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It’s the last day for the British Airways and BA Holidays sale

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With unfortunate timing, given the announcement yesterday about the end of arrivals testing for the fully vaccinated, the British Airways and BA Holidays sale is ending.

You need to book today, Tuesday.

That said, we will admit that it isn’t the most exciting sale ever. Transatlantic deals are particularly thin on the ground.

You can see all deals available on the sale section of ba.com here.

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 £1,647, Boston no cheaper than £1,644 etc. An aggressive British Airways sale would see those cities at around the £1,200 mark. £1,847 to Miami is hardly a bargain either.

Remember that ‘Book with Confidence’ is ending

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 only applies to bookings for travel by 31st August 2022.  If you are booking today for travel in the Autumn, you won’t be covered unless BA extends the policy.

You can look up flight deals on ba.com here and BA Holidays packages on the BA Holidays site here.


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 (19)

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  • Ming the Merciless says:

    The bar was pretty restricted last like I was at the O2. Had to pay for tea!

  • Adrian says:

    I would like to know under the BA Book with Confidence Guarantee does anyone know what happends if 2 people on a booking and one person doesn’t want to travel can they receive a voucher and the other person still travels, on the BA website it only appears that only the complete booking could be cancelled

  • Charles Martel says:

    A “Spend £500 or more get £150 back” at Marriott Homes & Villas has appeared on my BAPP.

  • Andrew J says:

    I would imagine another BA sale will be along in a week or so – airlines are like sofa shops these, always on sale.

    • Thywillbedone says:

      Agreed – yet no decent J fare sales in a while (without heavy restrictions that is). Likely to be a big rebound for travel this year so bargains will be few and far between I suspect.

      • NorthernLass says:

        Not sure BA will see a big rebound if they continue with their world-beatingly dismal CS.

      • Rob says:

        Remember that most planes are full with people who rebooked from 2020/21. We have California flights for Easter, and I think there were two empty seats in Club last time I checked – and that was after opening up First and moving Golds into F.

        The problem for the airlines is that there is no new money here. They can’t get money in the door because they don’t have the seats, and the money for those seats was spent two years ago.

  • john says:

    When does book with confidence end? I have a 2for1 expiring in March I need to lock into a FTV

  • Rudy says:

    Is it me or are the BA website and app down?
    Was just before payment, no payment button. Suddenly back to log on. Can’t log in anymore and app tells me “A problem occurred while calculating your fare. Please try again.”

    • Leigh says:

      I can’t even log in at the moment: login details are not recognised!

    • BSI1978 says:

      Yup, same here – and the daily thread would suggest it is a widespread issue. Amex issues also apparently but not sure how/why they would be linked.

  • mutley says:

    Managed to bag two tickets for Man Utd V Watford in the Bonvoy centennial suite for 50000 points, I think it was a fair deal all things considered.

    • Rob says:

      Agreed. You’d be paying £500 per head at standard hospitality prices I reckon.

  • Robert says:

    Tried to find a Dubai ‘bargain’ in the BA sale last night to no avail. Does anyone have any good tips on decent hotels that are close to a Metro stop for the Expo? Going to do the double tier points offer with flights&5 nights. Thanks in advance.

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