If you are at home now, looking at the grey skies and the evenings drawing in, you may be longing for a holiday to look forward to. I am writing this from Barbados where I flew with British Airways. Just before writing this, I was languishing in a warm crystal clear turquoise sea framed by a fine white sand beach. It may feel like there are not many options for some winter sun, but several of the Caribbean islands are open for visitors with no quarantine on return to the UK.
The new British Airways Luxury Sale has some great deals whether you want to get away now for some winter sun or are looking in a few month’s time. Despite the current situation, ironically there has never been a better time to book travel for many people. Prices are lower than usual and there is a lot of flexibility when you book with British Airways. As I mentioned in this article, BA is also about to improve their onboard meal service. The starter that I had onboard to Barbados was well up to the usual standards. With the introduction of hot meals again in Club, the onboard food will soon be similar to what we would normally expect.
The sale lasts until 3 November 2020.
Club World and Club Europe fares
If you want to escape the gloomy days in winter, the Caribbean is the perfect escape. BA has some great Club World fares in the sale from London to the Caribbean. If you are looking more towards 2021 travel, there are also some good value US fares. It is hoped that once the US election is over, the borders will reopen to Europe. The UK/US governments are currently working together to look at a travel corridor between the UK and the USA, starting with New York.
Closer to home, Madeira has a travel corridor with the UK and also gets 160 tier points return in Club Europe!
|Gatwick||Montego Bay||Club World||£1,299|
|Heathrow||Los Angeles||Club World||£1,599|
If you book a new flight or holiday with British Airways, you will be covered by their Book With Confidence policy which allows you to take a voucher refund if you don’t wish to travel. This applies to bookings for travel before 31 August 2021. You can also simply move your dates to another time if that’s what you would prefer with no change fees. (see below for existing bookings change)
As well as the fares above there is a range of other destinations, there is the option to book a flight and a hotel together as a holiday. Booking as a holiday has several advantages – you only have to pay a small deposit until 3 weeks before and you also earn an extra 1 Avios per £1 spent on top of the usual Avios earned with your flights and car hire. BA Holidays also come with a number of guarantees:
British Airways Holidays Customer Promise
British Airways Holiday have introduced the Customer Promise to give customers peace of mind when booking holidays. Here is what they guarantee:
- We’ll let you change your plans. You can change the dates and destination of your booking without incurring a change fee, although you will need to pay any difference in price. Applies to new bookings made for journeys that are completed by 31 August 2021. You will need to give us 3 weeks’ notice.
- We’ll let you manage payments flexibly. Secure your booking with a deposit from as little as £75pp, pay off the balance in installments, and your final payment is not due until three weeks before your holiday starts
- We’re committed to hotel safety standards. Accommodation partners have been asked to sign up to our new Covid-19 minimum standards, created in line with World Health Organization guidance, to ensure you can enjoy your holiday safely.
- We’ve introduced extra measures on British Airways flights. Changes at every step of the journey when you fly with us, with new measures on the ground and in the air.
- We’re here for you when you need us with a 24-hour holiday helpline.
- We’ll act responsibly and without delay. In the event that BA Holidays cannot fulfil your holiday package, you will receive a full refund within 14 days.
- We’ll always protect you and your money. All BA Holidays are ATOL protected, for complete peace of mind.
Full details for BA Holidays are available here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/flights-and-holidays/holidays
BA have a number of holidays in the Luxury Sale with 4* and 5* hotels with flights departing from London airports. Here is a selection but it is always worth a look at the BA Holiday Flight finder to plan your perfect trip.
|Rome||Three nights at the 4* Oxford from £259 per person, travelling between 01 Jan – 31 Jan 2021 inclusive. This includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation.|
|Three nights at the 4.5* NH Collection Prague from £259 per person, travelling between 04 Mar – 27 Mar 2021 inclusive. This includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow and B&B accommodation.|
|Larnaca||Seven nights at the 4.5* Constantinou Bros Athena Royal Beach Hotel from £349 per person, travelling between 07 Jan – 31 Jan 2021 inclusive. This includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow and B&B accommodation.|
|Madeira||Seven nights at the 4* Eira do Serrado Hotel & Spa from £349 per person, travelling between 02 Mar – 28 Mar 2021 inclusive. This includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow and B&B accommodation.|
|Dubai||Three nights at the 4* Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall Of The Emirates from £1,325 per person, travelling between 01 May – 31 May 2021 inclusive. This includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation.|
|Barbados||Seven nights at the 4* Radisson Aquatica Resort from £1,649 per person, travelling between 01 June – 30 June 2021 inclusive. This includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation.|
|New York||Four nights at the 5* DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West from £1,299 per person, travelling between 01 November – 30 November 2020 inclusive. This includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation.|
|Orlando||Seven nights at the 4* DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld from £1,699 per person, travelling between 01 May – 31 May 2021. This includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation.|
Book with Confidence extended
If you have an existing booking with BA that may be affected by the current situation, you will be pleased to know that all existing BA bookings due to travel by 10 January 2021 now benefit from flexible changes. This means you can change dates with no fees or get a voucher – then perhaps snag a sale bargain!
All vouchers are valid until 30th April 2022. You can find the Book with Confidence page and FAQs here.
This post was sponsored by British Airways, but sadly not my Barbados holiday!