British Airways (BA) has launched a sale on Avios redemptions to long-haul destinations. When this first landed on my desk I thought that it was a promotion targeting last-minute Christmas bookings. Except it isn’t. It’s actually a fair bit better than that as I’ll explain in a moment.
You can book World Traveller (long-haul economy) flights from Heathrow or Gatwick to more than 90 long-haul destinations for 50% fewer Avios.
This means people can book a return flight to New York for just 13,000 Avios! That’s 6,500 Avios each way, which is slightly bonkers in terms of how easy it is to generate that amount of Avios.
Where can you go?
BA have listed some examples of various sale destinations along with the new, cheaper pricing:
|Example destination||Avios price for return flight now||Avios price for return flight was|
|Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)||16,250||32,500|
Is it a good deal?
The key point here is taxes/fees/fuel surcharges or whatever BA calls them these days. Unfortunately, BA hasn’t reduced these by 50% too. That means that this sale can range from poor to excellent, depending on when you use it.
Let me illustrate using a couple of the sample destinations from the table above:
Here is the cash price for a return journey in May 2018 (prices were actually much the same for the first half of next year generally):
And here is the price using Avios:
So you would be using 13,000 Avios to save just £115 – giving you a value of roughly £0.88p per Avios – not very good at all.
Cash price for a return journey in Economy to New York in March:
And here is the price if using Avios:
Clearly, this would be a terrific use of miles. You are using just 13,000 Avios to save more than £1,200!
How to book
You can access the sale via this link.
- Book between November 30 and December 17, 2017 for travel between January 4 and June 30, 2018.
- The required amount of Avios for reward flights in the World Traveller Cabin, travelling to or from London Heathrow or London Gatwick will be reduced by 50 percent
- The full airline taxes, fees and carrier charges will apply per person.
- This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
- For full terms and conditions visit this page.
I like this sale. While there is often an aspirational travel focus on Tricks of the Trade, there are plenty readers who will redeem their Avios for long-haul economy travel. As the example above illustrates, redeeming miles for long-haul Economy isn’t always a poor use of miles. Especially, if you prefer the added flexibility that Avios redemptions provide to cancel/modify your tickets or if cash tickets are particularly expensive.
I would also give BA the thumbs up for not making this sale valid solely on return journeys. You can also use it for one-way flights to the UK which is useful.