News & offers: Free First upgrade with BA, UK-Asia business flights £1248 & Fairmont/Sofitel sale

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Free upgrade to First with British Airways

If you don’t mind booking your BA flights on the phone with BA or via a travel agent then the regular BA upgrade to First one way for free offer is back on. You can upgrade in either direction but the catch is that the upgrade only applies to the more expensive Club World fares. The eligible classes are:  semi-flexible R, D, or C class, or a fully flexible J class Club World. You need to book by 31 May 2019. The offer is available when you travel outbound by 28 August 2019 except Tel Aviv and Delhi for which travel outbound is 1 June 2019 to 28 August 2019. You need to complete all your travel by 30 August 2019 (Heathrow) and 14 September 2019 (Gatwick).

Yesterday I reviewed the new BA First product which is definitely a step up.

A Gin Zing cocktail and the canapes in First

The offer now available on flights between the UK and USA, Canada and Mexico with British Airways and American Airlines as well as the following routes:

Abu Dhabi (AUH), Abuja (ABV), Accra (ACC), Bahrain (BAH), Barbados (BGI), Beijing (BJS), Cape Town (CPT), Delhi (DEL), Dubai (DXB), Durban (DUR), Grenada (GND), Hong Kong (HKG), Jeddah (JED), Johannesburg (JNB), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Kuwait (KWI), Lagos (LOS), Moscow (MOW), Nairobi (NBO), Port of Spain (POS), Riyadh (RUH), Seychelles (SEZ), Shanghai (SHA), St Lucia (SLU), Tel Aviv (TLV) and Tokyo (TYO).

You must request the upgrade at the time of booking either via the BA contact centre or certain travel agents. Our travel agent partner, Propeller Travel can book these fares for you. You can find more information the upgrades on BA here. 


Asia business class flights from London from £1248

Air China have been doing some regular good offers and given that you can visit China via free for up to 144 hours on the way to your final destination, it’s worth considering at these prices. However, you will need to be quick as it ends today, 22 April!

Here are some of the best deals from London, prices start from
  • Beijing £1807
  • Shanghai £1418
  • South East Asia including Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi £1237
  • Tokyo £1310
  • Australia and New Zealand £1691

The travel periods are:

  • 22 April – 30 June
  • 1 September – 6 December
  • 11 January – 15 March 2020

Air China A350 business class

If you have never been to China, I would definitely recommend a visit. I shall be heading back to Shanghai for the third time this year with Roving Reporter. Shanghai is the more attractive and cosmopolitan of the two cities in my experience but then Beijing probably outweighs it for the attractions such as Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden Palace and the Summer Palace as well as being the gateway to the Great Wall of China. So are they a good airline to fly on? They are part of the Star Alliance so you can credit miles to any of the other airlines in the alliance which is useful.
They are only rated 3 star by SkyTrax so are obviously not going to be up to the standards of the Middle East airlines for example. However, they are gradually improving with time and now a new A350 on one flight a day from London. The aircraft has seats the same as used on Qatar, the B/E Super Diamond in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Fairmont and Sofitel Great Escapes sale

Faimont hotels offer presidents club moments

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Fairmont are now part of Accor meaning you can earn and redeem LeClub points with them. The latest Fairmont sale also covers a few Sofitel’s in the US and Canada too. To get up to 30% off, you need to book by 31 May 2019 and stay until 31 December 2019. The Fairmont sale covers the US, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico.

The price for the offer is equal to 30% off Fairmont’s Daily Rate on the date of reservation for the room type booked. The catch is that there is a non-refundable deposit of one night and a minimum two-night stay is also required.

The Fairmont offer page is here.




2 Comments on "News & offers: Free First upgrade with BA, UK-Asia business flights £1248 & Fairmont/Sofitel sale"

  1. Ooo don’t suppose you can use upgrade to First one way when using a Gold upgrade voucher i.e buying a premium economy fare?

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