Genuine last minute British Airways bargains as it launches #helloweekend

British Airways has launched a new promotion called “Hello Weekend”, although they are trying to be funky and are referring to it as #helloweekend!

Hello WeekendWhat they are doing, basically, is offering special deals every Wednesday for travel on the current or next Friday, for a 2-night stay. These include hotel accommodation.

You can see the current offerings here.

To be honest, my gut feeling was that these ‘special deals’ would turn out to be not so special after all.

I decided to look at a couple of examples, priced on Wednesday afternoon and using the link above to search pricing.

Option 1 – Stockholm in a 3-star hotel, 19-21 April

Seats WERE available at the headline price of £179 per person, based on 2 sharing.

11.30am out of Heathrow on Friday, leaving Stockholm at 12.30pm on Sunday. 3-star hotel with breakfast (better hotels are available at a supplement). Total cost £358 for two.

For comparison, booking the flights alone via ba.com currently shows a price of £409 for two people with NO accommodation. This is a genuine bargain via #helloweekend.

Option 2 – Paris in a 2-star hotel, 19-21 April

The headline price was shown as £159 for 19th April. However, on clicking through, I had to depart on Saturday and do a Saturday to Monday break to get this price.

12.40pm out of Heathrow on Saturday, leaving Paris Orly at 3.45pm on Monday. 2-star hotel with breakfast (again, better hotels are available at a supplement). Total cost £318.

For comparison, booking the flights alone via ba.com currently shows a price of £337 for 2 people with NO accommodation. Again, this is a good deal via #helloweekend.

It is certainly worth keeping an eye on this to see how it develops, especially as seat availability for last-minute deals will presumably get tighter as Summer arrives.

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Comments

  1. I think these get a few extra Avios as they count as a ‘holiday’.

  2. AndyGWP says:

    Shame there are no Manchester connection options (unlike with Avios)… though I may have missed something!?

    • Same here, I can’t seem to change departure airport to non-London. Otherwise they do look like great vfm.

    • trickster says:

      Yep, this is a shame. I accept it would up the cost, but it would be nice to be able to package it rather than need to do a separate booking or make a separate trip.

  3. trickster says:

    Once you click through you can change to CE for some decent prices too.

  4. Speedbird_abz says:

    I managed to change a Prague offer to ex-Aberdeen. It was £110 per person more expensive but flight times weren’t great with an overnight connection via LHR outbound. A Costa Del Sol one was £200 per person more expensive ex ABZ and had the connection via City/Gatwick outbound and Gatwick/Heathrow inbound. My own fault for living in the sticks, fine for southerners.

  5. Looks like another mainly London-based promo from BA then – quelle surprise!! Agree for London-based travellers it might be worth it.

    • dlwcmotd says:

      BA appears to have given up on the rest of the UK.

      They actually forced me to cancel four business class flights to Florida, via New York, paid for cash and not on sale either by their cancellation of the Man – Gatwick flights and insistence that the connection between Heathrow and Gatwick was my problem even though they’d changed the flights.

      If I hadn’t already saved up so many Avios I’d have given up on BA already

  6. Speedbird_abz says:

    Snap! dlwcmotd
    The same happened to us when they gave up the ABZ/LGW route – we did hire a private car to take us between airports, but they refused to arrange anything. Then Flybe started the route – after we had booked – with a BA codeshare and they refused to let us change onto those flights as well. We were CW as well, but bought during a sale so I didn’t make too much of a fuss.