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

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It’s back!  British Airways has launched a new ‘double Avios’ offer for the Summer and Autumn.

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

This offer has also been extended to BA Holidays if your BA account is registered in the UK or US.  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 

The offer is open to all BAEC members globally for flight bookings

The offer is open to BAEC members in the UK and USA for BA Holidays bookings

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 today and 31st August

Existing bookings prior to registration do not count 

You must fly before 31st December 2020

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, although Comair is not currently flying.

Apart from the transatlantic 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 a few 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 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 31st August and you must travel by 31st December 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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  1. Trevor Butler says:

    I shall register – it would be churlish not to. However, I used British Airways only because it was one of the better quality airlines flying out of Gatwick. If I’m forced to go from Heathrow then I’m offered a wide range of superior carriers. It’s going to take more than just double Avios before I suffer a meal from a cardboard box, plastic cutlery and indifferent wine from a plastic beaker.

  2. James says:

    So less valuable than it would appear given (especially for high status members):

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

    So a Club Europe return to Athens for example is:

    A base of 1494×2 = 2988.
    With Blue business is 2241×2 = 4482 the extra double base is a 66% gain on top.

    With Gold business is 3735×2 = 7470 the extra double base is a 40% gain on top.

  3. James says:

    Is the base associated with the selling class so the base would correspond to the below regardless of status or does status ensure it is the proper base?

    Economy lowest (Q, O, G)
    Economy low (K, L, M, N, S, V)
    Economy flexible (Y, B, H)

  4. I have flights booked in September and half-term. Using the book with confidence guarantee (and assuming the flight costs haven’t changed significantly) is there anything stopping me from taking a voucher and immediately rebooking with it to get the bonus avios?

  5. Dickie H says:

    So the number of extra bookings this offer will generate for BA: about 6.

  6. On a BA Holiday booking for a family, would all participants benefit if they all registered separately? Adults and children? I am registering us all, just in case, of course!

  7. Not excited at all and this won’t motivate me to make any bookings. I will register just in case. But at the moment I feel any booking for flights up to 31/12 is just an interest free loan to BA which I am not interested in giving them. Any long haul flight or holiday you book now for this year has a high chance of cancellation. Or if not cancelled you may not be able to enter or return without quarantine. And if BA operates the flight despite entry restrictions you won’t even get your cash back, best you could hope for would be another FTV. So no thanks.

  8. damien says:

    Should the Avios show for new bookings in the “Manage my booking” section. Cuz it doesn’t look like it yet.

  9. Gwilym says:

    The link takes us to a terms and conditions page that prevents access to the actual registration page!

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