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Get 5,000 bonus Avios and discounted Club Europe prices via BA Holidays

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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, 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, 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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (24)

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  • Phillip says:

    I booked CE flights and a 4-day car hire (Group F) to LCA for £283.

  • trickster says:

    Do these packages work with regional connections? Last time I checked that added a serious amount of extra cost.

  • Zoe B says:

    Very happy to have seen this post today. Booked 2 of us for 5 nights to Alicante with a tiny car, flying business for £389! If I’d booked the flights alone the total cost was £540. So gained a car and 5k of Avois. This is 26th May so over the Bank Holiday and into half term. Thanks so much Raffles and Thunderbirds for the heads up.

  • Thunderbirds says:

    Zoe, glad to see you found what you were looking for. If you are not a member already join Avis Preferred as this will give some additional benefits (see Raffles posting on Avis) however I’ve never seen a free upgrade on this type of package. You will however be able to the skip the bank holiday queue for pick-up!

  • Jeffro says:

    Sorry if I’m being daft, Raffles, but if I search for holidays with business-class flights, Dubrovnik comes up around twice as expensive as you mention above. Have I misinterpreted (was it £555 was per person)? (Am searching for London to Dubrovnik, 15-17 March, with Business/Club and ‘lowest price’ options selected under the flights.)

    Many thanks for an excellent blog, by the way — it has held my hand through the introduction to Avois, AEMR and BAEC. It’s all going well so far!

    • Raffles says:

      Wow, it has gone up massively! No, it was £555 for 2 pax when I priced it up. Try 17-21 March, for example, which comes out at £382 per person (more than my example but this is for 4 nights and all midweek, not weekend).

  • Phillip says:

    Dates in April are also nicely discounted for Dubrovnik.

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