Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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)

  • Crafty says:

    OT – Club Carlson £50 off £100 spend (!) on my partners BA Amex. Not on any other cards of ours, and first 5,000 only. So check and secure quickly…

  • Stuart says:

    OT But we recently flew to Singapore with Finnair via Helsinki on the new A35 which was a great experience EXCEPT, we were delayed for 20 hours in Helsinki on the outbound flight. 30 minutes before we were due to board we were told to return the following day. They put us in an hotel and 20 hours later we departed and have now been told that they are citing “Exceptional Circumstances” as a co-pilot was taken ill and we would not be liable for compensation under EU regulations. Given that Helsinki is their home airport, is this correct and has anyone else experience of this?

    • Tom says:

      I would challenge that. Being unable to crew a flight from the airline’s main operating base does not constitute ‘exceptional circumstances’.
      If it were down-route, possibly, but not ex-HEL.

    • John says:

      It’s difficult to get compensation out of AY even when it’s clear cut.

      You may have to take it to court or you can use a law firm, make sure you or the law firm cite the recent BA case where they initially refused compensation because a pilot was ill, yet in the end BA lost in court (the judge remarked that it would seem unreasonable for BA to have a spare set of pilots on every flight – but while it’s extraordinary for any single pilot to be sick on one day, when you have hundreds of pilots then one of them is bound to be sick eventually and if they don’t want to have a spare set of pilots on every flight then they should expect to pay compensation now and again)

  • Paul says:

    O/T but Rob the new Fifty Shades Darker ads you’ve got running on the site are super annoying — seems to take focus to the bottom of the page and start playing automatically. Not sure if that’s intentional? This is on the desktop version, accessed with Safari, if that’s relevant.

    • Rob says:

      It is an issue on Mac / Safari but no-one else. Agency was trying to block it for Mac users. Ends 14th anyway.

      • the real harry1 says:

        why can’t these people switch browsers? 🙂

        • mark2 says:

          loss of coolness?

          • the real harry1 says:

            heh heh!

            I guess – I’m going to be 55 next year, let everybody know it – that it’s going to be a mixture of good advice, sad advice, bad advice & old dude advice/ comments lol

            we’re not over the hill yet nor are they up to speed

        • Graeme says:

          why should we have to? like most of the ‘moans’ on here – yours included – its hardly life or death..

  • mark2 says:

    Not on Internet Explorer/Edge

  • Flightdoctor says:

    OT question. Signed up for the triple Avios deal and I think it only covers 8 consecutive flight segments? I have a long haul trip coming up in F which would be very lucrative. Problem is I have a load of cheap economy trips to Europe with BA between now and then. Is there any way I can withdraw from the offer so I can ensure the F Trip is captured for the offer?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You could remove your BA number from the short hauls and retrospectively claim the avios TP post your long haul so they don’t use the 8 segments?

      might need to use finnair website to remove the FF number

  • AndyF says:

    ‘Off Topic’ I filed the company’s annual return yesterday and one of the payment option used on the HMRC website was Amex. I paid without incurring any type of fee (from memory last year I can’t remember if this was an option). Is this a sign of things to come as Paying PAYE or cooperation tax doesn’t yet have an Amex option?

    • Genghis says:

      Can’t remember how we paid in Oct but remember CH is not HMRC

      • AndyF says:

        good point, they obviously do differ. As I accessed both portals through the .gov website. I assumed wrongly they would share a similar payment portal hence my question. One can wish.

    • Rob says:

      Someone else told me this too. Companies House is run commercially and at arms length so I wouldn’t read anything into it.

      • Alan says:

        Plus deals with much smaller amounts than HMRC so I guess can more easily absorb any costs?

  • AndyR says:

    OT does anyone know where the 3 x 20% off vouchers for Melia Gold members are shown in your account? Thanks.

    • Leigh says:

      Yes they are under the MY PROMOTIONS tab at the top of page central after signing in your acc

      • AndyR says:

        Just looked there but says I have no active promotions. I wonder if Melia Gold gained via Amex Platinum doesn’t get you the 3 x 20% off vouchers?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I never got them

        • leigh says:

          I was Amex Plat when I signed up and I got 20% off I used them 3 times last year and have new ones for this calendar year
          Your vouchers should reset every 12 months just call them they should be able to sort it for you .

          Have u had any paid stay with Melia maybe this could be a reason ?

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Well I never got them last year but I do now. Might come in very handy thanks

  • Matthew says:

    MAD-ORD return in business for just 51,000 Avios during the Valentines promo….cracking deal!

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.