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BA Holidays Flash Sale – New York in Club World with hotel from £1,293

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British Airways Holidays has launched another special Club World promotion for travel over Christmas or in 2018 on some routes to the US and Canada.

There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday 31st July. 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 and slightly better than the prices in June.

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 – £1,293 over Christmas including three nights in a 4* hotel (£1,369 for a 5* – the InterContinental Barclay)

New York – £1,949 for a three nights city break in 2018 in a 4* hotel

This price is based on two people sharing.

Other routes included are Washington DC, Boston, Las Vegas and Toronto, although New York is the cheapest option amongst those.

A minimum three night stay is needed.

“Customise Your Trip”

BA has a new service where you can customise your holidays by choosing multiple destinations and combining flights out of different airports. You can also choose car hire for parts of the holidays.  If you click on ‘Customise Your Trip’ you’ll see that there is a huge level of flexibility available now.  Note, though, that you need to book a hotel or car from every night of your holiday in order to get the hugely favourable flight pricing.

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 Christmas or at some point next 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 (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 (68)

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  • Tom says:

    My partner and I have just booked this deal, ironically while on holiday! We saw the flash sale and managed to get some good flights which means a decent length of time in NYC 21-24 December. As the article says the 280 tier points and decent avios bonus is a benefit in getting to silver and helping our household account get a decent kick.

    I’ve been reading HfP Since Christmas last year (never posted) and I have to say that the good advice has meant that we have managed to take our household account from 20,000 points to 90,000 points this year alone. We’ve done this through Amex points and referrals, Clubcard conversion, Heathrow rewards bonus, some decent bonus kickers through the BA partner shopping programmes on (we’ve just moved house which helped) and I can certainly see why this is a bit addictive!

    Thankfully after a few weeks of eye rollling my Mrs is now one to tell me when she sees something that will help the household account grow! Thanks for the help, all.

    • Stu N says:

      My girlfriend is a very willing Avios hunter now she has seen the link between collecting Avios and travelling at the fizzy end of the plane. If you have the inclination there’s reasonably good Avios availability in First that week before Christmas – worth checking to see if your specific flights have seats available and BA Holidays fares are definitely upgradeable. If they don’t at the moment there is every chance they will open up nearer the time so worth checking regularly.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks for the tip, Stu! We set ourselves a target of trying to hit 100,000 points this year which should now be easily achievable. Our plan is to have a really good balance so that we can (hopefully) pick up a decent flight in the Jan sales.

        Like you my Mrs now seems keen to ensure that our account can help us fly at the fizzy end (great saying)!

        • Polly says:

          Tom, great to see another convert. Fizzy end will become the norm unfortunately! My OH now asks me which card to use to buy something! So he’s well trained.

          If you can manage another couple of referrals to each other. It’s very well worth upgrading to F on the way home from JFK. We did the upgrade quite close to departure, hardly anyone in the cabin. Think ours was 20k pp. The concord F room there is just AMAZING. Pre dine, champers all the way. Almost as good as the Pier, and Wing in HKG, we think. HKG you must put on your wish list…
          At some point try an ex EU QR J sale trip to Asia, almost get to silver too. Loads of avios and TPs to earn. Your new motto will be “never turn right”

          • Tom says:

            Thanks Polly! We are definitely going to try and see if we can bump up to first! That said the boy has decided that he’d like to join us now so we might have another seat to pay for!

          • Tom says:

            Hi Polly / Stu,

            I’ve had a little look to see what the avios costs would be for upgrading to First, but the BA website suggests that I have put a call in to them as the booking cannot be changed online, yet when I search as a new booking there is some availability on our flight back. Presume this is the norm?


          • Tom says:

            Just an update, Polly (if you check old articles), we’ve managed to get First on the way back from NYC for 20k avios per person! My other half is beyond excited….!

        • Polly says:

          Really thrilled you got F back from NYC. There will be no stopping you both now. Well and truly converted. Hope it lives up to our descriptions for you. And don’t forget, if you don’t want your free massage, they will happily give another one to your OH. My oh conveniently “was on an urgent business call” when it was his turn, so l had a facial in that time…wonderful?

      • the_real_a says:

        Stu – Marry her…

      • Anna says:

        The fizzy end – love it!!

    • David says:

      I can’t imagine a worse time to be in New York (I lived there for a while too). It is likely to be way below freezing so really uncomfortable; possible snowstorms & sudden flight cancellations. A lousy time for seeing the sights … and before the sales start in the shops as well.

      • Tom says:

        Bloody hell, David, thanks for that.

        Been to NYC plenty of times through the year, I quite like Christmas, and the trip includes my birthday so I’m ok with it.

        • Leo says:

          Early December 2015 I remember sitting in Central Park and it was 19C! The immigration guy told me to take off my overcoat at JFK – he wasn’t wrong. I’ve also had snow in December and it was fantastic. Christmas period in New York is peak tourist season so ignore David.

          • Genghis says:

            Never been in Dec but late Nov. It was close to zero initially then got up to 20°C

          • Tom says:

            Thanks Leo. I’ve been twice around Christmas and loved it. Personally it also means I finish work earlier than the usual xmas eve so I can get into the spirit early. Oh and as it’s my birthday on the 22nd Dec I think it’s not a bad place to spend it!

        • mike says:

          Tom – You will have a great time in NYC and at the fizzy end

      • Clive says:

        Yeah, David, that’s a pretty lousy response to somebody who is rightly looking forward to their trip.
        Bon voyage, Tom!

        • Tom says:

          Thanks, Clive, appreciated!

          • Polly says:

            Honestly, it’s fab there Nov, Dec, Jan, plenty to see and do…and you seem to know NYC anyway. We did a fab Airbnb stay last July in Hell’s Kitchen with a garden! A real treat. Love NYC any time of the year.enjoy….

      • Alan says:

        Interesting view – must say I enjoyed NYC in the winter, found it more uncomfortable in the height of summer!

      • Anna says:

        We’ve been in February, it was stunning, blue skies and crystal clear air, much better than the grey dampness of the UK. My photos from that trip get loads of compliments.

      • Barry cutters says:

        NYC should be experienced at different times of the year. The vibe is totally different in December to the summer. those date the week before Xmas will be fantastic. The city really takes Christmas to heart . It wont be warm, in fact it will likely be cold -but thats part of the fun. Bryant park is a great place to visit with the ice rink, Rockafella centre and actually everywhere is decorated and you can really feel the seasonal spirit. Its nice because they will all still be working at that point. (most N yorkers will work right up to Xmas eve) but you can feel the excitement for the upcoming holiday. Nothing better than escaping the cold and sitting in a nice warm bar with a seasonal craft beer . If it does snow its a good experience to see the city from the top of one of the towers, statue of lib is also very different in the winter.
        Dont be put off , if its your first time you will love it . For me its the best city in the world.

      • barnaby100 says:

        I was in NYC that time in 2015-left on 23rd pm. Very warm. No snow at all. It came in between Christmas and new Year. Shirt sleeves on 24th in Connecticut. Very disappointing as we wanted snow for a Christmas. Got it for a Maine new year.

      • Doug M says:

        I was in NYC when a (then?) record 28″ of snow fell overnight as measured in Central Park. Made the break different but in no way worse, It’s a proper city, a little winter chill doesn’t change anything. If you get to go a few times then try all the seasons, as others have said it changes the vibe and makes for a great place to visit repeatedly.

      • dave h says:

        That is not correct at all. NYC is delightful right before the holidays. Yes, it’s cold, but if you dress for it, the shop windows themselves are worth the trip. Saks Fifth Ave, Macy’s, Bergdorfs, just to name a few are magnificent. Rockefeller Center, and its amazing tree are fantastic. Most sales do start a couple of days before Christmas, and in NYC there are always sales going on. The city is festive, and folks are in a great holiday mood. It is actually one of the best times to be in NYC.

  • Trevor B says:

    Really can’t face Club World any longer, not even at these prices. Other airlines offer a business class which is just much more comfortable.

    • Tom says:

      BA are rolling out the new Club World in autumn this year which seems to be a response to other airlines upping their game. Has anyone flown in the new cabins? Apparently they have been doing some soft runs of late.

      • Rob says:

        There is no new cabin. They may be trialling the new food trolley service here and there but there are no new seats, will not be any new seats until the A350 aircraft appear in 2019 and may never be new seats on the existing fleet.

        • Tom says:

          Ah ok, thought I read an article about the CW improvements from this autumn (white company goods, better menu etc) but it could have been lost in the holiday daze.

          • Clive says:

            No, Tom, you’re right – improvements start on the New York route this year.

          • the_real_a says:

            Tom – there are some new matress toppers, pillows and blankets – very welcome to replace the dog blanket thats currently given out.

    • Archie Bob says:

      Totally agree Trevor. Everything about this deal is great (price, location, timing, TP’s and avios), but BA Club World is just so poor I won’t use it anymore. Would jump at this deal on almost any other airline. 8 abreast in Business – really? BA First is their true J cabin, wouldn’t waste my money on the current joke offering.

      • Clive says:

        BA F is a great business class. Club World is the best premium economy in the world and at about £1k, it’s at about premium economy price.
        Pointing out that you’d get a better J product elsewhere for a twice (or 3x) as much money as this CW offer… well done you

      • Genghis says:

        How many abreast isn’t a fair comparison. Anyone fancy doing a floor space analysis?

    • Clive says:

      Trevor B – could you please post a link to the better J offerings you’ve found on these UK-US routes? Presumably they are equivalent prices?

    • Alan says:

      I enjoyed many aspects of my recent VS UC trip, but the seat wasn’t one of them. Direct aisle access, yes, but CW window seat more comfortable IMO.

  • Mike says:

    Sound advice , it works too

  • Rob says:

    Earlier in the year when you started talking about Avios redemptions being targeted for downgrades I was worried as I had just booked a flight specifically as I wanted to fly in Club World. I tried to not stress too much as I knew the chances were low – just got to the airport and I have been downgraded, it is definitely nothing to do with when you check in because I checked in exactly the second I was able, it must have been because it was an Avios ticket. Apparently they will give back the Avios difference between Club World and World Traveller plus but that is no compensation as I wouldn’t have bought a WT+ ticket at that price. It’s like ordering a cake for a birthday and getting a loaf of bread and the difference in cost – you may have got bread for the cost of bread but it doesn’t fulfill your needs.

    • Genghis says:

      Do you have status?

    • roberto says:

      Youre probably more likely to get an upgrade than a downgrade.. Yes it happens but its not something to stress over IMHO…

    • the real harry1 says:

      you assume it’s because you’re on an Avios ticket but there are several other factors to consider, such as how many other CW passengers on your flight have higher status than you; when did you book your ticket compared to others; what time you checked in/ went to check-in at airport compared to others (I know you checked in online but did you print your BP/ have luggage to check into hold?); was the algorithm looking for 1 person to downgrade when there were couples travelling together etc

      • Rob says:

        I booked my ticket 8 months ago so unlikely to have been the last booking.

        I arrived at the first Airport (Barcelona at 4am this morning) the flight isn’t for two hours yet so I doubt I was the last to check in – and I am annoyed that they didn’t tell me in Barcelona before we got our first flight and there may have been alternatives.

        I know there is a chance that everyone else in the cabin has better status than me but it definitely seems to also make sense that I am simply a cheeper problem to make go away as all they need to do is give me back 20k Avios but now I am stuck with having spent thousands of Avios on a flight I don’t want.

        I am hoping that I will get good news from the duty manager in an hour but it doesn’t seem likely.

        • Optimus Prime says:

          That sucks. Best of luck and enjoy the rest of the trip. Try not to worry about pursuing compensation till you’re back.

        • Leo says:

          So you don’t have any status?
          Ghengis already asked this. It could be the answer or part of it. I’m guessing this is not a 241 which was the main area of debate a while back?

        • Alex W says:

          @rob, 20k Avios compensation? Tell them to shove it and don’t sign anything! Aren’t you entitled to 75% of the cash price of the ticket you’re downgraded from?

        • TripRep says:

          Rob – finally got settlement on my BA CW–>WTP Downgrade 5 months ago..

          It appears BA are as expected deliberately misinforming you of what you’re due. IMHO this practice should be called out as it is disgraceful.

          I’ll wager £10 to your fav charity that says BA will drag their heels in paying the correct amount that you’re legally entitled to.

          Let us know your routing, what you’ve paid (Avios&Cash) and I will do a worked example based on how BA have been forced to settle previous disputes.

          Id already offered here to scribe an article for HFP to publish, that should give you an idea of how best to get EU261/2004 compensation for your situation.

          Spoiler: avoid CEDR – try letter before legal action to Alex Cruz & co.

    • Catalan says:

      I can only imagine how upsetting this is. If you’re on a route with multiple flights you may want to ask if you can transfer to a later flight. Also there may be a chance that someone no-shows for flight and you get re-upgraded. Best of luck.

    • Terri says:

      That’s a really disappointing way to start a trip. As you have been downgraded so late there is also eu261 compensation to pursue.

    • Clive says:

      A minor strange thing happened last time we used a 241 – the person on the Avios ticket was able to check in online but the companion on the voucher ticket could not. We called BA and the guy couldn’t get it to check in and said to do it at the airport. I noticed the notes on that ticket had changed to say something about ‘involuntary reroute’.
      In the end, all was fine – but something different was happening with the 241 voucher ticket even though it eventually came to nothing.

      • Charlie says:

        After online check in has opened, the telephone agents do not normally make changes, the reservations are handled at the airport. It sounds like the companion did not have an e-ticket at the time check-in opened (the reason for this we’ll probably never know). The ‘involuntary reroute’ ticket is given to a reservation that an agent at the airport has manually resolved, fortunately it ended well for the companion and they were on the same plane.

        Having said that, I was recently in the same position with a 241 redemption, when online check-in opened neither person could check-in, and I assumed this was just a minor IT issue. On arrival at the airport it turns out that we were not issued e-tickets due to a BA backoffice/exec club issue, and so we were given the same involuntarily reroute tickets but for the next day. I successfully EU261 compensation after a lot of hassle.

        Helpful advice: To avoid any complications, always check if you have an e-ticket number assigned to your booking, do this before online check in opens. This is normally e-mailed to you. Being able to select seats does not mean you have en e-ticket number assigned.

  • Rachael says:

    On the subject of EU261 can anyone help me. I am sat in Iceland due to a failure of the engine on a Virgin flight. We have been handed a letter saying 600€ can be claimed. I used my Virgin points to book the flight to Seattle and back. Will i still be entitled to claim ?

    • Alan says:

      Absolutely – doesn’t matter if flight booked with points or cash, you’re still entitled to compensation.

      Very impressed they’ve handed out letters making that clear – a rare example of good customer service!

      Hope you get on your way soon.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. All payments for delays are cash irrespective of how you booked.

    • Gavin says:

      Yes I’ve claimed 400 EUR for a delay on a redemption successfully from BA last year. No issues with them paying up promptly:

      One thing I’ve always wondered if downgraded from Business, and have no status, can you still use the lounge?

      • barnaby100 says:

        Don’t know about BA. I was downgraded (original flight canceled and moved to another and downgraded) from 1st on a short hop AA in the USA yesterday and they said that I then had to pay excess baggage as baggage allowance came with the class in which you were flying!

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Somebody must have banged their head! How is that customer service? Downgrade you and then tell you that you can’t have the original luggage allowance even though they ave caused the problem

          FYI I was downgraded after flight cancellations in France last summer when flying BA from CE to ET and kept my original allowance and lounge access

        • IP says:

          Very strange idea, presumably as you turn up at airport with perceived allowance. With my 241 last year we went outbound in F and back in CW and were given F baggage allowance for the return flight too.

  • Rachael says:

    On the subject of EU261 can anyone help me. I am sat in Iceland due to a failure of the engine on a Virgin flight. We have been handed a letter saying 600€ can be claimed. I used my Virgin points to book the flight to Seattle and back. Will i still be entitled to claim ?

    • Lady London says:

      you are also entitled to care during the delay once it gets to 2 hours or more, e.g. transport to accommodation and accommodation if delayed overnight, drink and food appropriate to the time of day….Could be worth a google of eu261 while you’ve some time on your hands.

      • Tom says:

        I’ve had some difficulty claiming from EasyJet. Long story short, flight from Berlin to Manchester was due to leave at 8.45pm, but at 11pm (so we’d been in the terminal for 4 hours) it said it could leave at 3.30am. We made he decision to get a room rather than risk a very long delay, and fly back in the morning as otherwise we wouldn’t have been fit to work. There was no guarantee that we would get on the flight at 3.30am anyway.

        As we’d booked through a travel agent (using some online points we’d been given) we could bump our flight to the first one out the next morning. The ground staff said we would get compo, handed us the letter and then said if we wanted to travel home later we could.

        We got on a Ryanair flight the next morning. I submitted the claim but easyJet have rejected it as we didn’t fly with them, despite the fact that it would have meant risking sitting in the terminal for 8 hours. I’ve gone back to them explaining in detail but I haven’t had a reply. Is there anything that can be done?

        • the real harry1 says:

          unfortunately I think they’re right if the 3.30am flight took off as planned – did it?

          you are entitled to re-routing to get you to your original destination close or soon after to your original booking arrival time (or sooner than anything offered by EJ in this case)

          EJ would probably have refused to re-route you at the time as you were supposed to go on the 3.30 flight, presumably the first flight to your destination out of the airport

          you could conceivably have found a different carrier, booked it yourself and gone with them BEFORE 3.30am as this would have been within EU261/2004 and you would probably have won any threat of legal action against EJ

          but you didn’t – you had a sleep, didn’t present yourself for the 3.30 flight and flew with a different carrier LATER than the 3.30am flight

          if you’d tried to get the 3.30am flight then you’d have been entitled to compo regardless of whether you got on it or not (unless there were extraordinary reasons for the delay)

          • Tom says:

            Thank you, Harry.

            We basically found ourselves in a catch 22 situation. Sunday night in Berlin airport with no EJ staff to tell us what was going on, and the flight constantly being kicked back.

            The flight did leave at 3.30am but as we would then have got home at 6am we would have been useless at work. So, we took the decision to get a nights sleep, work on emails and calls in the morning before then being able to walk into work at 1pm. The uncertainty from EJ led to doubts and concerns that we wouldn’t make it home. Plus the first EJ flight out of Berlin the next morning was showing as full so if the flight hadn’t of left then we might have been stuck there all day.

            I’ll keep prodding EJ as IMO they need to recognise why we chose to fly with another carrier at our cost.

          • the real harry1 says:

            your best bet is getting a company such as Bott & Co fighting your cause

            they’ll take a % but no hassle for you

  • Tom says:

    Thanks Harry!

  • Anna says:

    I love this site! and this is a brilliant offer – just booked a cheer up trip to Toronto between Xmas and new Year for less than the cheapest bus class fare. In january I got LHR – Perth on Qatar for £1700 – and enough avios to pay for all my business class internal flights in Aus – plus loads of tier points. Is it shallow to hope that Qatars current issues with the rest of the Gulf states will bring down their prices to that level again?

    • Polly says:

      Not shallow at all, we are hoping for the same. Aiming for SYD tho and hop to AKL on avios. So here’s hoping!

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