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NEW: Book your next holiday for less in the British Airways Sale

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The British Airways Sale is now live and includes business class offers to many of their destinations.

All holidays featured below include business class flights departing from London airports, which means they come with airport lounge access, priority check-in, priority boarding, fast track security etc, and 4* or 5* hotels.

There are some really good deals on offer to a variety of European and worldwide destinations, including both city and beach breaks.

BA Hols Statue of Liberty

Bookings need to be made by 11th July 2024. Travel dates vary. For full details visit the British Airways sale website here.

Long Haul Club World holiday deals

Here are a selection of the Club World long haul business class deals on offer:

BA Hols swimmer beach

Club Europe deals include both city breaks and beach holidays

Closer to home, there is a wide selection of Club Europe destinations in the sale including;

BA Hols European

All these deals are for the full business class offering including 2 x 32kg checked bags, fast track security access and airport lounges as well as the full business class product and service onboard.

Don’t forget double British Airways Executive Club tier points

If the holiday (‘flight and hotel’, or ‘flight and car’ package) you book is for five or more nights, and you complete travel before the end of June 2025, Executive Club members will receive double tier points on their flights.

This is a fantastic opportunity to earn or retain status in Executive Club. We covered this offer in more details in our article here.

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 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

This offer is so generous that you could earn Silver status in British Airways Executive Club – which is enough for free seat selection and lounge access – with just two short breaks.

Longer European flights such as Athens or Malta earn 160 tier points return in Club Europe, which doubles to 320 tier points under this offer. Do two of those and you’re over the 600 tier point threshold for Silver!

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

British Airways Holidays launches a new Luxury Holidays Sale

Why book with British Airways Holidays?

As well as making a saving on the cost of booking your flight and hotel separately (in some cases, a package may be less than a standalone flight!), there are some other important benefits when you book via British Airways Holidays:

  • you only need to pay a deposit now with the balance not due until 5-7 weeks before travel – this is a real benefit compared to a ‘flight only’ booking where you need to pay upfront
  • you earn 1 bonus Avios for every £1 spent at BA Holidays – for clarity, this is on top of the usual Avios earned from your flights
  • you earn double Avios (3 per £1) on your payment to BA Holidays if you use a British Airways Premium Plus American Express credit card
  • as we covered above, you can earn double tier points on your flights if you stay for 5+ nights and travel before the end of June 2025

You can also use Avios to pay or part-pay at BA Holidays – see our article here. You can part-pay with Avios alongside the extra savings available in the sale.

These British Airways sale deals must be booked by Thursday 11th July to take advantage of the discounts. To find out more and book, visit the British Airways Sale site here.

Comments (37)

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  • occasionalranter says:

    “It’s a mad state of affairs considering that airline loyalty schemes are supposed to incentivise flying with a particular airline (or whole alliance) as opposed to collecting points via unrelated activity then using them to purchase reward seats.”

    I’ve booked a total of 6 J tickets to or from Oz/NZ in the last 12 months, all using Avios that I/my household earned on credit card SUBs or bought using Boost in the subsequent month. Averaging about £1k per ticket with taxes and fees, if 1 Avios = 0.92p, when I would have otherwise have been a cash paying customer at about £2-3k each way.

    Something has to give…

    • Londonsteve says:

      How are you flying to Oz in J for an average of £1k per ticket? Surely the cash component alone is more than this, even if you’re paying max Avios?

      It’s a fine balance isn’t it, in making reward seats available there is an element of cannabilising their own customers. In your case, the revenue they derive from you is far lower than if you flew on a cash ticket, and you suggest you otherwise would pay cash to fly in J, but for reward seats being available. I suspect however that most people wouldn’t fly J long haul if reward seats weren’t an option, moreover, these seats are generally going to fly empty, that’s why the airline has shoved them into the Avios availability bucket to start with. I appreciate this isn’t the case for the guaranteed 4 seats at very busy times which are only available at T-355 days. I’d be fascinated to learn how high the percentage of reward seats goes on certain flights, might it reach 20% of passengers on board at quieter times?

  • occasionalranter says:

    Hi Steve, latest example is 2 x J AKL-DOH-DUB (could have got a UK destination but DUB suits for boring reasons) for 180k Avios x 0.92p (price via Boost) = £1656, plus £327 taxes.

    I also have 2 x LHR-SIN-SYD on BA with a Barclays voucher at 160k Avios = £1472, plus £750 taxes, so that’s a bit more expensive. I could in theory drop it and immediately rebook with a spare Amex voucher and bring the cost down, but haven’t as yet, need to ask whether any risk of the seats not reappearing.

    • Londonsteve says:

      Ah, I see, £1k each way. The first example is without any 2-4-1 voucher I take it?

      Far as I’m aware availability goes straight back into the pot if you cancel, assuming someone doesn’t nab it in the meantime!

  • occasionalranter says:

    Yep, no voucher on the first one. And yes I guess I’m fairly unusual in being “happy” to pay cash for business class, so the saving for me is completely real. I don’t expect it to last – better cash fares must be on the way in the next year, I won’t always have the same flexibility to take whatever few random dates have reward seats etc etc…

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