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The Avios earning rate on BA Holidays is 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.

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 UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (6)

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  • 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…

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