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Do I earn extra Avios if I book with BA Holidays?

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Do you earn extra Avios if you book with BA Holidays?

BA Holidays are packaged by British Airways and normally include flights, car rental and sometimes hotel bookings.  In this article we’ll look at how many Avios you can earn if you book your trip with BA Holidays.

As well as earning Avios, BA Holidays can also save you money AND let you delay paying for your trip.

Do I get extra Avios from BA Holidays?

If you were planning on renting a car or booking a hotel for your holiday booking with BA Holidays can make a lot of sense. Not only is it often cheaper to book both a flight and a hotel or car together rather than separately – since British Airways offers special air fares for ‘package’ prices – but you will also earn bonus Avios.

The BA Holidays home page says:

“As an Executive Club Member, you can collect 1 bonus Avios for every £1 you spend on flights and hotel and flights and car packages and hotels, cars and sightseeing when booked separately or added to a flight booking.”

There is another benefit too.  If you use a British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card to pay for your BA Holidays package, you will earn double Avios (3 per £1) from American Express.

And, of course, you will also earn Avios from your flights as usual.

This make BA Holidays a unique ‘triple dip’:

1 Avios per £1 given by BA Holidays

3 Avios per £1 given by American Express if you pay with a British Airways Premium Plus credit card

standard Avios from your BA flight when you travel

BA Holidays typically package their flights with rental cars from Avis, which also includes free all-inclusive insurance and a free additional driver. This, together with the bonus Avios rates and the lower fares, means you will often save considerably money by booking flights and rental cars or hotels together at BA Holidays.

BA Holidays can ease your cash flow too!

There is one other benefit of booking with BA Holidays.

You only need to pay a deposit now.  The balance is not due until seven weeks before departure.

This essentially lets you turn a non-refundable flight into a ‘quite a lot refundable’ one!  If you change your mind about travelling, you simply do not make the final payment.  You WILL lose your deposit, of course, but this is a lot cheaper than losing your entire payment, which is what would happen if you had booked a ‘flight only’ trip with British Airways.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

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