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British Airways Club Europe Return Fares From £182 – Plus £30 Off With Avios

by Continental Club on August 2, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , ,

British Airways LogoBritish Airways has released new Club Europe Business Class fares for routes centred on London’s Gatwick Airport. These are not ‘sale’ fares as such; currently they’re loaded for extended travel periods and with no published booking deadline. They do however require a Saturday night stay and utilise fare code IEULGWUK.

Connections are permitted, though stopovers in excess of 24 hours are not allowed.

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The cheapest fare is from Gatwick to Barcelona at £182 return, and members of the British Airways Executive Club can save up to a further £30 on these fares by redeeming up to 4,500 Avios. Unlike the majority of other Avios redemption opportunities, using Avios in this way does not affect the eligibility of the fare to earn Avios, Tier Points or indeed British Airways OnBusiness SME loyalty programme points.

Members of the Executive Club who are seeking to maximise the Tier Point earning opportunities of these fares may wish to look at originating in the Channel Island of Jersey.

From there, a fare of £321.88 return is available to Amsterdam. With the application of the maximum Avios discount of £30, a net fare of £291.88 is possible, earning 160 Tier Points round trip – or £1.82 per Tier Point. Without the discount, the cost per Tier Point is £2.01.

Alternatively, a fare of £470.95 from Jersey via Gatwick to Malta is available. This fare attracts the possibility of achieving a greater Avios discount – £50 for 7,500 Avios – and earns a round trip total of 240 Tier Points. The earning rate is therefore £1.75 per Tier Point when the Avios discount is maximised.

If a pure lowest cost per Tier Point opportunity is the aim, then Gatwick to Malta, with the maximum Avios discount, comes in at £198.24 return. Earnings of 160 Tier Points make the rate £1.24 per Tier Point.

There’s no specific ‘sale’ page on the British Airways website for these fares, and so once again the BA Low Fare Finder at ba.com is the best route to locating availability and booking.

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Qatar Airways Business Class Sale Fares From Moscow

by Continental Club on November 22, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , ,

QatarA business class fare sale from Moscow wouldn’t normally attract Continental Club’s attention, but trawling through the listings published on the Qatar Airways website has revealed some particularly aggressive fares. The small matter of getting to the Russian capital is an obvious issue for our UK and western European readers, but in fact one specific group of British and Euro-based  travellers may be particularly interested.

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Those travellers are members of the British Airways Executive Club, and they might take note because Qatar Airways is the newest member of the oneworld airline alliance of which BA is part. So, as of this month, Executive Club members can earn Avios and Tier Points on Qatar Airways flights. And since the launch of Avios as the Club’s currency, Moscow has been classed as a shorthaul destination eligible for ‘Reward Flight Saver‘ redemptions.

Qatar Airways Business Class return fares now available from Moscow include:

Ho Chi Minh City EUR1499
Hong Kong EUR1602
Bangkok EUR1603
Seoul EUR1620
Chengdu EUR1662
Tokyo EUR1670
Phuket EUR1670
Phnom Penh EUR1672

 

An Executive Club member travelling from Moscow to any of the above destinations will earn 560 Tier Points for the round trip – an earning rate of from £2.25 per tier point, for those who need to increase their Tier Point balances to earn or retain Silver status or above in the Executive Club.

Members will also earn at least 14,000 Avios from the round trip. The positioning flights to and from Moscow with BA are 20,000 Avios each way in business (10,000 in economy) plus £25 in charges (£17.50 in economy) – for those who have earned a minimum of 1 Avios in the preceding 12 months to qualify for Reward Flight Saver.

A Russian visa is not required for passengers transiting Moscow Domodedovo airport who hold an onward same-day ticketed reservation.

Reservations in the Qatar Airways sale must be made by 28th November for travel between 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014.

For full details and to book, visit qatarairways.com.

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