Bits: EXCELLENT BA Holidays deals, get £100 for listing on HomeAway, new Virgin NYC flight

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EXCELLENT new BA Holidays flash sale launched

BA Holidays is running another of its ‘luxury flash sale’ events this weekend.  You have until Monday 2nd to book.

Here are the headline deals they are using to promote the event, based on two sharing:

  • London to Muscat – Flights + 3 nights luxury hotel from £1,039 in June
  • London to Abu Dhabi – Flights + 3 nights in a luxury hotel from £1,188 in May
  • London to Dubai – Flights + 3 nights luxury hotel form £1,379 in November
  • London to Hong Kong – Flights + 4 nights luxury hotel from £2,519 in January
  • London to Seychelles – Flights + 7 nights luxury hotel from £3,119 in May

Whilst it is getting a little hot in Muscat by June, £1,039 for Club World flights and a hotel is exceptional value, however you look at it.  Similarly, November – peak season in the Middle East – is not the sort of time of year that you expect to be able to pick up Club World flights to Dubai and a pricey hotel for just £1,379 per person.

These are not tatty hotels either.  In Abu Dhabi you will get the InterContinental for £1,190 next May (not too hot) which – whilst dated – does have its own private beach club.  In Dubai, £1,410 is the lowest price in November for a beachside hotel – in this case the Ajman Saray, part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection (which is not actually in Dubai, of course!).

You don’t need to pay now.  You can just pay a deposit from as little as £150 per booking.  The balance is not due until five weeks before departure.

For clarity, flights booked via BA Holidays earn full Avios and tier points.  The only thing you cannot earn are British Airways On Business points.

Full details are on this special page of the BA Holidays website.

BA Holidays sale

Get a £100 Amazon voucher for listing on HomeAway

If you currently list a holiday property on Airbnb, you may have considered extending your reach by also advertising on competitor HomeAway.

Whilst far smaller than Airbnb, HomeAway is now owned by Expedia and the company has big plans for expansions.

If you list your holiday rental on HomeAway before 15th November, you will receive a £100 gift card when you receive your first booking for £300+ within 90 days.

Full details of the Amazon offer, and the sign-up page, are here.

If you are not a property owner but are interested in renting a holiday home via HomeAway, the main booking page is here.

6th Virgin Atlantic daily flight to New York

Virgin Atlantic and its 49% shareholder Delta have announced some changes to their joint UK / US flying schedule.

The main change is that Virgin Atlantic will take over one of the existing three daily Delta services between Heathrow and New York.  This will leave Virgin Atlantic with six daily services and Delta with two.

Other changes include:

Delta moving to A330 operation on its Heathrow to New York JFK, Atlanta and Detroit routes, adding capacity and bringing the new fully flat Delta One seat

Virgin Atlantic moving to Boeing 747 operation on the Manchester to New York and Manchester to Atlanta routes.  This will help improve capacity following the withdrawal of American Airlines from Manchester.

These changes will take effect from the launch of the Summer timetable on 24th March.

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  1. Regarding the ‘spend £250 or more, earn 3000 MR points’ Amex offer for Hilton. Has anyone triggered this from multiple stays, or does it need to be £250 in one go?

    • Will be able to report on this next week. Ask again Thurs/Fri and I’ll give you a for-sure answer.

      Previous experience says these are cumulative though.

  2. Except Ajman isn’t Dubai.
    And May is hot. Roughly 40+ degrees.

  3. yet another OT, anyone got a mytaxi referral code?

  4. Barry Cutters says:

    Tonight we are in the trafalgar St. James , courtesy of spending £800 on my Hilton honours card. last month.
    Haven’t stayed in a Hilton for years but used the status match on here a few weeks ago to match to diamond from my spire elite IHG status. giving me free breakfast. i have also just called and asked for a nice room, to be told i had already been upgraded to a junior suite – and late check out confirmed for 4pm tomorrow.
    Will be cancelling the HH card on Monday , but i may do the 9 stays required to make my status match permanent.
    Would just like to say a big thanks to Rob and Anika for all their great articles. hope to be able to buy you both a drink at the (hopefully soon to be announced) xmas party.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Why not keep it and get the 2500 points for your next 3 stays and double earning for your Hilton bookings.

      It’s one of the better free non-amex too

      • also, wasn’t there a stay bonus on the HH card, when staying on a redemption buying something at the bar with the card still triggered the bonus points?

        Stayed in the Conrad St James with the free night voucher, whilst diamond, had a great stay, great lounge and great breakfast.

        • Sounds better than my Waldorf Astoria Aldwych stay last night. Exec. lounge reasonable. Asked for location of toilet and told to wait 15 minutes.

          Breakfast pedestrian and very busy with what seemed to be a coach party.

          Toiletries were actually better in my previous nights stay at Luton Holiday Inn.

        • I really can’t overstate how good the Conrad lounge was, as part of the evening service they had a waiter service and you could order the canapés to your table, backed up with fizz. Was quite an eclectic audience, there was us (jeans t shirts), one chap who i think was jet lagged in his shorts n t shirt and sneaking cans of coke out in his shorts (!) and a few couples who looked dressed for the opera!

          The breakfast in the morning was very nice quality, but it was the service that was really good, our waiter was really attentive and always checking on us. The whole experience was what you might expect in a 5 star asian hotel. Perhaps it felt so good because it was all free!

  5. Agree with Ant’s comments, all our long haul flights in club or first thanks to HFP
    Recently tried to book holiday using avios and 241 voucher. Offer on hotel in Dubai was not available because I had to book separately due to use of avios etc If had been paying then not a problem, has anyone else has an issue with this?

    • It’s normal for them to only include these offers with paid bookings, as they want your cash, not your avios! You’ll have to book your flights with avios then shop around for the best hotel deal, which won’t necessarily be with BA.

  6. AA will still fly to PHL year round and ORD seasonally from MAN, right? They haven’t fully withdrawn have they?

  7. Why does Virgin hate Chicago so much?

  8. OT – a few people were talking about a new Tesco offer of clubcard points when buying gift cards? Has that been confirmed? I had a wander into our local Tesco Metro and there was no sign of it today, but they do seem a bit slow to catch up with gift card related changes.

    • the real harry1 says:

      first – Metros often don’t have the same deals as bigger Tescos

      second – give it a go (proper Tesco) with £100 gc Amazon & report back?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’ll be in a large Tesco tomorrow Ill report back

    • Went into a large Tesco today after seeing the post the other day. Did not see any signs for points on gift card purchases. Went ahead anyway and got a £100 Tesco gift card. No points for the gift card. I’ll just have to use it to get another gift card I actually want

    • Nothing about bonus points advertised in my local Extra store, just a 15% discount on a few select cards (none that were of any interest to me!)

  9. Possible MS opportunity with the HomeAway deal?

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