Offer: BA 50% off Avios redemptions & Virgin Atlantic 6 month advance fares from London from £1545

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BA offer: Up to 50% off Avios redemptions

BA have a special offer on Avios redemption about once a year, but it is usually limited to economy cabins. This year they have expanded it to include Club World and First.

BA First class cabin

BA First class cabin

The discounts available are:

●50% fewer Avios in World Traveller & World Traveller Plus 
●10% fewer Avios in Club World & First  

I would still advise against redeeming for economy unless you need a flexible ticket. The taxes and charges on economy tickets are pretty much the same as actually buying a cheap ticket so it is rarely worth it. The best way to find dates initially is usually on rewardflightfinder which shows you an entire year at a time. 

You can use the discount on both one way and return bookings plus you can use it with Avios and money bookings but only the Avios will be discounted, not the cash part. Reward flights are subject to availability which may be very limited or not available at all on some routes including Sydney, Miami, Sao Paulo, Calgary, Cape Town, Male, Mauritius and Punta Cana (so the ones that everyone wants!). Sadly you can’t use this with any other offers or vouchers which makes it a lot less appealing if you have a BA Amex 2-4-1 or Gold upgrade voucher to use. 

The crucial dates for the offer are:

●Book period:  7 Nov – 21 Nov 2019  
●Travel Period: 7 Nov – 30 April 

50% bonus with Avios purchase

If you don’t have enough Avios for your redemption there is also a bonus offer for purchasing Avios.

●Purchase or gift Avios between 7 Nov and 21 Nov and get an extra 50% Avios 
●You can purchase or gift from 1,000 to 200,000 Avios, therefore receiving a bonus between 500 to 100,000 Avios.   

20% off hotels with Avios

●An extra 20% off hotels in selected destinations when using your Avios   
●Offer destinations  – New York, Boston, Washington, Dubai, Singapore and Johannesburg.   


●Booking period:  7 Nov – 21 Nov 2019
●Travel Period: 7 Nov – 30 April 2020

Redeeming for hotels on Avios is usually poor value compared to spending it on flights. If you are Avios rich or just don’t want to redeem them on flights, then at least they are slightly better value with this offer!

You can find the special British Airways offer page here.


Virgin Atlantic USA Upper Class from £1533 return

Upper Class seat in bed mode

Having just stepped off a Virgin flight to New York, it seems appropriate that I am writing about Virgin’s six-month advance fares. Both BA and Virgin do these fares that are often not much more than the sales fares. The only word of caution from me is that Black Friday is approaching which may yield a few bargains, but of course, nothing is guaranteed!

The fares are from London Heathrow and have fairly limited availability even within the published dates. the best I can see are in April-June. I have flown on Virgin many times so if you want to know what their Upper Class is like then have a look at all our Virgin reviews here. 

Seattle Skyline at Sunset with Space needle

If you fancy trying the new A350 Upper Class Suite then New York is included in the fares. Although they do advance purchase fares to Los Angeles which it will also fly to, the fares are not very good so I have not included them below.

The best fares Upper Class return start from:

  • San Francisco £1571
  • Las Vegas £1755
  • New York £1577
  • Boston £1649
  • Washington £1499
  • Seattle £1545

The rules are:

  • Book by: 6 months in advance
  • Travel:
    • Outbound – Permitted Tue/Wed/Thu on each transatlantic sector.
    • Inbound -Permitted Mon/Tue/Wed on each transatlantic sector.
    • From United Kingdom – Permitted 2 Jan 20 through 04Jan 20 Or 28Mar 20 through 24Apr 20 Or 22 May 20 through 3 Jul 20 Or 18Aug 20 through 13 Sep 20 for each transatlantic sector.
    • To United Kingdom – Permitted 26 Dec 19 through 31 Dec 19 or 7 Jan 20 through 9 Jan 20 or 6 Apr 20 through 24 Apr 20 or 22 May 20 through 15 Jul 20 or 07 Sep 20 through 3 Oct 20 or 26 Dec t0  31 Dec 20 for each transatlantic sector.
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 12 months
    • Transfers: 3 transfers permitted in each direction free
      1 free in Europe in each direction
      2 free in the United States in each direction
  • Stopovers: Unlimited stopovers at £200 each
  • Refundable: No
  • Changeable: For a charge

You can book direct with Virgin Atlantic here or find the cheapest online travel agent price with Skyscanner.