Special ‘part pay with Avios’ deal gets you 1p per point (good for cheap tier points)

Back in October 2013, British Airways introduced ‘Part Pay With Avios’. This was a new scheme which allowed you to reduce the cost of a cash ticket by redeeming Avios points.

This had been rumoured for some time. When it finally launched, it was a disappointment. It was restricted to short haul flights only. The maximum discount was capped at £30 (4,500 Avios) which was later increased to £50.

Given that you are receiving a weak exchange rate for your points, it was a bit pathetic. Why can’t I redeem my Avios to cover the entire cost of a ticket? I would understand why not if BA was giving me a fantastic deal but 0.67p per point was never going to excite anyone.

Part Pay With Avios

BA is still tweaking the scheme.  Last year there was a short-term trial of offering discounts on long-haul flights.

For the next 10 days, there is a new offer.

If you book a cash ticket on any of the following new routes …

Seville

Madeira

Split

Bodrum

Rhodes

Cagliari

Fuerteventura

you can part-pay with Avios at the higher rate of 1p per point.  This is a pretty decent result and as good as I would expect if I was redeeming for a standard short-haul redemption.

The options for Eurotraveller / economy will be £10 off for 1000 points, £30 off for 3000 points and £50 off for 5000 points.

In Club Europe, you can also part pay with 10,000 Avios and receive £100 off your booking.  This is a good deal because these are generally low yield routes in the first place.

The BA ‘low fare finder’ tool shows that Seville, for instance, is just £220 from May onwards on the cheapest dates.  Redeeming 10,000 Avios takes the Club Europe fare down to an excellent £120 return! 

If you are Avios-rich but are in need of some tier points to gain or retain British Airways status, this could be a good way of doing it.  You would pick up 80 tier points for that £120 return ticket to Seville, for example.  Madeira / Funchal  is even better as a 160 tier point route.  Why not book yourself a few weekends away at these prices?

The ‘Part Pay With Avios’ website is here. This offer is NOT mentioned there but you will see it if you do a dummy booking on ba.com.

You MUST book by February 15th to take advantage of this offer.  The travel dates are  Seville 29 March – 30 June 2015, Madeira 11 May – 30 June 2015, Split 1 May – 30 June 2015, Bodrum 27 April – 30 June 2015, Rhodes 27 April – 30 June 2015, Cagliari 27 April – 30 June 2015 and Fuerteventura 3 Feb – 30 June 2015.

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Comments

  1. Enigma368 says:

    great tip! Even better than Seville is Funchal(Madeira). £268 return in CE in May, July and Sept onwards. As a longer route, you would get 160 TP return for £168 after the avios discount. Also you would earn 7600 Avios as Gold and 3800 as a Blue member.

    Great way to get TP for basically a £1 a point and get some extra avios and a holiday in Madeira thrown in.

    • Enigma368 says:

      Well actually you are using 10k avios for the discount so you will be getting TP for £1 a point and losing between 2400 and 7200 avios altogether. Still a great deal though.

    • Didn’t notice that, thanks for pointing out. Makes Silver look quite easy.

    • BA’s avios calculator is showing 40 TP OW for LHR – Funchal in Busines – how are you getting 160 return?

    • It’s 80 tier points return to Funchal.

      • The calculator which is notoriously unreliable says 40 TPs each way to FNC from LHR but the route is operated out of LGW – and when you put this in to the calculator, it says it is 80 TPs each way.
        Great deal potentially for those looking to top up…

  2. Richard Ford says:

    I just did a dummy run on funchal and its coming up at 15,000 avios for the £100. Not sure why, Still i think a good deal, however if you like madeira and tier points…

  3. Are any of these LHR T5 routes?

  4. Just a point of caution when using the £5 to reserve a fare offer – you then cannot use the Avios part-pay option too.

    I found this out the hard way last week.

  5. Not working for Funchal in May for me.

  6. Michael OM says:

    Funchal is showing 15,000 rather than 10,000 for me as well (I was looking at next January).

  7. Wow a lot cheaper than £800 BA were charging me for two return tickets to Seville at Easter.
    Gave up on that one as too expensive. Will book well in advance for next Easter.

    • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

      Ditto Bruce!

      Prices or reward availability over Easter is shocking. Lesson learned! Get in early before the devaluation in April.

  8. IS there a defined booking period for this? I tried to book a weekend away in October and it’s offering me £100 for 15,000 avios…

  9. I managed to book 3 (two adults and one child) Club Return to Sevilla this morning for June, it offered up £300 off for 30,000 Avios (1p per Avios value so a big tick there and in line with Raffles article) and therefore once discounting that from the fare, I resultantly ended up paying £360 something for the 3 x Club Returns = roughly £120 cash return per PAX….Happy Days :-) :-) :-)

  10. The offer is valid for the following travel periods:

    Seville 29 March – 30 June 2015
    Madeira 11 May – 30 June 2015
    Split 1 May – 30 June 2015
    Bodrum 27 April – 30 June 2015
    Rhodes 27 April – 30 June 2015
    Cagliari 27 April – 30 June 2015
    Fuerteventura 3 Feb – 30 June 2015

    Full terms and conditions here:
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/terms-and-conditions/promotions/cash-avios-offer