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New BA Holidays promo – fly to New York etc in Club World with hotel from £1,299

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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 some routes to the US, Canada and Mexico.

There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday 19th June. The prices are not as good as we saw last year or in February but they are still very good value for what you get.

You can see the deals available with Club World flights here.

The ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offer based on Club World flights is:

New York – £1,299 over Christmas including three nights in a 4* hotel (£1,363 for a 5*)

This price is based on two people sharing.

Other routes included are Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Oakland (California), Calgary and Mexico City.

The outbound travel dates to these destinations that are included in the sale are:

1st July to 31st August, 21st to 28th November 2017

New York only: 18th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018

Orlando only:  24th August to 12th October 2017

A minimum three night stay is needed and the outbound flight must start within the dates mentioned above.

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.

PS.  In case you missed it, on Wednesday we reported that British Airways has released an extra 10,000 Club World Avios seats for travel over Christmas and New Year.  If you don’t want to pay cash, there may be some good redemption seats now bookable.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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 Amex Gold

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, £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

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (38)

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  • Paddy says:

    I would need to start from a regional flight, in Belfast. How would that work? Thanks.

  • Ammar says:

    OT – If you book SPG reward nights with all points, do you have to pay taxes? and do you get breakfast with that OR is it room only?

    • Rob says:

      Room only unless that brand gives breakfast to all.

      No taxes except any local fixed tourism tax.

  • Waribai says:

    OT…Looking to get a new ipad. Don’t need a sim so will pay cash. Any decent discount/points opportunities out there?

    • Joseph Heenan says:

      Shopping.ba.com is giving 5 avios per pound currently for apple uk spend.

  • Waribai says:

    Thanks. I think I might go for the tesco clubcard points

  • Ahmed says:

    Just out of subject, does anyone knows if the lloyds free upgrade voucher need to be used at the avios website ? or can it be used by the BA website? as most of my avios are at the BA! Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Avios, but you can move your points instantly via ‘Combine My Avios’ on either site so it doesn’t matter.

      • Ahmed says:

        Thanks Rob

      • Alan says:

        Previously the only potential downside of having to use Avios.com is loss of Gold extra economy availability, which can be extremely handy for the domestic connection to longhaul – thankfully the introduction of CE within the UK seems to have helped a bit in that regard, although I still wish they’d take a bmi approach and open up a redemption on the connection if longhaul segment has availability!

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