As frequent flyers, on a short hop to Europe or exploring the far East and West of the Globe, we’re always in search of a bargain to travel in style! The joy of travelling should start from getting to the airport, and we got hooked on the trappings of business class travel and everything that comes with it; lounges, lie-flat beds, food & wine, and free-flowing champagne! We’ve come to realise that traveling in style doesn’t have to break the bank.

Neither of us are millionaires and we’re continually looking to achieve our flying dreams by spending as little cash as we can. Be it a seat sale or miles redemption for reward flights, we tend to let our wallets tell us where we’re going next rather than having a fixed agenda...

So, if you’re looking for flight & accommodation reviews, flight deals, and budget luxury travel tips & tricks then you have come to the right place. Welcome to BoardingGroup.One

Another sale? I thought we just had one with British Airways? Not long after the end of the last British Airways sale, the airline has launched another! The Luxury sale is focused on their premium cabins for destinations globally which is running until the 29 October.

We weren’t expecting the airline to launch another sale so soon. They promoted the last sale heavily and employed all the usual sale tactics which included a countdown clock to encourage people to book. Well, it worked, we booked ourselves return flights to the Middle East about an hour before the deadline!

There are some great offers in the luxury sale, especially if you are travelling as a pair. You’ll need to shop around for the best deals, and if you’re flexible on travel dates you can bag yourself a great offer. Here we talk about a good business class deal that we found in the luxury sale from London to Durban, South Africa. What is a good deal? How much should you pay for a business class seat? Read our blog here to find out.

What makes this offer special is the added bonus of including 5* accommodation at the Hilton in Durban if you book via the British Airways website.

Destination – Durban

Durban is a year-round destination, with sultry summers and mild, dry winters. It has long been a favourite holiday playground for South Africans but has grown in popularity as a holiday desination for international visitors in recent years.  

Return prices in Buisiness Class from London direct in the 787:

  • London to Durban: £1,498 return per person (based on two sharing for flights only) 
  • Plus 5* accommodation £1,590 per person (based on two sharing for flights and hotel) 

That’s £92 per person extra to include accommodation for your entire holiday! Read on to find out how to book the deal! 

Price is based on one week stay from 3 March – 10 March 2020. 

The Catch

You need to travel as a pair and travel within the stipulated travel dates. There is no travel during the school holidays or over the Christmas period.

Travel Dates

  • 18 November – 8 December 2019
  • 6 January – 26 January 2020
  • 10 February – 13 September 2020.

Small Print

  • Departure point: London
  • Book by: 29 October 2019
  • Travel until: 13 September 2020 (see above for travel dates restrictions)
  • Minimum stay: No minimum stay but return travel must commence no later than 12 months after departure
  • Weekend departures: Your trip must include a Sunday
  • Booking class: I
  • Frequent flyer points accrual: 100%
  • Tier points: 280 (for the return journey)
  • Refundable: No
  • Changes after booking: this will incur a penalty fee of £300

How to Book

Club World onboard the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Club World onboard the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner

You can look for the best deals and book via Google Flights (read more about how that works here). Google Flights is a great tool to find the best deals as you can select your preferred date of travel and it will bring up the price, and show you how these changes depending on your date of travel. When looking for flights be sure to select “2 passengers”.

Google Flight showing the different options travelling in February and March 2020. Price quoted are for two passengers
Google Flight showing the different options travelling in February and March 2020. Price quoted are for two passengers

If you want to include hotel accomodation at the 5* Hilton Durban then you will need to book directly via the British Airways website. In this case, booking directly has the additional benefit!

Adding hotel to your flight

Once you’ve selected your preferred flights on the British Airways website, you will be prompted to include hotels and the 5* Hilton Durban comes recommended at the top. There are other hotels on offer on the website, but £184 for a week’s 5* accommodation for two people is a superb deal.

You'll be prompted to add the hotel before you book the flights using the British Airways website. Price quoted above is for two people
You’ll be prompted to add the hotel before you book the flights using the British Airways website. Price quoted above is for two people

If you are a member of the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll automatically get Gold status with Hilton Honors. With Gold status, you’ll have the benefit of free breakfast and upgrades. Although the deal is with the basic room only, you might get upgraded to the executive floor.

Information about the Hilton Durban is available on the British Airways website.
Information about the Hilton Durban is available on the British Airways website

BG1 tips

If you’re flexible about your travel dates, we would recommend shopping around for the best offers. Using tools like Google Flights, you’ll be able to find the best prices. Before booking, consider using the British Airways website to check if there are any hotel deals included with the flights. Doing a bit of research will help you find the best deals.

Also, if you’re not desperate to fly, don’t worry about rushing to book as we predict there will a sale again after thanksgiving in the “Black Friday” sale, or post-Christmas during the “Boxing Day” sales.

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