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25% off Avios sale to Middle East now works with a 2-4-1 – but you must book TODAY

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TODAY, Sunday, is the last chance to get a 25% discount on Avios redemptions to the Middle East booked via or  Full details can be found here.

When I first wrote about this offer, I was critical of the fact that you could not combine the 25% discount with a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.

Right at the death, I found out that British Airways has changed their policy.  You can now combine a 2-4-1 voucher with this promotion.

Atlantis The Palm Dubai discount

It also works with a Lloyds Avios Rewards card upgrade voucher if you book via

This means two things:

if you have an existing 2-4-1 Middle East redemption booked between now and December, you may want to consider rebooking it.  You will pay the £70 change fee but you will save at least 25,000 Avios on a Club World booking.

if you were put off taking part in this offer because you couldn’t use a 2-4-1 voucher, take another look – but do it TODAY

This seems a slightly odd time to launch a Middle East sale, with the peak travel period to the region coming up.  I get a feeling that British Airways has been hit by a nasty combination of:

falling leisure demand (the UAE currencies are pegged to the US$ so everything has got 20% more expensive in £ terms in recent weeks)

increased capacity (Doha and Muscat are to get their own dedicated flights instead of being tagged on to existing services)

falling corporate travel demand post the EU referendum

massively strong competition from Etihad, Emirates and Qatar – exacerbated by the fact that you can earn Avios and tier points on Qatar and, as long as you book it as a Qantas codeshare, Emirates

The 25% discount is valid on:

Abu Dhabi





You can travel in:

World Traveller

World Traveller Plus

Club World

but not First.

You must book by 7th August and travel before 11th December.

The EARLIEST travel date varies by route:

Abu Dhabi – 1st September for WT, immediately for WTP, 1st November for CW

Bahrain – 1st September for WT, 1st October for WTP, 1st November for CW

Doha – immediately

Dubai – 1st September for WT, immediately for WTP and CW

Muscat – immediately

The discount applies to both one-way and return tickets.  Full taxes must be paid – these are not discounted by 25%!

If you are heading to Dubai, remember my handy tip.  Flying into Abu Dhabi is more sensible – you land three hours earlier than the first BA Dubai flight and you get to fly a new Boeing 787.  A taxi into Dubai will only be £40 and, time wise, it adds 30 minutes at most to your transfer if you staying near The Palm.

Remember that Doha and Muscat are new routes and you will find the best Avios availability there.  From Doha you can use 4,500 Avios each way for connections on Qatar Airways to elsewhere in the region.

Read all the small print before booking – details are on the Executive Club news pages here.

Atlantis The Palm hotel promo

Atlantis The Palm is one of the major resorts in Dubai with a huge range of facilities including its own water park.  It is now running a special Avios deal for British Airways Executive Club members which may tie in nicely with these discounted redemptions:

  • 15% off the Best Available Rate on Deluxe Rooms and Imperial Club rooms plus earn triple Avios (6 Avios) for every $1 spent on your accommodation
  • 25% off the Best Available Rate on Suites rooms plus earn quadruple Avios (8 Avios) for every $1 spent on your accommodation
  • Unlimited access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark during your stay
  • Discounted rates to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet sea lions at Sea Lion Point
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Booking Dates: Before 31 August 2016
Staying Dates: Until 17 March 2017
Blackout Dates:  10 – 14 September 2016, 28 December 2016 – 2 January 2017

The package is only available if booked via this special BAEC page on the Atlantis site.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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 (17)

  • Boris says:

    It sounds like a tactic to recover a loss of traffic due to Terrorist Concerns.

    Are the Yanks staying at home, perhaps? That was what I was told by a tour guide in Istanbul in May.

  • Timothy Arnold says:

    Looks like if you have already booked a 2-4-1 you will automatically get credited the points. Therefore you don’t need to rebook and spend the £70 fee?

    “For those that have already redeemed their Companion Voucher on eligible flights and did not receive the 25% Avios discount, British Airways will credit your Avios account with the relevant amount of Avios once the flight booking has been flown”

    • Rob says:

      No. I read that as meaning if you booked after 21st July on a 241 you get a refund. Earlier bookers don’t or they would refund non 241 early bookings too.

  • Boris says:

    >falling leisure demand (the UAE currencies are pegged to the US$ so everything has got 20% more expensive in £ terms in recent weeks)

    That’s curious, since the UKP has only fallen by about 10% against the dollar.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      10% since the Brexit vote but rewind to last June-August when people were booking holidays to the ME and intact when they were out there for the high season and it was 1.50-1.55/£

      • TGLoyalty says:


      • Boris says:


        But … “last few weeks”. Convenient excuse use alert imo.

        If I was writing the release I would probably do the same.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Don’t think its an excuse the drop from 1.55 is to do with the announcement of the referendum and then the final vote to leave, lets not forget it was up at 1.5 again in the final few days when the market thought remain would win the vote.

  • Pete says:

    Do you think will refund the avios if you used the upgrade voucher as BA have said they would?

  • JohnW says:

    I’ve just looked at flights to Abu Dhabi for end of November and the Abu Dhabi flight takes off 25 mins earlier than the first Dubai flight? How can you save 3 hours?

    • harry says:

      Go 21 hours earlier

    • Rob says:

      Must have retuned it. Used to be 9am for AUH and 1pm for the first Dubai flight.

      • JohnW says:

        Aye. Shame that – would have been useful to get in at 8:30pm ish instead of nearly midnight.

  • Scott says:

    75,000 return in club in November with 2-4-1. Winter sun and for the golf. DEAL!!

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