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New BA Holidays promo – NYC and other routes from £1,299 Club World including hotel

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British Airways Holidays has launched a special Club World promotion for travel over the Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year on core routes to the US and Middle East.

There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday.  The prices are not as good as we saw last year but that is a moot point – they remain good value for what you get.

Click here to take a look at some of the deals available with Club World flights.

These are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:

New York – £1,299 over Christmas including three nights in a 4* hotel

Boston – £1,499 over Christmas including three nights in a 4* hotel

Abu Dhabi – £1,199 over May – September including three nights in a 4* hotel

These prices are based on two people sharing.

Other routes included are Muscat, Dubai, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Las Vegas, Calgary, Los Angeles and Oakland.

The travel dates included are:

USA / Calgary – 1st July to 31st August, 21st to 28th November, 18th December to 2nd January

Middle East – 1st May to 30th September

A minimum three night stay is needed, with the exception of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland and Calgary which must include a Saturday night.

As usual with BA Holiday you don’t have to pay in full when booking. Apart from a small deposit, you only need to pay the balance five weeks before departure.

Remember that you also earn a bonus 2 Avios per £1 for booking with BA Holidays on top of the Avios you will earn from the flights and from your credit card.

One minor downside is that BA Holidays packages do not earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme for the flights.

If you fancy a short break over the summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year, these offers are worth considering.  You would also receive 280 tier points which may be a helping hand towards your requalification or promotion for next year.

The BA Holidays Club World promo page is here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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.

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 (121)

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  • Ro says:

    Obvious but just want to make sure… you wont get hotel points/qualifying nights if you stay at a chain hotel with these BA holiday deals?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Highly unlikely to

    • Rob says:

      It has been known to happen but best to assume ‘no’.

      • Ro says:

        Ok cool thanks. Interesting that it can occasionally happen though!

        • Nicholas Danks says:

          I am staying at a Novotel booked via BA. I contacted the Novotel who said they wouldn’t add points/honour status of my leclubaccor :'(

          Never mind it only cost me the equivalent of £20 after comparing the price of flights only!

  • Mike says:

    I haven’t looked at the specific hotels yet but it’s not that bad a price when you factor in the price of NYC hotels. I’ll definitely have a look at this.

    • Mike says:

      Over £1700 if a domestic connection is added (flights shown via Aer Lingus) – not such a good deal then. Dates 27/12/17 – 30/12/17

    • Rob says:

      The IC Barclay is in there which looks amazing following the refurb – see my review last year. Big problems with how they treat status members but everyone else will be very happy.

  • Barry cutters says:

    Some excellent deals here. Coming in at £2600 for the dates I need . considering I would be paying £900-1000 for 4 nights in manhatten it’s effectively less than £900 for a club return flight to jfk. Very impressed.

  • EvilGazebo says:

    Anyone know what class these book into? Might be me being dense but I cant see it anywhere in the booking flow. I need C, J, D or R (not I) to be able to upgrade to F using AA miles.

    • AndyR says:

      You used to be able to click on the flight number and see which booking class it is, but they removed that a few months ago annoyingly.

  • Ben says:

    Would it be possible to stay longer than the 5 nights? I want to go to LA in Aug and works out well pricewise for the 5 nights but would there be a way to use the hotel for the 5 nights then move on to a different hotel and catch the return flight an another 10 days time?

    • TigerTanaka says:

      Try doing a flight plus car + hotel and adding a car for a couple of days

  • AndyF says:

    O/T I am looking at flying to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific in Business via Zurich as the price saving is fantastic. I am wondering has anyone else done this route. Cathay flies at 13.35pm to HongKong and the earliest BA flight to Zurich is at 7am and landing at 9.30am, does this leave enough time for a connection? Since BA has now stopped checking bags through I’d have to clear security etc to recheck. Has anyone got any previous experience? Thank you.

    • James67 says:

      Is the fare and rules any better than Finnair exUK? This would give you the most up to date version of the CX seat on an a350 without any worries about a Zurich positioning flight and very likely a shorter overall journey time. Many would say service and food better on CX but personally I think people make to much out of minor differences between airlines in this respect. I actually like Finnair food, I find it lighter and more suited to sitting inactive for many hours on a plane. I would also take a transit in Helsinki over Zurich any day,

      • John says:

        The AY A350 to HKG is delayed by 8 hours at least once every 2 months, plus the timing is really quite awful – in Hong Kong’s timezone, it’s a day flight with a 5am departure.

        AY food is lighter on the HKG flight because you’re meant to go to sleep. But most of the time you can’t get to sleep until 9am and then you get woken up at noon for “breakfast”; and you have to eat the “dinner” because the AY HEL lounge barely has any food.

    • John says:

      4 hours is plenty of time in ZRH, so just the standard risk of the BA flight being cancelled

      Perhaps take LX since there is an 0600 and 0900 departure. Remember that 6am = 1pm or 2pm in HKG, and you really want to get to sleep by 4pm European time in order to be awake for your first day in Hong Kong.

  • AndyF says:

    Also how good is the Cathay Business product? It’s a trip I’m potentially planning for the partners 30th.

    • CV3V says:

      CX business class seat is very good and my personal favourite, there is no bling but everything is ‘just right’ and the staff are very efficient/diligent. The food can be a bit hit and miss, but still pretty good. You can also use the small CX arrivals lounge at HKIA, nothing special but if only to tick it off the list.

      On the return flight the biggest problem is choosing which lounge at HKIA to use, they are all slightly different and spread out over the vast terminal.

      • Ro says:

        Sounds like a good problem to have 😉

        • AndyF says:

          From doing some research it seems the CX product is superior to the BA service. So I think it will be worth a few extra avios and a huge saving on taxes. Thanks for the reply CV3V. I just need to work out if taking an early morning flight from London to Zurich to then connect to Hong kong is a possibility.

          • James67 says:

            Just to add to my comments above, AY now have a350 on LHR rotation daily but I don’t know if it’s connecting with their HKG flights.

          • AndyF says:

            I just looked at the AY option they do connect with the HKG flights in HEL but the taxes were around £250 more with no return flights for the dates wanted, unfortunately, thanks though. Any idea if BA will start checking luggage through again on separately booked tickets? It’s exceptionally annoying to think they won’t do this anymore.

          • James67 says:

            @Andy, sorry, I initially misunderstood and thought you were looking for revenue flights. Unfortunately BA seem to be digging their heels in on the baggage by all recent reports. Have you any opportunith to go the night before to take the stress out of it? There are quite a few decent hotel redemptions in Zurich, e.g. CP for 30k IHG points.

          • AndyF says:

            Thanks James for all your comments very helpful to discuss it with someone who knows a lot more than me. I am going to look into the possibility of a hotel and travelling the day before. CX taxes are just so much lower when redeeming reward flights even flying from manchester instead of London with BA is a few hundred cheaper. Ex EU though really represent a fantastic saving. I’m surprised BA just doesn’t start charging for an additional checked service they are charging for everything else now.

    • AndyR says:

      Why not splash out and go in F :)? 30k more Avios each way I think but could be worth it if you are Avios rich and its a special occasion.

      I always go the night before for an ex-EU as not prepared to take the risk. Either get the last flight and just stay near the airport if you don’t want to take the day off or go early and visit a new city.

      • CV3V says:

        Did F on CX from HKG to LHR on the daytime flight, the service was outstanding, the amount of food immense and they had a pre flight champagne which was separate from the flight champagne. Easily the best flight i have ever been on. Worth the extra avios.

    • edd says:

      I just flew CX Biz on the A350 from Düsseldorf, every aspect was outstanding (with the exception of the arrivals lounge in HKG which is much too small- use priority pass for the Plaza Premium lounge opposite).

      Food, drink, seat and service were much better than BA First. I was honestly amazed just how good they are.

  • Anon says:

    O/T but BA, not doing themselves any favours..

    Just been on the receiving end of a mandatory downgrade from CW to WTP because I’m the companion traveling on a 241 redemption ticket.

    Will be giving this a good read..

    • the real harry1 says:

      How annoying. Are they giving you much in the way of compensation? And I take it they’re splitting you up into different classes?

    • Kinkell says:

      Did they tell you before your trip,or did you find out at check-in?

    • James67 says:

      🙂 Sorry to hear this. It’s difficult to tell if this has always been the case with BA and the stories are now just coming to light or if it’s sonething new with them. I wonder too if BA have increased the margin by which they overbook lately in yet another effort to maximise the pennies. Whatever the reason, we are certainly hearing much more about it. If it happens to me I think it will be the final nail in the coffin for my business on BA.

    • Anon says:

      They are splitting you up from your partner? That’s disgraceful. Have they specifically said it’s because you are the partner? The difference between CW and WTP is huge, your partner is either going to have to forego lounge privileges or do the whole trip without you!

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