British Airways has launched a new sale, covering travel for later in 2021 and early 2022.
The timing is not great, given the Green List developments yesterday, but if you are prepared to book ahead, it offers good savings on both flights and holiday packages.
There are some decent prices and you have until 22nd June to book.
You can see all deals available on the sale section of ba.com here.
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 November 2021 and March 2022, for trips including a Saturday night stay:
- Alicante from £97
- Malaga from £100
- Porto from £94
- Pisa from £86
- Prague from £90
- Valencia from £88
We will take a separate look at any good tier point run options in a later article.
Here are some ‘lead in’ prices for Club World flights:
For selected outbound travel dates which vary by destination for return flights.
- Cancun £1,446
- New York from £1,267
- San Francisco from £1,467
- Los Angeles from £1,467
- Nashville from £1,385
- Rio from £1,487
- Sao Paulo from £1,499
- Cape Town from £2,197
- Tel Aviv from £985
- Hong Kong from £1,790
- Singapore from £1,791
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.
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
- Algarve – five nights at the 5* Monte Santo resort from £755 pp in August
- Corfu – seven nights at the 5* Ikos Dassia from £1,353 per person in October
Club World (business) – flights plus hotel
- New York – four nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton Times Square West from £1,299pp, travelling in January
- Miami – four nights at the 5* Confidante by Hyatt from £1,928pp, travelling in January
- St Lucia – seven nights at the 5* Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa from £1,893pp, travelling in November
- Montego Bay – seven nights at the 5* Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall from £2,322pp, travelling in October
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.
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.
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 and your deposit will be turned into a Future Travel Voucher for travel until April 2022.
For travel after that date, you sill have a degree of cancellation flexibility. You can cancel 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.
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.
Bonus tier points
In addition to the extra Avios, any BA Holiday bookings for travel between 9th June and 30th September are also eligible for BA’s current double tier points offer. You can read more about this offer here.
Don’t forget that tier point targets have also been reduced by 25% which should make (re)qualifying for Executive Club status even easier.
…. plus lounge access and use of the First Wing
If you don’t already have status you can also get access to the Galleries Club or Galleries First lounges at Heathrow for travel between 9th June and 30th September.
If you spend £1,500 or more on a BA Holidays package you get Fast Track security and Club lounge access.
If you book Club Europe or Club World flights and spend £2,500 per person or more you’ll be able to use The First Wing and access the Galleries First lounge.
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.
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.
The British Airways June 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 June.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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.
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.