British Airways has launched its January sale, a few days earlier than usual.
We will admit that it isn’t the most exciting sale ever. Whilst you can normally get some good deals in the BA Boxing Day sales the fares, as they currently stand, are unenticing. Transatlantic flights are virtually undiscounted, although other destinations are better.
You can see all deals available on the sale section of ba.com here.
You need to book by 25th January.
Business class: British Airways Club World sale deals
Crunching the numbers on this sale shows that you will find the better deals on flights to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.
We’ve been tracking BA sale fares for a while now. Flights to North America are the most expensive they’ve been for the past two years. Flights to India are comparatively good value this year. Here is some typical sale pricing:
- Rio de Janeiro from £1,548
- Sao Paulo from £1,543
- Bengaluru from £1,999
- Hyderabad from £1,999
- Delhi from £1,599
- Tel Aviv from £955
- Hong Kong from £1,781
How to check pricing
The easiest way to check for the lowest fares on any particular route, or across a series of routes, is via the British Airways Low Fare Finder – click here.
This is one of the most useful pages of the BA website. I find it especially helpful when looking for cheap Club Europe short haul business class deals to top up my tier points.
You can quickly see, for example, that New York gets no cheaper than £1,648, Boston no cheaper than £1,710 etc. An aggressive British Airways sale would see those cities at around the £1,200 mark. £1,962 to Miami is hardly a bargain either.
‘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 31st August 2022. The voucher must be used for a flight which is taken by 30th September 2023.
If your flight is cancelled by British Airways for any reason, you will receive a full cash refund.
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 World (business class) flight and hotel deals
- Barbados – seven nights at the 4* South Beach Resort breakfast included from £2,020 pp
- St Lucia – seven nights at the 4* Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa from £1,929 pp
- Bahamas – seven nights at the 4* British Colonial Hilton Nassau from £2,177 pp
- San Francisco – five nights at the 4* Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf from £2,058 pp including breakfast
- Dubai – seven nights at the 5* Ajman Sarai (Marriott Luxury Collection) from £1,572 pp including breakfast
- Whistler – five nights at the 4* Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside from £2,078 pp
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 31st August 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 September 2023.
Double tier points is extended
BA Holidays has also extended its ‘double tier points’ offer until October 2022. We have covered this, and other current BA Holidays offers and benefits, in a separate article today.
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 directly with an airline.
The British Airways 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 25th January.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 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.