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Earning Avios points when booking a package holiday via

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A lot of people are not aware of the excellent deals being offered by when you use them to book a package holiday.  I thought a reminder was in order.

The first thing to note is that these are promotions, so you will need an account to collect Avios points. These can be transferred to British Airways Executive Club later if necessary.

The homepage for package holiday deals is here.

The first thing to notice is that they do not just work with ‘bucket and spade’ operators. The list includes some decent names (this is just a sample of the list):

  • Elegant Resorts
  • First Choice
  • Inghams
  • ITC Classics
  • Eurocamp
  • Kuoni
  • Mark Warner
  • Neilson
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson
  • Travelsphere

The recommend way to book is to search for whatever you are after directly on the website of the tour operator and then simply call Avios to make the booking.  Don’t use the expensive 0844 number on the website, use 01925 848619 instead.

Secondly, the earnings rate is excellent at up to 10 Avios points per £1 spent.

Thirdly, as I mentioned above they accept Amex and there is no surcharge for using any credit card.

Finally, the holidays team appears to have leeway to reduce prices if you can find a comparable deal – and you will still earn your Avios on the bookings

The only downside is that you don’t receive your Avios points until 28 days after your holiday, so you may be waiting a while for them. This is only a small inconvience, though, and this certainly seems to be an interesting option if you are booking package holidays.

In the past, holiday spend charged to a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card has triggered the ‘double Avios for British Airways spend’.  This no longer seems to be the case.

It is worth noting that you can also REDEEM Avios points for a discount on a package holiday.  I do not recommend this.  The discount is just 0.5p per Avios point you redeem which is poor but, to be honest, I could live with it. 

More important is the fact that you will not receive any Avios points for the portion of the booking which you pay in cash. This makes the net outcome substantially worse.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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 (32)

  • Steve says:

    Points have already hit my account from a Thomson booking and I am still by the pool in the sun.

  • Scott says:

    Wow – we’re just about to book a 6k holiday with Thomson. I’ve made some profit following your posts over the years but this seems exceptional, thanks!

  • squills says:

    Not just RSH 😉

    Loads of stuff owing from 2013 has just gone payable lol

    • JQ says:

      Thanks. I just checked yesterday and would have left it another month if I didn’t read this! OT comments are very helpful as long as you prefix them with OT :p

  • Duncan Stevenson says:

    As an update, I thought I’d try this out as I need to book a cruise in April 2016 on Celebrity for my partner and I and a couple of friends. I called on the non-0845 number and got through within a few minutes to a lovely lady called Karen who helped me out.

    I got a 1B Balcony for less than Celebrity and my usual TA charge. The cabins were £2082 each, and I got (or will get) 18,420 Avios per cabin. This is less than 10 Avios per pound on the actual cost, as I assume it doesn’t include some taxes etc. She asked if I’d had any lower prices and seemed willing to match if that was the case.

    Downside is that they don’t issue e-mail confirmations which removed the immediate gratification of booking, and Celebrity issue documents in 7-10 days. So far so good, but I’ll update if my experience changes.

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