One-Way in Business Class for less than £100 and More Top Picks From British Airways’ Sale

May 6, 2019

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What better time to plan your next trip than a long Bank Holiday weekend? British Airways agrees, as the carrier launched its sale last week. The sale runs until 21 May, though some of the cheap fares may sell out quicker.

American Airlines is also running a sale at the same time, which is not surprising given that BA and AA are transatlantic joint-venture business partners.

There are some decent deals as part of this BA sale, though many require forward planning to later in the year or even into 2020. Generally speaking, for flights originating from the UK, BA’s Low Fare Finder is a very useful tool and can be accessed here. Simply browse by destination, class and length of trip and it will show you the cheapest flights each month.

Best Economy Deals in the Current Sale

Economy prices have dropped over the past few years, especially with the introduction of basic economy fares and low-cost competition. Here are a selection of our top picks:

To UK and Europe (one-way from):

  • Various Scottish destinations from £29 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness)
  • Various Spanish city destinations from £22 (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Valencia)
  • Various Mediterranean islands from £34 (Ibiza, Palma, Menorca, Corfu)
  • Germany from £31 (Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich)
  • France from £21 (Bordeaux, Paris, Nice)
  • Italy from £27 (Verona, Rome)

The BA Low Fare Finder is the best way to find the deals and dates that work for you.

To the US & Canada (return from):

  • New York — £252
  • Miami — £283
  • San Francisco — £292
  • Los Angeles — £268
  • Orlando — £286
  • Vancouver — £377
  • Chicago — £250
  • Denver — £268

Further afield (return from):

  • Abu Dhabi — £294
  • Bangkok — £395
  • Dubai — £330
  • Hong Kong — £397
  • Muscat — £380
  • Nairobi — £398
  • Punta Cana — £424
  • Tel Aviv — £299

Best Business Class Deals in the Current Sale

To UK and Europe (one-way from):

Similar to the economy deals, there is no shortage of very good prices here, which can also be useful from a Tier Point/status point of view:

  • Amsterdam — £50
  • Barcelona — £69
  • Dublin — £80
  • Lyon — £86
  • Malaga — £99
  • Paris — £99
  • Venice — £75

To the US and Canada (return from):

  • Atlanta — £1,398
  • Boston — £1,469
  • Denver — £1,448
  • Los Angeles — £1,682
  • Montreal — £1,399
  • New Orleans — £1,398
  • New York — £1,366
  • San Francisco — £1,398
  • Toronto — £1,375 (which will be the first route featuring the new BA Club Suite from October)

Further afield (return from):

  • Abu Dhabi — £1,448
  • Antigua — £1,695
  • Barbados — £1,695
  • Hong Kong — £1,994
  • Islamabad — £1,432
  • Johannesburg — £2,038
  • Mexico City — £1,507
  • Punta Cana — £1,494
  • Tel Aviv — £1,134
Image by Dan Ross / The Points Guy
Photo by Dan Ross / The Points Guy.

Best First Class Deals in the Current Sale

There are also some fantastic first class fares in this sale — especially for travel from London. (The best business and first class fares can often be found by starting in other European cities.) Many of these are essentially around £400 more than the business class fares.

Highlights include (return prices from):

  • Atlanta — £1,798
  • Chicago — £1,848
  • Houston — £1,798
  • Las Vegas — £1,998
  • Mexico City — £1,848
  • New York — £1,798
  • Phoenix — £1,898
  • San Francisco — £1,798
  • Tel Aviv — £1,534
  • Vancouver — £1,899
  • Washington — £1,798

Strategies for Finding the Best Deals

The best deals aren’t always available at the ideal times, but if you can follow some of these tips, you’ll be able to maximise your travel with as little spend as possible:

  • Plan ahead — In particular with this sale, some of the best deals are available for much later in the year or even early 2020. Why not lock in that Spanish holiday now for October when it starts getting cold and wet in the UK?
  • Be flexible on dates and destinations — Some of my best weekends away have been driven by the best deal I could find. If you are keen on a particular destination, consider whether a local connecting flight might make sense (i.e. grab a great deal to Miami and then find another way to get to your desired destination).
  • Use the tools available — The BA Lowest Fare Finder is quite good. I also use Google Flights to find cheap flights.
  • Book if you are happy with the price — Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a real thing. Book a flight if you are happy with the price — even if it’s months out. Yes, there will be other sales, and yes, they may even be better. But rather than potentially missing out, book if you are happy with what you have found.

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