British Airways opens up 13,000 Club World seats for Avios over Christmas

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Instead of holding a last minute £1,000 sale, as they did last year, British Airways has decided to drops its unsold Club World availability over Christmas into the Avios redemption bucket!

The following statement has appeared on here:

“Additional reward flights availability in Club World for limited destinations departing from London Heathrow only on British Airways flight-only bookings. For travel between 14 December 2015 and 3 January 2016 exclusively. Additional availability varies depending on destination and date of departure.”

13,000 Club World seats have been released.  That works out at 650 per day which should mean at least a couple per flight.

British Airways BA 787

I am pleased about this – I was critical last year of British Airways launching a £1,000 cash sale when it could easily have opened up these seats for redemption instead.

(You can argue about whether it is better to pay £1,000 cash or redeem Avios and pay £500 in tax, but the latter clearly requires a lower cash outlay.)

Feedback on Flyertalk is that availability is indeed there on most routes, so it is well worth a look.  British Airways has not emailed Executive Club members about this so the seats are unlikely to be going too quickly.

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  1. Sorry for being OT again, new to the site and don’t know where to ask the questions, is there a thread/guide on credit card churning? currently have amex gold charge & recently opened BAPP – would love to get info on how to max bonus points etc.

    thanks, and sorry!!

    • The rules:

      Amex – need to wait six months after cancelling a card to get another with the same reward currency (eg MR points.). No restriction on other cards.

      MBNA – in theory you can never get a bonus again on the same card. Where they have a free and paid version (eg Virgin) you can get the bonus on both and even have both at the same time.

      Barclays – can only have 1 Barclays card at once. After cancelling, need to wait 6 months before you can get the same card again but you can get a different card immediately.

  2. Totally OT: My accelerate 2 free night certificates have just posted, so I’m looking at booking a hotel in New York. My 4 stays cost me £208. I’m travelling solo. Dithering over what to book so would appreciate any thoughts!

    I could get The Intercontinental Times Square (the Barcaly’s not available on my dates, which are fixed), which is showing a nightly rate of c. $400 – so I would be ‘saving’ well over £300 (only not really, because I’d never pay that cash rate). No breakfast included, though. I undestand their breakfast costs about $20-30, which seems a lot. I know New York doesn’t lack for breakfast options but I’m not a huge fan of wandering around first thing in the morning looking for somewhere to eat.

    Or I could get The Staybridge Suites, nightly rate c. $279, so I would be ‘saving’ far less – around £180 – but free breakfast, a ‘manager’s reception’ drinks and nibbles the night I arrive, and cooking facilities in the room – so I could potentially avoid the awkward solo restuarant dining experience a couple of nights.

    I will move to the Hampton Inn Times Square South after 2 nights.

    So, anyone stayed at both of these and want to venture an opinion? I think I would normally naturally lean towards Staybridge Suites except that The Intercontinental is such a big ‘saving’ and I’m sure I’ll never pay to stay there.

    • I’d just be happy if my points posted… admittedly it’s only been around 2 weeks, but it kills off four of the five challenges I need to complete, and I don’t know when (or if) I should be chasing them

      20 days of my challenge remain

      • My points posted after a week for each stay, but it took about 12 days for the free night vouchers to show up in my account.

        • Cheers – on double checking, 3 of the 4 that I am waiting to post all say this underneath them “Completed stay at xxxxxxxxx 28/11/2015 – 29/11/2015”, so they’ve tracked, even if the “Completed” box hasn’t been ticked and points haven’t been awarded.

          The 4th one is spending on my Credit Card, so fully expect that to take a while to track…

          Sounds like I’m good to go 🙂

          • I’m really miffed. The Accelerate Offer was rubbish for me in the first place – but I’ve just found out that that the 1 IHG night I had booked and have completed doesn’t count because although I registered for the promotion I didn’t book that stay through the Accelerate page. I feel as if I’ve been mugged. In a fit of pique I may now book into the Conrad rather than the IC in Bangkok (as I’m now a Hilton Diamond) on an upcoming paid stay – that’ll show ’em….

          • That is not a term of the promo AFAIK.

          • My 2000 odd points have posted from the actual stay (including 300 amenity points) but not the 5000 for the one night stay via Accelerate – Accelerate page is showing that I’ve earned 0 points. If this alters I’ll report back. Stayed 1 week ago.

          • They post in arrears. I got 5,000 Accelerate points yesterday from a stay which originally posted about 10 days ago.

    • The IC, whilst very nicely done, lacks public space. As with many modern hotels they saw public space as wasted space, so there is nowhere to hang around. I’ve been in HIX properties with more public areas.

      If you are solo, your IC will be ten paces through the lobby, lift to room, stay in room and then reverse when you go out. You are unlikely to use the pricey restaurant or pay a lot for the buffet breakfast on your own.

      The Staybridge therefore has some attractions on that basis although it clearly won’t be as flash or shiny. I always stay at the IC of the IHG options but I tend to value the 4pm Ambassador check out for an evening flight back.

      • Thanks Rob,

        I find this useful also, do you think its worth to upgrade myself to ambassador for a 4 night POINTS stay in march?

        I will already be Spire Elite by then (if the Virgin-IHG is still working come Jan)
        Have a 8;40pm flight back to LHR in First, so we want to take advantage of the CCR! Not too sure on how we will be getting to JFK yet thou and what time we should leave for the airport.

        • Irons1980 says:

          Having literally just checked out of the IC Times Square, I think it’s hugely overpriced and overrated – I wasn’t impressed at all and have stayed at IC’s which are far superior for far less… I wish I’d kept my booking for the Staybridge Suites tbh and breakfast is included there too…

        • If you need a 4pm check out it may be worthwhile. Your upgrade is usually just one level, however, which may be just Superior to Deluxe with an extra 5 sq m of space (depending on property).

          Real question is whether you’d use the buy one night, get one free weekend voucher.

          • Would either of you recommend the CP rather than the IC Times Square? – Tbh I’m not keen on Times Square as a location – bit brash but I want to be in Midtown. I’d have gone for the Barclay if was available but it’s not. I think I want a bit more public space than the IC has to offer.

        • Is the Virgin – IHG route still working?

    • Not wanting to be a numpty but how exactly do you book using the free nights. When I search accommodation I only see the usual points booking option. Is there a special page for booking using the free nights?

      • There’s a menu option that appears on the left-hand side menu once a free night cert has posted – it literally says ‘Free Nights’. Clicking it shows you how many nights you have earnt and how many used, and there’s a booking link from there that takes you to the search page with ‘Accelerate Free Night’ showing as the rate. Search results then bring you up just the rooms you can book.

    • I’ve never stayed at the IC Times Sq. but I have stayed at the Crowne Plaza and Staybridge.

      Staybridge was fine. We were given a suite on a high floor with limited views of the ESB. The kitchenette was very well equipped but we didn’t go to NYC to cook. The fridge was handy though.

      Free breakfast was adequate enough for something to get you going. It’s very busy though and we just brought it back to the room to eat.

      The rooms are quite small though as you would expect. There wasn’t anywhere for us to sit other than on the bed. The lifts were also very slow especially if you were on a high floor. Not enough of them.

      We spent a couple of nights at the CP last Christmas, we thought it was very nice and rooms very spacious for NYC. We had lots of room to spread out. At the time my husband was a platinum member and we were upgraded to high room with a view of the Hudson. We also for breakfast for $10 I think this is a benefit. It was fine, but wouldn’t pay more for it.

      • I ended up going with the Staybridge, maybe I should have gone with the CP instead! No status, though, so unlikely to get the nice view.

  3. Yes, last time I was solo in New York all my food plans ended up being abandoned in favour of cheap, quick and convenient. It’s simply no fun going for anything fancier on your own, and with only 4 nights there you want to pack in as much as possible, so don’t spend much time in the room anyway. The main things I really need is a comfortable bed, as little noise/disruption as possible, and a convenient location so I can nip back for a jet-lag busting afternoon nap/shower before heading out to the theatre in the evening. Oh, and since I’m switching hotels after 2 nights they need to be near enough each other to make that as painless as possible.

  4. What luck. Needed to fly to Warsaw on Monday for work – got a business class return for 27k Avois and £50. What a bargain as cheapest flights to and from Luton etc. were around £200. Great and for me, timely offer!

  5. OT – but wanted to thank Raffles for flagging the Iberia competition earlier in the year – I just won 9k points!
    Winners are here:

  6. Chico Dusty says:

    No availability to Calgary, AB. Would have loved an Xmas in Lake Louise! Oh well!

    • I found dates for Calgary only at the end of Jan, my original plan was to head out there before Xmas.

    • I picked up a couple of CW tickets to Calgary for 4 days before Christmas in the Black Friday BA part pay with avoid deal.

      Very excited to spend part of my Christmas holidays in Banff, and I get to try out the Dreamliner for the first time.

  7. Jonathan says:

    OT: Once you hit the BA Amex 10k spend and have the statement produced, how long does it typically take to have the companion voucher issued on your BA account? Also is it clearly visible in the main area of your Exec account?
    Awaiting the voucher and praying the flights we’re after don’t go beforehand!
    Thanks All.

    • I reached the spend target November 17th, and am still waiting. I assume it transfers over with your avios whenever that may be. For me it is the 16th of the month I think! 🙂

      (It should be noted, my mums voucher transferred the next day! This was a few years back however!)

      • Jonathan says:

        Thanks – Frustrating as I think we hit the spend about a week prior to the Avios transfer, but given the processing time and potentially a day or two for the Amex spend calc to update, it would appear we just missed out.

        Sounds like we may have to wait a month.

    • It should trigger within 48 hours of the qualifying spend hitting your account.

      If it doesn’t show on your BA account within 72 hours, something has gone wrong. Remember that the annual fee does not count towards the £10k, neither do some other classes of transaction.

      • Jonathan says:

        Thanks Raffles.

        On the phone to BA (hold for 22 mins and counting)! I can see it was recognised on the Amex site on the 26/11 and the next sweep to BA Exec was on 02/12 so sounds like something has gone wrong.

  8. Peter Taysum says:


    I booked AMS to GIG return with Iberia for £600 and 20000 Avios in August thanks to Raffles. I’ve just “won” 42 500 Avios from Iberia Plus from their “Summer Flights” I think I was entered for booking that; just thought would share and say ANOTHER Thank You!
    I really like this hobby!

  9. OT just looking at Eurotunnel for avios, has anybody done that, is that vfm? Website says to ring but too late today.

  10. ha just looked again and saw that its 10k avios give 50gbp off, so not that good. They say 5x avios per gpb spent though. Any other ideas for eurotunnel deals (apart from tesco vouchers)?

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