickets but COVID put paid to that.

          To get to South Pacific (Fiji, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Samoa etc) i would go one of the Asian bus stop airports NRT, HKG, Sin, Kul, BKK and fly from there. Its usually around 2k -3k in business from one of those cities.

          From Aus its about 1k (if you go down that route flying from Melbourne is 140tp in business but a 737 (and Fiji airways have the max now) rather than 350.)

          • YC says:

            Thanks one for the future. Some interesting routing worth considering. Definitely via Asia looks nicer overall trip than via US (which was what BA was suggesting)

      • AJA says:

        I hope you get to travel. Sounds idyllic. I must say I am tempted by the CW fare to Tel Aviv but as I am only scheduled to get my 2nd Covid-19 vaccination in early June I will have to wait 3 weeks after to get maximum immunity. I am looking at doing something UK wise as I would like to get away, just for different scenery.

        • Chris says:

          I love Israel; til i got a few unfriendly stamps thanks to work in my passport would go every year.

          Tel Aviv – Jaffa is one of my favourite cities – along with Santiago Chile; it has that same youthful defiant lifestyle which means art, music, food and coffee etc. Jerusalem is the opposite though has more history to see (and sometimes live)

          Driving there is easy (just go slow) so its easy to take in teh sites. There is also a bit of railway if you dot want to drive /take a tour bus.

          • kitten says:

            Sounds wonderful.

            The Passport Office lets you run 2 live passports if you’ve got unfriendly stamps in one of them for precisely this situation.

    • The real John says:

      They might be wasting their money. Once the lack of need for quarantines or expensive testing is confirmed (at the destination too), I will pay almost any price to go where I want to.

  • SammyJ says:

    Main benefit to me of a BA Holiday over flight only booking is that it includes a full luggage allowance too, so saves the extra cost difference between the Basic and Standard fares.

    • Andrew says:

      Not always.

      I was pricing some up for return flights plus arrival night only and it was coming up with hand luggage only fares. But then next time I tried, it didn’t.

      There’s a real dark art to it.

  • Gavin says:

    I was hoping Japan in WTP would be a good deal. Unfortunately it’s about 20% more expensive than the last sale.

  • Alan says:

    Overall it’s a pretty underwhelming sale.

    Fortunately I booked our next two trips to the US in the Virgin sale at the tail end of last year. Paid under 40% of the BA CW sale prices for UC.

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