Avios.com (not British Airways Executive Club) is, technically, a travel agency. You may not be aware that you can use them to book a package holiday and earn yourself bonus Avios points in the process.
Until late 2015 this was a very generous deal. You earned 10 Avios per £1 spent on your booking which, for an expensive family package holiday, often meant a lot of Avios points. About a year ago the earning rate was cut to 5 Avios points per £1 although occasional ‘double up’ offers meant it remained generous.
This is all now to end. From January 1st, it will no longer be possible to collect Avios points from package holiday bookings.
You can see the announcement on the avios.com homepage for package holiday deals here.
This means, of course, that you CAN still earn Avios on your package holiday bookings for the next six weeks. They do not just work with ‘bucket and spade’ operators. The list includes some decent names (this is just a sample of the list):
- Club Med
- Cox & Kings
- Elegant Resorts
- First Choice
- ITC Luxury Travel
- Mark Warner
- Thomas Cook
The list of Avios cruise partners is here and includes:
- Celebrity Cruises
- Fred Olsen
- Royal Caribbean
- Viking Cruises
The recommend way to book is to search for whatever you are after directly on the website of the tour operator and then simply call Avios to make the booking. They accept Amex and there is no surcharge for using any credit card.
Historically, the holidays team appears to have leeway to reduce prices if you can find a comparable deal – and you will still earn your Avios on the bookings
It is worth noting that you can also REDEEM Avios points for a discount on a package holiday until 31st December – see here for details. I do not recommend this. The discount is just 0.5p per Avios point you redeem which is poor but, to be honest, I could just about live with it if Avios rich. More important is that you will not receive any Avios points for the portion of the booking which you pay in cash. This makes the net outcome substantially worse.
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