Offer: BA to Shanghai from £1086, Delta New York from £1106 and Cathay Pacific sale – ends this week


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British Airways to Shanghai from £1086 business class return

If you are looking for an Asian city break, I highly recommend Shanghai. I have been several times and enjoy the more cosmopolitan and relaxed feel in Shanghai compared with Beijing. There is plenty to see and do, and hotels are generally inexpensive for luxury brands. You can read about TLFL’s travels to Shanghai in this article.

The flights are from Madrid and route back to London to fly on British Airways to Shanghai. You can build in a London stopover of up to 7 days so you could do a weekend break to Madrid (which I also recommend) and then fly to Shanghai the following week. 

The rules:

  • Book by: 30 October 2019
  • Travel: No specified and there is wide open availability most months
  • Minimum stay: nights or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 12 months
  • Transfers: 5 in each direction
  • Stopovers: 1 stopover permitted in each direction at €100.00 each. A stopover may not exceed 7 days.
  • Refundable: No
  • Changeable: For €300

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


Delta to New York from £1105

Ice skating in New York Central Park 

If you collect Virgin or Skyteam miles/status or just want a cheap New York break, you may want to take advantage of the current Delta offer to New York JFK. The flights start from Dublin which is an easy place to position to. The good news is from there the flights are direct so you don’t have to come back to the UK like some ex EU Dublin tickets. You can also clear US customs and immigration at Dublin which means a pain-free arrival at JFK.

You can travel from now onwards, so if you want to go on a Christmas shopping break, this is a great chance. I love this time of year in New York. The city has two ice rinks, a massive Christmas tree at the Rockafella centre and hundreds of fairy lights everywhere which makes a magical atmosphere! The drawback is that the flights are on Delta’s unrefurbished B767s which don’t have the new Delta One seats.

The rules of the fare are:

  • Book by: 3 November 2019
  • Travel: Permitted 01 Nov 19 through 1 Feb 20 for each transatlantic sector.
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 3 months
  • Transfers: 1 free in each direction
  • Stopovers: No
  • Refundable: No
  • Changeable: Yes for a fee

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


Cathay Pacific sale ends 31 October

Cathay Pacific A330-300 business class cabin

Cathay Pacific has a UK sale which may seem a little pricey in comparison to the current Lufthansa/Swiss sale and also an ex EU on Qatar. However, if you would rather pay a bit more and get a better experience then you can’t really fault Cathay. I have done 10 flights with Cathay in the last few months and they are one of the most consistently good airlines. They are equally good in the air and on the ground. This is something virtually very few airlines manage. So all that is something that you need to take into account when deciding if a flight is good value or not. You can read our Cathay Pacific reviews here.

The sale is for travel until 31 August 2020 and must be booked by 31 October 2019. There is no minimum stay and you can stay for up to six months.

The prices start from:

  • Hong Kong £2509
  • Manila, Denpasar (Bali), Phuket and Hanoi £2349
  • Beijing, Shanghai, and Xiamen £2299
  • Australia £3629
  • Seoul £2409
  • Tokyo, Osaka £2409

You can find the Cathay Pacific sale page here.

8 Comments on "Offer: BA to Shanghai from £1086, Delta New York from £1106 and Cathay Pacific sale – ends this week"

  1. Hi Michele

    Regarding the BA deal from Madrid via Heathrow to Shanghai … Do you know how that would work for a BA Gold? Could you get the free treatment on connection at Heathrow? And how would this work with tier points? Would it be 40+140+140+40 = 360 TPs total for the ticket at £1086 approx?

    Many thanks

    • Hi. Yes you would get all the usual Gold perks like you would on a normal BA ticket inc the free treatment. TPs would be 280 for the long haul and 80 for the Madrid flights so as you say 360.

  2. How do you book in the stopover in London on the BA Madrid – Shanghai option? Do you have to do multi flight booking? It seems to increase the price by thousands?

    • Yes you would need to do a multi city booking but they can be tricky as you need availability for the fare on both days. It’s worth calling if you can’t make it work.

  3. stupid question.. how do you book a stopover? I supposed this can only be done over the phone?

  4. With the free transfers, could you make a TP run out of this fare?

  5. Rockafella – one of those (pairs of) typos producing something that seems so appropriate!
    Was that by an automatic spellchecker or a manual processing unit (aka human)?

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