If you have plans to fly to New York – and possible further afield – you may want to move fast. British Airways is selling sub-€1,000 business class fares.
EDIT: It appears British Airways spotted the error and has now updated its pricing, sorry! If you booked, do NOT make any non-refundable hotel arrangements for a couple of weeks in case BA decides to play tough.
Take a look at this example:
I managed to find this within five minutes. It includes a direct flight from Paris to New York on American Airlines, connecting via Heathrow on British Airways on the return.
This is a phenomenal price, given how expensive premium flying currently is.
There’s a minimum 3-night stay required. During my search, I only saw these prices when I included a Saturday night. You may get lucky and find one without a weekend, but it’s unlikely as British Airways doesn’t want to discount to high-margin business travellers.
The flights are NOT available from London. You need to be searching from Paris. For total clarity, even if transferring in London, you MUST board in Paris or your entire trip is cancelled. If you come back via London and are only on hand baggage, you can slip out at Heathrow with no issues.
Remember that flying via Heathrow will earn you an extra 40 British Airways Executive Club tier points each way, and a few more Avios, but you may decide that the direct Paris flight is more convenient on the way out.
Dates vary, but you need to be searching between February and May, or September and December this year.
Tickets are obviously non-refundable BUT there is the standard 24 hour cooling off period, so if you want to book now and ask your partner tonight you should be fine.
Other cities are available from Bucharest
Also available are are €750 fares from Bucharest to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. These are far more restricted – you seem to have more chance in February than in Summer.
Here’s an example:
You can book on the British Airways website here. You may not find these fares on flight comparison sites.
In terms of paying …. if you book at ba.com you will earn 3 Avios per £1 (double the usual amount) on a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card and 2 Membership Rewards points per £1 (double the usual amount) on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. Both of these cards charge a 3% FX fee, however, so you may prefer to use any 0% FX fee card you have instead.
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.