(Deal dead) Crazy €750+ BA / AA business class fares to New York, Boston, DC
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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 (March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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 American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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
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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.