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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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  • Richard G says:

    Are they still doing the double tier points on holidays?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, to October.

      • Hilda M says:

        I notice the “double tier points” in red disappears when you search for F instead of CW – so doesn’t apply to F ?

        • Rob says:

          Read the small print. There have been issues with the text disappearing since the offer launched but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

          • JN says:

            If a couple books, do they both get Double Tier Points? For our last two bookings in November, they gave all the TPs to my partner who had paid, which was super annoying because I was only 120TPs from retaining Silver. They have not responded to our questions about this via email. 🙁

  • Anna says:

    I booked CW to GCM plus 1 night hotel for £2800 a couple of months ago. Now flight only is £3200!

  • Odd says:

    The idea that high fares are here to stay (in the medium term) should be taken with a pinch of salt. The rocketing oil prices have started coming back down, and are at levels seen in 2014. But airlines (and gas stations, and others that can claim to using fuel in their business) may just decide to keep prices up and use the price of oil as an excuse. No need to contribute to that narrative.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      It all comes down to demand and supply. Oil price is just an excuse. Airlines are holding back on capacity. They’ll start adding more planes next year and there will be overcapacity 3 years down the line. Prices fall and capacity will be cut. Repeat cycle.

  • Kevin C says:

    50% bonus Avios on purchases of 2000 miles and above until 24th March. Good news for all you British Airways fans.

  • George K says:

    LHR-CPT in J for the end of April was £1900 just last week. Now £5000+

    I thought Black Friday was in November…!

  • T says:

    You should expect to pay more for flights across all airlines this year.
    Well that’s not true now is it!
    Have flown Lhr – Dxb In January with Gulfair for sub £1500, and was abke to have it for £1200 via lufty or Swiss, but with looooong layovers.
    Just came back last week of an EDI DXB with TK for sub £1200, and have booked today a NCL DXB for July for Sub £1200!!!! £1200 from NCL with KLM and/or AF, that’s as cheap as you will ever see!!! EMIRATES wanting £3000 plus per ticket!!!

    So your statement is just incorrect, as so many of them at late!

    • Harry T says:

      Presumably no one wants to go to Dubai in July?

      • Rob says:

        You have to be pretty bonkers, given that temperatures can hit 45 degrees.

      • T says:

        These prices run all Through the year! Swiss first all year from EDI for sub £2000.

        Making a astatement that it is hot in Dubai in July is a more correct statement then the one starting your article, that’s for sure!

        Some like it hot!

  • Sam says:

    Is the A321 Club World no longer deployed to Athens? I can only see a combination of A321neo and A320.

    • Rob says:

      Those aircraft, ex-BMI planes, were retired during covid.

      • Sam says:

        That’s such a shame, for the duration of the flight I’d be better off flying Ryanair at only a fraction of the cost of BA for effectively the same seat pitch/width. If anyone values BA plane food/lounge access that’s another thing but seat comfort is everything to me.

      • Jonathan says:

        Those aircraft had the throne seats in CW / CE ?

  • ChrisC says:

    I have three BA holidays to Berlin booked for this year and each one is cheaper than booking the flight and same hotel separately.

    Indeed for one trip the separate hotel room booking would have been more expensive than the BA holiday booking which includes the flights and breakfast.

    But for my AMS trips they are always more expensive than booking them separately.

    The lesson is to do research before booking.

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