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BA offers deals and discounts on select flights throughout the year (Image: British Airways)

The best British Airways deals can slash the price of BA flights and package holidays – offering you huge savings on your next short trip, long-haul flight, winter getaway, or summer holiday. 

Although their biggest deals only happen every so often, the airline and its package holiday arm BA holidays do spotlight great deals to certain destinations or from select airports throughout the year. And now, to end 2023 with a bang and kick start 2024 in style, the airline has launched its biggest sale of the year.

That means savings on flights and holidays spanning both short- and long-haul routes. There are more than 80 destinations covered in the big annual sale.

Claire Bentley, British Airways Holidays’ Managing Director, said: “We have something special for everyone this January Sale. Beach break enthusiasts, all-inclusive lovers, and culture vultures alike can find a deal to suit their tastes. I hope that these savings will entice them to plan their next holiday soon and have a well-deserved break to look forward to in 2024.” 

We’ve got all the details on the latest British Airways sale below, as well as some answers to commonly asked questions about the airline. Scroll down for everything you need to know, or click the links to jump to the relevant section.

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British Airways short-haul flight deals

British Airways has slashed the cost of flights to approximately 80 destinations around the world with short-haul routes on offer from as little as £32 per person each way. 

Express.co.uk has independently searched some of the best deals on flights to Europe as part of the sale, and selected just a few of our favourite offers:

As part of the current sale, British Airways passengers can also upgrade themselves on select routes for a cut of the usual price. 

Passengers on short-haul routes can upgrade to a Club Europe seat (the airline’s business class for European flights) from £109 each way.

Express.co.uk has independently searched some of the best business class deals on flights to Europe as part of the sale, and selected just a few of our favourite offers:

British Airways has flights on offer to over 100 destinations across the UK and Europe. You can visit the British Airways website to see all of the latest deals

All deals are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. 

British Airways long-haul flight deals

British Airways offers long-haul routes around the world to destinations across Latin America, the Caribbean, South and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East and Australia. As part of its biggest sale of the year, British Airways has slashed the cost of select routes around the world, including the US, Middle East and Caribbean.  

Customers can snap up some long-haul routes for less than £400, and there is also the option to upgrade yourself for a cut of the price. On select routes, customers can upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy from £199 return.

But as is often the case, the best deals and cheapest prices do tend to go first. 

Standard fares include a generous 23kg checked baggage allowance on top of your hand baggage allowance, plus you can choose your seat for free from 24 hours before departure.

Express.co.uk has independently searched the sale to find some of the best offers on long-haul flights, and rounded up a few of our favourites:

All prices are accurate at the time of writing, but are subject to availability. 

British Airways holidays deals

Whether you’re looking for a winter holiday to start the year or are setting your sights on the summer months next year, British Airways Holidays has plenty of destinations on offer. As part of its biggest sale of the year, British Airways has slashed the cost of package holidays both to Europe and on long-haul holidays around the world. 

British Airways Holidays is offering seven-night holiday packages to European Beach destinations including Malta, Algarve and Malaga from just £249pp, which is equivalent to £35 per day including return flights, accommodation and, in some cases, breakfast. 

But as is often the case, the best deals and cheapest prices do tend to go first. 

Express.co.uk has rounded up some of the best package holiday deals available right now with British Airways Holidays. These include:

The US and Canada


Rest of World

All prices are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to availability. 

with long-haul routes available for less than £400 return and

Economy passengers can upgrade to Premium Economy from £199 return, and

St Lucia island view

BA has flight and holiday deals to global destinations including St Lucia (Image: Getty Images)

What is included in a British Airways package holiday?

British Airways package holidays allow customers to choose between flight and hotel or flight and car, however, transfers and car hire can be added on to flight and hotel deals for an extra cost. Passengers are also permitted a luggage allowance of one 23kg hold bag per person.

Holidays can be secured with a deposit of as little as £60 with the option to pay the balance in instalments. In most cases, the deposit amount is not refundable if you decide to cancel your booking. However, some exceptions apply if you have chosen a fully flexible airfare as part of your package.

British Airways holidays are ATOL protected and covered by the airline’s ‘Customer Promise’. This includes a dedicated 24-hour holiday helpline for any issues while you’re away, a guaranteed refund if British Airways has to cancel and the option to cancel for a refund if your holiday is impacted by a major travel restriction before departure.

British Airways flight

British Airways offers seasonal deals to customers throughout the year (Image: Getty Images)

Save money on flights and holidays with Avios points

British Airways Executive Club members have been able to spend Avios points on flights for some time, but as of February, the airline has allowed the option to pay for holiday packages using the member point system too.

Holidaymakers can now choose a flight and hotel package, with the option to add on a rental car, with British Airways Holidays and use their points towards the total price of a holiday when booking.

Avios points can be earned by using the British Airways American Express Credit Card, travelling with Uber, converting Nectar points and shopping on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The member perk can be accessed at check-out, where customers will be given nine different Avios payment options at the check out to decide how many points and how much cash they want to spend.

In some cases, this could be as little as £1.

There are also a range of Avios offers in place for customers to reduce the price of their ticket even further as part of British Airways’ big annual sale. Executive Club Members can book trips to Orlando or New York starting from 123,300 per person, with no cash addition, or a seven nights B&B stay in Tenerife from 79,500 Avios per person. 

Customers in Club World cabin on BA

BA operates hundreds of both short and long haul routes (Image: British Airways)

What is British Airways baggage allowance?

British Airways hand baggage

Regardless of what ticket type you have purchased, all customers are permitted to carry one piece of hand luggage as well as a small personal item onboard.

  • Hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm
  • Small personal items must not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 15cm
  • Both items of luggage can weigh up to 23kg each

However, any hand or hold luggage which exceeds the limit will be checked into the hold. This item can be added to a checked luggage allowance for passengers who have a hold bag included in their ticket type.

Passengers who do not have checked luggage included in their ticket, or those whose hand luggage item goes above the checked luggage weight allowance, may face additional charges.

British Airways hold baggage

For passengers travelling on long-haul routes, hold luggage is typically included in the ticket. However, there is an exception to this for passengers travelling on a hand luggage-only booking. Hand luggage-only bookings can be purchased for both long and short-haul routes.

The weight and size allowance for hold luggage also varies depending on the ticket and cabin type.

  • Each piece of luggage must not be larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm including handles or wheels
  • Each piece of luggage has a weight allowance of either 23kg or 32kg depending on the route or ticket type
  • Checked baggage allowance depending on the ticket type

Below we have listed the British Airways checked baggage allowance per ticket type. This applies to all flights except those travelling to and from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and connecting journeys between India and USA, Bermuda or Canada.

  • Passengers carrying a World Traveller Euro Traveller or Domestic Economy ticket (including hold luggage) are permitted one bag at 23kg.
  • Passengers carrying a World Traveller Plus ticket are permitted to bring up to two bags at 23kg.
  • Passengers carrying a Club Europe ticket can bring up to two bags at 32kg each.
  • Passengers carrying a Club World ticket can bring up to two bags at 32kg each.
  • Passengers carrying a First class ticket can bring up to three bags at 32kg in the hold.

To find out exactly what luggage allowance your flight permits, visit the British Airways baggage information page.

Where does British Airways fly from in the UK?

British Airways has two main flight hubs in the UK offering domestic and global flights. The airline is based at London Heathrow Airport and operates from its home terminal T5, as well as Terminal 3.

From Gatwick Airport, the airline departs from the South Terminal. British Airways also offers flights to the UK and Europe, as well as its Business Class only service to New York, from London City Airport.

However, the airline does operate domestic flights to and from its main hubs across a number of UK airports, including:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Leeds Bradford
  • London Stansted
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Newquay
  • Norwich


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