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British Airways launches a new sale – what is worth a look?

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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.

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 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.

British Airways Club Suite cabin

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.

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

  • 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.

British Airways June 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.

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.

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.

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.

Find out more on ba.com here.

…. 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.

You can see the full terms and conditions of this offer on the BA Holidays website here.

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 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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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 (35)

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  • ChrisC says:

    On the 30th April 2022 date for BWC that is the latest date you can return on.

    Book to return on or after the 1st May 2022 and there is no BWC even though you will have departed before the 30th April.

    Earlier this week I was going to book to go away the May Day holiday weekend and noticed the red BWC blurb on the BA holiday was missing even though I was going to depart on the 28th April.

    Also you can get an FTV for the BA holiday deposit if you chose to cancel. You don’t have to pay the balance and then claim the FTV. So you don’t lose anything.

  • Stuart Evans says:

    I had thought if you made a booking via BA Holidays and paid the modest deposit (in my case £150 for F to SFO) and then cancelled, that the deposit would turn into a FTV. Based on what is written above it now looks like I would lose the deposit. Have I read that right?

    • ChrisC says:

      Rob has quite simply – and it’s not like him – got it wrong.

      You can claim a voucher if you cancel a BA holiday even having only paid a deposit as long as you do it before the balance is due.

      Different rules come into play after that date.

      • Rob says:

        I’m away – nuffin to do wiv me guv.

        • Rhys says:

          Copy and pasted it from one of your old articles!

        • ChrisC says:

          Your name on the article!

          Anyway whoever wrote or didn’t write it it’s wrong and needs correcting!

    • Harry T says:

      You are correct, Stuart – deposit can be taken as a voucher if you are booking a holiday within the period covered by BWC.

      • SammyJ says:

        Yes, I did it just this week, cancelled an Aug holiday I had only paid £200 deposit on via the ‘request a cou net’ link, and received my email with the £200 voucher yesterday.

  • Gavin says:

    I’ve been waiting for a good WTP fare to Tokyo. Last year I booked at around £780 which was excellent (subsequently changed into a FTV). This sale and the last one were both around £980, not particularly great.

  • Chelseafi says:

    Yes agree you can claim FTV of deposit back if you request to cancel anytime up to 3 weeks before travel. What I think is unclear and would like to know details of, what happens if between paying full balance and departure date your holiday destination moves from green to amber? Can you request a FTV for the full amount within 7 days of change or is that only amber to red? Thanks

    • Chelseafi says:

      This is the current wording on BAHoliday bookings but it’s not been updated since traffic light system, I think it’s unclear, especially the “after you have booked” and I would want to know more details before committing final payment…..
      Note: if a requirement to quarantine in the UK is introduced after you have booked then you can claim a voucher up to seven days after the announcement, or up to the day of your departure, whichever is sooner.

  • Graham Coombes says:

    Can I use 2-4-1 voucher

  • mradey says:

    Probably a schoolboy error by me but I can’t get a BA holiday to offer me an option to pay a deposit – I get taken to the payment details page which indicates the full amount is payable. I’m trying to lock-in cheapish club world tickets.

    I started from the holidays page – added a 1 day car and 1 day hotel (both in the middle of nowhere) to the 2 week flight.

    Any hints as to what I’m doing wrong?

    • Anna says:

      Did you use the “customise my trip” option? This generally works for getting the system to recognise your booking as being eligible to pay only the deposit.

    • ChrisC says:

      I’ve found if you use the option on the main BA.com screen called ‘flight + hotel’ then choose ‘create custom trip’ it works

      If you are using the holidays side pane as per the first link to BA that Rob linked to then it dosen’t seem to work when you try and add part stay hotels or cars

      • mradey says:

        Thanks Chris – sounds similar advice to Anna – going to try it once back at my desk.

  • HB13 says:

    I’m not sure what the point of a sale is? I have been booking sale fares on tickets since Jan/Feb whenever a sale has popped up and have cancelled/requested a FTV over 10 times now. Yesterday I went and cancelled all my July and August trips. The evidence we have is that we won’t be allowed to travel anywhere in 2021.

  • Dave says:

    Are hotels likely to acknowledge any hotel status you may have when booking via BA?

    • John says:

      No but you can try

    • Stuart Evans says:

      I think that’s random and unreliable. I have always found it possible/better to book a single day’s car rental to get the BA Holiday terms. As it happens, I generally use the car but don’t think it matters if you don’t. Then I make a hotel booking for cash or points to get elite/Status benefits

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