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BA Holidays [using LUX as a starting point]

Old Oct 3, 20, 2:33 am
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BA Holidays [using LUX as a starting point]

Iím looking to try and take advantage of the premium fare deal for LUX to USA later next year. Ideally, Iíd like to book flights and hotel package and thus make it a holiday and pay deposit right now with balance 5 weeks prior to travel.
I canít get the option to pay deposit. Are BA holidays only available for departures ex UK?

TIA
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Old Oct 3, 20, 2:33 am
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Thatís always been my experience, yes.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by zanderblue View Post
Iím looking to try and take advantage of the premium fare deal for LUX to USA later next year. Ideally, Iíd like to book flights and hotel package and thus make it a holiday and pay deposit right now with balance 5 weeks prior to travel.
I canít get the option to pay deposit. Are BA holidays only available for departures ex UK?

TIA
No, should be fine. I have booked ex-Amsterdam without issues.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by zanderblue View Post
Iím looking to try and take advantage of the premium fare deal for LUX to USA later next year. Ideally, Iíd like to book flights and hotel package and thus make it a holiday and pay deposit right now with balance 5 weeks prior to travel.
I canít get the option to pay deposit. Are BA holidays only available for departures ex UK?

TIA
Create Custom Trip and start in BRU end in LUX. Youíll be able to use the deposit function and pay the balance 21 days before travel
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Old Oct 3, 20, 2:58 am
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Interesting; I tried this with some ex-eu flights and it wasnít having it. Will try again next time!
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Old Oct 3, 20, 3:18 am
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There are some non-obvious criteria for being able to just pay a deposit. Just having flight + hotel isn’t the whole story. Things like currency, POS and maybe other factors can also make a difference. Maybe there are just IT glitches also?

I have a few times found that the deposit option wasn’t offered and it wasn’t always clear why.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by TheFlyingCyclist View Post
Interesting; I tried this with some ex-eu flights and it wasnít having it. Will try again next time!
Wonít allow it with a LUX start, and also need to sometimes do each leg separate, will say ďnot possibleĒ to MIA-LUX but will work MIA-LHR-LUX etc
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Old Oct 3, 20, 3:19 am
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I believe BA Holidays aren't available for LUX departures but are OK for BRU. You can certainly do a flight/hotel/car combi paying just the deposit leaving from there - I did it last week!
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Old Oct 3, 20, 3:21 am
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I haven't checked this, but I have a feeling that LUX is different to say BRU (which currently has some interesting fares too). I don't think BAH offer LUX as a starting point for their trips. The reason is that within Europe the legal framework for package holidays varies slightly from country to country, and for smaller countries it's just not worth going through all the due diligence for a handful of passengers. There is an overarching set of protections for package holidays within the European Union, but in distinction to flight protections, the decision was made to devolve a lot of the operations down under the subsidiarity principle.

Just start from BRU instead.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 4:29 am
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Try Brussels

I had same problem. Ex bru works and easier to position to. Not much more.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 7:29 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I haven't checked this, but I have a feeling that LUX is different to say BRU (which currently has some interesting fares too). I don't think BAH offer LUX as a starting point for their trips. The reason is that within Europe the legal framework for package holidays varies slightly from country to country, and for smaller countries it's just not worth going through all the due diligence for a handful of passengers. There is an overarching set of protections for package holidays within the European Union, but in distinction to flight protections, the decision was made to devolve a lot of the operations down under the subsidiarity principle.

Just start from BRU instead.
Yes, I tried the complex holiday itinerary and still couldnít book a BA holiday starting from LUX. I booked from BRU for a trip next August. I did manage to construct BRU-LHR-BOS-LHR-LUX but it saved a handful of euros for my dates. Itís easier for me to get to BRU from Newcastle way, so BRU made sense.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by zanderblue View Post
Iím looking to try and take advantage of the premium fare deal for LUX to USA later next year. Ideally, Iíd like to book flights and hotel package and thus make it a holiday and pay deposit right now with balance 5 weeks prior to travel.
I canít get the option to pay deposit. Are BA holidays only available for departures ex UK?

TIA
BTW you only need to pay the balance three weeks before if you book a BAH at the moment. If you book before 13th October, you can also get the deposit back as a FTV should you need to cancel.
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Old Oct 3, 20, 9:38 am
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Is it possible to use a FTV in £s towards one of these holiday bookings in Äs?? TIA
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Old Oct 3, 20, 10:03 am
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Is it possible to use a FTV in £s towards one of these holiday bookings in Äs?? TIA
Yes - the voucher currency will convert to payment currency when you redeem.
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Old Oct 4, 20, 12:15 am
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Thanks to all for your help. Works a treat from BRU.
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