British Airways has launched a new promotion called “Hello Weekend”, although they are trying to be funky and are referring to it as #helloweekend!
To be honest, my gut feeling was that these ‘special deals’ would turn out to be not so special after all.
I decided to look at a couple of examples, priced on Wednesday afternoon and using the link above to search pricing.
Option 1 – Stockholm in a 3-star hotel, 19-21 April
Seats WERE available at the headline price of £179 per person, based on 2 sharing.
11.30am out of Heathrow on Friday, leaving Stockholm at 12.30pm on Sunday. 3-star hotel with breakfast (better hotels are available at a supplement). Total cost £358 for two.
For comparison, booking the flights alone via ba.com currently shows a price of £409 for two people with NO accommodation. This is a genuine bargain via #helloweekend.
Option 2 – Paris in a 2-star hotel, 19-21 April
The headline price was shown as £159 for 19th April. However, on clicking through, I had to depart on Saturday and do a Saturday to Monday break to get this price.
12.40pm out of Heathrow on Saturday, leaving Paris Orly at 3.45pm on Monday. 2-star hotel with breakfast (again, better hotels are available at a supplement). Total cost £318.
For comparison, booking the flights alone via ba.com currently shows a price of £337 for 2 people with NO accommodation. Again, this is a good deal via #helloweekend.
It is certainly worth keeping an eye on this to see how it develops, especially as seat availability for last-minute deals will presumably get tighter as Summer arrives.