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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.

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 – executiveclub@my.ba.com – 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.

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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.


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Comments (55)

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  • Alan says:

    My TP year resets in April so although I’ve now had an extension to status it means I’d have to travel in the first few months of next year which seems pretty unlikely the way things are now so can’t see this offer being of much use except to those with TP reset dates later in the year.

    • Richie says:

      I’m hopeful for a trip in late March, which is more than 13 weeks away.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      First few months? You have 6 whole months after your TP reset to earn a higher status.

      • Lady London says:

        Well TG the problem is that the renewal of status for 2022/2023, would require the full status points.

        As per BA’s correction to Rob yesterday.

        Although Rob has said “we’ll see if it actually works that way but that’s what BA is saying”.

        Hence the OP’s disappointment that travel still looks hard to do in time for their current BA year end 8th April

  • FlightDoctor says:

    Can you use a GUF2 on a BA holidays booking?

  • GiddyKipper says:

    Would an ex EU BA Hols booking qualify for double tier points?

    • GiddyKipper says:

      Just read T&C’s and answer is no

    • Rob says:

      There are LOTS of detailed T&C on the BAH website if you go over there.

      • Richie says:

        Yes, there’s

        “…2. A “Qualifying Booking” is a British Airways Holidays booking that meets all of the following criteria:….

        2 b. British Airways flights including codeshares and British Airways marketed and/or operated flights only….”

        Which seems clear.

  • Carl says:

    The double tier points offer is a great ploy by BA. It encourages people to make extra bookings, but there’s no downside to BA because they don’t actually ever give you the extra tier points.

  • VerdantBacon says:

    I’m guessing this is a very easy answer but I don’t have much experience with BAH, if I add a hotel/car booking to a flight, after the flight has been booked, is there a way to turn this into a BAH booking to take advantage of the offer? Or does the whole lot need to be booked at the same time?

  • Gary says:

    So i have a flight and 4 day hotel booking with BA holidays in early February. I paid the £250 deposit and have a further few thousand to pay soon.

    I currently have covid and it is going through my household. The trip is for me and my wife and i am concerned that we may not be able to make it now but wont know until very close to the date of travel on 1 Feb.

    If i pay the balance due have i then lost all rights to cancel in the event one of us tests positive or we decide that the risk is too great of catching covid in Dubai and having the hassle of dealing with it there. I always thought i could cancel and get a voucher for future travel? Although these seem like a load of hassle to actually use and with limited flexibility.

    Also for this trip I intend to pay the balance with cash, an existing future travel voucher and a credit from a cancelled car rental last year. I cant seem to use the FTV and credit online so i will have to phone BA Holidays. I recall this being an arduous task previously and I suspect it is even worse now. How are folks getting through to BA holidays?

    Many thanks.

    • NorthernLass says:

      Gary – if you have a cash only voucher, you can use it by emailing BA holidays and giving them the booking reference you want it applying to. Don’t mention the type of booking which was cancelled.

    • ChrisC says:

      BA holiday FTVs must be one of the easiest things to use! All you do is reply to the email and give the new booking reference. It even says this in the FTV email. I’ve done it several times with no fuss.

      It is however taking them up to 14 rather than 7 days to apply it to the new booking (as per auto response I received last night)

      BA Holidays will issue a voucher if you do have Covid BUT they want proof via a supervised test. It’s part of the new form I posted about last night

      https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/changes-to-ba-holidays-voucher-refund-form-under-bwc/

  • Gary says:

    Ok thanks guys. I haven’t had an a email yet but i assume i will nearer the time the balance is due.

    • NorthernLass says:

      No – you need to email them the FTV you received when you cancelled your previous booking.

  • Darko says:

    My double tier points posted today, but they were not backdated. This might be an issue if your year expires before the points are awarded. My return trips were in October and November and the points transaction date and Posted date are 23rd Dec.

    • Rob says:

      That’s weird – all reports so far, and indeed what BAH told me in writing, is that they are backdated.

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