British Airways launches luxury flights and holidays deals

British Airways (BA) has said that it has launched a range of luxury flight and holiday deals, offering discounts for travellers and available for a wide range of destinations across its network.

The airline said that Club World, its long haul business class flights to New York will start from £1,199 return, while Club Europe, BA’s short haul business class customers can choose return flights to Bologna from £147 return. Customers can also enjoy return business class flights to Rome from £165, Athens from £195, Montego Bay and Toronto from £1,299, Antigua and Barbados from £1,399.

The holiday offers include three-night getaways to Dubai from £1,325pp and seven-night trips to St Lucia from £1,479pp. For looking to experience the USA, offers include four-nights to New York from £1,299pp, five-nights in Los Angeles from £1,749pp and seven-nights in Orlando from £1,699pp. Seven-night beach breaks to Mallorca are from £349pp, whilst three-night city breaks to Rome are from £259pp, it said.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘We know that our customers need absolute reassurance and flexibility right now to enable them to plan their trips, which is why we recently launched our ‘British Airways Holidays Customer Promise’. This outlines exactly what a holiday booking with us guarantees, including the high standards we set for our hotels partners, the unrivalled flexibility we offer to customers and the high quality service we provide to them, from the point of booking to landing back home. We believe that this, combined with these great premium offers, will give customers the confidence to book that special trip and enjoy travel again, knowing that if their plans have to change, their holiday is protected.’

Further, customers looking to reduce the price of their ticket even further using Avios can avail return Club World flights to New York for £299 and 183,000 Avios, Orlando for £279 and 252,000 Avios or Antigua for £299 and 227,000 Avios. In Club Europe, return flights are available to Bologna for £73 and 15,000 Avios, Larnaca for £81 and 23,000 Avios or Athens for £85 and 23,000 Avios.

The flight and holiday offers are only on sale until November 3, 2020. Amid the continuing Covid 19 risks, British Airways and British Airways Holidays offer booking flexibility and enhanced safety measures. In case of any change of plan, customers can change their booking for free, paying any difference in price, or can choose to cancel their holiday and obtain a voucher for travel up until April 30 2022. This now applies to bookings made from March 3 2020 onwards for journeys that are due to have been completed by August 31, 2021.

Virgin Holidays Offers Discounts to UK Emergency Services and Ministry of Defence Employees

Virgin Holidays, a UK-based holiday company and part of the Virgin Group, is offering discounts to UK Emergency Services and Ministry of Defence employees as a thank you for their part in ensuring a smooth Olympic Games 2012, which concluded in London last night.

The company acknowledged the selfless work put in by the Police, NHS, Fire & Rescue, Coastguard, Mountain Rescue and the Ministry of Defence during the period, and is offering them a 10 percent discount on all Virgin Holidays or Virgin Holidays Cruise bookings made by today.

The discount is on offer on all holidays departing between September 1, 2012, and February 28 2013; and on all Virgin Holidays Cruises priced more than GBP1,000 per person.

Earlier Virgin Atlantic, an airline subsidiary of UK-based Virgin Group and a sister company of Virgin Holidays, reported a GBP80.2 million loss for its most recent financial year, which ended February 2012. This is in sharp comparison with an operating profit of GBP18.5 million reported during the earlier year.

The airline, has, however, reported an increase in airline revenue and passenger numbers from March 2012 to the end of May 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive officer, Steve Ridgway, said, ‘In an incredibly challenging market, we have managed to grow top-line revenues and fly more customers than last year.

However, with the prevailing uncertainty in the economy, sky-high fuel prices and a 25 per cent hike in our air passenger duty fees, converting this sales growth into profit has not been possible.

Despite this backdrop there can be no let up so to keep Virgin Atlantic at the forefront of airline customer innovation we have announced our biggest ever service and cabin investment programme.’

Latest summer holiday savings

DiscountVouchers.co.uk has this week announces new holiday deals designed to help travellers and tourists from the UK save money on spring and summer trips this year. The online retail deals specialist is this week home to new deals redeemable at First Choice and Thomas Cook to help people save in the Balearics and elsewhere.

Among the top name holiday providers on show on the website this week is popular company First Choice. Travellers and tourists are able to start saving by logging on to the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website right now and enjoy using new first choice discount deals such as one to upgrade all First Choice holidays to all-inclusive for just 1p.

More First Choice deals can be found on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website right now to help families enjoy saving money on their summer holidays. DiscountVouchers.co.uk is this week offering people the chance to save on family holidays through deals like hundreds of kids places free in the Balearics this July and August plus also £50 off all summer holidays booked over the web.

Other deals can be had to help people save, with new deals on Thomas Cook flights and holidays available. Consumers can log on to DiscountVouchers.co.uk right now and use the new deals to get as much as £600 off selected Mediterranean holidays and also 30% off when booking a flight and hotel deal combined.

Simon Terry, spokesperson for DiscountVouchers.co.uk, commented, “At this time of the year we are only too happy to help people get the best value for money possible on their summer holiday needs. Savings at leading providers like Thomas Cook and First Choice are just the ticket right now.”