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Additional savings if you book with BA Holidays this weekend

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The September British Airways sale will be running until the 21st.  Just for this weekend – until Tuesday to be precise – there is an additional discount if you book a BA Holidays package.

£50 off flight + hotel bookings over £1,250

£100 off flight + hotel bookings over £2,500

£25 off flight + car bookings over £600

£50 off flight + car bookings over £1,250

£100 off flight+ car bookings over £2,500

You must book by midnight on Tuesday 13th September for travel between 15th September 2016 and 30th June 2017.

There are some excellent reasons to book a BA Holidays package instead of booking a standalone flight and then a hotel or car separately.

BA Holidays sale

These include:

IT CAN BE CHEAPER.  You will often pay less for a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ booking than just for the flight.  This is because British Airways sells you a different – cheaper – sort of flight ticket (don’t worry, you still get Avios and tier points!) which is made exclusively available to travel agents.

YOU ONLY PAY A DEPOSIT NOW.  The balance is not due until five weeks before departure.  You can pay installments at any point – you can split the cost across numerous credit cards if necessary, unlike a straight ‘flight only’ booking.

BONUS AVIOS.  By booking a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package, you get an extra bonus.  You receive 2 Avios per £1 for your booking.  This is in addition to the Avios from the flight and from your credit card spend.

But there is one downside:

NO ON BUSINESS POINTS.  Flights booked via BA Holidays do not qualify for On Business points in the BA small business scheme.

The home page for the sale offers is here.  If you had been thinking about booking something in for the Winter or next Easter, now is a good chance to have a look.  The extra discount is available until Tuesday.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (18)

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  • Dan says:

    How would Hilton or Holiday Inn treat me on a BA Holidays booking with status and points earning?

    • Dave says:

      Crowne Plaza Helsinki gave me all my usual Platinum benefits, including an upgrade to a club room. No points awarded for the stay, apart from 600 Welcome Amenity points.

    • Rob says:

      No points except for incidentals (and even that with Hilton is down to the hotel), status benefits at hotel discretion.

  • Alice says:

    Are there any tricks to getting these from the regions? Trying to book BA holidays from Manchester or Leeds has always seemed much harder to search for and I’ve never found anything particularly cheap.

    • Boi says:

      Me too…. BA hols never come out as the cheapest for me living in Leeds

      • Stu_N says:

        I usually find the holiday deal I want starting from London as the search tool is better for a London departure. Step two is to start again flight-only from Edinburgh and compare that to London to check there is nothing bonkers with connections – usually adds about £80-100pp unless you hit a very expensive connecting flight. Step three puts everything together and checks the extra for EDI is about the £80-100. It usually is.

  • Chris says:

    Do you still get 3 Avios / £ for using BA Premium Amex? Or does that not apply to BA Holiday spend?

    • Tariq says:

      Pretty sure you do get the bonus. Was May when I paid the deposit for my last BA Holiday booking so cannot see the rewards statement going that far anymore – the transaction posted under BA.COM UK WEST DRAYTON so I don’t think there would be a difference in terms of bonus Amex spend awarding.

      I paid the remainder of the booking using the Amex Gold Charge card and it went through as airline and I got the airline bonus points.

      • Stu_N says:

        Yes it’s treated in same way as a flight only booking so you get 3 Avios per £. Last payment I made for a trip in Nov was 28 July and definitely got the higher rate. 3 Avios per £ for paying, plus 2 per £ bonus from BA Holidays, plus whatever on the flight is fairly useful “rebate”.

  • Graeme says:

    Got another great ex GLA deal, best WTP fares I have seen ex UK. 2 weeks GLA-LGW-TPA domestic and WTP with Group W car (Grand Cherokee) for £775 each next May including the extra discount this weekend. Be hard pushed to beat that!!

  • roger says:

    GVA to SJU in Business class return for 915 Euro next easter break
    Good deal?,nearby/2017-03-31-flexible/2017-04-09-flexible/business

    • roger says:

      Also available on IB’s own website for 965 Euro.

      • harry says:

        sure – that’s a hot price

        why Puerto Rico? can I ask?


      • xcalx says:

        I wish IB would make the MAD-SJU-MAD flight year round. It would save me the Avios for the connections to Miami. for winter cruises.

        • roger says:

          Yes on mine too.
          Itching to buy GC instore but will wait, just in case any flight booking comes up then might use TF to book flight.

  • Derek H says:

    Pleased to hear about getting Tier points for a holiday. Now I have no excuse for not booking a winter holiday!

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