Timed to coincide with the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, British Airways – Official Airline Partner of Team GB and Paralympics GB – has launched a flash sale.
You can save 20% off all flights booked between now and midnight on Sunday.
Full details of the sale are on this special page of ba.com.
How does the sale work?
The sale is only available to British Airways Executive Club members.
What this means is you must log in to your BA account before you start to book, or the code will be rejected.
The discount is only available on trips which begin in the UK.
You need to use the following promotional codes when booking:
- TeamGB1 for short haul flights – £100 spend needed
- TeamGB2 for long haul flights – £300 spend needed
Obviously the codes only work when booking at ba.com or via a British Airways call centre.
There is a slight niggle in how the codes work looking at reports. If you have a child on your booking, and the child ticket is under £100 / £300 even though the adult tickets are not, you cannot use the code. This seems a bit weird to me – surely it would have made more sense to allow the discount on the adult tickets and just ignore the child tickets?
Is the discount off the base fare or the full fare?
Impressively, it is off the full fare. This means that you are getting a 20% discount on the taxes, fees and charges too.
Here is an example based on an economy flight to Berlin:
Can I use ‘part pay with Avios’ as well?
No. The ability to reduce the cost of the flight with Avios disappears once you have input the discount code.
Are all flights and classes included?
You get the discount on all British Airways operated and marketed flights, including BA CityFlyer services from London City and Southampton.
It will not work on codeshare partners such as Loganair or flights on franchise partners such as Comair.
All travel classes are included except First Class.
Can you use a Future Travel Voucher?
Looking at the comments below, yes.
This means, of course, that you could refund an existing flight (the voucher usually appears immediately) and then rebook, assuming you save money.
What are the travel dates?
You must fly between 1st August 2021 and 25th May 2022. This seems surprisingly generous as it includes Christmas, February half-term for ski trips and Easter 2022.
Full details of the British Airways flash sale and the small print are on ba.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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 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.
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.
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.