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Generous Avios deals with package holidays ending 31 December

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. (not British Airways Executive Club) is, technically, a travel agency.  You may not be aware that you can use them to book a package holiday and earn yourself bonus Avios points in the process.

Until late 2015 this was a very generous deal.  You earned 10 Avios per £1 spent on your booking which, for an expensive family package holiday, often meant a lot of Avios points.  About a year ago the earning rate was cut to 5 Avios points per £1 although occasional ‘double up’ offers meant it remained generous.

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This is all now to end.  From January 1st, it will no longer be possible to collect Avios points from package holiday bookings.

You can see the announcement on the homepage for package holiday deals here.

This means, of course, that you CAN still earn Avios on your package holiday bookings for the next six weeks.  They do not just work with ‘bucket and spade’ operators. The list includes some decent names (this is just a sample of the list):

  • Club Med
  • Cox & Kings
  • Elegant Resorts
  • First Choice
  • Inghams
  • ITC Luxury Travel
  • Kuoni
  • Mark Warner
  • Neilson
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson
  • Travelsphere
  • Villas4You

The list of Avios cruise partners is here and includes:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Fred Olsen
  • P&O
  • Princess
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Silversea
  • Viking Cruises

The recommend way to book is to search for whatever you are after directly on the website of the tour operator and then simply call Avios to make the booking.  They accept Amex and there is no surcharge for using any credit card.

Historically, the holidays team appears to have leeway to reduce prices if you can find a comparable deal – and you will still earn your Avios on the bookings

It is worth noting that you can also REDEEM Avios points for a discount on a package holiday until 31st December – see here for details.  I do not recommend this.  The discount is just 0.5p per Avios point you redeem which is poor but, to be honest, I could just about live with it if Avios rich. 

More important is that you will not receive any Avios points for the portion of the booking which you pay in cash. This makes the net outcome substantially worse.

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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 – 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 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:

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 (60)

  • Scallder says:

    OT (apologies): So The Points Guy published an interview with Alex Cruz – about 22/23 mins in he says that chances are BA are likely to be looking in the future at his preffered option (which was at Vueling) of revenue based redemption of Avios. Whilst that day is probably years away (although hopefully it never comes), if it does that’s surely got to be the complete and last nail in the coffin of BAEC?

  • Fenny says:

    I made a purchase from Superdrug some weeks ago. The avios have finally posted to my account for the purchase this week, but no bonus yet.

  • Tilly71 says:

    How about the Virgin site, I havnt received my new password and the old site just sends me round in circles when I log in.

    • Janeyferr says:

      My password has remained the same. Number has changed, and the log in is now number or email instead of username.

      • the real harry says:

        it’s pathetic

        Logging in with your Flying Club membership number

        Your username will no longer work, so instead please use your new 10 digit Flying Club membership number that you’ll receive in an email from Flying Club over the next couple of days. If however, you haven’t yet received your new membership number you can still use your old 11 digit Flying Club membership number to log in.

    • Leo says:

      Haven’t had access since Sunday….

      • Leo says:

        After speaking to Flying Club just now – I’m “locked out” after trying my old number. They can’t find my “new” number. I have not received anything by email. All they could do was email some other section as they “can’t back-date points”. What do you mean back-date points!!? WHERE ARE MY POINTS!!!!?

  • Janeyferr says:

    When I added my BAEC it told me 72 hours, but it was not so long.

    • the real harry says:

      not true

      I did it – got the 72 hrs alert – & 1 day later sent payment

  • Lee says:

    Does anyone know if you can use the air france lounge in jfk terminal 1 using PPass if im flying delta from terminal 2 ?

    Will i get pass security with the boarding pass ?

  • Lee says:

    Does the amex plat work for delta skyclub if im flying delta ?

    Jfk terminal 2

    Thanks in advance

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