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BA Holidays tightens its payment terms

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We ran two articles yesterday on BA Holidays – this one looks at some of their sale deals and this one looks at the extension of the ‘double tier points’ offer to October 2022.

What we missed – thanks to ChrisC for pointing this out – is that BA Holidays has tightened up on its payment terms.

Until 15th December, you could pay your balance up to three weeks before departure.

BA Holidays tightens its payment terms

For all new bookings, you must pay the remaining balance:

  • four weeks before departure for European holidays
  • seven weeks before departure for all other holidays

This ties in with the new cancellation policy, which requires you to cancel more than four weeks before departure if you want to receive a ‘no questions asked’ voucher refund.

You now have the following options when booking with BA:

  • book ‘flight only’ and pay 100% upfront BUT remain eligible to cancel for a voucher up to one hour before departure
  • book ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’, potentially save money on booking each element separately and pay just a small deposit now BUT be required to cancel at least four weeks before departure to receive a voucher for the money paid to date

You can find details of BA Holidays policies on its website here.


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Comments (53)

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  • gary says:

    Slightly off topic, but does anyone have an email address at BA Holidays that is functioning. I need to get them to credit a forthcoming trip with an evoucher and car rental credit so that i can then pay the correct balance online. Cant get through on the phone despite lots of trying.

    thanks

    • megoi says:

      The last time I had to have a voucher applied to a BA holiday, I responded to their e-mail that they had send to me with the FTV details and my new booking reference.
      E-mail address was baholidays@ba.com

      I got through to BA holidays yesterday – about a 40. min wait. But they sorted a cancellation and refund out for me overy quickly.

  • FrontSeatPhil says:

    Congratulations Rob, that’s a great result. Top work.

    I see four peaks in the traffic – I’m assuming they’re mostly COVID related, but can you see what’s caused the spikes?

    • Rob says:

      The spikes are days when an article goes viral or it’s a big piece of news – two are about easyJet baggage policies, one is the day BA increased Avios seats to 14 per flight and the other is the day when the Nectar partnership was announced.

      • FatherOfFour says:

        Nothing about the First class crockery sale?

        • Rob says:

          That remains our biggest day ever, due to the coverage we got on BBC News, but it was 2020.

          • FatherOfFour says:

            Time flies eh!? Well done for a fantastic year and a great resource and community. Have a great Christmas and New Year

  • Tim Peachey says:

    Well done Rob and team! I always enjoy reading your daily posts.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Interesting that some of the most traffic came for the EasyJet article despite the British Airways and self declared west London bias in terms of coverage due to the claimed London professional audience which is obviously handy to attract advertisers

    • Rob says:

      Those articles went crazy on social media. If I showed you the chart of unique visitor numbers, you’d see that it was flat for the days of the Nectar and extra Avios seats news (because it was all regulars that commented) but had huge spikes on those days. It wasn’t the regulars.

      If you look at my LinkedIn posts you’ll see I did an article about the last easyJet article – about what it’s like to be on the end of an article that goes viral and about how little benefit it actually brought to the site.

      • yorkieflyer says:

        Agreed, but it does suggest that narrative appealing to advertisers is a subset of London professionals.
        The most grotesque example of this is the ritzy magazine that Amex plats get?

  • Anne says:

    Well done. That’s a lot of readers. Please don’t change the format. It is great how it is 🙂

    You guys do a great job. Your articles are always informative and useful. Thank you.

    Have a great Xmas. (If you are allowed… :-))

  • DeB20 says:

    Congratulations on achieving this milestone Rob and team.

    Greetings for the festive season.

    • ADS says:

      Yes, congratulations on the 20m milestone – and nice that it arrived in time for Christmas!

      Enjoy the break, assuming you get one

  • Clive says:

    Christmas greetings from Thailand and congratulations HfP

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