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British Airways is currently offering a very good Business Class fare for travel between Amsterdam Schiphol and Bangkok. Availability looks very good and it’s easy to avoid long layovers so this should offer a nice opportunity to rack up some BA Tier Points or credits towards American Airlines status and you should be able to rack up quite a few Avios/redeemable miles too.
I have a feeling that I’ve seen this fare before so this may be a fare that has been resurrected or I may have just failed to noticed that it’s been around for a while – either way I can’t see where I’ve written about it before so here are the details:
Headline Fare Rules
- Reservations are needed 60 days before departure
- A Saturday night stay is required
- Maximum stay is 12 months
- Unlimited stopover allowed (max 6 months) – 2 at €100 each then €200
- Accompanied children/infants with their own seat cost 67% of the adult fare
- Accompanied infants (<2 years old) without their own seat cost 10% of the adult fare
There doesn’t appear to be a published end date for this fare so it may be around for a while or may disappear at any moment.
This fare is bookable on the British Airways website.
Unsurprisingly, as this fare is for flights on British Airways, the itinerary transits through London…
….but, as I’ll show later, some care will be required when selecting flight – BA flys to Gatwick and London City as well as Heathrow out of Amsterdam but all the BA flights to Bangkok depart from Heathrow so selecting the wrong flight could leave you with an unnecessary airport change.
I set the parameters of my search to eliminate long layovers and to avoid airport changes. Changing the search parameters to allow either (or both) of those will make the availability look different.
The good prices first make an appearance at the end of April….
…and are available on almost every day in May….
… and June….
…before availability tails off a little in July.
The fare is back to being available on most days in August….
…and the prices lowers in October (don’t just focus on the orange numbers).
Availability in November looks pretty good….
….but the good price disappears for most of December….
…before reappearing after New Year.
Finding The Fare
I used the Matrix ITA Airfare Search to find this deal – here’s an example set of parameters I used:
Notice that I deliberately unchecked the box which would allow airport changes to ensure that the search results only show flights from Amsterdam to Heathrow and not the flights to Gatwick and London City.
If you wish to find more availability (and are prepared for longer layovers or overnight stops) simply avoid using the “maxdur” commands you see in the image above.
Booking The Fare
You can’t book the fares via the Matrix search so, once you’ve found dates that work for you, you should book via the route which is most beneficial to you.
By this I mean….
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for booking directly with an airline you should make sure you book via British Airways.
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for all travel bookings you should be safe booking through most online travel agents or the airline directly.
Here’s an example of an itinerary priced up on Google Flights:
And here’s an itinerary priced up on BA.com:
As long as you make sure you include a Saturday night in your trip you shouldn’t have any issues with finding the good deals.
Where To Credit The Flights
I suspect that most readers will be crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club (where you’ll earn at least 360 Tier points from just one trip) or to the American Airlines AAdvantage program where you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Miles & Dollars as well as Redeemable Miles based on the distance travelled (booking these fares via British Airways can be a very nice way to boost your progress to AAdvantage elite status).
Flyers crediting this fare to American Airlines should earn a little over 25,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (25% of the way to top-tier status) and a little under 3,100 Elite Qualifying Dollars (~22% of the way to top-tier status) or, put another way, they’ll earn AAdvantage Gold status (oneworld Ruby) on this one trip.
If you’re not sure where to credit you flights you should take a look at the wheretocredit site which will give you all the information you need.
The bad news is that the long-haul sectors are flown by British Airways 777 aircraft which can seem a little crowded in the Business Class cabin but everything else is good news – great price, easy connections, lots of availability and a fantastic place to visit.