British Airways Black Friday Sale – Full Details (UK)

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It looks like BA hasn’t loaded up any particularly special offers for those of us in the US but the UK Black Friday sale has quite a few deals that catch the eye….and not just if you’re looking to travel over the holidays.

Link to the full BA Black Friday Sale page

Business Class: 2 for £2018

This is the headline promotion that has got a lot of people talking but, while the price is unquestionably fantastic, the deal is actually pretty restrictive.

Firstly, you have to book for 2 people (which isn’t exactly great for solo travelers) and, secondly, the dates on which this deal is available are very constraining:

  • Flights must be booked between 00:01 GMT 22 November 2018 and 23:59 GMT 26 November 2018.
  • London Heathrow to Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose (California), Toronto and Washington is available for selected outbound travel dates between 24 December 2018 and 31 December 2018.
  • London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul is available for selected outbound travel dates between 30 November 2018 and 31 March 2019.
  • London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and Tampa is available for selected outbound travel dates between 11 December 2018 and 10 January 2019.
  • London Gatwick to Kingston is available for selected outbound travel dates between 12 December 2018 and 26 December 2018.

See? Not many broad date ranges in there.

British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class
British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Club World

The full list of destinations to which this deal is available is as follows:

USA & Canada

Middle East

Far East

Club World Holidays

The Club World holidays section offers a noticeably broader selection and even though some of the promotions appear to fixate on the US and the Christmas period…

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…there’s actually quite a range of destinations on offer for a reasonably broad range of dates.

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Example deals:

  • 7-night Business Class deals to the West Coast starting at £1,843 per person
  • 3-night Business Class East Coast deals from £1,132
  • Business Class deals to the Middle East from just £982 per person

All deals must be booked by 23:59 BST 26 November 2018 and each destination has its own set of travel dates (some can be booked s far out as 30 September 2019) so you’ll need to check the individual terms and conditions on the promotion page.

Short-Haul Business Class Flights & Holidays

Just as with long-haul there are deals on short-haul Business Class flights and Business Class holidays.

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The full list of Business Class flight destinations can be found via this link and the examples being offered up by BA (for London departures) are:

The best tool to use to find the cheapest fares is the British Airways Low fare finder

The Club Europe Holiday deals may not look particularly impressive at first glance but there are a quite few interesting options floating around:

If you’re looking to maximize the number of tier points you earn on these bookings don’t forget that some short-haul destinations offer 160 tier points for roundtrip Business Class travel (e.g. Marrakech, Helsinki, Malta, Istanbul etc…)

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British Airways A320 Club Europe

Bottom Line

For those prepared to hunt around there are some very good deals on offer here…and not all are immediately obvious.

You can, for example, book a roundtrip Business Class fare between London and San Francisco from £1,509 (December) and £1,583 (October) even if this isn’t highlighted anywhere and there’s plenty of availability for roundtrip flights to Malta (160 tier points) for under £280.

Naturally the best deals are the long-haul Business Class flights (for 2 people) from £1,008 each but, as I said at the beginning, the T&Cs are quite restrictive.

Let me know if you find any other deals worth mentioning and I’ll update this post