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NEW: You can now pay for BA Holidays packages with Avios

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You can now pay or part-pay for British Airways Holidays packages, hotels and car hire with Avios.

You can pay the entire cost of your holiday (well, everything except £1!) if you have enough points.

Use Avios for BA Holidays bookings

How do you spend Avios on BA Holidays bookings?

One thing to note upfront is that – as with flight redemptions – you can only use Avios during the initial booking process.

One of the key advantages of BA Holidays is that you don’t need to pay for the full holiday at the time of booking. You can pay a small deposit, and then pay the balance from 4-7 weeks before departure, depending on your destination.

However, Avios can only be used when you make your first payment. If you just want to pay a deposit now you can (using cash or Avios, or a mix of the two) but, when you come to pay the balance, it will need to be in cash.

If you have an existing BA Holidays booking where you have yet to pay the final balance, you won’t be able to use Avios as part payment.

BA Holidays pay with Avios

BA Holidays bookings with Avios are made in the normal way via

When you have put together your preferred mix of flights, hotel and / or car, you will be given the option to log in to your British Airways Executive Club account. The options you are given for using Avios will vary depending on the balance in your account or, if applicable, your household account.

(Interestingly, it seems that you can use Avios from a household account even if the other passengers on the booking are not in your household account. This is one way of getting around the restrictions on who can travel on a flight-only Avios booking made from a household account.)

What sort of value can you get for your Avios?

The good news using Avios at BA Holidays is that you can, if you have enough points, get yourself a totally free holiday (well almost, like flight bookings, you will need to pay at least £1 in cash)… Flight, car, hotel… the lot.

Here is an example based on two people flying in Euro Traveller to Barcelona in June for a 3-night stay in a 4-star hotel:

  • Cash price: £1,117
  • Avios options:
Use Avios on BA Holidays
Use Avios for BA Holidays bookings

As you can see, I can, if I wish, use 254,225 Avios to reduce the cost of my BA Holiday to just £1.

Let’s look at the value you get per Avios with the various options:

  • £45 off with 5,400 Avios = 0.83p per Avios
  • £80 off with 12,250 Avios = 0.65p per Avios
  • £150 off with 29,900 Avios = 0.50p per Avios
  • £187 off with 40,875 Avios = 0.46p per Avios
  • £304 off with 69,250 Avios = 0.44p per Avios
  • £402 off with 91,575 Avios = 0.44p per Avios
  • £536 off with 122,100 Avios = 0.44p per Avios
  • £714 off with 162,650 Avios = 0.44p per Avios
  • £1,116 off with 254,225 Avios = 0.44p per Avios

This is not, of course, the most efficient way of using your Avios. We target 1p+ per point when used for premium cabin flight redemptions. Even after the recent devaluation, you will still get 0.67p per Avios by moving them to Nectar points for spending at Sainsburys, Argos, eBay etc.

Life’s not that simple, of course.

The BA Holidays route allows you to book any seats on any flight with no issues over Avios availability, and also allows you to pay for an entire holiday if you wish. You don’t need to find extra cash for your hotel or car hire. This will undoubtedly prove attractive to some people in the current economic environment.

BA Holidays pay with Avios

There are also some additional benefits to booking with BA Holidays:

  • ‘Flight and hotel’ bookings can be cheaper than just booking a flight.
  • You’ll receive double tier points on BA flights on BA Holidays packages taken before the year end
  • You’ll get an extra 1 Avios per £1 you earn on your spending with BA Holidays
  • You’ll get double Avios on your credit card spending – 3 Avios per £1 – when you pay on a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card


It is always good to have new ways to spend Avios, and I’m sure that many people will find BA Holidays to be an acceptable way of using their points.

It’s also worth noting you can redeem Avios against BA Holidays ‘hotel only’ or car hire bookings too.

It may not be the most effective way of using your points but at the end of the day – as we often say on HfP – all that really matters is that you use your points to do the trip that you really want to do. Allowing redemptions on BA Holidays make using Avios for your ideal trip easier.

You can play around with pricing and booking options on the BA Holidays website here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (46)

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  • Andrew J says:

    Do the same cancellation refund conditions apply? When booking a holiday you’re only on the hook for the deposit amount up until the balance is due, should you wish to cancel. So if you book with Avios for the whole amount and then want to cancel before the balance due date, are you refunded the Avios minus the deposit?

    • QwertyKnowsBest says:

      For me this is a key decider if to use this option. Not covered in the article so also would be interested to know more.

    • Spurs drive me mad says:

      There you go I looked it up!

      When Avios have been used as part payment, the Avios will be refundable only where the holiday is refundable. Partial refunds of holiday payment will be credited to your Avios account up to the value of the original part payment, with any remainder credited to your original method of payment.
      In the case of a Household Account, current redemption rules apply regarding the debiting of Avios across the accounts of the Household members. However, Members of a Household Account can make Avios part-payment bookings for people outside of the Household Account.

  • Peter K says:

    Hi Rob. £80 discount for 12250 works out at 0.65 per avios, not 0.83.

    Interesting article. I’ve used avois at 0.5p each to pay for a hotel when cash poor in the past so can see how this could appeal.

    • Navara says:

      Better option is to cash out via Nectar/Argos on All access gift card and book with Kuoni or other T/A

      • Peter K says:

        That is currently a better option, but nl wasn’t when I used avois….plus for those chasing status, no TPs.

  • David S says:

    With this new facility is this not a new option to find flights to places where seats were hard to find. Book Flight plus car for a few days and use some Avios and get Avios back on the booking as well. Or have I missed something?

    • KevinD says:

      Exactly David. Also, anyone planning a tier point run to reach or maintain status may not “need” that anymore. With cash prices in premium cabins very high at the moment, a good tier point run is hard to find. So even if the Avios target is a little lower than what you would want, it is offset by savings you will make further down the line.

      Essentially this means we can use Avios to buy tier point gaining flights? Is this correct?

  • namster says:

    welcome addition, but can this be used as an option to upgrade to club world

    • Rob says:


    • Alex W says:

      In effect yes, you could book Club World and pay the (substantial) additional amount in Avios (PPWA). But you would be far better off booking standard Premium Economy tickets and upgrade them using Avios (UUA). Though the latter requires award space in CW, the former does not.

  • David says:

    This would work really well for me – stack of Avios, but just moving house….

    When i had a quick look, it looked at my household account, which to be honest i wasn’t aware that i had. The balance on that is 33k, whilst balance on mine is nearer 500k

    Anyone know if there is a way of forcing the system to look at personal rather than household balance?

    • Rhys says:

      You should be able to see both separately on The household account balance should include your own so not sure why it’s showing fewer than yours alone!

  • Irons80 says:

    Surely an important thing to add to the equation is the value of Avios and (double) tier points you’ll earn back when part-pay with Avios. That for me is a very powerful incentive, especially when it’s very hard to find redemption seats for a family of 5 outside of WTP

    • Ang says:

      I agree, double tier points and avios following the trip is a massive incentive.

  • Jack says:

    Always had excellent service from BA holidays and would recommend them to anyone. Often you can get a flight and hotel cheaper than many other places especially booking separate and the advantage of only needing to pay a deposit is also very good indeed. This is a great way of saving some money on booking a holiday by using Avios should you wish but may not always provide the best value

  • E says:

    Let’s hope that, eventually, 241s can be used on holiday bookings. Doubtful tho.

    Re: using evouchers on holiday (not just flight) bookings – I thought you could do this if you called them up?

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