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Bits: BA launches new USA Club World ‘flight and hotel’ deals, new Finnair deals

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News in brief:

New BA Holidays offers to the USA

British Airways has launched a new round of ‘flight and hotel’ deals to the USA, partnered with Club World flights.

These deals are nowhere near as good as the £1,100 deals we saw to New York before Christmas, but you will get far better weather with these trips than you would from a January weekend on the East Coast!

The current offers are bookable until 14th February.   You must travel in July or August 2017.

The headline saving is ‘up to £1,100 per person’.  What this means is:

Club World + 3 nights in Miami from £1,686 per person

Club World + 5 nights in Fort Lauderdale from £1,854 per person

Club World + 5 nights in New Orleans from £1,922 per person

Deals are also available to Oakland in California but BA is not advertising any ‘from’ pricing.

Full details can be found on this special page of the BA Holidays website.

Finnair A350

New Finnair deals

Until 21st February, Finnair is offering some excellent fares to Asia.  You can see the deals on their site here.

These prices are for flights from London, Manchester or Edinburgh via Helsinki.  Here is my review of Finnair’s excellent new A350 business class product.

Remember that, as a oneworld alliance member, you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on these fares.

The headline prices are:

  • Beijing £1,335
  • Chongqing £1,249
  • Guangzhou £1,339
  • Seoul £1,395
  • Shanghai £1,335
  • Singapore £1,475
  • Xi’an £1,225

If you wanted to get to Hong Kong, it should be easy enough to use Avios to get a Cathay Pacific connection from any of the Chinese destinations.

Travel dates are:

Beijing and Shanghai, 4 February – 30 June 2017
Chongqing and Guangzhou, 1 May – 30 June 2017
Seoul, 1 March – 30 April 2017
Singapore and Xi’an, 1 March – 30 June 2017

You can find our more on the Finnair special offers page here.

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 – 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 (68)

  • Nick says:

    The intrusive adverts are why I keep an ad-blocker on and only use HFP (and FT incidentally) on my phone or desktop – my iPad is too old for it to work. I completely get that advertising pays for these types of sites but if those who run them refuse to accept that intrusive and data-heavy ads are annoying and unnecessary, then they don’t deserve patronage, and this happens far too frequently for my liking. Any sites that agree to have only non-intrusive ads (and carry through with the promise-site owners/managers DO have control over this) are immediately whitelisted as I don’t mind supporting them.

    • Rob says:

      The ad doesn’t cause trouble on an iPad, only a Mac it seems – and it was news to the ad agency too. However I have agreed to run it until 14th for better or worse.

  • David Gilmore says:

    Finnair offer – I checked the Singapore fares for mid-May and for my dates – at least 6 nights away, the business class fare was £2232. Disappointed

  • Adam says:

    OT: I’m in Gatwick and was refused entry to the lounge. I have an avios redemption for club world from Edinburgh to Orlando. On the way out I had lounge access in Edinburgh and Gatwick and when returning in Orlando but now before my connecting flight in Gatwick to Edinburgh they turned me away and didn’t even want to discuss it. I’ve done this a few times before and always been able to get in to the lounge. Has something changed?

    • Alan says:

      Sadly this is a recurring issue – some threads on FT about it. If they won’t let you in on the day there’s little you can do, but previously my folks had success in being given Avios after complaining to customer services. It’s all to do with the class of the connecting domestic redemption ticket, hopefully will be less of an issue when two-class domestic services return!

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