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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. Slightly off topic… Am thinking of booking a BA flight via third party using British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card.. Will I get the 3 avios per pound? As this plus the double avios means I’m sold on getting an airtix..
    Or does the AMEX only applies for BA flights booked directly?

    • Depends how the 3rd party charges. With Expedia for eg it often charges the flight directly – so it goes through as ba.com – with a 2nd charge for their booking fee.

    • The Amex offer only applies for spending with BA. I.e. Amex need to be paying BA, not a third party. So spend onboard for duty free counts, TA bookings do not (except to the limited extent that BA Holidays is a travel agent.)

      • I thought that on board spend on duty free is not charged to BA and doesn’t attract additional MRs or Avios?

  2. TigerTanaka says:

    Also works for Sun-air operated BA franchise flights.

    About to fly BA8292 Stockholm Bromma – Aarhus on a 19 seater plane (substitute aircraft).

  3. Peter Dixon says:

    Am I missing something. Having logged in (UK-based BA Silver member) and tried to register, I get ‘Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.’

  4. stevenhp1987 says:

    Have a BA Holiday to Chicago I booked last week. Sent the request through to have it added to the promotion. That’s a nice unexpected bonus!

  5. Another annoyed UK-based, currently BA Silver member

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

  6. Link doesn’t seem to work at the moment!

    By the way, on a 777 airplane, what are the best first class seats that you would recommend for two people?

  7. Delta Mike says:

    Do I need to book from ba.com or can I book via an agency?

  8. Danny kearney says:

    Does it include family and friends when I register….or do they need to apply separately

  9. Every year this offer doesn’t work for many people on the first day of registrations… so if it doesn’t for you, calm down, don’t panic, and just try again tomorrow. I do mean every year, without fail. If it still doesn’t work, then contact CS.

  10. Shoestring says:

    All working fine now – registered 5 of us in a row

  11. Rob, got an idea .. “This means, bizarrely, you may want to consider moving some short-haul flights away from British Airways”
    I think you can book the short haul fights and use part avios as payment to make it as reward flight ,so that won’t count as the 10x double avios flights in this promo?
    I’ve just re-read the terms, a return flight is considered 2x flights!

    • Shoestring says:

      using part Avios as payment doesn’t make it a reward flight (Part Pay with Avios)

      it would have to be Avios + Money, ie *booked* as a reward flight

    • Small print seems to imply that is true, although whether your company travel agent would allow that ….

    • Lady London says:

      Using part avios as payment doesn’t make it a reward flight. It;s still a cash flight. So it will accrue tier points and mileage. So I think it WOULD use up 1 of your 10 flights here.

      You can, however, do the reverse and make an avios booking, in which you reduce the number of avios required in exchange for paying more cash (in addition to the usual taxes and charges). This willl be a reward flight. It won’t accrue tier points and mileage. so it wouldn;t use up one of the 10 flights.

      People who know stuff on here like Shoestring, recommend the former as a good value for avios. But I’ve not seen them recommend the latter much.

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