BA Holidays extends its ‘double tier points’ offer to December 2023
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If you had been worrying about how you are going to retain or earn British Airways Executive Club status next year, BA Holidays can help.
BA Holidays has extended its double tier points offer by another three months, out to 31st December 2023.
If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 31st December 2023 (was 30th September 2023), you will receive double BA tier points on your flights. Existing bookings count.
You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.
British Airways is now posting these bonus tier points promptly. It only took 18 months, but it has finally cracked it. BA Holidays is now saying that you need to wait just 14 days for the extra tier points. Reader feedback confirms this.
You could get very close to a Silver card from scratch in one trip. For example, booking London to New York in Club World, you would get (140 + 140) x 2 = 560 tier points.
For clarity, ALL travellers on the booking receive double tier points.
How many tier points would you need for BA status?
From 1st January 2023, thresholds return to their pre-covid levels (this happens irrespective of your membership year end):
- Bronze status in BA Executive Club requires 300 tier points
- Silver status in BA Executive Club requires 600 tier points
- Gold status in BA Executive Club requires 1,500 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.
Three bits of small print to note ….
There are three things to note about the double tier points offer:
- you must book flights which carry a British Airways flight number – codeshare flights with, say, Qatar Airways are acceptable but only if your booking shows a BAXXXX flight number
- whilst your booking must contain at least five nights of hotel or car rental, your overall stay can be longer
- you don’t need to be booking for a couple or family – the offer also applies to solo travellers
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:
- 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
- if you have the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card, you get double Avios via American Express if you use it to pay for your holiday
- you only need to pay a deposit now with the balance not due until a few weeks before departure
The only real downside is that BA Holidays flights do not earn On Business points in the SME loyalty scheme.
I think it is worth having a serious think about how you can use this BA Holidays offer to put you well on your way to Executive Club status next year.
Don’t forget that BA Holidays is currently running its 2023 sale.
You can learn more about the double tier points offer on the BA Holidays website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 Mastercard
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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 famous annual 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 10,500 Avios.
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 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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.