Oneworld member British Airways sells a huge number of discounted tickets in their european business class Club Europe. Destinations like Bulgarian capital Sofia start at £226 (~€263) with departure from London-Heathrow. All flights include 2 checked bags up to 23 kg.
These flights count as a proper Mileage Run – you can earn 160 tier points for a roundtrip, a quarter of what is needed to gain Oneworld Sapphire status. They are available to the following destinations:
British Airways’ short haul fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft will operate each of these flights.
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Fare Rules for these offers vary, but usually your maximum stay is not limited. Minimum stays are between two days or the first sunday after your departure from London. Since this offer does not have an expiration date, it is based on availability and can be sold out or withdrawn without further notice.
Google Flights displays all these fares accurately. We recommend to check for travel dates with the lowest fares there (instructions). Afterwards, you can use that data to search the lowest fare in our flight search or directly at ba.com.
These flights will show up on scattered dates in autumn 2019, but show best availability in March through May 2020.
British Airways issues tickets in either booking class I. While this results in a reasonable amount of award mileage in most Oneworld frequent flyer programs (given the short travel distance), but the best thing is its tier point output. According to British Airways’ mileage calculator, each leg to the destinations above will be credited with 80 tier points in this booking class. That adds up to 160 tier points for a roundtrip.
A roundtrip to Sofia will additionally yield the following award mileage:
- 6,340 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 5,100 on LATAM Pass
- 5,100 on Finnair Plus
- 3,800 on British Airways Executive Club
- 3,800 on Iberia Plus
- 3,800 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 3,170 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
- 3,170 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 3,170 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 3,170 on American AAdvantage
- 3,170 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 3,170 on Asia Miles
- 3,170 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 3,170 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 3,170 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Flights to Sofia are also part of a pretty decent Oneworld Sapphire tier run we’ve put together for you:
British Airways’ Club Europe
British Airways’ European Business Class Club Europe can be found across their Airbus A320 family short haul fleet. It uses the exact same seats that are used in Economy Class. The main diffenrence is that the middle seat is blocked within the usual 3-3 seating arrangement. Unfortunately, this still results in extremly small legroom (less than 80 cm).
In contrast, the main benefits of Club Europe are lounge access (if available), free meal service and generous baggage regulations (2 checked bags up to 32kg). You can find a more detailed review of the product here.