Bits: Bigger BA Holidays discounts in the BA sale, Etihad Guest devalues

News in brief:

Extra BA sale discounts on holidays

Last week British Airways launched its latest World Sale with discounts on long-haul and short-haul flights in all classes as well as special deals on BA Holidays packages.

Until 12th September BA is running a further promotion with BA Holidays packages with savings of up to £100.

The savings are as follows:

Flight and Hotel:

extra £50 off with a minimum spend of £1250

extra £100 off with a minimum spend of £2500

Flight and Car:

extra £25 off with a minimum spend of £600

extra £50 off with a minimum spend of £1250

extra £100 off with a minimum spend of £2500

Unlike ‘flight only’, you can secure a BA Holidays package with a deposit as low as £150 per booking, not per person, with the balance only due five weeks before departure.

The BA Sale runs until 26th September but the special promotion ends at midnight 12th September.

Full details of the BA Sale are in this Head for Points article. The link to book is here.

BA Sale

Etihad Guest devalues, but details sketchy

If you are a member of Etihad Guest, you will have received an email this week about changes (ie primarily a devaluation) to the scheme benefits.

There appear to be no other details in the public domain at the moment beyond what was in that email.  Looking at the key points:

BAD NEWS – when you are promoted to a new tier, your membership will now last just one calendar year.  In the past, you would get all of the current membership year plus the next one or two years, depending on which level you reached.

GOOD NEWS – Gold members can now use the Business Class Lounges in Abu Dhabi when flying Etihad.  Gold members previously had to use a third party lounge.

GOOD NEWS – you will now earn more miles on fully flexible business and First Class tickets on Etihad

BAD NEWS – the cost of upgrading with Etihad Guest  miles will increase

GOOD AND BAD NEWS – the cost of redemptions will change, with some routes increasing and others decreasing

BAD NEWS – there will be a $50 increase in the carrier surcharge on some business and First Class redemptions.  This is per leg, so a flight from London to Bangkok via Abu Dhabi could potentially see a $200 rise in ‘taxes and charges’ – and these are already pretty chunky.

Etihad Guest stopped being great value at the time of the last devaluation a couple of years ago.  Because I rate their A380 business and First Class products so highly, it will probably still remain acceptable value as an occasional splurge (via an Amex Membership Rewards transfer) for myself.

That said, I can imagine that the cost of flying my whole family somewhere with a connection in Abu Dhabi is going to look pretty scary both in terms of miles and charges.

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Comments

  1. me too, sitting on 37K Etihad (via the MBNA card) expiring in November..will call soon and try to find out how to book AA flights soon. Otherwise, will need to convert to the card and cash in.

    Anyone remembers how long in advance can I book a flight so to spend the miles now and travel next year with AA or partners? I don’t remember where to find these rules. I could topup with easily AMEX.

  2. Barry cutters says:

    Some good deals on the ba holidays this sale too . Off topic- flying home from Barbados on Sunday . In club , not first , ba gold and ba silver, Iv just been told at the bar last night I can use the Iam terminal for check in. Iv used it when traveling first class used it and it’s a great experience, but thought It was only first , regardless of status. Anyone got any experience of using in club?

  3. the real harry1 says:

    BAEUROPE10 – code to get £10 off £100 For Flight Bookings From London

    but I’m doing a dummy purchase and can’t see anywhere to input a coupon!

    anybody?

    • Beggars belief but the revamp that BA have done on the site appears to have gone live without the ability to enter a discount code.

      Even worse when you try to pay by Amex, it errors as it says “security code must contain 3 digits”

      Even in a small company, when changing the checkout you’d have a test procedure to include trying a coupon code and trying one of each supported payment format before taking it out of test mode. Very very poor IT management there.

  4. Hi, Off Topic, but hoping someone can answer: is it advisable to keep a BA Amex Plat until I use the 2-4-1 voucher or would i be safe to close it and claw back some of the annual fee, given the voucher is registered within my BA Exec Club account? Thanks in advance

    • No problem with cancelling. Just make sure you have access to another Amex (any Amex, not necessarily in your name) to pay the taxes

    • Cuchlainn says:

      ND – as Genghis says any Amex will do – just booked LHR – LHR and LGW to MCO for July next year on my oldest BAPP 2-4-1 voucher and used my Lloyds Rewards Amex – BA agent didn’t bat an eyelid…

  5. Thank you for the information guys. Much appreciated.