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Save an extra £100 in the BA Holidays sale

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BA Holidays is offering a further discount on bookings made in the current British Airways sale. If you book a flight + hotel or flight + car holiday before 8th September you can make the following additional savings:

  • £100 extra discount with a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking
  • £50 extra discount with a minimum spend of £1,250 per booking
  • £25 extra discount with a min spend of £650 per booking (flight + Car only)
Save an extra £100 in the BA Holidays sale

The discount is valid on selected destinations for 2020 and ALL destinations for 2021.

The British Airways ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee means that you can change your booking date and destination if you wish (obviously you need to pay any difference if the new holiday is more expensive) or even cancel completely for a Future Travel Voucher.

BA Holidays is offering complimentary access to the Galleries Club lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5 when booking an economy flight + hotel package. You must travel for seven nights or more, before Christmas Eve. Minimum spend criteria apply.

You can find out more on the BA Holidays sale page here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (85)

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  • Lady London says:

    sounds like a cheap hostel or a car is the way to go then. The savings on the air fare component might still allow you to come out ahead.

  • Nick says:

    Hello. I’ve got a BAPP that I just don’t need any more and want to cancel and reapply in 2 years. I’ve also got some unused 241 vouchers. What is the risk on doing this? Am I right in thinking that the voucher won’t be canceled? What about if I use the 241 after I cancel the card, but then want to amend my booking? And do I really need an amex to pay the “taxes” for the booking? Cheers.

    • Anna says:

      The vouchers won’t be affected if you cancel the card, even if you subsequently cancel a booking. But yes, you need an Amex to pay the fees, even if it’s someone else’s.

    • Geoff says:

      They will tell you that you need to keep the card, but in reality you don’t. We kept one until we had booked and paid to be on the safe side, then cancelled the card – and then needed to change the booking.

      Bear in mind that ‘amendments’ to rewards bookings are usually ‘cancel and rebook’ and any refund goes to the original card. The rebooking was no issue in terms of re-using the original voucher and paying taxes with a new card but the cash refund went back to the closed card – we then had to get on to Amex to recover the refund.

  • Henk says:

    Eurostar having just announced direct services to/from Holland is shooting itself in the foot. Living in Surrey, there’s no just way I’m going to go all the way to St Pancras to catch a Eurostar train to the continent – always went to Ebbsfleet, or Ashford before Ebbsfleet opened – or indeed Waterloo when the trains used to leave from there.

    And yes, not being in Schengen/EU does add extra costs to this business, whatever the political merits of the case, and I assume this will have played a role in their decision. Plus it will most likely reduce travel demand.

    • Genghis says:

      I used Ebbsfleet when heading to/from home as only 25 mins on the A2 and then straight to the lounge in about 5 mins. Heading to St Pancras from home is more of a pain (train or car) and then much more of a pain through security. Much better (almond) croissants though.

      • Louie says:

        My family are ten minutes away from Ebbsfleet so in the unlikely event that they or I want to use Eurostar, we’d probably get the train from Ebbsfleet to St Pancras and then back through Ebbsfleet. That extra pain would be reduced (at no significant cost to them) for many people if they would stop to let passengers disembark at Ebbsfleet (or Ashford). No chance of that of course.

  • WillPS says:

    Great news about Hampton Blackpool… I’m a bit dubious about the parking situation though.

  • mark2 says:

    I have now used my BAPP with the saved extra Avios offer and received an automatic email saying I will get the points.
    I have just upgraded so this may be the reason.

  • Anna says:

    What are you basing those figures on? The countries with the highest crime rates are those with the most robust recording measures; so you will see that Switzerland, for example, has a shockingly high robbery rate, but that’s not because it’s full of robbers, it’s because the recording and investigation of crime is meticulous. Other countries allow huge numbers of crimes to go unrecorded (and uninvestigated), so on the surface their figures look better.

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