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‘Kids Fly Free’ on BA until 1 November to/from Leeds, Newcastle, Inverness and Belfast

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I wrote about this deal back in July but, as it is still running for another six weeks, I thought it was worth a reminder.

British Airways is currently running a bigger and better version of the ‘Kids Fly Free’ offer which it has run in the past.  This is a genuinely good deal with no catches or small print.

Until 1st November, two children under 12 will fly entirely free when accompanied by an adult.

British Airways BA A320neo

Applicable routes to or from London Heathrow are:

Leeds Bradford

Newcastle

Inverness

Belfast

There are genuinely no catches attached to this offer.

You pay the standard lowest adult fare for your flight as shown on ba.com

The kids (under 12) are entirely free – you don’t even pay taxes

You can book a one-way or return flight

There are no minimum stay requirements, no ‘Saturday night’ rule and no minimum booking period

There are no blackout dates as far as I can tell

You can find full details at ba.com here.

The offer only works for point-to-point trips to or from Heathrow – you won’t find a trip such as Leeds – Heathrow – Berlin gets any cheaper if booked as one ticket.

Remember that children under 16 travel free on Heathrow Express now.  Given that adult tickets can cost less than £6 one-way when booked in advance, this does give the potential for a cheap family break in London.

The ba.com offer also includes a special deal on Novotel hotels but I imagine most Head for Points readers will have some hotel points to spend or a chain-specific promotional target they want to hit.

Note that the terms and conditions specifically state that you will be in trouble if you book two child tickets along with a ticket for yourself – in order to reserve a full row of seats for yourself – and then you turn up at the airport without any kids …..

Full details are on ba.com here.


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.

Comments (15)

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  • Callum says:

    “this does give the potential for a cheap family break in London.”

    Because of course no family living around London could possibly want a break in Leeds, Belfast, Newcastle or Inverness!

    • Jovanna says:

      I asked my two and they didn’t. They wanted to go to Vegas.

    • bryan says:

      Well as someone who lives in Surrey but who is originally from Newcastle this deal has worked out great for me for the October half term trip to take the kids to visit their grandparents 🙂

    • Raffles says:

      I am in Scarborough in 3 weeks, making my annual pilgrimage to the Premier Inn.

    • John says:

      Back when domestics were free on RFS to Europe we did have a nice time in Belfast, Leeds and Newcastle for free 🙂

      I collect banknotes so will head back to NI at some point

      Will go to Inverness on our way to John O’Groats probably but Scotland is best done in June

  • Andrew* says:

    While the numbers aren’t large, the children also earn Avios and tier points for the booking…

    • bryan says:

      yeah but I had to setup BAEC accounts for them and then add them to a family account. Hope that was the right way to do it.

  • Following from behind says:

    OT:

    Bit of a novice question but my partner’s company is going to book me a ticket to Hong Kong either BA or Cathy. How do I then link it to my BA account to get the tier points and avios?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If on BA you will be able to link it to your account with the booking reference

      Cathay you will be able to do it at checkin without a problem (there may be a manage my booking page on their website?)

  • killinghall says:

    I booked this a week few weeks ago for October half term – it’s is a decent offer. Got myself, 2 kids& infant on same booking for under £100 rtn to belfast. The Mrs on a RFS so we get a bag to check in as well. BA were kind enough to group our keep our seats together over the two bookings.

    Hotel is the Premier Inn, £80 for two nights. Cheap break 🙂 Hope the weather isn’t too bad!

    • harry says:

      if you are travelling with children (under 12YO) on different bookings, BA will always ‘link’ your bookings (phone them) so that you can all sit together. In theory it’s just 1 adult with the child but in practice their IT system just seats you all together. Might help to check in T-24 in ET. so that plenty of seats are available.

      • bryan says:

        This ia one question I had, i didn’t want to pay £9 each to choose our seats so didn’t bother. Just assumed BA wouldn’t seat the kids away from me when we checkin

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