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ENDS SUNDAY: Get 20% off ALL British Airways flights to May 2022 in an Olympic flash sale

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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

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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 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 here.

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Comments (112)

  • Billy says:

    You were a bit late with this. Saw it on bargain sites around 11am. Are you not given insider information anymore?

    • Tom says:

      You should immediately cancel your direct debit for your headforpoints membership. What a rip off!

      • Rob says:

        And it matters why? Nothing is going to sell out.

        First we heard about it was 10.51 when we got an email from BA’s agency. None of my family BA accounts have had an ‘official’ email and no reader forwarded one before 10.51.

        Whilst it is possible to create a 2-line post on a Deals site in 5 minutes, it takes at least 45 minutes to write an article like this one. This includes the text itself, creating screenshots, writing the Twitter and Facebook data and creating the Google metadata and the article schema. This assumes we look at our email every 5 minutes, which we don’t. It went up at 12.10 in the end.

        • Bagoly says:

          Hoorah for a business that does not check its emails every five minutes!

        • Billy says:

          Understood, just thought BA gave you advance notice of sales etc., and you’d have the copy ready.

    • Mike says:

      Billy – request a refund of your HFP membership!

    • VerdantBacon says:

      May as well stick to reading bargain websites then, if you think the two are comparable 🙄

    • Lady London says:

      I told you yesterday BA was about to have a sale. On rhid thread. You can hardly complain, because you were not paying attention.

    • Patrick Cold says:

      Brilliant. This wonderful contribution has made my day.

  • r* says:

    Hmm, I have a flight in premium which works out at like 150 pp cheaper now, but I have upgraded one of the legs to business with avios and theres no business availability showing now. How likely is it that the business seats would go back being available if I cancelled the existing booking?

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d stick rather than twist in this situation.

      • Jonathan says:

        No way of knowing in advance though & CS can’t predict accurately either.

    • Babyg says:

      depends where you are flying, if its just new york or something similar id take the risk… if its a much longer overnight flight id not risk losing my bed

    • Lady London says:

      Do another one if you’ve got the avios then cancel this one

  • Paul Pogba says:

    Canada to reopen borders to fully vaccinated international travellers from September, US citizens from next month

    Apologies if this has already been posted but it looks like theres a possible destination opening up.

    • HBommie says:

      Canada in the fall would be very nice.

      The Delta India comment at the end of the article may be a stinger?

      • Paul Pogba says:

        Our cases seem to be falling now the schools have broken up and the football fans have nothing to cheer (or boo :p). I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for a change 🙂

    • Dave1985 says:

      People said vaccine passports for travel wouldn’t happen though…

  • Babyg says:

    tempted with TLV to get some TierPoint…

  • fw says:

    Anyone know if I request a FTV for a flight I part paid with Avios, if I get a eVoucher that I can use to book with the discount? I don’t want to request a voucher for it to not come before the book by date on Sunday…

    • John Caribbean says:

      Mine came in 5 minutes.
      It was for the cash amount before the avios were applied in the original booking

  • Rich says:

    I presume I can just book via the website with the code and then call up CS to have an infant added at full price right? Has anyone tried?

    • Graham says:

      You can fully cancel flights within 24 hours for free. There’s no risk to you doing so and then trying.

      • Rich says:

        I think that’s exactly what I’ll do… well when their website decides it wants to work anyway!

    • Rob says:

      I would do the whole booking by phone in this case because you should never underestimate BA’s ability to find a way of refusing to do something which should be logical (eg they may claim this is a special fare and they can’t add people).

      • Rich says:

        I ended up having to anyway as I’ve got a FTV that can’t be used online. All sorted really easily and saved about £70 on when I originally booked and had to cancel (booked in a sale last time). Thanks for the heads up with this article!

  • Anne says:

    20% when all BA flights have increased their prices threefold since the pandemic begun. Gotcha.

    • VerdantBacon says:

      Wow I had no idea BA was selling tickets to NYC in J for £600 pre pandemic

      • kitten says:

        They were doing close enough to that

        • VerdantBacon says:

          Yes if you found specific dates and booked far enough ahead. But considering the original comment stated ALL flights, I certainly didn’t find regular J flights to NYC for £600 like regular ones are £1800 now and I flew that route monthly in 2019

  • Josh says:

    FYI, currently sitting on the phone with BA and nearly at the 2 hour mark for call time.

    Can really do with some advice as I am livid at what has happened.


    Booked LHR – US return for the two of us

    Outbound: WTP

    Inbound: Club world

    I then decided I would like to rebook both in and out as CW and that I can fly a few days earlier.

    I phoned and asked how best to approach this due to using FTV’s.

    I said I want to just create a new set of bookings, and get the FTV split equally as my SO will be traveling on a different day and thus will need to be two individual bookings.

    They then said they can refund this booking as 2x FTV and 1 can be applied per new booking. Perfect I thought?

    They instead, have provided me with a FTV that can only be used over the phone bookings, and are saying that they arent able to book me onto a new booking using these FTV’s due to the voucher already being applied? I can only pay an additional fee to upgrade my inbound from WTP to CW. This does not allow for the 20% coupon.

    I then said to just please refund me as I am within the 24 hour cooling period and the person advised that as I requested a “FTV” already, I am no longer allowed to.

    We then had a back and fourth as I strongly said that I didn’t request a FTV, you advised me that this would allow me to achieve what I wanted to do, only to renegade on that.

    I’m currently on hold whilst he is checking something but this is absolutely infuriating.

    OK WOW. He basically clarified the following:

    Any booking that has the 20% code applied will be refunded as an FTV which can only:

    i.e.: booking total = 1000 – 200 (20%) = you pay £800

    FTV = £1000 and the following restrictions:

    1. be used as a phone booking
    2. Can NOT be used for a new booking with the 20% offer as the amount of this off

    When I asked why this was not specified earlier, he hung up on me.

    Wow, he called back, played dumb, I asked to speak to a supervisor and he hung up on me again.

    2 hours and 13 mins of my Saturday wasted and currently have 3k tied up into vouchers that cant be used

    How can I best escalate this ASAP?

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