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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 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 from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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  • Premier01 says:

    Any recent data points on staying in a Hilton property booked on a BA Holiday?

    – Would the stay/nightscount to Diamond
    – Are points earned
    – Diamond benefits applicable

    Wasn’t sure if it’s a no to all but think that may well be the case

    • Boon Koh says:

      This is slightly off-topic, but I found out recently that the GHA Discovery programme counts hotel stay nights, even if booked via a 3rd party agent.

      Might be useful for these holiday packages where most of the chains (IHG, Hilton, Marriott, etc) won’t give you credit for the stay.

      • Leo says:

        I can confirm this – had all my benefits even though I booked through

    • TGLoyalty says:

      In general no only when booked direct or a traditional travel agent scheme or AMEX FHR where you pay at the hotel. However, the hotel is always free to treat you as well as they like.

      No harm telling them you are coming and your HH number and they will probably still look after you. If the saving is significant then points/stays are secondary?

    • RK says:

      No points earned on Hilton if booked on BA Holidays, I learnt that to my experience in Abu Dhabi

    • Leo says:

      It’s a no to everything I’m afraid.

  • Tilly says:

    Sorry for OT but no bits today.

    Booked holiday through Trailfinders. Used the offer on my amex plat for £100 back on £1k spend. Hubby also has same offer on his PRG card. The T&Cs state “Only one statement credit per holiday booking for the first 10,000 Cardmembers to save.Only one statement credit per holiday booking” .

    Was hoping to use his offer too to get £200 back. Anyone know if and how amex monitor the one credit pet holiday booking? Do Trailfinders tell them?

    • Daniel Macdonald says:

      Just split the bill over the 2 cards…

      More than very likely it will be fine… And nothing to lose.

    • Gill says:

      I triggered the amex offer last year buying a gift voucher in store. Might be another option for you.

    • Allan says:

      Have split it before on 2 cards, not an issue.

      • Riger says:

        Tried to do that last time for an airline booking but want allowed

  • Ginza says:

    It was a flash sale when it launched three days ago. Now just a sale…

  • Rob says:

    Fixed, thanks

  • Backjackburger says:

    Been searching to NYC but options seen very London centric ie search not ioffering regionals as departure point and cheapest rates ex Gatwick (the option of LHR depart adds just under £1500 to the price!!). Think the ‘Sale’ option seems to be limited to certain routes/flight options

  • Williamd says:

    Can’t find anything under £3k for Vegas in Sept/Oct. Searching for 2 and using cheapest option (LGW). “Sale”? I can get INV NYC or ORD for circa £1300 CW in most days which is cheaper and not tied to certain hotels.

  • Olly says:

    Can anyone advise which lounge BA Club Europe passengers use at Bristol? Is it the Aspire or Aspire plus? Thank you if anyone can advise!

    • KP says:

      check the Flyertak thread for BA domestic lounges

      • Rob says:

        Is it in our review? Click Airport Lounge Reviews under Category in the right hand sidebar on desktop.

        • Olly says:

          I read the reviews of the lounges, I’ve got Aspire anyway with Amex but wasn’t sure if I would get AspirePlus if flying Club Europe. It’s not much of a leap price wise but not sure I’m actually seeing any benefit on that route going Club Europe.

    • Alex W says:


  • Faithy says:

    To book economy one way for 10000 avios 10 months in advance, there only are 4 seats available. I need 6 seats. Do more come available closer to the time? I notice that in the near future there are 9+ seats available. Is it sensible to book the 4 and if more come available then to add them?

    • KevMc says:

      Where are you flying to? If more than 1 flight a day, can you book 4 on one flight and 2 on another? Or 3/3 etc…

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