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Avios earnings rate on BA Holidays sharply reduced

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Back in January, I wrote this article explaining the good deals that could be secured via BA Holidays. In particular, how booking a hotel and flight package could be cheaper than just booking a flight – a topic I am returning to in a few days.

One extra upside was bonus Avios points. BA has historically offered 5,000 Avios for a short-haul holiday (ie a flight and hotel booked together) – and that is on top of your BA Amex points (doubled on the BA Premium Plus Amex card as it is classed as BA spend) and the Avios from your flight.

This part of this deal has now been significantly devalued, however.

BA Holidays

The new BA Holidays home page is here.

Instead of earning 5,000 bonus Avios on a short-haul break, you now earn 2 bonus Avios per £1 spent. Given that a typical weekend away with Club Europe flights is under £1,000, the bonus has come down sharply.

BA Holidays is still worth a look if you are planning a weekend away, especially if a package is cheaper than just the flights. You can also get away with just paying a £150 deposit, whilst booking just flights would require the full amount to be paid upfront.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (6)

  • Phillip says:

    It is disappointing to see the bonus drop, especially when it comes to the cheaper shorter breaks! However, I find BA holidays really competitive in the longhaul market, especially for simple itineraries (i.e. A week in the Carribbean) which for two people can easily match the previous bonus.

  • flibbly says:

    It looks as though you don’t get any bonus Avios at all if you choose to just pay the deposit now and balance later, as the page you link to explains the bonus Avios then says “Alternatively, help spread the cost of your holiday…”

  • littlefish says:

    I suspect this may be an improvement on many ET/WT/WT+ based holidays. But yes, loses the CE soft spot.

  • aceman says:

    Worse they’ve tried to short me on a flight + car combo that I booked when it was a 5k bonus + 100 avios a day of car rental by just giving me 2:1. Have an enquiry in at the moment with EC so lets see what happens….

  • StephenF says:

    Off to Jersey in November with wife, 2 nights B&B inc flights £99! 1000 avios each. It did mention bonus avios of 398 but they are not showing on booking… To me that’s cheap, we’re happy.

  • Thunderbirds says:

    Last winter i had 6 flights CE + 3 days Car for an average of £220 each. This is a large part of how I earned Silver for this year and also padded my BAEC account with over 60,000 Avios. The size of the holiday bonus always stood out as being generous. The remaining stand out generosity from BA is double Avios for Silver rather than 50%. The next step perhaps…