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New BA Holidays Club World and Club Europe flash sale – New York with hotel from £1,382

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British Airways Holidays has launched a special Club World and Club Europe flash sale. 

There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday 16th April.  The headline prices may seem a little higher than the last time they ran this offer, but they do seem to be including additional hotel nights – often four instead of three.

For long-haul, you can see the deals available with Club World flights here.

BA Holidays

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

New York – £1,382 in Winter including four nights in a 4* hotel (£1,476 in Summer)

Abu Dhabi – £1,299 including three nights in a 4* hotel (seven nights from £1,393)

Toronto – £1,532 including four nights in a 4* hotel

These prices are based on two people sharing.

Many other routes are available.  The BA Holidays Club World promo page is here.

And short-haul deals too

Here is the BA Holidays home page for Club Europe flights.

Headline five-star hotel deals include:

Seville – Club Europe flights and three nights in a five-star hotel from £302

Alicante – Club Europe flights and two nights in a five-star hotel from £313

Algarve / Faro – Club Europe flights and four nights in a five-star hotel from £351

Lisbon – Club Europe flights and two nights in a five-star hotel from £423

Malta – Club Europe flights and three nights in a five-star hotel from £450

Again, all prices are per person based on two travelling.

Many other destinations are available, as are options featuring cheaper hotels.

Get special BA Holidays booking benefits

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 1 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 for the flights in BA’s small business loyalty scheme, but this will only impact a few HFP readers.  You WILL earn Avios and tier points on the flight as usual.

The BA Holidays home page is here if you want to find out more.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card

Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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 (47)

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  • Luiza says:

    OT – tried calling now the BA US call centre to book with a flight with a 241 voucher. First time i am doing this, but would have thought flights for 5 April 2019 open today (15 April 2018). Lady over the telephone told me that they will only upload these tomorrow and that around 1am GMT (which is when their call centre closes). She suggested I call in the morning at 6am.

    Any thoughts as to whether her advice is accurate or alternatives for call centre to use if the US one is closed?

    Thank you in advance for the feedback!

    • Scallder says:

      It’ll be 1am BST – apologies for being pedantic but it’s always midnight GMT so for UK time changes from winter to summer. So they should come online in 30 mins. Try the Hong Kong call centre – they’ve been able to do it for me before…

      • Louie says:

        Unless it has changed since I tried that, the Hong Kong call centre hours are different at weekends so that would not have worked today.

    • Genghis says:

      If avios rich could try the “book singles online and sort it in the morning” approach

    • Luiza says:

      Thank you all for the feedback. BST makes sense – reason for them going live only at 1am BST rather than GMT. Called again in the morning however the BA centre in UK and they told me same thing – tickets only go live tonight – so actually 17th in the morning. My math says that is not 355 days and not a leap year, but fingers’ crossed i will manage to book tonight.

      As an alternative, i can indeed look to book singles and sort it out in the morning, should be enough for the outbound leg.

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