News & offers: Club World from £1258 & Cathay business ex EU, BA mid J B747 refurbishments + more

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British Airways Club World ex EU fares to the Far East

There are a couple of good prices on ex EU fares with British Airways in Club World. If you are interested in Bangkok there are flights starting from £1258 from Amsterdam which is a useful starting point given the good connections for most UK regions. The downside, apart from having to fly back to the UK to start the Bangkok flight, is that they use an old B777 (my least favourite aircraft in the fleet for long haul) on this route. This is the 3 class B777 with the old IFE system and only US sockets for charging. The fare must be booked at least 60 days in advance and you must stay a Saturday night. The fares are non-refundable but changeable for a fee.

Alternatives for oneworld flights would be Finnair from Heathrow which is usually around £1650 but can be £1400 in a sale. If you are not worried about oneworld, Garuda also have some excellent fares starting from £1283 from Heathrow although this does involve flying past Bangkok to change aircraft in Jakarta. They are usually best booked via Expedia flights.

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Finnair A350 business class with Northern lights mood lighting. Photo supplied by Finnair

A slightly more appealing option although a lengthier journey is the fare from Italy to Singapore. This can make a nice two centre holiday and the aircraft to Singapore is an A380 on one of the flights. You can read my review of BA’s A380 Club World here.  The fares start from around £1540 and are available from most Italian airports that BA fly to including Rome, Milan and Venice. The fare must be booked at least 60 days in advance and you must stay a Saturday night. The fares are non-refundable but changeable for a fee.

Flights to Bangkok and Singapore can be booked direct on British Airways

 

Cathay business class ex EU from £1591

Cathay Pacific business class

Cathay Pacific business class

If you fancy trying Cathay Pacific but are put off by the high prices there are some good deals from Amsterdam too at the moment. The best prices are:

  • Bangkok £1591
  • Singapore £1766
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1786
  • Hanoi £1789

The minimum stay is 3 days and you must book at least 90 days prior to departure. Flights are available up to the end of March 2019. You must book by 30 April 2018. You can book the flights direct with Cathay Pacific.

 

Tier point friendly Phoenix flights still available

If you were tempted by the Phoenix deal a few weeks ago you may like to know it is still available. This deal starts in Bucharest and allows stopovers in the US. It is ideal for a tier point run with the simple tier point routeing of Bucharest-London-JFK-Los-Angeles-Phoenix and then straight back to Bucharest via London coming out at 620 tier points. Add in Club Europe positioning flights and you have got 780 tier points (Bucharest gets 80 TP each way in Club Europe) The flights between JFK and Los Angeles would be on the transcontinental service with flat beds which you can read my review of here.

The downside is that although the deal is very cheap at £1277 return it is only available next in July and August when Phoenix will be absolutely scorching – although the bars and shops, of course, will be air-conditioned! After that is is available from 21 November to 29 November and 24- 31 December or 24 March – 8 April. The minimum stay is 6 days or a Saturday night.

I am venturing over there having snapped up the previous First class deal for £1500. I will be staying at one of my favourite hotels, The Phoenician that is close to completing a major renovation.

The flights can be booked on British Airways.

BA Mid J B747 refurbishment

Work has started on BA’s planned refresh of 16 of their ‘mid J’ B747s. These are B747s with 52 Club World seats that are used on routes such as Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Cape Town and JFK. The ‘super-high j’ B747s with 86 seats at Heathrow already have had their refresh done. You can spot these super high J aircraft from the seat map as Club World goes up to row 22 on the lower deck. You can read my review of a couple of super high J flights here.

British airways B747 super high J review

BA Super Hi J cabin

The aircraft will all receive a deep clean (well needed in my experience!) and all cabins apart from First Class (which is newer) will get new seat covers and cushions, curtains and seat belts. The cabin lighting will also be replaced.

Then for some reason, there seems to be a disparity as to what each aircraft gets, which I am guessing maybe to do with the planned retirement date. All BA’s B747s are due to be retired by February 2024 in a phased approach as new aircraft arrive. The refreshed aircraft will fly for up to another 4 years. Most will get new carpets and floor coverings but only 9 will get a new Panasonic entertainment system which is disappointing. The first aircraft has returned from being refitted and should be in service shortly.

BA Gatwick new B777 club world seat with bedding

new Panasonic IFE

 

New Club World bedding routes

Some more new bedding routes have been announced for later this month for Toronto, Singapore, Sydney and Chicago. As usual, I would take the dates with caution as BA are known to change or slip these quite regularly. The full list is supposed to be:

RolloutNew DiningNew Bedding
BaltimoreAccra
CompleteBostonAtlanta
ChicagoBahrain
DubaiBeijing
Hong KongBombay
Las VegasBoston
Los AngelesCape Town
MontrealDallas
New York JFKDelhi
New York NewarkDenver
PhiladelphiaDubai
PhoenixHong Kong
San DiegoHouston
San FranciscoJohannesburg
San Jose (US)Kuwait
SeychellesLagos
TorontoLas Vegas
WashingtonLondon City to JFK
Los Angeles
Luanda
Mexico City
Miami
Muscat
Nairobi
New York JFK
New York Newark
Phoenix
Rio de Janeiro
Riyahd
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose (US)
Sao Paulo
Seattle
Seychelles
Shanghai
Tokyo (NRT +HND)
Vancouver
Washington
 From 5 AprilMiami
New Orleans
Houston
Dallas
From mid AprilChicago
Toronto
Singapore
Sydney
December- January 19Singapore
Sydney

4 Comments on "News & offers: Club World from £1258 & Cathay business ex EU, BA mid J B747 refurbishments + more"

  1. Martyn Ford | 6 April 2018 at 9:06 pm |

    Hi, thanks for the great articles. Im trying to book a tier point run but its coming out as over £3,000. Please can you tell me what I`m doing wrong?;

    Thursday 23 August 2018
    08:30
    23 Aug 10:05
    23 Aug Bucharest Heathrow (London) BA0885
    British Airways Club Europe
    13:10
    23 Aug 16:00
    23 Aug Heathrow (London) John F Kennedy (NY) (New York) BA0177
    British Airways Club World
    18:00
    23 Aug 21:33
    23 Aug John F Kennedy (NY) (New York) Los Angeles International (CA) BA4321
    American Airlines Business
    12:40
    24 Aug 14:10
    24 Aug Los Angeles International (CA) Sky Harbor International (AZ) BA5784
    American Airlines Business
    17:10
    26 Aug 11:10
    27 Aug Sky Harbor International (AZ) Heathrow (London) BA0290
    British Airways Club World
    19:00
    27 Aug 00:15
    28 Aug Heathrow (London) Bucharest BA0884
    British Airways Club Europe

    €3,241.95 1 passenger

    Many thanks.

    • Hi Martyn. I am slightly confused by the timings on your itinerary as it’s laid out. Do you have less than 24 hours between each flight on the way to PHX and then a Saturday night before your return? If so try pricing it up on American Airlines as Google is showing it as available on AA on those dates.

  2. Martyn Ford | 7 April 2018 at 5:37 pm |

    What a perfect answer! Marvellous – it worked and I`ve booked for £1,290; thank you so much. I now need 190 more points to get to Gold. Any ideas for the most economic way of doing that would be hugely appreciated. Then I promise to stop pestering you! Thanks again. Martyn

    • No problem Martyn. You could look at doing something like a long Club Europe which gets you 160 Points plus a domestic Club one way added on for an extra 40. Catania in Sicily has been pretty cheap and there should be a sale coming up soon. I am going next weekend which cost about £200 return in Club. There’s a list of similar options in this article on tier point runs https://www.turningleftforless.com/tier-point-runs-easiest-cheapest-fares/.

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