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LOTS of one-way BA Club Suite Avios seats to Sydney on 23rd / 24th December

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This is an odd one which I can’t easily explain, but the seats are definitely there.

ba.com is currently showing a LOT of one way business class Club Suite redemptions between Inverness and Sydney for 23rd December and 24th December.

(EDIT: the comments show that Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow also work, albeit you pay Air Passenger Duty)

If you fly on 23rd December you will land at 7am on Christmas Day.

This is why it is weird:

  • there is no availability from London, only from Inverness (think about how you will get to Inverness in mid December before you book!)
  • there is no easy way to get back in Club Suite – you’d need to find a route back in Economy or Premium, or hope for a last minute Club seat, or come back on another British Airways partner using Avios

Whilst there are a LOT of seats available, you can only book for one or two people using the voucher. You cannot access the extra availability to add a 3rd or 4th ticket at full Avios price. (Obviously if you have two vouchers you can book for four people.)

Here is proof they exist – the lack of a ‘4 left’ or whatever notation under the words ‘Business Class’ means that there are at least NINE seats available:

Taxes and charges are £850 for two people plus 150,000 Avios for the two tickets. A solo traveller would pay 75,000 Avios (one person travels for 50% off using the new-style vouchers) and £425:

Remember that this is one way only …. Christmas on the beach in Sydney could cause you issues later if you need to get back for work in January!

The seats may do also show if you try other connecting points to London. However, one benefit of Inverness is that there is no Air Passenger Duty to pay which is why the taxes and charges number is so low.

PS. If you want to know why this is happening …. the extra seats in Business Class made available to British Airways Premium Plus American Express cardholders are triggered when roughly 8-10 heavily discounted tickets are available for cash. BA is not discounting this route for cash from London (it thinks there are people around who will pay more) but IS discounting it from other starting points – assuming you call £2,500 each way to be ‘discounted’. This is why the extra seats do not appear when searching from London.


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Comments (54)

  • John H says:

    Is this permanently the case or just temporary ?

    • Lady London says:

      temp either by intention, or because it will be sold rapidly

    • Lady London says:

      Of course before you all pile in, there’s always the risk that BA has done this on their system as part of their preparations for a “50% avios” sale shortly to be announced…

      In which case it’ll.cost you all £35 per seat to.unwind

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Doesn’t seem like much of a risk when the alternative is to potentially do nothing and then a sale fails to materialise.

  • Travellingberry says:

    The most useful article I have read today, have booked MAN to SIN for next September for a get away to Bali (using the BA Prem 241). Very happy, thank you!

  • VerdantBacon says:

    Wow this opportunity was too good to pass up. To surprise our parents for Christmas is a great idea! We’ve been back home twice this year for weddings but a third time probably wouldnt hurt!!

    Thanks for the heads up HfP

  • Mike says:

    Seats all dead 655pm
    Congrats to all those who got in !

    • Rob says:

      That’s bull. I just checked (7.25pm) and there are still 9+ seats available on 23rd Dec from Inverness in Business.

      Remember you need to a) select a NEW BAPP 2-4-1 voucher issued after 1/9/21 and b) select 1 or 2 passengers, but no more.

  • Froggee says:

    I’ve just noticed this. It’s interesting – I was looking at dates for Singapore with redemption availability that actually would work for us. The cheapest flights on these dates are ~£2,700 from Edinburgh and £3,600 from Heathrow. So this is a reflection of cash fares now. It used to amuse me when I flew KLM a lot that I could get a return to Asia from Edinburgh for about £2,000 when they charged €5,000 to their captive customer base in Holland.

    I don’t remember BA doing this historically. Hopefully they won’t then turn round and use it to stop offering flights from the provinces as they make them less money!

    • astra19 says:

      It’s been this way for a long time heading west at least. Often had much, much cheaper flights in J and F from GLA/EDI than the same London flight.

    • Thegasman says:

      They won’t stop flying from the provinces. The fact they’re doing this shows they have a lot of empty seats they want to shift so they need the short haul/domestic feed to fill them.

      They won’t sell them cheap from London as they reckon they’ll still have a few prepared to pay top dollar ex LHR & these people won’t be interested in schlepping up to MAN/EDI/INV to start the trip.

      It’s an interesting indicator of customer sentiment in the travel market, hopefully signals the return to more normal pricing.

  • Benilyn says:

    Us poor Londoners, highest property price to income ratio vs rest of UK, and now this! 🥲

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