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Why should you book with British Airways Holidays in the new BA sale?

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British Airways launched a new sale on Thursday offering savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class flight.

There are some decent prices and you have until 19th March to book.

You can see all deals available here. We focused on the flight-only deals in our previous article – see here.  Today I want to look at the BA Holidays offers.

Luxury holidays and city breaks with BA Holidays

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.

The reason for this is that all airlines, not just BA, make discounted tickets available to tour operators which can only be sold in conjunction with a car or hotel booking.  British Airways, Virgin and most other airlines have now decided that it is silly to subsidise independent tour operators when they could be running their own in-house package holiday business.

These are the ‘lead in’ deals in the current sale.  The travel dates required to get these prices are very narrow so treat them as ‘from’ prices rather than what you will pay:

Europe

Tenerife from £539 per person – Seven nights at the 4* Santa Barbara Golf & Ocean Golf Club Diamond Resort, travelling 1st June to 24th June with Club Europe return flights from London Gatwick

Venice from £299 per person – Three nights at the 4* Hotel Admiral, travelling 1st May to 27th May, with Club Europe return flights from Heathrow

USA

New York from £1,399 per person – Four nights at the 4* Hotel Mela, travelling 3rd January to 31st January 2020, with Club World return flights from Heathrow

Las Vegas from £1,699 per person – Four nights at the 4* Luxor, travelling 3rd January to 31st January 2020, with Club World return flights from Gatwick

Orlando from £1,799 per person – Seven nights at the 4* Blue Heron Beach Resort, travelling between 3rd November – 12th December inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick.

Los Angeles from £1,699 per person – Five nights at the 4* Knotts Berry Farm Hotel, travelling between 3rd January – 31st January 20 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow.

South Africa

Cape Town from £2,489 per person – Seven nights at the 5* Hilton Cape Town City Center, travelling 6th May to 29th May, with Club World return flights from Heathrow

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

Little known benefits of booking with BA Holidays

Benefit 1 – just pay a deposit now

As usual with BA Holidays you don’t have to pay in full when booking.  You can 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.

Benefit 2 – you get a degree of cancellation flexibility

If you only pay the deposit now, you can walk away from your booking at any point up to five weeks before departure, which is when the final payment is due.  You will lose your deposit but that is an excellent outcome compared to having to walk away from pre-paid non-refundable flights.

Benefit 3 – bonus Avios

You earn a bonus 1 Avios per £1 you spend when booking with BA Holidays. You can find out more on ba.com here.

This bonus 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.

A non-benefit – no OnBusiness points

The only downside of using BA Holidays is that the flights do not earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme.

The BA luxury flights and holidays promo page is here. Remember that you need to book by midnight on Tuesday 19th March.

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 triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency, because it triggers both the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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