British Airways Business Class $1,952 3-Day Sale

by on May 16, 2012 · 19 comments

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To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (that’s 60 years for you anglophiles out there) which is being held from June 2-5, British Airways is offering royal-watchers the chance to fly roundtrip from select US gateways to London and Manchester for just $1,952 roundtrip in Club World (business class), all fees and taxes included.

The special Jubilee sale page at

Now the specifics. First, the sale started today and only runs until 11:59pm Pacific time on Friday, May 18, and is for travel that starts on or after May 23 and is completed by June 9.

To book the special fare and see the various gateways, go the sale’s landing page at

I just wanted to check it out and make sure that the fare worked for various routes, so I did sample bookings from Miami to London Heathrow and from San Diego to London Heathrow from May 29-June 5 (you know, in case you want to wish the old bird congratulations in person during the actual events of the Jubilee), and actually found flights for $1,947.60 from both cities!

I found tickets for most days in the sale period for even less than the $1,952 quoted, including this roundtrip from Miami to London.

Is that cheap? No, but, compared to the $4,000-$6,000 these seats can usually go for, it’s not a bad deal at all—especially since coach tickets to the UK this summer are up around the $1,100-$1,200 mark, so you’d only be spending $700 more for a far superior product. That’s a deal in my book.

Another sample booking with the sale fare from San Diego to London.

Here are the gateway cities listed on the landing page:
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York JFK
San Diego
San Francisco
San Juan
Washington, DC

And here are the rest of the T&C:
Airfare Terms and Conditions

  1. Offer can be booked online at or through a travel agent. If you book through a
    British Airways call center, you will be charged an additional $25 per ticket for processing.
  2. $1952 promotional transatlantic business class fares quoted are round-trip, select “I” class fares for travel May 26, 2012 through June 9, 2012, inclusive, from select US gateway cities to London and Manchester on British Airways services or on British Airways code-share services operated by American Airlines to London and Manchester only (Class of travel between London and Manchester is Domestic/Economy). British Airways flights departing to and from Houston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa are excluded from this offer and there is limited availability on British Airways flights from Chicago. Flights operated by any other BA code-share or franchise carriers do not qualify for this promotion. All travel must be completed by June 9, 2012.
  3. Fares may be higher from other US gateways and to other destinations.
  4. Round-trip promotional fares quoted include government fees and taxes, correct as of May 16, 2012, a $2.50 September 11th Security Fee and airline surcharges.
  5. For new bookings only made May 16-18, 2012.
  6. Refunds from previously purchased higher fare types not permitted.
  7. A Saturday night stay is required.
  8. Changes to itineraries booked in business class are permitted, prior to the ticketed departure time of each flight for a fee of $500 per ticket, subject to availability. The itinerary will be re-priced using fares in effect on the date the ticket is reissued and must meet all rule provisions of the newly ticketed fare.
  9. Please refer to airfare rules of flights selected before completion of payment.
  10. Executive Club members can earn Avios points per the terms and conditions of the Executive Club.
  11. Infant without seat will pay 10% of the adult fare and infant with a seat pays 75% of the adult fare (infant seat discount not applicable to/from London City Airport (LCY)).
  12. Child pays 75% of the adult fare (child seat discount not applicable to/from London City Airport (LCY)).
  13. Unaccompanied minors permitted for a $75 surcharge each way.
  14. Open to US residents paying in US dollars only, with travel beginning and ending in the US.
  15. Limited availability of flights at sale prices. Individual travel dates are subject to availability. Promotional travel is subject to availability and capacity control, and availability may be limited over holidays and peak periods. The number of seats available on each flight at a particular fare may be restricted and it is possible that seats allocated to a particular fare on a particular flight may be fully booked even though seats are still available for sale at a different fare or booking class in the same cabin.
  16. All travel on BA operated flights is subject to BA’s General Conditions of Carriage for Passengers and Baggage (see and the notice and conditions of contract contained on each ticket and itinerary. Passengers carried by American Airlines are subject to AA’s conditions of carriage, which can be found on
  17. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
  18. This offer may be withdrawn or limited by British Airways without notice.
  19. Other significant restrictions may apply.

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  • Sean

    Upgrade-able with Avios? LAX-LHR in First sounds might nice

  • noel

    Can you use the $30,000 spend companion pass for this? Seem’s like two business class tickets for $1952 would be even better than using points + taxes.

  • JStern

    Any chance a Platinum Amex free companion could work with this?

  • Guest

    From my understanding the companion pass has to be used in connection with an award ticket booked using Avios. So I don’t think it’s possible.

  • Guest

    Note that AA is matching this, so you can use your SWU (formerly known as eVIP) to go first class LAX-LHR on AA.
    I don’t think it would be upgradeable on BA becuase it is an I fare…

  • Adam1222

    I’m seeing cheaper and similar flights ex-NYC on sporadic dates throughout the summer on UA and VX in business, or on SN and AC with stops.

  • Mark The Shark

    For a mileage run, this seems like a decent deal, since it’s comfortable in business class. Does anyone know what the miles are for say NYC to LHR? Do you get double miles for flying in business? I know AA doesn’t give full EQM’s for many ticket classes.

  • IMH

    It’s rather rude to refer to Her Majesty as “the old bird”.

    “Liz” is fine, of course, as is the more usual “Brenda”.

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- the companion ticket only works on award redemptions

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately Amex Platinum companion tickets require full fare business, so these wouldn’t qualify.

  • thepointsguy

    You’d get a 25% class of service bonus for a BA I fare when you bank the miles to AA

  • guest

    There are many rude things I would like to call Lizzy and ‘old bird’ isn’t one of them.

    P.S. Tá gráin agam ar Thatcher fós

  • Jon

    Any methods (unique routings?) to decrease taxes/fuel surcharges?

  • Turtle

    The 10 percent off when paying with a Chase BA card may work.

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  • Santorini Hotel

    Special price for a special occassion

  • World Traveler

    I was able to get a business class ticket on Delta to LHR for only $1689. Routing through MSP and back through CDG on the A380 netting over 17,000 EQM.

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