British Airways surprises us with nice promotional sales from time to time. Currently, BA is selling discounted tickets for economy class flights to several worldwide destinations. Departing from London, you can visit cities all over the globe and save money compared to the normal fares. Unfortunately, most trips do not include checked bags. But that’s a small downside, given the pricing.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Here are a few examples of trips that we’ve found to be especially interesting:
- Boston at £266 (~€302)
- Tampa at £289 (~€328)
- San Francisco at £300 (~€340)
- Toronto at £305 (~€346)
- San Jose (CA) at £302 (~€342)
- Los Angeles at £308 (~€349)
- San Diego at £320 (~€363)
- Vancouver at £322 (~€365)
- Seattle at £346 (~€392)
- Montreal at £389 (~€441)
- Nashville at £398 (~€451)
- New Orleans at £398 (~€451)
- Washington DC at £397 (~€450)
- Austin at £398 (~€451)
South & Central Asia
Latin America & Caribbean:
- Cancún at £345 (~€391)
- Bridgetown (Barbados) at £345 (~€391)
- Antigua at £336 (~€381)
- Punta Cana at £376 (~€426)
- St. Lucia at £375 (~€425)
- San Jose (Costa Rica) at £388 (~€440)
Middle East & Africa:
All these flights are non-stop and operated by British Airways. Adding luggage to your booking usually costs €90-100.
By the way, other airlines are offering good economy class dealz from London as well:
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All of these destinations can be flown to during next year. The month with highest availability seems to be March 2021, but most destinations are available until December of this year.
To find the best fares, just visit British Airways’ low-price finder and choose your preferred destination. How to proceed once you’ve settled for a flight is your choice: simply book on their website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
We do not know until when these prices will remain so low.
Most tickets will be issued in booking class O. Given that they are so cheap, the possible earning rate of around 25% is fair. Since there are so many destinations, we can’t cover all of them. But you’re welcome to use WheretoCredit to find out what your trip can get you.
Nevertheless, we’ll give you 3 examples:
London – Tel Aviv roundtrip:
- 2,230 Avios + 14 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 1,794 Points on Finnair Plus
- 1,116 Avios + 40 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 1,116 Avios + 70 TP on Iberia Plus
- 1,116 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 1,116 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 1,114 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 1,114 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 1,114 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,114 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,114 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 1,114 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 1,114 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
London – Boston roundtrip:
- 3,256 Avios + 20 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 2,620 Points on Finnair Plus
- 1,628 Avios + 40 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 1,628 Avios + 180 TP on Iberia Plus
- 1,628 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 1,628 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 1,628 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 1,628 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 1,628 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,628 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,628 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 1,628 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 1,628 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
London – Cancún roundtrip:
- 4,942 Avios + 26 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 3,976 Points on Finnair Plus
- 2,470 Avios on British Airways Executive Club
- 2,470 Avios + 180 TP on Iberia Plus
- 2,470 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 2,470 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 2,470 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 2,470 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 2,470 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 2,470 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 2,470 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 2,470 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 2,470 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
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