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Get British Airways Club Suite from Brussels to New York for €1,500, with good availability

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British Airways has launched some attractive deals from Brussels to New York if you are willing to lock in a trip for the second half of 2023. Chicago is also available.

You’re looking at around €1,500 return, which is £1,330. You also need to get to Brussels.

Pre-covid this wouldn’t have been much of a deal. It wasn’t unusual to see BA Holidays offering New York from London, with 3-4 nights in a 4-star hotel, for £1,300 back in 2018/9. Those days seem to be gone for now and you need to work harder to find a deal.

British Airways New York business class sale

This deal is booking from August 2023 through to January 2024. At the time of writing on Wednesday availability is surprisingly good, even over Christmas.

You must stay away for a Saturday night to get these fares.

Here is an example I found very easily:

I’m not sure if this is cheap enough to make you want to lock in seats for what could be 10 months time, especially given the need to go through Brussels.

If you only had hand baggage you could – as long as you didn’t make a habit of it – get off at Heathrow and avoid the last leg. You could also take the return flight to Gatwick and be sure of getting your suitcase back in London.

If you were looking for tier points, you may be able to find interesting routings which would increase your earnings beyond the standard 40 + 140 + 140 + 40 = 360 tier points for the return trip. This would come down to 320 tier points if you dropped the last leg back to Belgium.

That said, anyone chasing tier points may be better off with the current BA Holidays double tier points offer. This offers double tier points on the BA flight element of 5+ night ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ packages taken before the end of 2023. Details are here.

You can play around with pricing on ba.com here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 £15,000 Read our full review

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.

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

40,000 bonus points 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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (23)

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  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    Possibly old news but I achieved a lower price in August 2023 by doing ex-DUB but connecting in the US rather than LHR on the outbound (outbound thus flown by AA). Inbound I am connecting in LHR. All things being equal I’d rather do that than start in Brussels where you’re connecting anyway but facing US immigration after your long haul leg.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Noting my own bias here as I do not have, nor am I eligible for, Global Entry – this avidly avoid immigration on arrival. For those with Global Entry, ex-BRU with the ease (sort of….) of Eurostar may well suit better.

    • Mike says:

      Sign up to Global Traveller – you’ll walk straight through wherever you land from

  • BJ says:

    HFP article titles have now become more entertaining than the cartoons in the daily papers 🙂

    • Barry cutters says:

      Explain the joke ?

    • Skywalker says:

      I don’t get how cartoons/papers relate to HfP – explain?

    • BJ says:

      Composing article titles is not as simple as it may seem due to character constraints and the need to reach different audiences, attract interest, and work well on search engines. From time to time this results in titles that, while being clever, may not be the best reflections of article content or factually 100% accurate. Although I am not certain I think sometime titles get changed from time to time too. At least I think this is what is going on, and I just find the creativity entertaining at times.

      • Barry cutters says:

        I think I’m even more confused now . I don’t get the first or the second comment sorry !

  • No longer Entitled says:

    A couple of months back BA had business flights for about €500 to the US from various EU destinations for about 1hr before they were pulled. I’m curious if HfP readers who got to book had the fares honoured?

    • Ingking says:

      If youre talking about “mistake fares” that popped up for a few hours back in September, yes they were honoured.
      Didn’t book personally but had family members who managed to grab a fair few.

    • Harry T says:

      They were honoured. There were even better prices to LAX, relatively speaking.

    • Solo says:

      100% honoured just got off my JFK leg

    • No Longer Entitled says:

      Ah, lesson learned. Next time buy immediately and beg for forgiveness rather than asking permission.

    • Jonathan says:

      Under BA’s most recent former CEO, a load of tickets that were sold at prices they didn’t like weren’t honoured, and the people who brought them believed the fares to be genuine, and had booked non refundable accommodation and the replacement flights were unaffordable for rebooking

      At least they’ve apparently learnt their lesson on being needlessly mean and horrible to honest customers

  • Mike says:

    Similar Deals from Dublin also, I’ve just booked NYC for August Bank Holiday Weekend for €1340 each and LA in Nov for €1600 each. A long way off the £500 quoted in another comment, but the same flights out of london were more than twice that cost

  • planeconcorde says:

    “You could also take the return flight to Gatwick and be sure of getting your suitcase back in London.” How exactly are you going to book such a routing when BA do not operate between LGW and BRU ?
    To do this you would need to pick a different destination to BRU, which I guess would be at a higher fare.

    • planeconcorde says:

      Oh, I get it now. It’s the New York to London segment you book to LGW and then LHR to BRU.

      • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

        And flying into LGW guarantees you won’t get Club Suites I believe

  • FlightDoctor says:

    Not sure if it’s still available but just landed at LHR from DXB via HEL on AY. Paid £1400 in J, and three legs were A350’s with the return from DXB-HEL on the new business class which I love. 440TPs nice as well!

    • Mrs Jakob says:

      I fly LHR-HEL-DXB on Finnair on Monday, back later in the week. Looking forward to the sauna and to see if I get the new seat on any leg.

    • KP says:

      Availability in NoV/Dec a few weeks ago was around £1050

  • Mark says:

    There’s also ongoing availability year round from CAI to NYC for £952 in J. You have to be a pretty committed TP Runner though to route via Egypt to the US!

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