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REGISTER NOW: Earn double Avios on British Airways flights and via BA Holidays

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British Airways has launched a new ‘double Avios’ offer for the Autumn.

This has the potential to be very lucrative if you can work it around your travel plans.

For the first time, this offer has also been extended to BA Holidays.  Not only will you get double Avios on BA flights booked as part of a BA Holidays package, but the bonus Avios you earn for using BA Holidays are doubled to 2 Avios per £1.

The sign up page for the offer is here.  You MUST register before making any bookings.

Earn double Avios on BA Holidays

The offer is simple on the face of it:

Registration is required via this page of ba.com

The offer is open to all BAEC members globally

You earn double base Avios, excluding cabin and status bonuses, on your next 10 qualifying BA flights (a return trip = 2 flights)

You must book your flights between 18th September and 13th December

Existing bookings prior to registration do not count UNLESS you booked during the current British Airways sale.  There is a form on the ba.com registration page here which you can fill in to request that sale bookings are counted.  It is not fully clear how you are meant to know if a flight you booked recently was at a ‘sale’ price or not, however …..

You must fly before 30th June 2020

Looking at the small print, the offer is also valid on American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair flights when travelling between Europe and North America on a BA flight numberDon’t be fooled by the statement at the top of the registration page that AA, Iberia and Finnair flights to North Ameria count – the terms and conditions say they do not, unless there is a BA flight number on your boarding pass.

British Airways flights booked as part of a BA Holidays package WILL count.  You also get an extra bonus for booking via BA Holiday which I discuss later on.

The offer is also valid on Comair-operated BA services in Southern Africa.

However, apart from the exceptions above, no other BA codeshare or franchise flight will count.  You won’t get double Avios on, for example, a Bangkok Airways, Vistara, Aer Lingus, Qatar Airways or Vueling flight with a BA flight number.

Note that double Avios are awarded on the first ten qualifying flights that you fly after registering and booking. The order you book them makes no difference.  If you book 15 flights, you will get double Avios on the first 10 you fly and not the first 10 you booked.

Earn double Avios on British Airways flights

Here’s a snag though ….

You only get double Avios on your first 10 segments. 

If you have a number of long-haul flights coming up before the end of the year, you don’t want to use up your 10 flight allowance too quickly.  This means, bizarrely, you may want to consider moving some short-haul flights away from British Airways.  This will preserve your 10 flight ‘double Avios’ allowance for long-haul flights which will be far more lucrative.

And an extra bonus when you book with BA Holidays

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that we are big fans of booking your flights via BA Holidays if you can, adding in a hotel or car rental.

The main reason for this is that a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package is often cheaper than booking a flight on its own, especially in Club World.

There are two other good reasons to book with BA Holidays:

you only need to pay a deposit at the time of booking, with the balance only due five weeks before travel

you receive an extra bonus of 1 Avios per £1 spent, on top of the Avios you receive from your flights and from your credit card spend if you use a BA Amex

The only downside is that flights booked via BA Holidays do not qualify for On Business points in the BA small business loyalty programme.

During this promotion, you get two extra bonuses for booking via BA Holidays at ba.com or via the BA call centre:

your flights will earn double Avios, as long as they meet the definition of ‘qualifying flights’ and originate in the UK

the extra Avios you receive for booking with BA Holidays is doubled from 1 Avios per £1 to 2 Avios per £1

The same rules apply as with the main promotion – you must register before booking, you must book before 13th December and you must travel by 30th June 2020.

Don’t forget to register before you book

You can register for double Avios here.  I would do it now, even if you don’t have any immediate plans to book and travel, just in case you forget.

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Comments

  1. something to get people buying now the strikes have been called off i wonder…

  2. BlueHorizonuk says:

    On the previous bookings in the sale bit – Only bookings submitted in this form, that were made from the 29 August 2019 and 18 September 2019 will be considered for awarding

  3. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but will flights on BA count if booked through an agent? Tks in advance…

  4. Spaghetti Town says:

    BA related query: Myself and my girlfriend don’t reside at the same address. However I want to add her to the household account to pool the avios for our upcoming flights with Qatar. Will this mess anything up or have a consequence further down the line by putting us both at the same address when actually we aren’t?

    • ankomonkey says:

      I doubt it. My brother’s Turkish Airlines account is registered to my home address even though he doesn’t live there and never has.

  5. Matthew Cook says:

    I just tried the link – for my wife, its fine but for me it says this – we’re both based in the UK.

    Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.

    Any ideas?

  6. The other Kevin says:

    What if you have booked in the sale and already travelled ??

  7. Aaaargh. Made 30,000 avois worth of reservations yesterday morning – outside the cooling off period to cancel and re-book. My bad timing again….

  8. Thanks Rob, great to be alerted to this. I’m not sure why but apparently I’m not eligible for the offer (for context I’m a BA Gold)…..

    “British Airways offer registration
    Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.”

    Be interested to see if others have the same experience.

    • ThinkSquare says:

      No problem registering as a BA Blue. Try clearing your cookies and/or posting from a different IP address.

      But annoyingly I’ve already got two “BA Holidays” to the US booked that would have earned a shedload of Avs in this promo.

      • Tried that 🙂
        Will see if Mrs S can get it on her account.
        And then we’ll be testing the ‘we bought it in the sale” criteria (which seems an odd stance to make).

      • Same here, that’s annoying I booked a couple of months back. Lesson learnt if a strike is on the horizon hold off any bookings if you can.

  9. Shubham Rastogi says:

    I made a booking today morning using my companion voucher. Is it possible that I can cancel the booking and book it again using call center?

  10. Michelle L says:

    Anyone else having issues registering an existing sale booking for the offer? It wont let us register as we both have a hyphen in our email addresses and insists it’s not a valid address even though it is. Have had this problem before with BA competitions etc

    • The other Kevin says:

      Oh yeh. Just tried myself and says mine is not valid either. (but OK when the hyphen is taken out).
      I’ll have to try entering another email address not the same as my exec club one and see if they twig.

      • Richard K says:

        Yep its a bug in the web form validation, if you’re HTML/JS savvy you can hack the javascript validation function and that seems accept the form submission

  11. Patrick Purcell says:

    My wife and I are both BA Blue. I am ineligible, however I have been able to register my wife so that works for us. Any idea why I might be ineligible? We have virtually identical BA flight histories. Thanks Patrick

    • No, makes no sense. Looks like screwed IT. BA told me this was a global offer.

      • I also just tried registering via the link above and I get a message that I am ineligible for this offer. Tried clearing cache and even tried after also finding it under the “My Offers” tab within my BAEC account and clicking from there.

        People on FT also getting same message. One has phoned the Gold Line who have apparently escalated the issue to the IT team.

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