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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.

Avios holiday

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to see our latest articles on earning and spending your points and click here to see our list of current Avios 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

  • 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.