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Forums Frequent flyer programs British Airways Executive Club You can now part pay BA Holidays with Avios!

  • Amy C 389 posts

    That’s a big change and quite exciting!

    AJA 1,148 posts

    That’s very interesting. I had a quick look at the T&Cs and it’s not available everywhere

    Here are the T&Cs from
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/terms-and-conditions/conditions-of-use

    1 Members can use their Avios to pay for part of the total price of selected holidays* (Flight + Hotel or Flight + Car) when making a non-redemption booking on ba.com for travel on British Airways operated flights and British Airways codeshares with selected partners.
    2 Bookings made with this payment option will be subject to the standard fare rules associated with the holiday purchased.
    3 Avios can be used to pay for bookings made on ba.com or by calling a British Airways Contact Centre.
    4 The entire booking must be eligible for Avios part payment for it to be applied to the booking.
    5 The Avios payment rates are defined in a fixed set of currencies. If more than one Avios payment option is available, it is not possible to change the price option chosen once a booking has been made.
    6 The Avios payable will depend on the cabin class, route selected, the hotel and/or car selected, and the number of people on the booking, this will be clearly displayed on the booking page.
    7 British Airways reserves the right to alter the applicable Avios payment rates at any time in its sole and absolute discretion, but this will not apply to bookings already made and the applicable rate will always be clearly displayed on the booking page.
    8 When a Member makes a booking using Avios, the Member must make the relevant payment for the holiday. The Avios will be debited from the Member’s Executive Club account, for each passenger on the booking.
    9 The Avios and Tier Points to be accrued by each Member on the booking will be in line with the flights purchased and available to view in Manage my Booking once the holiday has been booked.
    10 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.
    11 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.
    12 Once your chosen payment option has been selected and the booking confirmed, it is not possible to use Avios as a form of payment for any future balance payments on that booking.
    13 Avios part payment may not be used in conjunction with any other promotional offers, unless expressly stated otherwise.

    *Countries where BA Holidays are available are:

    In Europe: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic Finland, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey.
    In the Americas: USA, Canada, Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, Chile, Grenada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis**, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago.
    In the rest of the world: South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, India, New Zealand**, Egypt.
    (**Ground only markets)

    FatherOfFour 286 posts

    Just replied to someone’s comment in the chat.

    The rates look similar to using Avios for flights… ie, not great!

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,362 posts

    Some strange offerings. This for a BA Hol to Berlin in CE

    £ 8 – 800 avios
    £ 18 – 1,800
    £ 34 – 3,975

    then progressibly worse

    The option where I could use all my avios works out as .491 p per avios

    I’m not going to be negative on this. It means that people with very small amounts of avios have another avenue to use them.

    The two lowest rates above are 1p / avios which is the same as the £30 / 3,000 discount I take on SH flights

    Lady London 2,163 posts

    Interesting. And yet in other news we seem to be hearing BA won’t accept its own evouchers towards BA Holidays.

    polly 300 posts

    @Lady London
    Apparently they do accept them, if you email it in after booking. Ask them to apply it to the holiday booking. Know @Anna has done this successfully, and advises on it.

    Amy C 389 posts

    @Lady London
    Apparently they do accept them, if you email it in after booking. Ask them to apply it to the holiday booking. Know @Anna has done this successfully, and advises on it.

    Apparently not any more. I’ve also done this (last year) but unless I’m mistaken, I’ve have read a few people on here recently saying when they asked to do this the voucher was refunded.

    memesweeper 1,311 posts

    They might do it. If your voucher was obtained with Avios at the double rate for cash following a voluntary cancellation, do not try. They may refund your Avios instead.

    Lady London 2,163 posts

    I’d be peed off about that. Not seeing why they object to a voucher being used for a holiday and yet no problem with a flight. If anything I’d guess BA’s profit margin is higher on a holiday.

    I’m also unsure how they can force back to original means of payment of a lesser value, in fact of a considerably lesser value. Since you’d only get .66 for them in Nectar now thanks to BA having unilaterally devalued the conversion rate to Nectar down from .80 in the interim which was an almost 20% devaluation, alone, of avios that BA has done.

    StanTheMan 227 posts

    Also extended double tier points on BA hols –

    Double Tier Points on Holidays
    We’ve extended our offer so if you’re an Executive Club Member you can now earn double Tier Points on flights taken as part of a package holiday with British Airways Holidays when you travel before 31 December 2023.

    t0m 74 posts


    @Lady
    London
    Apparently they do accept them, if you email it in after booking. Ask them to apply it to the holiday booking. Know @Anna has done this successfully, and advises on it.

    Apparently not any more. I’ve also done this (last year) but unless I’m mistaken, I’ve have read a few people on here recently saying when they asked to do this the voucher was refunded.

    Indeed. They refused to accept mine against BAH booking and are meant to be returning the value. Speaking with BAH twice they assure me the total value will be returned to my card and they would keep the avios, yet I see thousands of Avios redesposited in my account and – at this stage – less than 20% of the cash I laid out, let alone the Avios value converted to cash. BAH keep telling me to be patient with the refund. Clearly they don’t intend to return the £ value but nobody in the call centre seems to understand that and can’t explain why I only have a small partial refund. Ironic that they now just announced they will accept Avios as part payment for BAH bookings!

    cc 18 posts

    They might do it. If your voucher was obtained with Avios at the double rate for cash following a voluntary cancellation, do not try. They may refund your Avios instead.

    I spoke to BA yesterday and asked if I could use evoucher towards holiday and they said yes. Its a voucher from a flight I cancelled. They said to first book and pay deposit, then then to ring up and they will refund voucher to your payment card and then you pay rest of balance due.

    t0m 74 posts


    @Lady
    London
    Apparently they do accept them, if you email it in after booking. Ask them to apply it to the holiday booking. Know @Anna has done this successfully, and advises on it.

    Apparently not any more. I’ve also done this (last year) but unless I’m mistaken, I’ve have read a few people on here recently saying when they asked to do this the voucher was refunded.

    Indeed. I tried to use multiple vouchers with a BAH booking. Got an e-mail back saying my vouchers would be cancelled and they would return the money. I tried calling but got the same answer. Even though call centre staff were convinced I’d get the full voucher cash value returned back to my credit card (they’d keep the avios) that doesn’t seem to be the case.

    So fae they have returned 20% of what I paid in cash to my card..and that’s less than 5% of the overall voucher value. I’ve had a bunch of Avios redeposited.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,362 posts

    Seems to be some conflation of the various vouchers going on.

    No problem using simple cash only vouchers with BA holidays. Sure it’s now a round about way of using them – book holiday, pay for it then they reimburse the voucher(s) but it’s not as though you are out of pocket for a long period and since you’ve been sat on a voucher for several months you’ve been out of pocket for several months anyway,

    It’s using vouchers connected with that double value avios offer that appears to be the issue. In which case don’t use them for a holiday booking!

    TBH using vouchers messed up the allocation of the bonus BA hols avios as the voucher did something to the cost of the holiday. Every now and then I get the odd amount of avios dropped into my account which ties up to voucher I used.

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