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BA Club Europe flash sale – flights plus hotel from £269 per person

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BA has launched a Club Europe holidays flash sale with good prices for city breaks and beach holidays this Autumn.

These deals look very good if you are flexible about when you can travel, and are a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points (160 tier points on longer routes).

Club Europe British Airways

Here are some sample prices for 3 days city breaks.  Prices are per person based on two travelling and include Club Europe flights:

Rome – flight + 3 hotel nights in November – from £249

Seville – flight + 3 hotel nights – from £234

Amsterdam – flight + 3 hotel nights – from £252

Barcelona – flight + 3 hotel nights in December – from £259

Here are some sample prices for 7 days beach holidays:

Malta – flight + 7 hotel nights in December – from £289

Alicante – flight + 7 hotel nights in December – from £313

Malaga – flight + 7 hotel nights in November – from £329

All flights are out of Gatwick.

Other routes available are Nice, Algarve, Alicante, Paphos, Rhodes, Crete, Tenerife, Dalaman or Madeira.

Remember that these Club Europe flights will earn you at least 80 tier points and a decent amount of Avios.  Routes earning 160 tier points are listed in this article.

The prices quoted above are generally for 4* hotels although in most cases you can pay extra for a 5*.

The headline rules are:

Book by midnight on Monday 7th August

Travel must be between 15th September and 15th December

Prices are based on midweek travel

Departure on Saturday may be more expensive

Prices are per person based on two sharing, departing from London Gatwick

Full details are on this page of the British Airways website 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.

Comments (46)

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  • Luke says:

    Something is not right with BA website these days – I tried to book cash CE return flight (to reach ba silver), but only 1 out of 10 shortlisted flights did offer avios discount (either logged/ not logged in)…not talking about boombastic headline ”CE flight from 40£ each way”, but when you click on it, it jump to 110…

    • the real harry1 says:

      the other way round is still giving the full Avios redemptions choice

      I booked our 4 summer hols 2018 outbound flights the other day and took 20,000 Avios off for £160 – sucker for easy 0.8p I know but all I have to do is sit on my backside 🙂

      no tier points of course so no interest to you

      • Sinewaves says:

        Am I missing something, isn’t that 0.008p per mile?

        • Genghis says:

          £0.008 = 0.8p (16,000p / 20,000)

          • the real harry1 says:

            and the 4 seats are selling for £688, making my 10,000 Avios worth £458
            = 4.58p/ point

            [pats self on back] 🙂

        • JamesB says:

          Extending this theme a little, has anybody ever got good value out of using part pay with avios to reduce cost of a cash Y/WTP/CW fare and subsequently upgrading to WTF/CW/F using avios? I’ve alway been tempted to try this but so far my travel dates have not coincided with a good part pay offer.

          • mark2 says:

            Freudian slip?

          • JamesB says:

            In what way Mark, what am I missing?

          • Sam says:


          • JamesB says:


          • Polly says:

            James, we did that in last July BA sale to NYC. We used avios to bring the J return seats around £660 from DUB tho. Then we upgraded to F 20k avs, on way back from NYC. So that was amazing value for us.
            Tom, that’s the trip l was talking about when l suggested you u/g to F on way back. Glad to see you have got those seats. I did reply on other log to you. Fantastic.

          • JamesB says:

            Thanks Polly, good to know it can work and that it did so very well for you.

          • Tom says:

            Hi Polly

            We’ve managed to upgrade to F on the way back from NYC for 20k avios each! Beyond excited!

            Thanks for the heads up!


          • Tom says:

            Too early for a Saturday, just re read your post, Polly !

        • Lady London says:

          Does F no longer mean First then?

          • Rod says:

            NYC is too short a journey to faff about going via Dub as an ex-EU

          • Polly says:

            Rod, agree NYC is too short for an Ex EU from DUB. But we spent a few days in DUB with family first so, it was planned that way. On the way back obviously we got caught up in city traffic and never made it to LCY for the last leg back to DUB!

            F def still means First….

  • Neil says:

    Some interesting deals, recall if choosing IHG or Hilton properties via this deal the nights won’t credit and status benefits not guaranteed?

    • Will says:

      +1 i’m not sure if you can take advantage of hilton status and earn points with bookings through ba holidays?

  • the real harry1 says:

    being tight, I just did a totally random test comparison – Artis Hotel, Rome – 5-8 December

    the difference between economy & CE is (2 pax) £287 vs £573

    expensive wee G&T 🙂

    • Clive says:

      Good to know. So it comes down to whether you’d want to buy the tier points.

    • Drav says:

      don’t forget the quicker check in queue. that’s easily worth 150 quid…

      • Nick says:

        The BA check-in queue at Gatwick in November is not going to be long for anyone. It’s the quietest time of the year.

      • JamesB says:

        Do people srill check in at airports?

        • Clive says:

          Plenty still queue for bag drop, and will until they have us tag our own suitcases like at LCY

        • John says:

          Sometimes you have to as BA will randomly refuse to issue mobile BPs until a human sees your passport (even if a BA employee saw it yesterday).

  • Simon says:

    Good point that Harry made.
    Seems to be a limited number of destinations, so a comparison of economy vs business cost could be useful. Guess it’s just buying tier points than anything else, on the CE flights the hard product isn’t gonna be valued at much – perhaps £10 for the lounge, £10 for food each way, £10 for the ‘feeling good cos I is in biz’ (!) (your value may vary)

    • Drav says:

      it seems most people who fly CE value “feel good cos i is in biz” at north of £300

      • John says:

        I think most people flying CE are connecting to longhaul CW/F, or have a generous employer, or are redeeming and so value it at 3750 to 10000avios+£7.50

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I don’t rate CE catering too highly (except on the LCY routes) for shorter flights, but the CE catering on longer flights is worth it.

    Malta looks something of a bargain here – 160 TP, 7 nights hotel, it’s a good per night price.

    • John says:

      What are you going to do in Malta for 7 days?? I got bored after day 3, though this is why I only went for 3 days.

    • Polly says:

      Plenty to do in Malta for 7 days…it’s a nice relaxing place to go, great eating spots. Very interesting history, except when it floods and you are in the catacombs as we were many moons ago!

  • Tom says:

    It’s always frustrating, as a northerner, that the BA website defaults to London when it shows the cheap prices whereas it is a bit fiddly to determine what you can get from Manchester.

    • Paul says:

      How is it done? I choose, UK and only get the choice of London Airports.

      • JamesB says:

        You go to skyscanner, choose your local airport, tick for nearby airports if desired, go to the filters and ensure every airline except BA is selected and you are highly likely to get a better deal. No need to be supporting London Airways or the London airports when you can be supporting growth and competition at Manchester or wherever people find their local airport.

        • Paul says:

          Thanks for the help, as I would never have thought of that myself.

          • Tom says:

            Just through fiddling with the trip finder – if you put in Manchester and then the direct flight routes then it will offer the hotel deal at the next stage, which is where BA are basically offering the saving.

            Interestingly to grab loads of tier points for what is a short trip, not that one might ever be bothered, you could do a trip in business to Palma, but transiting through Heathrow and Madrid for 240 tier points on a return trip. Four nights in a hotel with those flights comes out at about £550pp….

        • Craig says:

          Yeah, London Airways! London’s like another country, isn’t it – why should we support Them? Always scrounging from us with their lower London house prices and cost of living. Give us back our free connecting flights. Can we vote for Brexit again please?

          • JamesB says:

            I’m not antiLondon just proRegions.

          • John says:

            London wouldn’t be so expensive if northerners stopped coming down…

          • Alan says:

            Lack of free connecting flights has had a major impact on viability of redemptions sadly – just looked at Lisbon for my folks. Easyjet wanted £500 for the two of them, which we thought was a lot. Redemption seats available to me as BA Gold, but not to my parents. Coming back a day later than they wanted (nothing on the Sunday) would have been 42,000 Avios + £160 – suddenly direct flight with Easyjet seems the better option rather than the hassle of connecting at LHR. Means that realistically only long-haul redemptions have any hope of being cost-effective, when previously RFS was a decent option.

          • JamesB says:

            @John, do you mean people like bloggers from Yorkshire?

        • Catalan says:

          But JamesB you’ll be supporting foreign airlines with that mindset. Hardly beneficial for the U.K. economy

          • Kwisstan says:

            I’m happy to support foreign airlines, if they serve me better. I’m not here to server the UK Economy

          • JamesB says:

            I would prefer to support British business, however, if airlines from overseas are willing to offer me choices and better VFM from my local airport then so be it. BA could do so too but they choose not too.

      • Alan says:

        Sadly that’s the BA website for you. Only ever vaguely properly coded around London. I just ignore these CE deals now.

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