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The easiest way to find the cheap fares is to use the BA Low Price Finder here. All you have to do is select “Europe, UK and Ireland”, pick your destination and then click on the month you are interested in:
Why is this (potentially) more interesting now than normal?
I don’t usually care very much about which airline I fly with on short Economy flights – convenience and price are generally the deciding factors. If, like me, you were recently targeted for free elite status with American Airlines AAdvantage though, you might well be biased towards BA for the next few months.
AAdvantage Platinum and Platinum Pro status are both oneworld Sapphire, which means that you get can get most of the same benefits when flying BA as a British Airways Executive Club Silver status holder would. Specifically, that means:
- Access to priority Business Class check-in
- Priority boarding
- Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating when offered by the airline operating the flight
- Priority standby and waitlisting (where offered)
- Access to more than 650 airport lounges (with one guest) when travelling internationally, including premium Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of the class of service flown that day. For details about the oneworld lounge access policy, click here.
- Extra baggage allowance
- Priority baggage handling
Being able to use BA’s lounges even on a £22 Economy ticket is a very nice perk and (if I needed to fly from London) would almost certainly get me to book with British Airways.