For the first time in a while, there are some exceptionally good business class fares on oneworld alliance airlines to Hawaii out there.
One reason for mentioning these is that they are exceptionally good for British Airways tier point earning.
The current fares are available from starting points across Europe, but not the UK. It is part of a broader oneworld alliance sale to North America.
EDIT: This fare seems to have died at around 7pm on Tuesday. If you are reading this via email on Wednesday, it’s too late – sorry. The article was posted at 11am on Tuesday.
You may be able to book some of these flights on ba.com but americanairlines.co.uk (not the US site) seems to be easier.
You need to travel from September until the end of the booking window. A stay of a week seems necessary.
Here is an example from Amsterdam to Hawaii. This is a 3-stop routing which maximises tier points (click to enlarge):
- Amsterdam to Heathrow (BA) – 40 tier points
- Heathrow to New York JFK (AA) – 140 tier points
- New York JFK to Pheonix (AA) – 140 tier points
- Pheonix to Honolulu (AA) – 140 tier points
- Honolulu to San Francisco (Alaska) – 140 tier points
- San Francisco to Dallas Fort Worth (AA) – 40 tier points
- Dallas Fort Worth to Heathrow (AA) – 140 tier points
- Heathrow to Amsterdam (BA) – 40 tier points
That’s a total of 820 British Airways Executive Club tier points and a big stash of Avios for £1,871 (plus the cost of getting to Amsterdam) – oh yes, and you get a business class holiday in Hawaii too!
If you can find an option to route back via Phoenix and not Dallas Fort Worth, it would trigger an extra 100 tier points taking the routing above to 920 tier points.
It may be possible to find a European starting point where the connection to Heathrow triggers 80 tier points each way and not 40, such as Athens or Helsinki. This would get you to 1,000 tier points.
Have a dig around if interested. Lots of mainland US destinations are reduced as well. Rhys and I are both away this week, hence the relative lack of detailed analysis on this one.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.