News in brief:
BA Holidays unveils impressive new booking system
British Airways has given its BA Holidays booking site an overhaul. And, to be honest, it seems impressive.
The company has realised that the standard ‘fly down, one hotel, fly back’ model doesn’t work for a lot of its customers. In August, for example, we are flying down to Spain for a week, flying up to the Dolomites for a week, taking the train to Venice for a couple of days and then returning from there.
The new BA Holidays website lets you add together:
- open jaw flights to and from different airports
- multiple hotel bookings at different properties
- car hire for just a part of your trip
It will then churn out a price which, because BA Holidays can access cheaper flights than you can buy yourself on ba.com, should work out cheaper than buying each component separately.
You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here and going to ‘Customise My Trip’.
Best Western Rewards adds special rates for members
The reason for this is that hotels offer agree ‘price parity’ deals on Expedia and the like which stops them undercutting. By restricting these discounts to members – even though membership is free and you can sign up whilst booking – Best Western gets around this restriction because it is theoretically not an ‘open to all’ discount.
For now, these discounts are restricted to the Summer period – 13th June and 4th September – and you will receive 20% off the standard B&B price if you join Best Western Rewards. Full details of the offer can be found here.
Hotel offers update – September 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September), Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).