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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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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)

  • Mike says:

    Not that great an offer. However, having just booked a hotel in Miami (Easter) the club world Miami fare, including hotel isn’t too bad. Depends very much on the location and quality of the hotel. Decent Hotels in Miami are extremely expensive, many over £250 per night.

  • David S says:

    Slightly OT Rob. I thought you would have covered the Qatar Valentines 2 for 1 deals or have I missed it? Some good deals around till Dec 2017 for 2 people booking together.
    Just booked CPH-AKL-OSL for £1385 per person including the “longest flight in the world” on AKL-DOH!!!

  • TravellerFrequently says:

    Unfortunately, AY now requires stays of at least 4/5 days to qualify for the lowest fares.

    Not good for TP runs!

  • Andrew H says:

    O/T: Groupon.es/Iberia have brought back the Avios purchase offer. The 2k avios is a better price than last time – 19 euros (rather than 24 euros I think).

    Also 10 avios per euro for spending through IberiaPluStore, so 2000 avios + 190 bonus cost me £16.85 (when paying through Paypal).

    For those unfamiliar with the process of redeeming the coupon:

    Once you have purchased the Avios, go to the purchase list in your Groupon account. Click the ‘Print Coupon’ button on the left and a pdf file will appear. At the top left, there are two codes you will need (not the reference number, which is below them). In the blurb in the first window, there should be a link to click which will take you to a page asking you to enter the two codes. Enter them, and your email address. It may not work first time and will ask you to enter the codes again. Repeat until it accepts them. This is normal. You’ll be taken to a new page to enter your Iberia Plus number (again, it might not work, so keep trying). You should get a Congratulations message at the end.

    If you’re using Chrome, remember you can right click on the page and select ‘Translate to English’.

    I’ve done this process a few times in the last couple of years so it’s becoming much easier. 🙂

    • the real harry1 says:

      just seen this – surprised people are not more excited!

      0.774p/ avios

      • Andrew H says:

        I’m also surprised at the lack of interest. I was refreshing this page for an hour after I’d posted wondering where all the replies were.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        0.66p with the code – good deal for 2000, shame it is only 2000 though

    • Darran says:

      Just done this myself. Use code CUPON20 for a further 20% off if comes back to e15.20.
      There is also some other code / glitch which discounts it down to e13.00 which I got on my first transaction. I couldn’t replicate this on my wife’s account so went looking for a code and found the one above which works.

      • the real harry1 says:

        you probably need new Groupon.es a/cs to use the discount codes?

        when I checked LY there were several decent discounts, I’ll have a trawl later (just watching Arsenal-Hull free on Sky Sports Mix!)

        • Andrew H says:

          I was too quick off the mark! Oh well. Someone on Flyertalk said it’s only for first time users or has limited use, so maybe wouldn’t have worked for me anyway.

          • Darran says:

            Should work for everyone. This is our fourth lot of Avios from the groupon.es offers. All I’ve seen is that the code only works once per person.

          • Rob says:

            Half term, everyone’s off!

          • Danny says:

            Code worked for me (not first time user) and paying with Supercard so the cost was £12.95 plus hopefully 150 extra Avios for going through the Iberia shopping portal.

          • the real harry1 says:

            I was collecting an oak corner cupboard (snow flurries), getting son ready for swimming, forcing daughter to read a bit more (she’ll thank me), researching RBS shareholder action group too late too join & probably cost me a few quid, watching the fitba (free Premier League today) lol

            brilliant deal from Andrew H, nobody has said if the next amount up stacks up but I’ll wait for comments/ hfp

          • the real harry1 says:

            (Danny) that makes it 5.9p/ avios

          • Genghis says:

            Or 0.59ppa?

          • the real harry1 says:

            damn! 🙂

        • Andrew H says:

          OK. I’m not too fussed about 4 euros. It’s an ace deal, though!

    • lee moss says:

      bought added codes tried about 10 times and just keeps saying code not valid ?

      any ideas ?

      • Andrew H says:

        Keep trying. People have been having this problem ever since Groupon started running this promo a couple of years ago.

      • the real harry1 says:

        and we hope you used PayPal! (for easy resolution)

    • Andrew M says:

      Does it make sense to buy any of the larger amounts or is 2000 the only one that is a decent price?

      • Yan says:

        8000 cost about 0.75ppa (with the code) if the extra avios comes through. At worst you pay 0.84ppa which is probably not a bad price for some.

        • Andrew M says:

          Thanks for that. I’ve bought 2000 with the CUPON20 code and I’m pondering whether to go for a further 8000 or not. Is there another code that takes the price lower or is CUPON20 the only one?

          • Yan says:

            seems to be one per account
            I used the code to buy 8000 and then 2000 at 19 euros
            in the end paying 0.75ppa for 11180 avios

          • rams1981 says:

            I did the same as you Yan. Used the discount code for the 8k to give biggest discount (max 20 euro discount) and bought 2k as a standalone. Nice easy 10k

  • John says:

    AY has an ex-TLL sale (dunno when it ends) if you want to maximise TPs.

    Combining with the BA £232 to TLL codeshare on AY, LHR-HEL-TLL-HEL-BKK-HEL-TLL-HEL-LHR would be possible for £1400 although it looks like you can only book this to travel when Tallinn is dark and freezing; however other options are posted on FT in the BA Premium Fare Deals thread, the BA TLL £232 thread and the Premium Fare Deals forum. This would get you 520 TPs.

    However, AMS-xxx-BKK-yyy-AMS on BA may be cheaper in total (£1300) and less risky if you want to go to HKG or SIN, as you can put any of those plus perhaps some other BA Asian destinations for xxx and/or yyy. ex-Germany was possible a few days ago but seemingly no longer. This would get you 460 TPs plus whatever from getting to AMS.

    If you actually want to go to BKK as a couple, QR HEL-DOH-BKK is currently the cheapest at £1900 for two, but HEL-DOH is on a shorthaul plane. You could perhaps combine this with the AY LHR-HEL-TLL deal. According to someone on FT, you can get this for £255 in the summer if you replace one of the HEL-TLL legs with a ferry (at your own expense), i.e. LHR-HEL // TLL-LHR.

  • Clive says:

    Not Club but booked DUB to JNB in Oct in Y using a few Avios to discount and for two came in at £480 + 30K including positioning flights. Then bagged 25D on the 380 to top it off.

  • Lumma says:

    OT But iberia plus you can currently book redemption for 25% off. It’s 25,500 avios one way Madrid to New York in business. I think it’s available until valentines day for flights till June and excludes April

    • Talay says:

      If you are looking for Amex 241 redemptions, Tokyo is out there on its own as the long haul option for J class as they have availability most months in both directions.

  • N says:

    Other than the exceptional QR deal recently to Tokyo, it seems Europe-Japan is one with few deals – is this a correct assumption?

    Am I aiming unreasonably for a sub £800 in J to Japan?

    • Rob says:

      Agreed. Even tricky for Avios. This is due to restricted flight slots.

    • John says:

      I think a sub-£800 in J to anywhere further than 8 hours away is unreasonable especially if you need to position

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