British Airways Fare Sale: Club World New York/Toronto to London for $1,655 and 20,000 Avios Roundtrip

by on June 27, 2013 · 8 comments

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British Airways flew its first 787 today from Seattle to London and to celebrate they just launched a fare sale to commemorate event and build buzz around the first two cities that get 787 service from North America: Toronto and Newark.

New British Airways 787 leaves Seattle

New British Airways 787 leaves Seattle

Fares begin at $787 in World Traveller (economy), $1,209 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and $2,787 for Club World (business class) – all fares are roundtrip and include taxes, fees and carrier charges. The ticket offer is valid for sales until July 1, 2013. Travel dates are between October 25, 2013 and December 15, 2013, and December 25, 2013 and March 24, 2014.  No promotional code is needed and the sale is available on any aircraft, not just 787′s.

These are pretty decent fares, though not the cheapest I’ve ever seen- especially for Club World. However, the beauty of these Premium Economy fares is that they are upgradeable to Business Class (book into T class) and upgrades are only 10,000 Avios each way! I’ve written about using Avios to upgrade paid fares here, but here is a quick refresher on which fare classes are upgradeable using Avios:
- British Airways: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B, H
- American Airlines and Iberia: J, C, D, Y, B

I priced out a sample Premium Economy flight for November and it came to $1,285 and you can confirm the fare class of the ticket by clicking on the flight number- T (these are for actual 787 flights- the aircraft isn’t showing on, but Expertflyer confirms flights 188 and 189 to/from EWR are on the 787, though that is always open to change. Note: all flights are discounted- not just the 787 flight.
If you have the Chase British Airways Visa and book through using promo code CARDOFFERU, the price drops to $ 1,156.57. Pretty good for upgradeable Premium Economy!
British Airways Prem Econ 1285

British Airways will actually let you search for upgrade availability at the time of booking your ticket. Login to your Executive Club account -> Executive Club -> Spending Avios -> Book With Cash and Up-grade With Avios

Enter the dates and the class of service that you wish to purchase and upgrade from (not to)

Enter the dates and the class of service that you wish to purchase and upgrade from (not to)

The results will show any available flights. Note that the taxes are more expensive on upgraded itineraries and this one came to $1,655 and 20,000 Avios.
BA Upgrade Cash and AviosThis is a pretty darn good deal, considering this same flight would cost 80,000 Avios + $ 1,155.07 to book outright as an award ticket- and you don’t earn miles on award tickets! So by shelling out an additional $500 you save yourself 60,000 Avios (which I conservatively value at $900) plus you rake in 6,930 extra Avios plus Tier Qualifying/ Elite points. is a decent site, but to quickly scan fares and comparison shop I recommend using the ITA Matrix, which is very user friendly. Once you identify sale dates, go directly through BritishAirways or an online travel agency (through a portal of course!) to book.

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  • Narikin

    Virgin Atlantic are around $1605 for some Thanksgiving dates right now in full Business (“Upper Class”) so you earn all the miles, and don’t spend any. slightly sweeter deal if those dates suit you.

  • vortix

    But Virgin Atlantic’s flights aren’t on the Dreamliner. I agree that this BA deal isn’t phenomenal…though if you want to fly on a Dreamliner from the east coast to London, this is a good way to make it happen.

  • Anon

    Can these prices be done one-way?

  • David

    Is this pricing usable with the BA Visa Companion Certificate?

  • Loretta

    And I noticed I could include a stopover in Paris, which is where I really want to go on this trip, and it came out to $1900 something and 25000 Avios! Not too shabby :). So I “stop over” in Paris for 12 nights, and then come back through London!

  • Loretta

    Although I am not sure it was on the Dreamliner, but still a pretty good deal for Business/Club World.

  • Jamie

    This seems like an awesome deal to me. Am I too naive or are the people not excited about this deal too jaded? :-)
    Also, Virgin Atlantic is no use to those of us in the middle of the country where they only fly in the summertime, but it’s great to know that these kinds of business class fares are not too rare.

  • Nick

    I have 255,000 avios points. I have tried booking flights from US to Europe (Paris, Spain, Greece, etc) in September 2013, but cannot find any availability. Also, in some cases, where there are available flights for different dates, the taxes hardly make the points seem worthwhile. For example, a Delta flight to Italy is $1100 RT, but using avios, it is points + $800 taxes.

    Are there any ways to maximize points? Or check better availability.

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