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.
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 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:
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.
(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.)