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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 (May 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.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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 £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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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 (46)

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  • Ian says:

    Why would anyone spend 250,000 Avios to fly in Economy to Barcelona for 3 nights?

    Seems like a total waste of points.

    In any case, I seem to recall you saying that you should never go less than .8p per Avios, now .67p as that is the base level.

    Far better to book business on points and book a hotel directly.

    I appreciate that BA are paying for the post – so you can’t be totally dismissive.

    But I guess this is one scheme to help people spend Avios.

    Having said all this, with well over a million – unless I spend them they will go to waste. 😂

    • Andrew J says:

      Exactly your two last points – more choice is always good.

    • Thywillbedone says:

      I join you as someone with a mounting Avios balance and more vouchers than I can use. Tried to book Croatia in May for 3 using a voucher (cash prices very high) = failed. Trying to book Germany over Easter for 3 = failed (admittedly on relatively short notice). Been trying to get Thailand and other destinations in the Far East for a long time = failed. Have managed to book LA for summer, 3 people in J. But now looking at either paying Double Avios on Qatar or other such route to reduce my balance …could be considered heresy, but I don’t like holding onto lots of a weak currency for long periods.

  • Lou says:

    I’d take them up on the anything up to 0.8p per avios. A nice new offering

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    When had a look last week I was shown getting 1p per avios on some small amounts – £8 for 800 then £ 18 for 1,800 and then a rapidly descending list with the worst value for using all my avios.

    So the value can be had especially if you only have a small amount of avios which may otherwise be useless.

    • The Original David says:

      Yep, I had options for a booking last week of £8 off for 800 Avios or £15 off for 1525 Avios (and then many worse options). I took the £15 off.

  • Freddy says:

    We all know Robs opinion on this if it wasn’t a sponsored ad….

    • Rob says:

      Same as it is written above. Not something I’d do myself but the option is there if you want it. I have a lot of respect for BA Holidays for supporting that message.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      As he wrote in the second last paragraph

      “ It obviously isn’t the most effective way of using your points but at the end of the day …”

      He’d probably use exactly the same words as well. Rob doesn’t let the fact an article has been paid for get in the way of his editorial.

      • Freddy says:

        Other redemptions at this level have previously been deemed as poor or abysmal in the past…Guess the article is a polite way of saying that

      • J says:

        We’d normally see a: ‘you’d be mad to redeem at these levels given…’

  • Pj92 says:

    Does this mean that spending Avios on hotels and cars via is going to go then as surely these are the same thing and they were never reliant on award availability in the first place? They have a fixed value per Avios no matter the amount redeemed.

    • FFoxSake says:

      What’s BA Holidays excuse for not accepting the cash value of e-vouchers though, Rob?

      If BA can accept e-vouchers OR Avios for part-payment of flight-only bookings they should really be allowing either for holidays too.

      • Rob says:

        Seems very possible from the BA accounts announcement last week that it intends to wipe vouchers in September. Will release £500m IIRC.

        • No longer Entitled says:

          Odd way to put it, although I can see the logic when speaking to the balance sheet. Another way would be to say, keep £0.5bn of customer money earned without ever providing a service.

          • Rob says:

            Anyone with a voucher took it voluntarily in place of cash, or was on a flight which actually operated and where no refund was legally due.

            Bit tough on those who took a voucher instead of cash to help BA survive covid of course.

          • Jonathan says:

            At the same time, those people booked flights when a lot of countries weren’t letting people in, BA were essentially letting people buy flexible tickets (without the opportunity of cash refund unless flight was cancelled) for rock bottom prices, and prices were low because they wanted people to book despite knowing there’s a likelihood the flight would get cancelled, there were almost certainly many who accepted a voucher over refund for a cancelled flight, although BA didn’t make it very easy, forcing you to call up, spending long periods of time waiting before you put through to anyone in order to the get the refund processed

          • No longer Entitled says:

            I’d agree that accepting a voucher was voluntary but BA did not make it easy to obtain a cash refund. In fact, one might consider that they actually put obstacles in the way. For example, was it possible to obtain both a voucher or cash via the website/app?

  • Paul says:

    Presuming you earn Avios for flights on these bookings unlike redemptions so need to figure this into the equation. Coupled with double tier points this offer def becomes more appealing especially for small amounts of Avios

    • Andrew J says:

      Yes, normal cash ticket earning, just like when you reduce by Avios the price of a cash ticket.

      • Jonathan says:

        The only part pay with Avios I ever do is lowest amount possible, which gives 1pence per Avios return

        Although I did get two vouchers after getting 2pence per Avios return nearly a couple of years ago, even by HfP standards, that’s a substantially good return

  • L Allen says:

    Is the reason this is only available at the point of initial booking due to BA’s shonky IT? It’s a shame that it’s not possible to secure a future holiday with a deposit and then earn the Avios needed to cover some/all of the remaining balance.

  • Spurs drive me mad says:

    What’s the cancellation policy on using points, if say you book and pay up several hundred thousand points at time of booking and then you have to cancel would you lose the points equivalent to deposit or would you lose all your points? Are points payments covered under travel insurance policies ?

    It’s another option which is always good, but I don’t think I would comment hundreds of thousands of hard earned points to a holiday I might book months out. I might risk 50k but no more.

    • Navara says:

      I once booked a cruise with Airmiles which I had to cancel due to illness. Claimed from insurance which paid out the cash price. Avios may be different

      • tony says:

        I think that’s a very specific carve out in travel insurance policies. Some will say they pay the cash equivalent for miles cancellations, others offer no cover at all.

        • Spurs drive me mad says:

          I think if I was going to spend a significant amount of miles I would want travel insurance in place that covers points. Wether such a policy exists is another matter, think that opens up a whole different can of worms in how much a point is worth. Had anyone actually booked and read cancellation t&c of this scheme?

          • Spurs drive me mad says:

            I looked up t&c on BA for part answer.

            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.

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