Earn Double Avios on British Airways Long-Haul Flights

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on May 3rd, 2016

Book and travel before 31st July 2016 and you could earn up to double the normal Avios (Air miles) that you would normally. You need to register on the BA website here: You may or may not be accepted or eligible for this offer. I was declined. But it’s worth checking. All you need to […]

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British Airways Premium Class Sale, Book by 17 May 2016

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 23rd, 2016

British Airways has launched another sale, for travel in Premium Economy, Business and First Class. Fares valid for travel up to and including April 2017! You cannot combine the sale fares with the free upgrade offer as described in my previous article, from Business to First! Book before midnight of Tuesday 17 May.

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British Airways New European Fare Rules

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 23rd, 2016

British Airways has introduced some new fare rules and a better advance seat-selection policy. In short, pay approximately £30 extra to ensure you can choose your seat, make same day change, and check-in one bag if you wish to. BASIC FARE No check-in bag No seat choice Changes incur a fee Not Refundable Cheapest fares PLUS […]

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British Airways free upgrade to First Class April 2016

Discounts & Sales Posted on April 5th, 2016

Where’s the catch? Only valid for new bookings made on/after 5th April to 14th June 2016 If you have already booked – and paid – forget it! The upgrade offer only applies to bookings made in expensive booking classes: J, C, D, R, in the Club World fare ladder. As a guide, Club World return to […]

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British Airways First and business class flights and holidays on sale

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on March 6th, 2016

British Airways typically announce sales five times a year. My article, “When do airlines announce sales” here give a guide to when to expect fares to be reduced. It focussed on British Airways because, as they are the dominant carrier in the UK, most airlines follow their patterns. For example, Virgin Atlantic nearly always have […]

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Hilton Hotels Flash Sale Book by Sunday 13 March 2016

Discounts & Sales Posted on March 4th, 2016

The sale prices apply to weekends only so it’s not really applicable to booking business travel, but some travellers may wish to stay a weekend which is why I am posting this article. The sale launches on Sunday afternoon at 4pm so it really is targeting the leisure market! Savings of up to 35% and […]

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New – Free Automated Online Checkin

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on February 23rd, 2016

It’s always been another task to do. Now, Lufthansa Innovation Hub have created a process that automates the checkin procedure across approximately 100 airlines! Check-in online opens at different times, sometimes 24 hours or 36 hours before departure. You no longer need to schedule this task. Forward your confirmation emails to AirlineCheckins.com and they will […]

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Which airline frequent flyer schemes work with British Airways?

Booking Tips Posted on January 13th, 2016

British Airways has a loyalty scheme, the “British Airways Executive Club” Membership earns you points, called Avios, and Tier Points, providing status, lounge access, free advance seating etc. Avios can be used to discount future ticket purchases via the airline website or they can be transferred to Avios.com where you can spend them on hotel […]

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British Airways Sale

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on December 23rd, 2015

Many of you have been waiting for the Boxing Day and January Sales to see if prices drop. Well, here you are – Christmas has arrived early! Book between 17th December 2015 and midnight 2nd February 2016! Most economy fares are valid for departures through to 8th or 15th December 2016 Most Premium and Club […]

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Where to find cheapest flights to Bangkok with EVA Air

Booking Tips Posted on October 14th, 2015

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the lowest fares may be on the EVA website and they would be, except that their website technology is limited in that you can only request an economy return fare or a premium economy return fare but not economy in one direction and premium in the other. EVA Air […]

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No Seat Choice on British Airways Hand Baggage Fares

Booking Tips Posted on October 14th, 2015

For frequent travellers and business travellers the choice of seat is usually quite important. Whilst we may suffer a middle seat on an occasional leisure trip, for business travellers it can be quite an annoyance. Save on average £30, or £15 each way for a “no-bag fare” and you will not be allowed to choose […]

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Exceptional one-off British Airways Flash Sale

Discounts & Sales Posted on October 13th, 2015

Fly in Club Europe Business Class from just £150 return to the following European Cities Departures from Gatwick between 3rd November 2015 and 29th February 2016 Naples Venice Malta Nice Rome Innsbruck Bordeaux Faro Marrakech Alicante Vienna Geneva Seville Friedrichshafen Genoa This is a “flash sale”! For complete details and bookings visit this British Airways […]

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Why do we recommend Hotels.com for Business Travel?

Booking Tips Posted on July 15th, 2015

There are many choices available when you need to book a hotel. COMPARISON SITES Sites like Hotels Combined, who we feature on our hotel page, will provide you with an overview of availability from a large number of online travel agents and hotel booking companies. Hotels Combined is great for research and also finding availability […]

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BA Economy and Premium Economy Sale Extended

Discounts & Sales Posted on July 15th, 2015

The British Airways Sale that was to end yesterday, has been extended Book before midnight, Tuesday 21st July The sale prices are for economy (World Traveller) class and Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) Most fares are for departures September 2015 through to 2016 Example prices in Premium Economy, Dubai, from £650, Florida from £874 Most […]

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Flash Hotels Sale – Book today Wednesday 24 June and Thursday 25 June

Discounts & Sales Posted on June 24th, 2015

For 48 hours only, Hotels.com is offering discounts of up to 50% That’s for bookings made today and tomorrow and the offers are for a selection of hotels in most European Destinations including Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Venice Florence, Vienna, Lisbon, Scandinavia. Thanks to this and their fabulous reward scheme, Hotels.com is fast becoming […]

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Important new rule regarding car hire

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on June 18th, 2015

Some of our clients occasionally rent a car and our useful sites page includes links to the best companies to use. We now include a link to the DVLA under this car hire section. Within 72 hours of picking up a vehicle, you must now register your driving licence number and National Insurance number together […]

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Virgin company rewards programme

Booking Tips Posted on June 14th, 2015

Virgin offers their reward programme for your company in addition to the traveller individual frequent traveller memberships. If your company has at least 2 employees you are eligible to join the scheme, but it requires that you book frequently with Virgin: At least 3 Upper Class trips a year in Upper Class or 5 trips […]

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Can I upgrade using Avios after buying my ticket?

Booking Tips Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Yes you can, providing that there is availability in the limited upgrade “class”. Upgrading economy class to premium economy class You can only upgrade more expensive tickets, NOT the cheapest fares. The more expensive BA fare classes that you can upgrade from, are described as Y, B and H class and these are the highest […]

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As one sale ends, another BA sale begins

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on May 21st, 2015

The economy class sale ended just a couple of days ago but British Airways has today announced a first and business class sale Key Points Book by Tuesday 9th June (inclusive) – You have until 23:59 to complete the transaction online! Many destinations include travel up until May 2016 Long-haul flights from Heathrow and Gatwick require a […]

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British Airways Sale – Book before Tuesday 19 May.

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 30th, 2015

The current sale from British Airways is targeted at leisure travellers. Most business-related travel is excluded by the fare rules. For example, with a few exceptions, reservations require a Saturday-night stay, a minim three night stay and advance booking of up to 1, 2 or even 3 weeks. And fares are not refundable once purchased […]

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Avios Devaluation – should you spend your Avios before 28th April?

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on April 22nd, 2015

On Tuesday, 28th April, the Avios reward programme is changing. EARNING AVIOS: Rewards, for travel with British Airways are to be reduced significantly, for those clients that choose the lowest priced fares. The new rewards for the lowest fares will be just 25% of current levels! If you’re buying a low-priced fare, you should no […]

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Free car hire for up to 2 weeks with British Airways

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 20th, 2015

Using economy flights to the US as an example, the return airfare for 2 adults and 3 children, flight only, was costing a total of approximately £4,700 Choosing a Flight + Car option and the price was practically identical, depending on the vehicle choice. The inclusive rate included a People Carrier such as a Dodge Grand Caravan. […]

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What is the best flight search engine?

Booking Tips Posted on March 1st, 2015

There are many flight search companies available online so it’s essential to understand the reasons for using one company in preference to another, especially if you research and book travel frequently. And especially if you’re arranging travel for business. There are several factors to be considered when choosing the best flight search engine: Accuracy. Does […]

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British Airways Free Upgrade to First Class

Discounts & Sales Posted on February 4th, 2015

Pay for a business class return ticket and travel in First Class in one direction. This deal only applies to the higher business-class fares, not the cheapest Saturday-night-stay fares. Probably not the fares you’d normally choose to pay. But if they are the only available prices for your trip, you should take advantage of this! […]

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BA Christmas & New Year Sale, Business Class £1,007 each

Discounts & Sales Posted on November 28th, 2014

Book by midnight Thursday 4th December to take advantage of this sale. It only applies to departures Saturday 21st December to Saturday 3rd January 2015 Full details from the BA Website here

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