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British Airways launches a Luxury Flight Sale – what is worth a look?

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British Airways has launched its latest Luxury Sale.

We will admit that it isn’t the most exciting sale ever. High oil prices have pushed sale fares to some of the highest levels we’ve seen since we started monitoring prices. You should expect to pay more for flights across all airlines this year.

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

You need to book by 28th March.

British Airways sale launched

Business class: British Airways Club World sale deals

As with the Winter Sale, fares are being squeezed by the massive spike in oil prices, so don’t expect to see rock-bottom fares, and certainly not as low as those pre-pandemic.

Crunching the numbers on this sale shows that you will find the better deals on flights to the Middle East and Africa. Here are some of better prices compared to our historic sale data:

  • Boston from £1,499
  • Cape Town from £2,704
  • Dubai from £1,698
  • Islamabad from £1,878
  • Santiago (Chile) from £2,148
  • Singapore from £2,538

Note that travel dates may be very restricted. Want to book Dubai for £1,698? You can only travel between 5th and 28th September. The small print is at the bottom of the sale home page.

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 and Boston get no cheaper than £1,499. An aggressive (pre-covid) British Airways sale would see those cities at around the £1,200 mark. £2,019 to Miami is hardly a bargain either, but these prices are likely to stay for some time thanks to oil prices.

British Airways launches a new sale

‘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 September 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

  • New York – four nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West from £1,599 pp in August 2022
  • Mexico City – five nights at the 4* Hilton Mexico City Reforma from £1,859 pp in August 2022
  • Dubai– seven nights at the 5* Hyatt Regency Dubai from £1,719 in September 2022
  • Toronto – four nights in the 4* Chelsea Hotel Toronto from £1,999 pp from May until July 2022

Booking a British Airways Holidays package gives you additional protection in case there are any issues with your flights or hotel, due to the strong legally-binding ATOL scheme.

British Airways launches a new sale

What is the current BA Holidays cancellation policy?

The current BA Holidays cancellation policy for new bookings is:

  • for travel due to be completed by 30th September, you can cancel up to 28 days before departure for a refund in the form of a voucher
  • cancellations within 28 days of departure, or for travel after 30th September, are subject to the standard cancellation policy

You can see details of the revised BA Holidays Covid cancellation policy on its home page here.

The other BA Holidays benefits are still in place

What is great about the BA Holidays sale is that it stacks with various other offers:

Double tier points

If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 31st October 2022, you will receive double BA tier points on your flights. Existing bookings count.

You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.

There are problems with the posting of these bonus tier points and BA Holidays is now saying that you need to wait 60 days. The latest reader feedback is that a new email address – [email protected] – is apparently your best bet for submitting a retroclaim. However, you shouldn’t let that put you off what is a very generous deal.

British Airways sale launched

With the tier point threshold for British Airways Executive Club Silver status cut to 450 tier points for membership years ending in 2022, you could hit this in just one trip.

A BA Holidays package in Business Class to, say, Athens would earn you 320 tier points with this promotion. You would be just 130 tier points short of Silver.

A Business Class package to, say, New York or Dubai would get you 560 tier points under this offer. This is well over the threshold for Silver and half of the way to Gold, currently 1,125 tier points.

Triple Avios from BA Holidays when you pay with American Express

You will receive triple Avios (3 per £1) when you register and pay with a British Airways American Express card. This includes the Accelerating Business small business card.

You must register for triple Avios which you can do here.

The offer is valid for bookings made by 21st March for travel completed by the end of November.

Other benefits

  • booking a ‘Flight and Hotel’ or ‘Flight and Car’ package can be cheaper than booking a flight on its own, since British Airways will often use BA Holidays as a way of quietly selling seats without cutting its headline flight prices
  • you earn an additional 1 Avios per £1 for every £1 you spend at BA Holidays (this is tripled to 3 Avios per £1 under the current American Express promotion discussed above)
  • if you have the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card, you get double Avios via American Express if you use it to pay for your holiday
  • you only need to pay a deposit now – which can be as low as £60 per person – with the balance not due until seven weeks before departure

You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.

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 or the new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards (see here and here).

Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book directly with an airline.

Conclusion

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 28th March.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 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 (112)

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  • astra19 says:

    Strangely the sale only seems to work for London. However, until May there good deals from Glasgow/Edinburgh for North America. We booked in First to NYC cheaper than we did last year, and much cheaper than the London flight.

  • Charles Martel says:

    Generally, prices look high to me and this is potentially understandable given the belief there is pent up demand and high oil prices but are people actually booking? The LCCs are offering fares all over Europe for less than a score and anecdotally many friends, work colleagues aren’t booking out of fear requirements domestically and at destination could change at short notice.

    • Rhys says:

      Prices are high but Shai Weiss (CEO of Virgin) told us this week that people ARE booking. Bookings to the US are particularly strong.

      I could understand your friends and work colleagues’ concerns last year but is it really stopping them travelling in 2022?!

    • Michael C says:

      Vaccination requirements for indoor premises in NYC and Boston have JUST been dropped – can’t imagine them being reinstated just weeks later!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Sounds like your friends are letting 2021 worries cloud their judgement in 2022

    • Jeff77 says:

      Business travel can’t be anywhere near 2019 levels due to companies realising they can save money. Leisure travel will probably recover this year though

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Capacity not back at 100% of 2019.

      • Stu says:

        Not expected to be at summer 2019 levels now until 2025

        • Jeff77 says:

          Sounds about right. Remember when some people thought travel patterns would be back to normal within months of the first lockdown?

  • Dwadda says:

    OTP: Accor Live Limitless has a special ALL suite at the Rolling Stones performances at Hyde Park on 25 June and 3 July. I bagged a couple for 43,000 points. Ace!

    It seems you can get 2 tickets without the suite access for 18,000 points..

    https://limitlessexperiences.accor.com/2-tickets-rolling-stones-london-bst-hyde-park-2022-25-june-2022

  • AlexT says:

    Would the delayed posting of the double TPs under the promo potentially cause issues if they post after the account holder’s collection year ends? Mine ends in June – sounds like I would need to make sure to travel by April to account for the potential 60 day delay in posting…

    • Rob says:

      They are being backdated, it seems.

      • AlexT says:

        That’s good to know – thanks, Rob!

      • lumma says:

        Arguably though, getting 560 tier points for the long tier points just into your new collection year is better than hitting silver right at the end of it, a cheap club Europe one way flight would get you almost two years of silver, rather than just one

  • Stephen says:

    Just booked CW to NYC over August bank holiday for £1500 each with most of that covered by e-vouchers. Used Hilton points for 5 nights at the Conrad in Midtown for 0.8c/pt. Debated going the BA Holidays route but extra tier points wont get me any higher than Silver. On balance I thought better to utilise my Hilton Diamond status whilst I have it and I have an outside chance of earning it for next year.
    Thanks for the heads up Rhys 🙂

  • Patrick says:

    Just one question Rob: “With the tier point threshold for British Airways Executive Club Silver status cut to 450 tier points for membership years ending in 2022, you could hit this in just one trip.” Just to confirm, even if your membership year ends in say June 2023, as a current silver, I could still earn BAEC gold at the reduced 1125TP if these are flown between June 2022 and 31 Dec 2022 – even if my membership year ends 6 months later in summer 23? Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      Correct. BA intends to run a sweep in January for those who hit the 450 to renew.

      • Patrick says:

        Thanks! Also – are readers aware iberia currently (until 21 March) selling 1-year gift cards with up to 15% discount, making Madrid long haul even better value ✈️

    • Amy C says:

      Really? I’m confused now as based on all recent comments on this subject I thought my chances of hitting gold was zilch. I think I’m in same position as you, current silver with year end June ‘22. In June ‘23 I’ll drop to bronze if I do nothing. I thought that after June ‘22 I would have to earn 1500 points to acquire Gold?

      • Patrick says:

        So you should have had an auto extension to July 2023. In the June 2022 to June 2023 collection year, I just found the relevant info on BA.com – so as Rob confirmed, we can still enjoy the reduced TP thresholds if flown after June 8 but before end of the year:

        “Members with a Tier Point collection end date in 2023 can benefit from the reduced thresholds to renew or upgrade their status for the following membership year, if they earn the required number of Tier Points by 31 December 2022 only. From 1 January 2023 the reduced Tier thresholds will no longer apply.“

        • Amy C says:

          I have under my account tier point collection end date June 8th 2022 and card expiry of July 31 2023. I’ve always had trouble grasping this thing….so my current TP will be zeroed in June and I have until Dec to get myself 1125? Quite a challenge. If I only get 450 that means I keep silver beyond June ‘23 right?
          I mean, it’s good news as I thought the old thresholds kicked back in for me after June ‘22, however, not sure I’ll make Gold. If I can get Silver to last beyond next June I’ll be happy.

          • Patrick says:

            Yep, so between now and June 8 2022, if we do nothing we have silver in the bag for next year already. You could in theory get 1125 points to get gold, but anything less wouldn’t change the fact that next year will be silver. From June 8 2022, TP will reset to zero. For the whole year until June 8 2023, 600TP will get silver for the 2023-24 year, and 1500 will get gold. However, if we can earn 450TP by the end of 2022, that will qualify for silver for 2023-24, and likewise 1125 for gold. If we have 445 TP on 31st December 2022, that will mean come 1 January 2023, we still need 155TP to hit silver for the 2023-24 year. Hope that makes sense, and happy to be corrected!

          • Rob says:

            Correct. And if you don’t hit the reduced target by New Year, you’ll need 1500 to get Gold and 600 for Silver by 8th June 2023.

          • Amy C says:

            Marvellous. Got it and I thank you both. That’s made my day as I sit in a hammock nursing my sunburn on Bequia Island. 👍🏼

      • Rob says:

        No. Thresholds are reduced to 31/12. You need to ignore the BA website and app which show the higher threshold.

  • Mary says:

    If I book flight & car through BA holidays what happens if I don’t collect the car ? Am I risking my return leg of flight bring cancelled ?

    • Richie says:

      Did you leave your driving licence at home?

      • Richie says:

        People forget things all the time.

      • Mary says:

        No I want the double tier points and don’t actually want to hire a car but flight is cheaper if you add a car !

        • Mary says:

          The penny has dropped LOL I’ll remember to leave my DL at home – as you say easy mistake – thank you for the suggestion

      • Londonsteve says:

        Thing is, does that make any difference versus simply telling them your plans have changed and you don’t want the rental car? If you don’t collect for whatever reason, would the ‘failure to collect’ admin fee not apply, irrespective of whether you left your licence at home, have broken your leg and cannot drive or you just don’t want the car anymore?

        • AJA says:

          I am not sure the rental companies are that bothered. They simply then have another car to rent out at sky high prices to the punter who turns up without having booked.

          In Sep 2020 I had a booking through BA with Avis for Tenerife. The flight, booked on Avios, was cancelled by BA and I remembered to cancel the car booking for a FTV but I didn’t bother to tell Avis in Tenerife and neither, it seems, did BA. The Avis guy phoned me on the day querying whether my flight was delayed. I apologised profusely and explained that the flight was cancelled. He said no problem as there was another punter after a car and he’d just give them the one reserved for me.

  • gordon says:

    Im a firm believer that the cheapest fare is booked approximately 11 months in advance. I’ve never booked a flight in the sales. As most of the time they are dearer than booking long in advance. That said it will not be for everyone to book so far in advance….

    • Londonsteve says:

      I used to fly weekly on short haul and was monitoring flight prices virtually on a daily basis on the London to Budapest route. Booking 11 months out was invariably an expensive way of booking flights, prices were often comically high. LCCs would upload all flights for, say, £80 across the board. I knew very well based on the dates that I would be buying many of those 6 weeks before departure for £25 and sure enough that’s how it panned out. The only time prices would not fall were for surefire sell-out dates on legacy airlines, like Friday before Christmas or the evening before Good Friday, you get the picture. For those it was advantageous to buy the handful of lead-in fares 11 months out, long as you wanted to fly BA or another legacy carrier, however the LCCs would invariably price those optimistically until perhaps T minus 5 months.

      • gordon says:

        Long haul prices worked for me 11 months ahead funnily enough, As I check prices also. I pay for my own tickets and believe me I’ll not pay anymore than I have to….

      • gordon says:

        Long haul worked for me approximately 11 months funnily enough. I check prices rigorously also. I pay for my own tickets so believe me I will not pay anymore than I need to….

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