We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day.
Now that the main day itself is over, there’s at least some time to think about travel for the year ahead.
It’s a busy time for airline sales, so here’s our rundown of selected New Year sales by airline for travel into 2019.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand, which flies from London Heathrow to Auckland via Los Angeles, has special fares to Los Angeles across all cabins for booking until Thursday 31 January 2019.
Special fares are available from £329 in economy for travel between Wednesday 16 January and Saturday 23 March 2019, from £759 in premium economy for travel between Sunday 20 January and 23 March 2019, from £2,099 in Business Premier for travel between Monday 1 July and Saturday 24 August 2019.
All of these fares are available at Air New Zealand.
BA’s sale for flights and package car hire/hotel deals is underway in all cabins across its network.
On short-haul, there are a good number of destinations available from £24 in EuroTraveller and from £99 one way in Club Europe.
There are a number of North America destinations available at less than £300 return in World Traveller including Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Many of these destinations are also available at around £700 return in World Traveller Plus.
In Club World, some of the best fares are Baltimore at £1,374 return and Nashville at £1,377 return.
And in First Class, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles are available from £1,874 return.
The best way to see what is available is to use the low fare finder on ba.com and select your preferred region and class of travel.
There are also substantially more savings to be had if you buy a package flight with either car hire or a hotel with the added benefit of only having to pay a deposit at the time of booking.
Similar transatlantic fares should also be available from BA’s transatlantic joint-venture partner American Airlines.
BA’s sale ends on 31 January 2019. The full terms and conditions, including details of advance purchase requirements, blackout periods, minimum and Saturday night stays, are detailed at ba.com
Cathay Pacific has special fares to from London to Hong Kong and many destinations beyond in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Travel dates vary widely by cabin and destination. Hong Kong is available from £479 in economy and £919 in premium economy. The better business class fares are for destinations beyond Hong Kong from £2,269 return.
Full details are on the Cathay Pacific sale page.
easyJet has a wide range of destinations for sale from Gatwick from £22.49 one way for travel from Wednesday 30 January to Wednesday 3 July 2019.
Full details are available at easyJet.
Finnair has many long-haul destinations on sale in economy and business class, via its hub in Helsinki.
Many destinations in the US and Asia are available at less than £300 and £500 return respectively in economy.
In business class, there are many destinations at less than £2,000 return including Bangkok, Chicago O’Hare, Delhi, and Shanghai. These are only available until for booking until Monday 31 December 2018.
Full details are at Finnair.
Qantas has special fares available across its network until 31 January 2019.
The most competitive fares are in economy at around £700 return. The premium economy and business fares are not so competitive.
Full details are at Qantas.
Like BA, Virgin has economy return fares to North America for less than £300 in economy and around £700 in premium economy.
The direct Upper Class fares are not so competitive at around £2,000 return. You may find more competitive fares at around £1,500 for destinations not served directly by Virgin, with connections on to Delta.
Virgin’s sale ends on 31 January 2019. Full details are at Virgin Atlantic.