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ENDS FRIDAY: Earn double Avios on British Airways flights and via BA Holidays for travel by 30 June

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Time is running out to book your flights in order to qualify for the current British Airways ‘double Avios’ offer.

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 last day to book is Friday 13th December but you have until 30th June to fly.

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) booked after registering

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

Existing bookings prior to registration do not count

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 number. Don’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.

Earn double Avios on British Airways flights

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 this Friday 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.  If you have already registered, remember to make your bookings by Friday night.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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

Comments (22)

  • Mr. AC says:

    Wanted to check something.

    Assuming I book a Club World return today for May.
    Any other flights I end up booking and flying with next year won’t count, correct? Just checking so I don’t end up wasting the bonus on a short-haul.

  • Stu N says:

    Managed to book 9 flights under this promo and my partner has managed to slot in 8. That includes one BA holiday. All short haul but should still be worth about 10K bonus Avios for the household account.

  • Riccatti says:

    BA IT useless, and there is literally no help can be found — if registration does not work.

    “Computer says no”.

  • Tilly says:

    If we booked a BA holiday now can we add an infant to the booking at a later date? Baby due in 10 weeks. Also, anyone got any advice travelling with an infant? What’s the youngest you’d take a baby abroad for holiday?

    • SimonW says:

      Yep. Not an issue. Call up after the birth, add to booking. (dont forget to get the bambino a passport!).
      We found travel was easier when they were really young, before they were aware and too wriggly and too big for the bassinet seat thing. 3 months to 18 months was the sweet spot really. Keep them filled with milk, and try to get them to feed/suck something on the ascent and descent to help with ears popping. Take at least 2 spare baby grows in case of accidents. Try and travel as light as possible – ideally one bag for all of you. Yoyo buggy is superb as can fold up and take on as hand baggage. If flying CW/First, with a larger buggy, just take it on to plane and stash it in the cupboard – I used the “youd do it for a guitar” argument a couple of times. Having the buggy straight off the plane on landing is a huge help. Lastly, IGNORE any dirty looks if your little one cries etc. Those people are miserable and bitter. (and thankfully quite rare).

    • ankomonkey says:

      My daughter first flew when she was 4 months old. This was after certain standard injections. The doctors said this meant the baby’s immune system would cope with the plane germs.

      • Tilly says:

        Thanks. Once we’ve got something booked and were ready to take baby somewhere I’ll have to check out jabs.

  • Cuchlainn says:

    Just double checking – I have a 2for1 BA voucher expiring in June 19 : I can only use on BA flights, not BA Holidays ? Thanks

  • James says:

    Like an idiot, i completely forgot about this and enrolled AFTER i made a booking to fly out in Jan 2020, will BA IT systems know the difference?

    • Stu N says:

      Sadly this is one thing BA’s IT is up to the job on – you’re very unlikely to get the bonus.

    • Kenny says:

      email them and they maybe able to help… I remember when this came out, people who’s just missed out can get in touch

  • eli says:

    Has anyone had experience of getting a better deal using BA Holidays for a flight beginning NOT in the UK
    also, is there ever a bargain to be had using BA Holidays for 1 person only?

    • Anna says:

      I tried a dummy booking once with a flight not starting in the UK and just got error messages, but BA’s IT can be unpredictable.

      Yes – we often book 2 of us on a 2 4 1 and the 3rd on a BA holiday (ensuring any hotel room or hire car is big enough for 3 of us plus luggage). You get the benefit of the lower price and the longer time to make full payment. My OH also got Bronze status (for 22 months) from one trip this year as we flew long haul in J with a domestic connection which netted him over 300 tier points. So well worth doing if you plan it well.

  • Alexis says:

    I’ve paid a deposit for a BA Holidays booking including BA flights to Denver for travel in April 2020, having registered for the offer.

    Will I still be eligible for double Avios on the flights having only paid the BA Holidays deposit ?

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