Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

LAST DAY for the 3 BA sales – BA Holidays, ‘Part Pay With Avios’ and Club/First

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The three special sales that British Airways has been running side by side over the last couple of weeks are all ending tonight.  It has been a bit confusing with so much going on, but it is worth ploughing through it because there are some good deals to be had.

You will recognise some of the examples used here from earlier articles – no point reinventing the wheel!

SALE ONE:  BA Holidays (get a flight + hotel for far less than a flight!)

The best deals are available if you book a ‘flight & hotel’ for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Club World.  Click here to take a look at some of the excellent deals available with Club World flights.

These are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:

New York – £1,177 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Toronto – £1,154 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Washington – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Boston – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Chicago – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Las Vegas – £1,472 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Los Angeles – £1,599 including FIVE nights in a 4/5* hotel

Vancouver – £1,616 including FIVE nights in a 4/5* hotel

Dubai – £1,152 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Hong Kong – £1,511 including FOUR nights in a 4/5* hotel

Other destinations are available.  These prices are based on two people sharing.

You don’t even need to pay that much though.  If you want to organise your own accommodation, booking the cheapest ‘flight and car’ package can get you a cheaper package and you can forget to pick up the car. For example, for a seven night holiday in Dubai from 1st to 8th January:

Club World flight only:  £1,379 per person

Flight plus 7 nights in their cheapest hotel you may not use:  £1,209 based on two sharing

Flight plus 7 nights at Crowne Plaza Festival City (very nice, I’ve stayed):  £1,614 based on two sharing

Flight plus 7 nights car hire which you may forget to collect:  £1,062 based on two travelling

It is pointless booking just the flight in this scenario.  Remember that with BA Holidays, you don’t even have to pay now!   You can pay a deposit and then settle the balance in the Autumn.  You also earn 2 Avios per £1 for booking with BA Holidays on top of the Avios you will earn from the flights and from your credit card.

You must book by midnight tonight for travel between 22nd to 29th November (Thanksgiving Week) or 18th December to 9th January 2017.

The BA Holidays Club World sale page is here.

BA Holidays

SALE TWO:  Get 1p per Avios when you use ‘Part Pay With Avios’

BA is experimenting with new variants of ‘Part Pay With Avios’ again. Until TONIGHT, you can get the following discounts using ‘part pay with Avios‘ to reduce the price of a cash ticket:

Club Europe – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

World Traveller (long haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Club World and First – maximum saving of £300 for 30,000 Avios

All of these deals are offering you 1p per Avios point which is a decent deal.  Remember that, because you are buying a cash ticket, there are no availability issues and you will receive Avios and tier points back when you fly.

Take a look at the screenshot below:

Part Pay With Avios

Your eyes do not deceive you.  I was able to get a Club Europe return to Palma down to £52 return after spending 15,000 Avios points.  This is a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points if you are chasing status, and you will earn at least 2,000 Avios back.

Here are the key points to remember when using Part Pay With Avios:

You cannot part-pay Air Passenger Duty or any equivalent foreign tax. What this means, in practice, is that the maximum discount offered will be reduced if the fare is too low to not cover the taxes.  This is only likely to be an issue on short haul tickets.

Only BA operated flights are valid, not codeshares (so, for example, only BA flights to Madrid can be discounted, not the ones flown by Iberia with a BA flight number)

Any itinerary with a non-BA flight on it will not be offered ‘Part-Pay With Avios’ even if it also contains a UK or short-haul flight

You can only book at or via the BA call centre

It cannot be combined with promotional discount codes or ‘flight plus car’ / ‘flight plus hotel’ packages

It CAN be combined with Hotlines (discounted staff tickets) and presumably the MBNA Diamond Club credit card 10% discount

It works OK on the ‘hand baggage only / Basic’ fares

If you are in a Household Account, you will be allowed to use Avios to part-pay flights for people who are outside the Household Account

The Avios are deducted from the account of the person making the booking, even if the other passengers have their own BA or accounts

All travel must be completed by 30th September.

The official Part Pay With Avios website is here.  Click on the ‘Find Out More’ button to see the special promotional rates – the rates shown on the home page are the normal ones.

SALE THREE: Club World and First Class bargains

Finally, we have the ‘flight only’ sale.  The home page for the sale is here.

On most routes you can travel up to 27th April 2017 which is 10 days after Easter Monday.  It varies by route so take a look at the small print at the bottom of the sale website.

The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.

If you can be flexible with dates, there are some decent fares available.

In general, the deals are on a par with the previous sale in March.  However, there are some excellent First Class offers to North America.  In general, these are priced at roughly £400 above the equivalent Club World fare.  You will be paying £700 – £1,000 less to fly First Class than you would have in the pre-Easter sale.  World Traveller Plus fares to the US are also down on the previous sale.

Here are some major destinations, priced as World Traveller / World Traveller Plus / Club World / First:

New York £380 / £773 / £1,469 / £1,897

Miami £391 / £870 / £1,995 / £2,472

Abu Dhabi £348 / £698 / £1,238 / £1,838

Mumbai £450 / £723 / £1,427 / £2,027

Bangkok £499 / £1,018 / £1,711 / na

Tokyo £549 / £1,049 / £2,041 / £3,779

There are also some deals on European short-haul flights with some destinations under £200 return for 80 tier points. I spotted Angers, Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Madrid, Munich, Palma, Paris, Quimper, Rotterdam and Stuttgart for £200 or less on certain dates. There are plenty more under £225 return as long as you stay away over a Saturday night.

Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be used with these fares at the enhanced rate of 1p per point.  The best thing to do if you are interested is to pop over to and have a look around.  The full sale details are here.

All three of these sale BA sale options close at midnight tonight, Tuesday.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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)

  • John says:

    Managed to get Bergen in CE for equivalent of £61 to combine with BGO-HKG in CE+CX/J. Normally would have RFSed it for £38 equivalent – 80TPs for £23 🙂

    “because you are buying a cash ticket, there are no availability issues’ is not exactly true, especially on the last day of the sale when most of the cheaper fare buckets have been snapped up. Was planning to go somewhere every other weekend but missed out on July due to dithering.

  • Polly says:

    Is this club sale working from ex ex at all this time, or is it uk departures only? Anyone had any success yet?

  • Ian says:

    What is the diamond club 10% discount?

    • Choons says:

      Holders of the MBNA Diamond Club credit cards have a 10pc discount applied when logged into the diamondclub website first.

      Club Europe sale only appears to be the London airports, rather than including Jersey (for the extra TPs)

      • Ian says:

        I have the diamond club mbna- where do you go for the discount? Is this on every ba flight?

        • Rob says:

          Book via the link on diamond – yes, all BA flights.

          • Ian says:

            Last question on the matter- is it only the plus or the standard card? I have the latest visa/Amex combo with no annual fee

          • harry says:

            Meant to be both but I have to say I don’t even bother looking any more on their link as the (say) 5 or 6 times I checked, it was cheaper to book on the BA site. I’ve got standard BMI Amex + Visa combo.

          • nerd. says:

            Careful on this – always check the list price too. Yesterday I was pricing flights from LON to NYC and some of the “discounted” fares were more expensive than the standard BA fares.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Can anyone advise me how long it takes for auto conversion bonus 1000 points from clubcard to VA miles takes to hit accounts. My redemption has hit but no auto convert bonus.

    • Liz says:

      It’s normally a few days after the date they say in their offer which this time is 10 June.

      • Tilly71 says:

        Thanks, will wait till 10th June or after for 1000 bonus miles then

    • Genghis says:

      I shall sign up for this just before the deadline and see if I get a cheeky brucey

      • Liz says:

        That’s what I will do too although it hasn’t worked for me the last two times.

    • Alan says:

      Anyone know how this will work now vouchers aren’t being sent out? Any risk that autoconvert might happen more frequently than it has been doing and we won’t have a chance to switch it off again before points get sent across?

  • Jordan D says:

    Frustratingly to Frankfurt, the fare (per person) is £50, so on a booking for four the maximum discount offered is £200 – but still at 30,000 Avios!

    That’s some way short of 1p per Avios! Also ruddy cheeky that the Avios hasn’t been reduced (even a bit) to match the lower cash discount.

    Also: £76 in taxes&fees to/from Frankfurt. In ET. Someone’s have a laugh.

  • GESalesEngineer says:


    I have booked a club world seat FAR -> LON (September) LON-> JNB (December) JNB-LON (Dec) and finally LON-FAR (Mar 2017).

    Now I need to get to Faro and back – is it safe to do so on BA web site as a wrapper to the original itinerary?



    • Rob says:

      That’s fine, you are not ‘nesting’ tickets in the strict sense of the term (and that is what BA dislikes).

      • John says:

        How is this not nesting, he is nesting FAO-JNB inside LON-FAO. What do you mean by strict sense and what does BA dislike?

        Of course most of us have done this many times, though mine are usually one-way RFS so can’t be described as nesting at all.

        • Rob says:

          The nesting BA dislikes is you living in London, flying monthly to say HKG, buying a return with the 2nd leg a year out and then buying lots of cheap HKG-LHR returns.

    • PG says:

      How much did that set you back?

      • GESalesEngineer says:

        Sorry posted in wrong part of the thread the tickets were around 1500 GBP.

  • GESalesEngineer says:

    Of course I meant – FAO (Faro)…

  • GESalesEngineer says:

    Many thanks… I can go ahead and book then.