British Airways Holidays has launched a new round of First Class and Club World flight and holiday bargains.
Some of the headline prices look good. These are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:
New York – £1,406 including three nights in a 4* hotel
Toronto – £1,204 including three nights in a 4* hotel
Los Angeles – £1,693 including SIX nights in a 4* hotel
Boston – £1,340 including three nights in a 4* hotel
These prices are based on two people sharing.
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.
(One minor downside is that BA Holidays packages do not earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme for the flights.)
There are also some impressive Club World flight deals available, for booking by 12th July. Seats are bookable into May 2017 in most cases:
New York – £1,308 return
Atlanta – £1,356 return
Chicago – £1,260 return
Montreal – £1,155 return
Toronto – £1,128 return
Seattle – £1,176 return
Dubai – £1,360 return
Abu Dhabi – £1,245 return
Las Vegas – £1,376 return
San Francisco – £1,581 return
Other destinations are available too, but the deals are less compelling outside the Middle East and North America.
You should take a look at First Class pricing as well. It is often available for just £400 return extra on the Middle East routes.
£1,645 First Class to Abu Dhabi, for example, is fantastic – especially as you will be in the very small F cabin on a Boeing 787-9.
If you are based outside London, it is also worth comparing BA prices starting in Dublin or Amsterdam. You may be able to make even bigger savings. There are also some very good deals out of Paris to New York at the moment on BA and its sister airline – which flies direct – Open Skies.
To find out which months have the cheapest fares, you might want to start your search with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool which is here. That £1,176 deal to Seattle is only available for December and January, for example, when you may find it a little nippy.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.