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British Airways Holidays luxury city breaks flash offer – can be cheaper than just a flight

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British Airways Holidays is running a special luxury breaks flash offer this weekend, valid for holidays to Europe, New York and South Africa amongst other places.

There are some decent prices here but you need to book by midnight on Monday 18th February.

You can see the deals available with Club World holiday deals here.

The short-haul Club Europe holiday deals are here.

The key thing to know about BA Holidays is that – due to the weird world of airline pricing – booking a flight and hotel, or flight and car hire, together can often work out cheaper than just booking a flight itself.

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The ‘lead in’ deals are:

Europe

Verona from £269 per person – three nights at the 4* Montemezzi Hotel including breakfast, travelling 24th February to 31st March, with Club Europe return flights from Gatwick

Amsterdam from £289 per person – three nights at the 4* Xo Blue Square Hotel, travelling 24th February to 18th March, with Club Europe return flights from Heathrow

Nice from £269 per person – three nights at the 4* Villa Bougainville Hotel, travelling 18th February to 25th March, with Club Europe return flights from Gatwick

Rome from £299 per person – three nights at the 4* Occidental Aurelia, travelling 24th February – 12th March, with Club Europe return flights from Gatwick

USA

New York from £1,629 per person – three nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West, travelling 14th February to 31st March, with Club World return flights from Gatwick

South Africa

Durban from £1,649 per person – five nights at the 5* Hilton Durban including breakfast, travelling 7th October to 31st October, with Club World return flights from Heathrow

Cape Town from £2,319 per person – five nights at the 5* Hilton Cape Town City Centre, travelling 2nd November to 8th December, with Club World return flights from Heathrow

These prices are based on two people sharing.  Travel dates vary by destination.

As usual with BA Holidays you don’t have to pay in full when booking.  Secure the deal with a small deposit, and then pay the balance five weeks before departure.  This is a substantial extra benefit compared to just booking flights.

You also earn a bonus 1 Avios per £1 for booking with BA Holidays.  Find out more here.

This is on top of the Avios and tier points you will earn from the flights which are the same as you would get for booking a ‘flight only’, and from your credit card.  Remember that BA Holidays spending earns you double Avios (3 per £1) if you charge it to a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.


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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.

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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 (53)

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  • James says:

    Any great deals on 160TP destinations ???

  • LonelyPete says:

    It would be great if they allowed us to search these easily for just 1 person 🙁

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Any indication on the end date for travel? I can’t see it

  • Mike says:

    Always used to be max 2 charge + 2 credit.

    • Andrew M says:

      No longer enforced. No set limits. Appears to be assessed on a case by case basis. Certainly many have exceeded the old 2 + 2.

  • Tracy McLaughlin says:

    Cool, just booked 3 nights in Iceland. Great deal, Avios and tier points earned and double miles. Thanks for heads up 👍

  • Navara says:

    Now’t from up North??

  • Aliks says:

    Wierd,

    A data point . . .

    Just this evening I booked a June weekend break in Nice/Cannes. I have a few Marriott points, and an IHG free night from the credit card, so my hotels are paid for, but RFS flights are a bit trickier so I wasted a number of hours chasing the right deal.

    Anyway, the Boscolo Exedra in Nice (Marriott) was 35k points or £460 for 2 nights, and the Intercontinental Cannes was quoting £363 for 1 night

    BA are asking £663 per person for a 3 night break in Nice – so crunching the numbers that equates to £250 per person for a business class return to Nice – I just priced up these flights with ITA Matrix at £339 per person – so very very roughly a 10% discount.
    OK but if you can afford to pay £1300 for a weekend break, not life changing

    • Peter K says:

      About 13.5% discount, but unless you compare the same hotel as the BA offer then is it a valid comparison?

    • Alex W says:

      Don’t forget you won’t earn hotel points on BA holidays bookings. This probably wipes out your discount.

    • Matthew says:

      Apparently they are building a tram line and lots of building works outside Boscolo in Nice so worth checking…

      • Michael C says:

        I’ll report back on this, Matthew – we’re going next week for Carnival. Was aware of the works, but also v good pricing/indoor pool (in case of rubbish weather with kid), etc.

        • Aliks says:

          You can see the street works on Google street view – basically the road outside the Boscolo is hidden behind metal fencing while they lay the tram lines. The road is closed to traffic, but its been ongoing for a year already so fingers crossed its cleared up by June.
          I look forward to Michael’s experiences!!

  • fivebobbill says:

    I just gave you an answer to this over on “bits”

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