10% perpetual British Airways discount

The MBNA Diamond Club has two of the best residual offers in the UK credit card market since its downscaling 2 years ago. Though no longer open to new applicants, it still offers as much as 2.5 Avios per £1 spent on normal purchases and 5 Avios per £1 on flights booked through British Airways, (full earnings chart here).

Diamond Club front page

But did you know there's a perpetual 10% discount on the base fare on British Airways flights if you still hold the credit cards? (The offer has been around for a while, though I haven't written about it before.) The discount applies to flights departing from the UK and the cardholder must be travelling on the itinerary. There is no limit on the amount of times you can use the offer.

To access your discount, simply visit www.diamondclub.org and enter your login details. You should see the discount link prominently after you've logged in.

DiamondClub discount

When you click on the red ‘Book now' button you'll be redirected to your personal British Airways booking page, which will look nearly-identical to the usual form, bar the “MBNA Diamond Club” on the top right. Helpful tip, you can save the link address and bookmark it so you don't have to keep logging in every time you want to use the discount.

BA Diamond club booking

Since the discount does not apply to taxes and service fees, the biggest savings will appear on premium cabin tickets. Here's an example of a London – Hong Kong sector in First class with no discount:

lhr-hkg no discount

And with the 10% base fare discount:

lhr-hkg discount

Though I haven't tried it, you could potentially combine this discount with the Proactive Online Upgrade trick  to score maximum bang-for-buck. Alternatively, so long as you aren't already in the highest class of cabin on your flight and there's award space in the cabin above, you might be able to upgrade using Avios and still earn back the Avios and Tier Points from your original ticket.

(Hat tip: Ghetto IFE)

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  1. I find I normally have to click through twice to get it to work, but other than that it’s good! The “pick a flight” screen shows “Discounted” in red above any flight where the discount applies. If none of them show it, try clicking through once again

    Two things to be aware of though – I’ve normally found that going via the diamond club discount link stops handluggage only fares from showing up, and is only valid on BA operated flights (not on Iberia or AA flights with BA flight numbers)

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