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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. Dicksbits says:

    Every blog website seems to be getting very excited about this, but it’s only base points it applies to, and to qualify for TEN it requires a decent layout of cash. It sounds like a rather desperate attempt by the airline to generate sales in my view.

    • Lady London says:

      Hum. Remember the highly helpful information we get from the odd blog or two also has to be financed somehow, since we’re not paying for it. I would guess that links are able to be traced back to which blog the person saw the offer on when they book. Which is fair enough.

      • BA has not paid affiliate commission on bookings since the data breach, as there is a connection – somehow – between the breach and the use of external tracking code used to track sales.

        • Lady London says:

          sounds like a bit of a wheeze to me. Sort of them turning the breach to some good use:-)

          I am surprised if they can get away with such a pathetic excuse.

  2. Memesweeper says:

    I got a mail through for double onbusiness points this morning too. Registered for both offers, and to my disbelief both worked first time.

  3. Can someone please clarify if:

    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 …..

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

    That means for any flight booked today but before this offer was seen?

    I recently booked to St Lucia on 14th September albeit through an agent…

    Thanks, I’m a newbie so apologies if this is obvious to some, trying to get my head around it!

  4. Still does not work.

  5. “You earn double base Avios, excluding cabin and status bonuses”

    An I reading this right? So on a cheap J ticket LHR to JFK, as a BA Blue, I would normally pick up 5187 Avios each way.

    But the base Avios is based on economy? Which is 865 Avios each way? So an extra 865 Avios? Not double in fact but 17pc extra. A bonus worth about £9.

    Gee. What’s all the excitement about? Or have I misunderstood?

    • I think the base avios for economy is 100% of miles flown, i.e. 3458 in your case.

      865 is the discount economy earnings which has a “cabin bonus” of -75%. I don’t know whether this means you’d earn 4323 avios on the lowest economy fare bucket under this promo though….

      • Lady London says:

        That’s my issue @John. I don’t believe that if the base avios you would normally earn for your fare class is, 125, that they would give you, say, 900 avios for a flight to Germany.

        I think they’d give you another 125, plus any tier bonus you have due to status (on the 125, not on the base rate for full Y – that nobody puchases – 900).

        If they ARE giving the full base avios according to the Full Economy fare class for a route, so the maximum possible avios for any class of ticket, as a bonus, instead of doubling the base avios you would earn for your fare class, then I’ll be all over it. So someone tell me please.

        so is base avios awarded as a bonus, calculated on the amount of avios the person has earned according to the fare class for the flight on their ticket?

        or is base avaios awarded as a bonus, calculated on the full Economy amount of avios someone would have earned as though their fare class was full Economy.

        I think you get 125+125+status bonus, not 125+900+status bonus

  6. As usual with BA promotions, in fact in much of what BA do, they throw up more questions than answers! Why a multinational company, full of, allegedly, specialist staff, can’t be more clear and precise in what they do, and avoid potential customer annoyance, is frankly beyond me!

    • Probably because they aren’t allowed to participate so they don’t understand the perspective of consumers. It’s clear and precise to them so why would anybody else be unable to understand? Like how people who design trains and stations don’t take trains themselves, or bankers in Sweden don’t use cash so they don’t understand why everyone else isnt’ like them.

  7. Do you guys know if the promotion works if we book with a travel agency (we are obligated to use cwt at work)
    Thanks!

    • Previous promos have worked via CWT

    • Lady London says:

      CWT are a top corporate travel agency. IMV BA will never, ever run any promo thst excludes bookings by corporate travel agents. BA has a stranglehold on corporate bookings departing the UK. Corporate business has lower cost of servicing relative to its volume and has considerably higher margins per seat than any other type of passenger.

      Is BA going to $h*t in their own nest ?. No.

  8. Saying I am not eligible – any idea why that might be?

  9. Shoestring says:

    can’t remember if HfP already covered it https://www.britishairways.com/en-fr/executive-club/offers/bonus-avios-hotels
    Collect 50% bonus Avios on selected hotel partners
    Book before 18 October 2019 and collect 50% bonus Avios on selected hotel partners. With the bonus available on leading hotel brands, Marriott Bonvoy™ and Accor as well as through top online sites Booking.com and Hotels.com, you will be sure to find your perfect hotel and enjoy extra Avios for future trips

    • Just canceled and rebooked a hotel booked with Hotels.com. Only an extra 500 avios, but the price had dropped by £47 ☺

    • Thanks for the heads up, just need to work out whether I’ll be better off cancelling a booking for next Easter.

  10. I have submitted claims for 5 already booked CE sale fares. I do know that they were sale fares. In anycase upon submission BA thank you for the submission and say that they will check whether you have submitted sale fares booked from 29th Aug and credit accordingly if correct. You can submit 4 or 5 booking references at a time and resubmit the form as many times as you wish with different reference numbers. They have it all worked out so just go ahead and submit whether or not if you’re unsure if its a sale fare

  11. How do you work out what the base avios is on any given flight? Is it the amount given for a BAEC Blue member for an economy flexible ticket?

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