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BA Holidays extends its ‘double tier points’ offer but tightens Covid cancellation rules

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If you are looking to earn some British Airways Executive Club tier points to take advantage of the reduced tier point thresholds for 2022 – see our article here – BA Holidays can help.

BA Holidays has extended its double tier points offer.

If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 31st October 2022 (was 31st March 2022), you will receive double BA tier points on your flights. Existing bookings count.

You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.

BA Holidays Avios benefits

There are problems with the posting of these bonus tier points and BA Holidays is now saying that you need to wait 60 days. The latest reader feedback is that a new email address – [email protected] – is apparently your best bet for submitting a retroclaim. However, you shouldn’t let that put you off what is a very generous deal.

With the tier point threshold for British Airways Executive Club Silver status cut to 450 tier points for membership years ending in 2022, you could hit this in just one trip.

A BA Holidays package in Business Class to, say, Athens would earn you 320 tier points with this promotion. You would be just 130 tier points short of Silver.

A Business Class package to, say, New York or Dubai would get you 560 tier points under this offer. This is well over the threshold for Silver and half of the way to Gold, currently 1,125 tier points.

Remember that you need FOUR BA or Iberia cash flights in your membership year to get promoted, so one return flight to New York wouldn’t be enough unless you were connecting. You’d need a quick hop somewhere else before your status was upgraded.

A small downside …. BA Holidays has changed its cancellation rules

British Airways Holidays has made a small change to its Covid cancellation policy, although it would be churlish to say that it makes a huge difference.

As of last Thursday, you can only cancel your holiday in return for a British Airways voucher up to 28 days before departure.

The previous rule stated that you had to cancel up to three weeks before departure.

The refund policy only applies to travel which would be completed by 31st August 2022. Holidays booked for travel beyond this date will be subject to the standard cancellation policy.

You can see details of the revised BA Holidays Covid cancellation policy on its home page here.

BA Holidays Avios

The other BA Holidays benefits are still in place

As well as the double tier points offer, BA Holidays is running various other offers which will all stack together:

Free lounge access

If you book a 5+ night package for travel up to 31st March 2022, you will also receive lounge benefits at Heathrow.

  • Spend £1,500 per person on an Economy package and receive Galleries Club access in Terminal 5 plus fast track security and priority boarding
  • Spend £2,500 per person on a Business Class package and receive use of the First Wing and Galleries First access in Terminal 5

Other benefits

  • booking a ‘Flight and Hotel’ or ‘Flight and Car’ package can be cheaper than booking a flight on its own, since British Airways will often use BA Holidays as a way of quietly selling seats without cutting its headline flight prices
  • you earn an additional 1 Avios per £1 for every £1 you spend at BA Holidays
  • you only need to pay a deposit now – which can be as low as £60 per person – with the balance not due until seven weeks before departure (this is now back to the old rules – it had been reduced to three weeks)

We take a look at the new BA and BA Holidays sale in another article today, although the deals are pretty underwhelming to be honest.

You can learn more about the double tier points offer on the BA Holidays website here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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

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

There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 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

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 30,000 Avios.

30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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 (57)

  • soundnomad says:

    Good job I subscribe to the newsletter from HfP Rob, thanks, as BA have told me nothing about the cancellation period changes on my booking. Still got 10 days to cancel under new rules but think this will catch a some people out over the break. Is there a specific situation where they have to refund the deposit as cash, ie they cannot rebook the flights under the same fares/class or do they have to cancel the whole thing themselves without my intervention? does anyone know? I have a depoisit of £300 but 150 is voucher (as i made mistake on the first attempt at booking so canclled and got a voucher and rebooked – not realising you had to phone to then use the voucher as a deposit) and 150 is cash I subsequently paid to secure the 2nd attempt at booking online. I would ideally like to get the whole 300 back as cash but def want the 150 back as cash if they won’t budge, don’t want to inadvertantly cancel this myself and end up with a £300 voucher. Thanks in advance.

    • Rob says:

      You should be fine under the rules in place when you booked.

      You’d get a £300 voucher back I think.

      • soundnomad says:

        Thanks Rob. I see now it is new bookings from 16th Dec that this applies to. BA have cancelled / removed my connecting flights twice now and although there are flights available they have not put them back they didn’t even inform me. Currently have return legs LHR to doha and hotels in Thailand booked. I can’t see anyway of resolving this without calling again plus as they removed the flights after I rebooked over the phone slightly changing my orginal itinerary I feel like accepting not getting the cash deposit back as cash as a result of this is kind of a capitultion. I am in two minds.

  • Lady London says:

    Ahem I only recall payment on BA Holidays being due no more than 5 weeks before departure. (Recently in Covid it was dropped from 5 weeks to 3. )

    I think 7 weeks before departure now required is a degradation?

  • JC says:

    “Spend £2,500 per person on a Business Class package and receive use of the First Wing and Galleries First access in Terminal 5” – I can’t find this anywhere? We’re due to fly out on Saturday on a BA Holiday which would qualify for the above. Would we be entitled to the First Wing access?

    • JC says:

      Ignore – there are a thousand stipulations to this in the terms and conditions, one of them being:
      “Not valid for departures from 16 December 2022 to 6 January 2022 inclusive.”

      Fat lot of good that is!

  • bonvoy_traveller says:

    Does anyone know if a Hotline would qualify? Would book the flights and car in the same transaction.

  • Ian Preston says:

    Does anyone know whether booking a flight and adding a hotel in the same transaction counts the same way as going in via BA Holidays?

    • Chris says:

      From BA: “For the avoidance of doubt this offer does not apply to any British Airways flight only bookings made without a hotel or car or where the hotel or car is added to a booking in a separate transaction.”

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