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£50 off BA Club Europe holiday bookings, book by Monday

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A quick heads up that British Airways is running a special promotion on short-breaks in Europe at the moment.

When you book a Club Europe break, which means booking both the flight and hotel via British Airways, you can save up to £50.

Full details can be found at ba.com here.

Club Europe British Airways

If you are planning a trip to Europe but do not need a hotel, it is still worth comparing prices.  You may find that you can book the grottiest, cheapest hotel British Airways offers and still come out ahead compared to booking the flights on their own.

If you are booking well in advance, you also get the benefit of being to pay just a £150 deposit now, with the balance not due until 10 weeks before travel.  You don’t get that benefit with normal flight bookings.

(I think BA Holidays also accept 3V cards, and they are definitely happy for you to pay off the balance in numerous small instalments!)

The offer closes on Monday.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 long list of travel benefits 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 (11)

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  • kevin cottrell says:

    How do you pay off the balance in numerous small installments?

    • Richie says:

      You have the option to add payment on manage my booking . So paying £25 in 40 times on a £1000 holiday is no problem.

      • kevin cottrell says:

        Does it work for flights too?

        Can you pay them in in advance?

    • Rob says:

      I have never done, but others on here have reported being able to use 3V cards and the T&C’s on the BA Holidays page I link to above confirms that you can pay in multiple installments

  • Fenny says:

    I’ve had real trouble with the BA site since Friday night. I ended up booking 2 RFS flights via the Avios site because the BA site was timing out or giving me errors. I could have booked them as flights & hotels, but gave up due to extreme boredom.

    Even now, clicking on the link above, the page isn’t loading.

    • Waribai says:

      Yes, it’s been rather glitchy since Thursday evening…

      • ian says:

        It’s always glitchy in my experience. It’s rarely a smooth experience.

        I voted it the ‘worst website in the world’s some months back.

        • Fenny says:

          No, that’s BT. They take you round in an endless loop and then go “you can’t do this online, you’ll have to call us, sucker!”

  • pazza2000 says:

    I’ve just this weekend booked a BA holiday for family members, would be very interested in hearing reports of using 3V to pay off the balance.

    Couple of questions…

    Who earns the ‘bonus’ Avios for this booking? I booked whist logged into my EC account, although I’m not travelling and attached individual FF #’s.

    I went through the redspottedhanky rewards links; will I earn 1% back on the deposit paid only or the
    total balance?

  • oyster says:

    Are people still using up a stash of 3v cards or are there still bonus points to be had at Tesco for buying them?

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