British Airways Launches (Another) UK Sale – Business Class & First Class Discounted


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British Airways has been promoting an unusually high number of sales and deals over the past couple of months and, as some have speculated, this may have something to do with the impending pilots’ strike (which may or may not be called off in the next few days).

There’s a good chance that bookings with British Airways are down thanks to the threat of flight cancellations and significant delays and the airline is now once again offering some tempting deals on flights and holidays departing the UK – some of the Business Class and First Class deals are worth a closer look.

The British Airways Sale

  • Book by 24 September 2019
  • Travel dates vary by destination
  • Minimum stay requirements are in effect and vary by destination
  • Example prices shown are for departures from London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports.

For full restrictions and the terms and conditions please visit the British Airways sale page.

Long-Haul Deals

Examples Of The Better Business Class Fares (Roundtrip Travel)
  • Abu Dhabi – £1,455
  • Austin – £1,574
  • Boston – £1,509
  • Chicago – £1,528
  • Denver – £1,549
  • Houston – £1,596
  • Los Angeles – £1,673

  • Mexico City – £1,487
  • Montreal – £1,399
  • Nashville – £1,499
  • New Orleans – £1,448
  • New York – £1,317
  • Philadelphia – £1,384
  • Punta Cana – £1,645
  • San Diego – £1,661
  • San Francisco – £1,566
  • San Jose (Costa Rica) – £1,595
  • San Jose (USA) – £1,489
  • Seattle – £1,544
  • Toronto – £1,375
  • Vancouver – £1,622
  • Washington D.C – £1,494

Examples Of The Better First-Class Fares (Roundtrip Travel)
  • Austin – £1,975
  • Chicago – £1,945
  • Denver – £1,950
  • Houston – £1,997
  • Mexico City – £1,899
  • Nashville – £1,899
  • Philadelphia – £1,799
  • Pittsburgh – £1,996
  • San Jose (USA) – £1,889
  • Seattle – £1,945
  • Toronto – £1,799
  • Washington D.C – £1,911

I’ve used a cut off of £1,699 for the Busines Class fares and £2,000 for the First Class that I’ve chosen to use as examples above as any long-haul fare below those price points (and in those cabins) is a genuinely good deal…especially for departures from London.

Almost all other BA worldwide destinations are also on sale as well (use the low fare finder to check for yourself if your preferred destination isn’t in the list above) but I don’t consider premium cabin fares above my chosen thresholds to be good enough to warrant a mention so that’s why they do not appear above.

British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner First Class

Short-Haul Deals

Below are some examples of the fares you can expect to find on short-haul routes in the latest British Airways sale but, as with the long-haul routes I illustrated above, this list doesn’t show ALL the deals available – you’ll have to check the sale page or the British Airways low fare finder tool if a route you’re interested doesn’t appear below.

Prices are for one-way travel.

  • Alicante – from £81
  • Amsterdam – from £74
  • Bordeaux – from £72
  • Budapest – from £122
  • Catania – from £131*
  • Cologne – from £74
  • Dublin – from £80
  • Faro – from £94
  • Geneva – from £94
  • Genoa – from £72
  • Helsinki – from £105*

  • Inverness – from £79
  • Istanbul – from £146*
  • Luxembourg – from £72
  • Lyon – from £95
  • Milan – from £79
  • Naples – from £86
  • Paphos – from £158*
  • Rome – from £79
  • Venice – from £75
  • Vienna – from £79

There are some very good deals amongst the fares I’ve listed above but I suspect it’s probably the fares marked with an asterisk (*) which will attract the most attention.

These are the routes on which British Airways awards 80 Tier Points one-way (160 Tier Points for roundtrip travel) and these routes offer a very economical way to boost your way to whatever elite status level you’re aiming for.

The standout deal is for travel to/from Helsinki which can be booked from £105 (for one-way travel) and which can be had with a stay as short as 2 nights:

Day trips to/from Helsinki are ridiculously expensive but a 1-night stay can be booked for £121 (each way) and that will be the more economical way to go if you’re doing a pure Tier Point run.

Bottom Line

If you don’t see the destination(s) of your choice in anything I written above you should use the British Airways low fare finder tool to see what the airline can offer you in the way of a deal.

Overall, there are some very nice deals here but there aren’t as many as we’ve seen in past sales.

I’d say that the deals to New York, Montreal and San Jose (USA) are the ones that seem to offer the best value in Business Class while the deals to Toronto, San Jose (USA) and Seattle are the pick of the First Class fares…but if none of those destinations interest you then that point is moot!

Link to the latest British Airways sale.

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