News in brief:
British Airways Holidays sale – from £50 down
The British Airways ‘Take-Off’ sale, which was due to run until the 22nd, has changed. BA will now continue discounting until 29th September but only on selected routes. Prices have returned to normal across the rest of the network. The current offers can be seen here.
Instead, BA has added a number of offers with British Airways Holidays. This includes the return of the popular ‘£50 deposit’ promotion until September 22nd.
It can often be cheaper to book a British Airways holiday package than book a stand-alone British Airways flight. Try pricing up a flight and a very poor hotel (which you don’t bother using) or a flight and a car hire and see what you get. The ability to pay just £50 down and the remainder at ten weeks prior to departure is an extra benefit!
When I say ‘BA Holidays’ you should NOT necessarily think of a Spanish beach. You can also get ‘flight and hotel’ short breaks in major cities.
The ‘£50 down’ offer is explained here. It is valid for ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ booking of up to £999.
50% bonus Virgin tier points and Virgin miles on non-US routes
Virgin Atlantic has launched a bonus offer on its Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos and Shanghai routes.
You will receive 50% extra bonus miles on every return flight you take until 31st December 2015. You will also earn extra tier points: two for each Economy return trip, four for Premium Economy and six for Upper Class.
Given that you only need 15 tier points in a rolling 12 month period for Silver and 40 for Gold, this is attractive. An Upper Class return will earn 16-18 tier points under this offer which means that just two and a half Virgin Atlantic return trips before the end of the year will get you Gold from a standing start.
Learn more about this offer and register here. Note that bookings must be made before 31st October.
Heathrow Rewards bonus on fashion
Finally, until 31st October, Heathrow Rewards, the airport loyalty scheme, is offering bonus points on fashion purchases.
You will receive double points when you spend £125-£499.99 and triple points when you spend £500 or more. The list of participating shops can be found here. There is no need to register.