Extra £100 off BA Holidays as Brexit bites – plus short haul BA sale deals

The Brexit decision last Friday has had a disastrous toll on the travel industry.  It hasn’t fully filtered through into Stock Exchange announcements, although British Airways issued an immediate profits warning just in case and easyJet also warned a few days later.

However, I have spoken with various airline, rail and hotel executives this week as part of my usual stream of meetings.  The UK prognosis is, without exception, dire.  The hotel groups have a little leeway due to Wimbledon, Henley and the Farnborough air show but that is it.  Bookings elsewhere are virtually dead, and hotels are seeing substantial cancellations of corporate bookings, especially functions, for the Autumn.

The upside, of course, is that we can expect to see some good deals coming our way in the next few weeks.

First out of the traps is British Airways.  The current sale has been running for a couple of weeks.  I covered the good ‘Part Pay With Avios’ deals here, which let you get 1p per Avios point if you use your points to bring down the cost of a cash flight.

I also took an initial look at the BA Holidays deals here.

Yesterday, British Airways cut the price of its BA Holidays packages by up to £100 for bookings by 5th July.  Whilst not massive extra discounts, you should remember that these prices were already very competitive.  New York, for example, starts at £1,372 per person for Club World flights plus 3 nights in a four star hotel, based on two sharing.  That is a futher £35 down on where it was, even though the increase in the $ should have seen the price go up.

You can see what else is available on the BA Holidays pages of ba.com here.

BA Holidays

Good short haul sale deals – from £35 each way

When I originally covered the British Airways sale deals I didn’t mention short haul routes.  I should have because there are some good deals to be had.

The ba.com Low Fare Finder tool remains the best way to see what is available.

What is surprising is the number of destinations with one-way flights in Euro Traveller at £35 – £39 each way.  This is exceptionally cheap for British Airways, especially if you have lounge access via status.

£35 – £39 one way fares are available to Berlin, Basel, Dublin, Geneva, Inverness, Jersey, Krakow, Lyon, Menorca, Nice and Oslo.  Istanbul is astonishingly cheap at £45 each way on certain dates although the security issues there have obviously impacted demand.

If you are looking for cheap tier points, there are some good Club Europe opportunities too.  At £200 return or less you have:

You can see the months these fares are available via the Low Fare Finder.

Remember that you can combine these cheap short-haul flights with the special ‘Part Pay With Avios’ offer.  If you take Bergen as an example – which is a lovely town to visit, far prettier than Oslo – you can get the £160 cheapest return Club Europe fare down to £95 each by redeeming 7,500 Avios.

Istanbul, at £300 return in Club Europe, would generate 160 tier points – but that is easily beaten by Malta which is £222 return for 160 tier points from September.  A full list of Club Europe routes giving 160 tier points is here.

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  1. clarence says:

    Slightly OT. Being looking at the avios purchase offer on Iberia Plus but not being great at maths could someone please tell me how to wotrk out how much an avios point is costing me

    • Use the xe.com app to convert €1800 euros and that’s the price of 150k avios. It’s currently a bit over £1507 – so just over 1p excluding credit card fees.

    • Genghis says:

      I think the cost is dependent on how many you buy.

      So take the cost in Euros, divide it by the current exchange rate (just take it from XE if you’re paying with an FX load free card or if not add on another 3% to get the GBP amount and then divide by how many avios you’re buying to get the ppa.

  2. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Perhaps exchange rate related: three UK Hiltons are getting reward category downgrades: Hilton Blackpool (6->4), Hampton Exeter Airport (4->3) and Hilton Ageas Bowl Southampton (6->5). Blackpool looks a bit rubbish, but the other two have good reviews and Southampton even has a Spa & Exec lounge.


    • I wouldn’t stay at the Blackpool Hilton again if it was free.

    • nw1309 says:

      I stayed at the hampton at exeter earlier in the year, and very nice it was to. couldn’t really be any more handy for the airport! literally a stones throw from the terminal building. The room was nice and I was well rested though that could have been the Gin!

  3. James67 says:

    OT Hilton: @Andrew H and others following my comments earlier this week about Hilton closing my account after status match request…I’ve heard nothing direct from Hilton yet but my account appears to have been reactivated today 🙂

    • Glad to hear it James – my curve card keeps declining – have messaged them via the app to find out what is happening!

      • James67 says:

        I eventually gave up on supercard pilot for same reason, the frustration and embarassment simply became too much.

    • Andrew H says:

      Thanks James. I have heard nothing back yet. Will check mine

  4. rams1981 says:

    OT curve pins. Tried the pin from the app twice today and it said incorrect pin. Then tried the pin I changed it to which said it hadn’t changed and voila it worked. Bizarre. Anyone else had this?

    • rams1981 says:

      And by curve I mean supercard. Whoops

    • Genghis says:

      You managed to change the PIN on Supercard? I’ve tried a few different ATMs but basically saying it cannot be changed.

      • rams1981 says:

        Yes. It said it couldn’t but I’ve only used it for first time last 2 days and it only accepted the new pin and rejected the pin supercard