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Get a special British Airways Valentine deal when two people travel

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Whilst nowhere near as generous as the Lufthansa / SWISS ‘2-4-1’ offers which also launched yesterday, British Airways has launched some decent offers to celebrate Valentine’s Day this week.

Here are the rules:

  • Book by Friday 14th February
  • Travel dates vary by route and are, frankly, VERY restricted on some of them
  • Two people must travel

Full details of this offer and the valid travel dates are on this page of

The most interesting deals are the three Club Europe routes from London Gatwick, to Bergamo, Nice and Porto (above).  These work out from £160 return per person.  This is a very decent deal if you want to pick up 80 British Airways Executive Club tier points whilst having a pleasant short break.

Short-haul in Club Europe:

Barcelona – £368 for two people

Bergamo (from Gatwick) – £319 for two people

Budapest – £446 for two people

Nice (from Gatwick) – £389 for two people

Paris – £416 for two people

Porto (from Gatwick) – £349 for two people

Prague – £444 for two people

Rome – £534 for two people

Venice – £466 for two people

Long-haul in Club World:

Abu Dhabi – £2,800 for two people

Bangkok – £3,999 for two people

Boston – £2,999 for two people

Cape Town – £5,499 for two people

Chicago – £2,999 for two people

Dubai – £3,000 for two people

Durban – £5,299 for two people

Johannesburg – £5,299 for two people (or £1,980 in the Lufthansa sale!)

Muscat – £3,800 for two people (saves a whopping £30 per person ……!)

Nashville – £2,999 for two people

New York – £2,999 for two people

Seychelles – £3,199 for two people

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card

Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 reasons to get the FREE British Airways American Express credit card.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

Comments (111)

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  • Mike P says:

    Somewhat underwhelming prices and South Africa in particular is a joke. Nice pictures of Porto.

    • Tony says:

      Some of the short-haul routes aren’t too bad. I picked up return flights to Milan (Bergamo) for £280 for two…£140 each and 80 tier points to boot (£1.75/TP).

  • Anna says:

    OT but no bits. Hilton seems to have updated its app – by removing all the useful information such as the room type booked and payment amount and method! So you’ll need the original confirmation email or access to your online account to check that your stay matches what you booked and paid for.

    • meta says:

      Yes, resisting update as long as I can.

    • Grant says:

      I appear to be running the latest version of the app in iOS (no updates pending). If you choose ‘Stays’ from the tabs along the bottom and then ‘My Stay’ when you have selected the trip you want details of, it shows me the room type, rate, total cost for stay, and payment information. I can click on the room type and it gives me a break down of the cost per night and the rules and restrictions of the rate type.

      • meta says:

        That’s not the issue. The issue is that you can’t see points breakdown for past stays. So basically you can only see the total amount award for the past stay, but not the actual breakdown or receive a receipt. Difficult to check whether everything is in order when on the go. The only way now is to visit desktop version!

        • meta says:

          Just realised what you meant. Grant, it appears that you might be running still an old version of the app. On my partner’s phone there were actually two updates two days in a row. The first one left everything as before, but the second one was all the new rubbish.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I have the very latest update and In my points activity if I go to a stay i see Points Earned: and a little i I can click which brings up a full breakdown?

    • Doug says:

      Which version of the app are you now using? I have 3.28.2 on my iphone and all the info is still there.

      • Anna says:

        I don’t know, it doesn’t say in my app settings as far as I can see!

        • Anna says:

          Ahhh – if you tap on the confirmation number, the “old-style” info appears. Not very user friendly though, why could they not just keep the “My Stay” section on the front page?!!

          • meta says:

            But what about past stays info? There is no points breakdown at all from what I saw.

            The latest version is 3.28.2 I think.

          • Anna says:

            Nope, can’t see those…
            I’m a bit hacked off with Hilton IT at the moment. I was trying to get a full price for a 4 night booking and instead of taking me to the confirmation and payment page, the website just made the booking, which must be illegal under European law but possibly doesn’t apply to American companies? Interestingly, the card they had on file was a cancelled SPG Amex, so they’re not going to be able to process the payment anyway. I’ve lodged a complaint but they seem to not be understanding what I’m trying to tell them. My biggest worry is that if they can’t get payment from a credit card they will take the amount in points from my account??

          • John says:

            They won’t and can’t take the payment in points. They will contact you for another card number and/or just not bother until check-in date. If someone actually made a prepaid reservation with a fake card, and never paid, the hotel could potentially file a court claim depending how easy it is in their jurisdiction. They may also get Hilton to close the account.

            Contact the hotel ASAP and hope you can convince someone that there was a mistake. And thanks for the warning.

          • Anna says:

            Thanks John, I’ve had a few emails back and forth with Hilton now over this so they can’t say I haven’t tried to resolve it. As a precaution I have removed all credit cards attached to my HH account for the time being and I’ll wait and see now what transpires. I might use the reservation anyway if Ryanair’s winter schedule takes me there when it’s released!

  • Josh says:

    OT but no bits

    Have finally got a statement through from Creation/IHG and have been hit with interest charges for revolut top ups, anyone had any luck claiming these back from either creation or revolut?


    • Anna says:

      I got charged 92p which isn’t worth drawing attention to IMO, IHG being one of the few remaining golden egg-laying geese. I’m now paying off the top ups as soon as I’ve hit the £700 pw limit and going to wait and see what appears on my next statement.

    • Grant says:

      I succesfully reclaimed a cash advance fee from Revolut that was charged to my Virgin card after submitting a formal complaint to Revolut.

      • Anna says:

        But I think the Virgin charge is now standard? Don’t want other providers following suit!

        • Grant says:

          Correct. Apologies, my answer wasn’t directly addressing the original question more of data point on the wider issue about the MCC change at Revolut.

          I agree that if, as it seems for the time being, Creation are not charging cash advance fees then it seems wise to lie low and pay small amounts of interest for the ‘service’.

    • sayling says:

      Bugger. Just successfully applied for the IHG card – was hoping to load Revolut and pay bills with it avoiding any fees.

      Does Creation mind manual payments on the day of the loading to negate the interest?

      • Anna says:

        What do you mean by manual payments? You can make online payments whenever you want, including overpaying (it seems to confuse Creation slightly but it still goes through). I’m currently waiting for my next statement to discover how much interest is negated by paying early.

        • sayling says:

          Basically that – make a payment at the time of loading Revolut so, effectively, no interest will be charged.

          Any ideas of the impact of loading from IHG via Curve or Google Pay?

          • Genghis says:

            Assuming the cleared balance isn’t in credit or 0, you can make a card payment to the account.

      • AndyGWP says:

        If your plan is to still use Revolut / IHG and suck up the interest, then be aware that from what I recall, some cards do not issue points for cashlike transactions, so it could all be in vain (I’m unsure of what Creation do)

        • sayling says:

          I wonder if the welcome bonus will still trigger, though?

        • rams1981 says:

          from what I can see as of my last statement I was charged interest and they counted as cash like transactions but still earned the points. Same with HSBC.

          • Tom H says:

            Me to, phoned HSBC today re WE, and they said it would refund the interest charges as a gesture of good will. Said they had a lot of people with Revolut top ups in the same position

  • LewisB says:

    OT: Got rejected by the eligibility calculator for the IHG Premium last night but accepted for the standard one. Has anybody had any success appealing these eligibility calculators?

  • Oliv says:

    OT – does anyone has the link to the Amex Plat Addison Lee monthly £10 credits T&C?

    • Lev441 says:

      No link per se, but a credit comes on the account after 3/4 days after the original transaction.

      • KP says:

        presume cumulative spend here works? Or is it only if the transaction is £10+ ?

        • SimonW says:

          Cumulative works. I had a £7.00 credit for a small journey, then a £3.00 credit off my next journey. Both took 3 or 4 days to come through after the journeys….

  • GRIMZ says:

    OT, My easyjet flight from London to Aberdeen got cancelled on Sunday night due to the weather and my earliest flight I was offered was tomorrow up to Aberdeen. I have now been offered a flight for today up to Edinburgh which I have accepted. They put me up in a hotel for the Sunday night but the hotel wouldn’t extend to two nights so I had to find another hotel and pay it out of my own pocket. I have tried to get call easy jet but had no success. Can anyone tell me what I can claim back for this delay?

    • Shoestring says:

      nothing in terms of compo for the delay (bad weather)

      all your reasonable hotel/ food & drink (not alcohol), communications costs plus tax or public transport to/ from hotel

      reasonable being £200/ night hotel, £25/ day food – which can both be exceeded if that’s reasonable

      • Jonathan says:

        Do EasyJet regard £200/night as reasonable? The figures you quote are for BA who are happy for you to sort yourself out. EasyJet specify in their cancellation e-mails & weather alerts on website that you need to arrange accommodation through them. I’d expect a bit of a fight if you spent £200 unless you’ve got screenshots showing that was cheapest option. Bear in mind a Premier Inn/HIE/Travelodge would probably be considered reasonable regardless of the hotel you had previously stayed in. The duty of care is to put a roof over your head not extend your holiday.

        • Shoestring says:

          otoh you’re not expected to slum it in a cheap hotel or live off McDonald’s

          obvs the more you pay, the better quality you get (in general) – if there were a 4* option @£200 vs Travelodge @£50, I’d go for the 4* option and be prepared to defend my expenses claim as reasonable

          food & drink – you sometimes get given a £10 voucher which might be fine if the delay is just north of 2 hrs, but once you start to feel properly hungry/ thirsty, you can ignore the limitations of the £10 voucher and spend a reasonable amount to get a meal & claim it back later

          there are no limitations in EC261 but you would always be expected to act reasonably – and if that means a £200 hotel & that’s a typical price for comfortable accommodation, of course you’d win any claim, LCC or not

    • marcw says:

      you need to claim on-line.

      • Lady London says:

        I am sure easyJet can’t enforce this. Firstly you would have to be made aware and secondly they would have to be contactable or a very easy route advised to book through (and OP has noted he’s tried to contact them but can’t get through.

        Lastly if they want to specify where I stay then great provided they do all the work, keep advising me promptly, get me into the hotel promptly if it’s night time, and settle the bill directly with the hotel and not make me have to spend and then wait to claim back.

        I will take a bet that OP’s hotel probably had a second night available but wasn’t prepared to do it at Easyjet’s standard distressed passenger rate.

    • Andrew says:

      That’s pretty shabby. Shocking that they couldn’t get you on at least one service to GLA, EDI, INV or ABZ yesterday.

      Did you try to get the Loganair Stansted to Dundee on Sunday evening? A friend of mine managed to get a seat on it. It would probably have cost them less than your London hotel room, and Dundee Hotels are very cheap.

    • Doug says:

      easyjet does make it hard to talk to them as calling is impossible and twitter is slow and just gives you a link, it is really hit and miss.
      I had cancellation Sunday and next flight was on Thursday, so I found another flight in a town 300km away and went there by bus and stayed in a £50 hotel. It is all reasonable so they should pay, but I guess people here would gamble a bit!

  • Lou says:


    What is the best way to see Virgin redemption availability?

    • Grant says:

      seatspy until Virgin shut off access to the data like they did to rewardflightfinder

      • Lou says:

        Thanks so much. Has anyone had experience of using your Virgin Miles to book Delta flights? Is the number of miles quoted on the Delta website the number of Virgin Flying Club Miles you need or do you need to convert your Flying club miles in some way to book with Delta?

  • Lee CB says:

    BA Valentines promo doesn’t look overly exciting though I spotted Tirana (for 24Feb-29Mar) which in CE is 160TP return (though that wasn’t enough to tempt me)

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