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Save up to £300 as BA Holidays launches new discounts

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In response to the relaxation in pre-departure and arrivals testing rules, BA Holidays has rolled out some extra savings if you are now ready to jump in and book.

These offers are valid on bookings made until next Tuesday, 11th January.

The additional savings are on top of the existing sale prices.

BA Holidays Avios benefits

Book with BA Holidays by next Tuesday and you will receive:

  • £300 extra discount with a minimum spend of £10,000 per booking (Flight + Hotel only)
  • £200 extra discount with a minimum spend of £5,000 per booking (Flight + Hotel only)
  • £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)

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

The current cancellation policy for new bookings is:

  • for travel due to be completed by 31st August, you can cancel up to 28 days before departure for a refund in the form of a voucher
  • cancellations within 28 days of departure, or for travel after 31st August, are 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

What is great about the BA Holidays sale deals is that they stack with various other offers:

Double tier points

If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 31st October 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.

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)

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


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (25)

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  • Helen says:

    Thanks Rob

  • John says:

    If I am a no-show for the return leg of my BA holiday package — because I over/under stay, or return by foot — is the package still valid for x2 tier points?

    • AJA says:

      I’d say you wouldn’t get the TP for the return flight, let alone get double TP per the promo, as you only get the TP if you actually fly. Not sure how you think you’d be eligible to earn any TP if you fail to fly the return segment?

  • Barb says:

    When booking the flight and car for 2 people, would both get double TP, or only the lead booker? Trying to time these to get maximum benefit out.

    • Rob says:

      Yes

      • Julian says:

        Not true. We bought two holidays last year, which BA only honoured last week after at least 5 follow-up emails and lots of annoyed Tweets, and they gave both TPs to the lead booker. Still waiting to hear back from them re: why this is the case.

  • Nick Sparks says:

    The double tier points sem to be almost impossible to get. I took a trip in early October I have mentioned it twice at the end of calls to the BA gold line and both times was assured that it would be passed to the back office. I have emailed both addresses and the general conatct email and have yet to recieve the courtesy of an acknowledgment, let alone the missing tier points. Three months seems excessive for what is an incredibly simple transacation to automate.

    Does anyone know how to get BA to do their job?

    • MARK says:

      I got mine after leaving it 30 days and e-mailing, they were very prompt, TP’s showed up within 24 hours.

      Think it is hit and miss on replies though as it took a couple of months to respond to a flight change request, which they did, still awaiting the other one to be changed…..

  • MARK says:

    Do they actually check if you pick up the car? – thinking that’s a cheaper option for double TP’s, even if not needed.

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