For a few years now, British Airways has been playing ‘catch up’ with the Expedia‘s of this world by trying to sell discounted ‘flight and hotel’ packages. These are very lucrative because of the healthy commission on the hotel room and the ability to sneak out flight tickets at a discount without damaging the ‘headline’ ticket price paid by corporates.
This occasionally means that you can book a Club Europe flight plus a hotel via BA Holidays for less than a weekend-away Club Europe flight on its own.
There is a decent combination of deals available at the moment which makes this option even more interesting.
If you click here, you will see the bonus Avios you earn as a British Airways Executive Club member when you book via BA Holidays. 1,000 Avios for a short-haul Economy flight holiday is not exciting. 5,000 Avios for a short-haul Club Europe holiday is better!
Amusingly, BA has also launched ‘book now and pay later’! As long as your travel dates are more than 10 weeks away, you can pay a £150 deposit and settle the rest later.
Let’s look at Dubrovnik, the lovely walled Croatian city, as an example. From the 15-17 March, using the ‘flight and hotels’ booking option at ba.com, I can get 2 nights at the Hilton Dubrovnik (a very smart restored historic property) for 2 people for £555. This is with Club Europe flights.
The price is competitive – the flights on their own, via ba.com, come out at £424 so you are getting the Hilton – which is a five-star property – for £65 per night.
BA Holidays is definitely worth a look if planning a weekend away in Europe.