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Sales update: extra Virgin Holidays savings and BA Holidays and flights sale ending

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Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are bringing their current sales to an end on Tuesday.

Here is news of an extra Virgin Holidays discount for anyone still on the fence about jumping in, and a reminder of the British Airways deals.

Virgin Holidays extra sale discounts

Save an extra 5%-10% on Virgin Holidays

Virgin Holidays is offering an extra discount if you book during the final few days of the sale, which ends on Tuesday.

You will receive:

  • an extra 5% off departures from 1st June to 31st December
  • an extra 10% off departures from 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2024

This applies to flight plus hotel or flight plus car packages booked by Virgin Holidays. The extra discount is already included in the price shown online.

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

The Virgin Atlantic flight sale is also winding up on Tuesday – details of the discounts available are here.

What are the best options in the British Airways sale?

The current British Airways flight sale is surprisingly good, with prices to North America now broadly down to pre-covid levels. This means sub-£1,300+ Club World fares to New York and more – all direct from London.

It is also offering some good savings on BA Holidays packages which include a Business Class flight – in some cases, the holiday costs little more than buying the flight on its own.

Details of the luxury flight deals are here and the BA Holidays deals are here.  As with the Virgin Atlantic sale, you must book by Tuesday 30th May. Travel dates vary by route.

What are the Club World business class flight deals?

2022 was an expensive year for air fares, so it’s good to see sale prices finally back to levels they were back in 2019. We recommend using the Low Fare Finder tool on to see which months the sale fares are available. Minimum stay requirements may apply.

The best Club World fares are to the US and Canada:

  • Austin — £1,441
  • Boston — £1,364
  • Chicago — £1,339
  • Cincinnati — £1,570
  • Denver — £1,692
  • Houston — £1,516
  • Las Vegas — £1,954
  • Los Angeles — £1,816
  • Miami — £1,862
  • Montreal — £1,347
  • Nashville — £1,520
  • New Orleans — £1,595
  • New York — £1,296
  • Philadelphia — £1,389
  • Phoenix — £1,804
  • Pittsburgh — £1,495
  • San Diego — £1,829
  • San Francisco — £1,716
  • Seattle — £1,410
  • Toronto — £1,308
  • Washington DC — £1,439

There are slim pickings outside of North America, with just a handful of historically decent fares:

  • Buenos Aires — £2,498
  • Grenada — £2,099
  • Male — £2,697
  • Shanghai — £2,323
British Airways sale deals

Get an even better deal with BA Holidays

There are also some good deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package a hotel and / or car with your flight.

You can make substantial savings when you book a flight + hotel deal with BA Holidays. Savings are better than you think because the airline uses BA Holidays to sneak excess flight inventory into the market at a low price – a price which the traveller never sees because it is packaged.

You will receive DOUBLE British Airways Executive Club tier points

One of the most attractive promotions currently running from any travel company is the British Airways Holidays ‘double tier points’ offer.

If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for 5+ nights via British Airways Holidays, for travel completed by 31st December 2023, you will receive double tier points on your flights.

There are two 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

Full details of the ‘double tier points’ offer can be found on the British Airways Holidays website here.

Why book with BA Holidays?

The benefits of using BA Holidays versus booking a cash flight and hotel include:

  • only pay a deposit now with the balance not due until 5-7 weeks before travel
  • 1 bonus Avios for every £1 spent at BA Holidays on top of the usual Avios earned from your flights
  • double Avios (3 per £1) on your payment if you use the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card

You can also use Avios now to pay or part-pay at BA Holidays – see our article here.

Remember that BA flight and holiday sale deals must be booked by Tuesday.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

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 £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 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

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (15)

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  • Joseph King says:

    After last Thursday, I don’t think I ever want to fly BA again.

    • Erico1875 says:

      The passport chaos was nothing to do with BA

      • Lula says:

        I wasn’t affected by the passport chaos. But did fly to Sofia on Thursday and am still waiting for one of our bags. BA have been utterly useless.

        • dougzz99 says:

          No other airline has after lost a single bag #Fact

          • Lula says:

            I’ve had delayed bags on other airlines and it’s been handled much better than BA have handled this. But thanks for your comment.

          • John says:

            I’ve had 3 BA flights since last Tuesday – 1 long haul and 2 short haul – and all of them have been delayed by more than an hour. One (of the short hauls thankfully) didn’t have any catering.
            Something definitely seems amiss with BA’s “execution” at the moment.

          • dougzz99 says:

            And some other airlines handle it worse. It happens.

        • dougzz99 says:

          As it happens I think BA handle lost/delayed bags reasonably well. They pay for essential replacements while you’re away, they deliver the bag when (if?) found pretty much anywhere.

          • Lula says:

            So we’re never allowed to say anything about BA because some airline somewhere might be worse? Noted.

          • Niall says:

            dougzz99, you’re being a little unfair. Yes other airlines are worse than BA, but there have been a lot of legitimate complaints about how regularly BA have been losing bags over the last couple of years, although I have seen it improve but that’s anecdotal.

            The ‘if?’ In your statement especially has been true for my personal experience. I have had BA lose bags twice in the last couple of years. Once it was returned to me but even after they found it but the courier service was going to be slow and they couldn’t advise even roughly the time, so it was easier to go the airport to get it. For my parents BA lost my dad’s bag for the whole of my fathers trip which was over two weeks. They didn’t actually find it but luckily my dad while taking a different flight actually saw his own case in Belfast city airport bag drop area so was able to claim! The bag had been described to BA and while it didn’t have the BA bag tag on it, it did have an address label with my father’s name and address. BA don’t seem to give updates (I guess because they hadn’t found), so you’re left buying things day by day / as you need them as you’re not sure when (/if) your bags will be returned.

            For Lula, the bag has been missing since Thursday. I think this is pretty fair to complain about!

            I am now especially careful to pack some clothes in hand luggage and have got AirTags.

          • TimM says:

            Delayed bags deserves a separate thread.

            In 2008 I was moving permanently from Turkey back to the UK with BA, taking advantage of the maximum 10 x 32Kg business class allowance. Six out of ten did not arrive with me. They came a few days later via van from London to Yorkshire. More recently I was moving half the components of a new kitchen from the UK to Greece with BA. Half went missing for ten days.

            It is good that BA have systems in place for lost/delayed baggage but it really should not go astray in the first place. It is another reason to try to travel hand luggage only – if you are not relocating countries or a kitchen.

      • GeoffreyB says:

        The passport chaos wasn’t on Thursday. He’s presumably referring to BA’s “IT issues”

  • drdan says:

    The IT meltdown was everything to do with B A

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    @Lula of course you can post your issues about BA or indeed any about other airline but all airlines have their issues but it’s the presumption that only BA loses bags or has IT issues or cancels flights or has awful customer services that grates with some people.

    I’ve had late and cancelled flights and delayed luggage and broken luggage and whilst annoying BA have always sone right by me.

    Couple of months ago I posted about a broken bag and BAs contractor were very easy to deal with.

    If you read here and flyer talk you get the impression that every flight has issues but only 2-3% of all flights have issues covered by UK/EU 261.

    Perspective matters.

  • Lula says:

    But where did I make that presumption? I simply said I had had a bad experience. Sorry if that grates on you or anyone else.

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