DEAL: British Airways Is Offering Big Discounts On Business & First Class Fares Out Of The UK


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British Airways has launched yet another sale for departures out of the UK which will run through 29 October 2019. Business Class and First Class fares have been discounted as have luxury holiday packages to destinations all over the world, so if you didn’t pick up a bargain in the last set of deals you may have better luck this time around.

In Brief

  • Book by 23:59 BST on 29 October 2019
  • Prices include all taxes, fees and carrier charges
  • All prices valid from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and London City Airports
  • Advance purchase rules vary by destination
  • Minimum stay rules vary by destination
  • Valid travel dates vary by destination (some are very tight)

Link to sale

Example Business Class Fares (Roundtrip)

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

Fares marked ** are, in my opinion, particularly good.

North America & Mexico

  • Atlanta – from £1,499
  • Austin – from £1,577
  • Boston – from £1,512
  • Calgary – from £1,598
  • Cancun – from £1,645
  • Chicago – from £1,547
  • Denver – from £1,552
  • Houston – from £1,599
  • Mexico City – from £1,566
  • Montreal – from £1,398**
  • Nashville – from £1,499
  • New Orleans – from £1,568
  • New York – from £1,367
  • Orlando – from £1,579**
  • Philadelphia – from £1,383
  • Pittsburgh – from £1,559
  • San Francisco – from £1,576**
  • San Jose – from £1,585**
  • Seattle – from £1,547**
  • Tampa – from £1,614
  • Toronto – from £1,374**
  • Vancouver – from £1,598**
  • Washington D.C – from £1,399

Rest Of The World

  • Abu Dhabi – from £1,399**
  • Antigua – from £1,745
  • Bridgetown (Barbados) – from £1,766
  • Grenada – from £1,735
  • Johannesburg – from £1,709
  • Kingston – from £1,694
  • Muscat – from £1,536
  • Nairobi – from £1,246**
  • Punta Cana – from £1,520
  • Seychelles – from £1,679**
  • St Kitts – from £1,766
  • St Lucia – from £1,765
  • Tobago – from £1,716

Note: I consider a Business Class fares of £1,650 or lower to be very good deals for travel out of the UK to North America and fares of £1,800 or lower to be good for all other destinations – those are the benchmarks I’ve set when it comes to choosing the example fares above.

If you don’t see a destination you’re interested in visiting in the lists above it doesn’t mean that it’s not on sale – it just means that it isn’t one of the better deals (in my opinion). You can use the British Airways Low Fare Finder Tool to check the fares to all destinations BA serves.

Example First Class Fares (Roundtrip)

British Airways 747 First Class

Fares marked ** are, in my opinion, particularly good.

North America & Mexico

  • Atlanta – from £1,899
  • Austin – from £1,999
  • Boston – from £1,998
  • Chicago – from £1,999
  • Denver – from £1,999
  • Houston – from £1,999
  • Nashville – from £1,899
  • New York – from £1,798
  • Philadelphia – from £1,803
  • San Jose – from £1,999**
  • Seattle – from £1,999**
  • Toronto – from £1,798
  • Vancouver – from £1,998**
  • Washington D.C – from £1,899

Rest Of The World

  • Abu Dhabi – from £2,099
  • Beijing – from £2,399
  • Grenada – from £2,451
  • Johannesburg – from £1,709
  • Mumbai – from £2,488
  • Muscat – from 1,536
  • Nairobi – from £2,296**
  • Port of Spain – £2,481
  • Seychelles – from £2,410**
  • Shanghai – from £2,399
  • St Lucia – from £2,491

Note: I consider a First Class fares of £2,000 or lower to be very good deals for travel out of the UK to North America and fares of £2,500 or lower to be acceptable deals for most other destinations – those are the benchmarks I’ve set when it comes to choosing the example fares above.

If you don’t see a destination you’re interested in visiting in the lists above it doesn’t mean that it’s not on sale – it just means that it isn’t one of the better deals (in my opinion). You can use the British Airways Low Fare Finder Tool to check the fares to all destinations BA serves.

Things To Watch Out For

There are a number of very good deals in this latest sale and some of the fares are noticeably better than the fares BA was offering in its last sale just a few weeks ago…but things aren’t quite that straight forward.

A quick look at the Low Fare Finder tool shows that some of these fares are only available on very restricted dates so some flexibility may be required.

The New York Business Class fare, for example, looks good at £1,367 roundtrip but when you take a look at your date options you see that the very best deals are only available in April and May:

This certainly isn’t the case for all the fares (some good deals are available from April right through to the end of the current booking period in September) but it’s worth being careful and checking dates before you get too excited about the options available.

Bottom Line

Some of these fares look very good indeed (the West Coast in First Class from £1,999 is a great deal) and there’s definitely scope here to build both a fun trip and trip that rakes in Avios/AAdvantage Miles and Tier Points/Elite Qualifying miles too.

Bearing in mind that a roundtrip First Class fare to North America will earn a minimum of 420 Tier Points, there’s a lot of scope for getting yourself well on the way to retaining/earning elite status with these fares.

Link to the British Airways Sale Page

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