Bits: BA luxury flights and holidays sale extended, quirk when earning Avios on SriLankan

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News in brief:

British Airways luxury sale extended

The current British Airways luxury sale has been extended by a week. BA is offering savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class flight.

There are some decent prices here and you have now until Tuesday 26th March to book.

You can see all deals available here.

Good offers included:

Lima at £1695 – a good fare given the distance and the fact that this isn’t a route which is often heavily discounted

Barcelona at £113 each way – a good way to pick up 80 BA tier points and get a well-priced short break. We reviewed the impressive 5-star Hotel Arts (managed by The Ritz-Carlton and part of Marriott Bonvoy) recently – see here.

Belfast, Luxembourg or Inverness at around £170 return – these are the cheapest way to pick up 80 tier points if you want a quick mileage run

Malta, Catania and Funchal – these offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe and are £240-£250 return

SriLankan

Earning Avios with SriLankan Airlines

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with SriLankan Airlines.  You can also redeem Avios for their flights.

A reader pointed out a quirk which is worth knowing if you have any SriLankan flights booked.  Iberia Plus is often more generous than British Airways Executive Club for some flights on SriLankan.

This is how it breaks down by sub-booking class:

Economy Class (based on % of miles flown):

N – 25% on BA, 25% on Iberia

O – 25% on BA, 25% on Iberia

Q – 25% on BA, 25% on Iberia

R – 25% on BA, 50% on Iberia

S – 25% on BA, 50% on Iberia

L – 50% on BA, 50% on Iberia

V – 50% on BA, 50% on Iberia

W – 50% on BA, 70% on Iberia

M – 50% on BA, 70% on Iberia

E – 50% on BA, 70% on Iberia

K – 100% on BA, 70% on Iberia

Y – 100% on BA, 80% on Iberia

B – 100% on BA, 80% on Iberia

P – 100% on BA, 80% on Iberia

H – 100% on BA, 80% on Iberia

Business Class:

I – 100% on BA, 100% on Iberia

C – 125% on BA, 125% on Iberia

D – 125% on BA, 125% on Iberia

J – 125% on BA, 150% on Iberia

As you can see, some booking classes are the same in both schemes, some are better in Iberia Plus and some are better in BAEC.  If Iberia is better, and you don’t care about losing the British Airways tier points, you should credit your flights to an Iberia Plus account instead of a British Airways one.

You can move the Avios across to British Airways afterwards using ‘Combine My Avios’ so they won’t be orphaned in Iberia Plus.

You can learn more about BA’s earning rates on partner airlines on ba.com here.  The Iberia Plus page showing the earning rates on SriLankan is here.

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Comments

  1. Couple of questions from me today – help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. How do amex refund your card fee if you cancel?
    2. Got the offer to upgrade to plat from gold and spend 1k in 3 months to get 20k Membership rewards. I’m into my second year of gold (i’ve kept it around due to 3x points with spend on amex travel) will my annual fee i’ve paid for gold be rolled into plat and i’ll only be charged the difference?
    3. Will i get a bonus for adding a supplementary card holder when i do upgrade to Plat? (I’ve currently got one for my gold card).

    I’m planning to get the 20k and then cancel.

    • Nick M says:

      1) Refund will show as statement credit, so ideally leave a balance there (or have another card to shift it to)
      2) Gold fee will be refunded pro-rata and then Platinum fee should* be charged
      3) Maybe – but you need to cancel the existing supp, and then re-add later… if the system pulls the supp through then you’ll automatically receive the extra card (and will be charged for any additional ones you request)

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