British Airways has launched a Europe Flash Sale for bookings before the 23 July. The flash sale, is no doubt, one of the airline’s strategies to encourage people to travel in a post-COVID lockdown. Now that countries are opening up to UK travellers, and the rules are relaxing for self-quarantine requirements, more people are considering summer vacations in Europe. To encourage people to book, British Airways is guaranteeing that any hotels booked with British Airways holidays meet the safety standard and are ATOL protected. The airline’s “Book with Confidence” scheme is still active to give you flexibility with your booking.
On offer, are economy and business class flights, as well as package holidays. We have listed the best flight deals that we found in the tables below.
Flight only – Economy Return
|Country||City and cost (one-way)|
|France|| Marseille £68|
|Greece|| Athens £90|
|Spain|| Malaga £50|
|Italy|| Rome £72|
Palermo (Sicily) £70
Flight only – Business Class Return
|Country||City and cost|
|Bulgaria|| Sofia £224|
(This will earn you a massive 160 Tier points return)
|Greece||Faro £243 |
|Italy||Palma £208 |
|Spain||Barcelona £203 |
|United Kingdom||Newquay £170|
- Flights to all destinations must be booked by 23 July 2020
- Travel must be booked, ticketed, started and finished in the UK
- All fares are non-refundable but changeable for a fee plus any difference in fare. Ticketing must be completed the day reservations are made.
- Visit the British Airways “Book with Confidence” scheme on their website for further details if you plan to change your trip after booking
- Fares are based on a 7-day return trip.
- The travel periods for which this offer is available are between 16th – 30th September 2020.
How to Book
Book on the British Airways website. Booking by telephone will automatically incur a £10 charge to your booking.
Lounge access as part of the sale?
Interestingly, the airline has also tried to sweeten the deal by offering free lounge access on selected holiday bookings. You need to spend over £1,000 or more per person on a holiday to travel between 1 August – 30 September. Everyone on your booking can use the pre-departure lounge. Unless you’re already planning on spending £1,000 with British Airways in Economy, we don’t think this represents a draw and shouldn’t be the reason you book! For £1,000 you should really be thinking about stretching a few hundred pounds more to fly in Business Class, which gives you access to the lounge anyway. You also have the comfort of a lie-flat bed! Check out our analysis of how much you should pay for business class seats.
If you feel confident about travelling at the moment, the British Airways Europe Flash Sale is pretty decent. Whether you book or not, is definitely down to your own individual comfort level with flying and travelling at the moment. We are still in the midst of a Global pandemic.
It’s also important to highlight that these prices are available for a 7-day trip, so we would only recommend booking if you’re planning on a week’s holiday. Before you book and travel, be sure to check what the rules are for the country you’re intending to visit. You’ll need to check if self-quarantine is a requirement or if your insurance is valid. We’ve summarised whether you need to quarantine in a separate blog.
Also, the rules of whether you should wear face masks are different across Europe, so be sure to do your research as failing to comply could mean you’re issued with a fine.
Let us know if you book any of these deals – it would be great to hear from you!
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