Avios ‘last minute deals’ are back for next weekend – where can you go?

Back in November, avios.com trialled a new product – 50% off a last-minute break.

How last minute?  For the following weekend.

The trial apparently went well and Avios will be running this offer more frequently.

Here is the current selection of deals.

You can fly in either direction next Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

You can only book tickets in economy and the taxes and charges are not reduced.

Avios last minute deals

Here are the routes involved:

Heathrow – Edinburgh

Heathrow – Brussels

Heathrow – Frankfurt

Heathrow – Oslo

Heathrow – New York

Heathrow – Boston

Birmingham – Amsterdam (on Flybe)

Whilst the website does not mention this, you can mix and match promotional and non-promotional dates.  Imagine that you are happy to fly to Edinburgh next Saturday but prefer to return on Tuesday instead of Monday.  In that case, you would pay 2,000 Avios (half-price) for Saturday but the full 4,000 Avios for Tuesday.

Since cash tickets increase in price the nearer you get to the day of departure, these deals could represent good value – although that assumes you would normally book a flight to New York for cash at 5 days notice.

Remember that you cannot book these deals at ba.com.  You must use avios.com and transfer your points from British Airways Executive Club into an avios.com account.

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a great deal and something I can see myself using quite a bit. Is it known when and where the list of promotional routes will appear? A weekly update on HFP would of course be welcome!

  2. While the European deals are a great idea, I don’t see the point in New York or Boston.

    A quick search on skyscanner, pulls up return cash economy fares for less than the taxes for next weekend (direct, from Heathrow on BA, but as a Finnair codeshare) and if you can wait a few weeks, you can book on ba.com for £344, get £100 off for 15,000 avios and get 1,700 back, so almost the same outlay.

    • Yes, it seems unlikely that they’d be doing Avios discounts on long-haul routes if there weren’t cheap tickets available.

  3. Amsterdam: Now 4,500 Avios + approx £60.04 taxes, fees and charges

    On the face of it not a good deal but we are talking about flights next weekend:

    ITA Matrix gives KLM at £134, and BA at £183
    Skyscanner gives Easyjet at £104

    Even though the taxes look punitive this could be an interesting option if they throw in a decent range of destinations.

    • allks:
      If you could tie in the Amsterdam flight with the Hans Brinker Hotel- http://www.hansbrinker.com it could be an inexpensive weekend away.

      Just the two nights should be enough! :) .

      • “hotel”

        it’s a crap hostel, at best. and one that took pride in being ‘the worst hostel in the world’ only a few years back !

        • They had a YouTube campaign to promote how bad they were. I actually went to a stag do there. It was as bad as was suggested.

    • Why is Amsterdam £60+ taxes, not £35 RFS?

  4. If they did Daventry to Sheffield, I’d definitely be booking every weekend for the foreseeable!

  5. Andrew H says:

    O/T. Judging by the Flyertalk thread, Iberia/Groupon are starting to give people their missing avios.

  6. Fingers crossed the destinations I need will come up in the future. Can’t see many opting for the long haul options

    • Bad timing for the US East Coast I admit!

      • I’m off to New York next Friday for 4 nights. Fingers crossed it’s all back to normal by then! Might have been fun to witness it live though had I chosen this weekend

  7. Slightly OT, I matched my mum to Air Berlin
    Gold recently but she didn’t receive the membership card. So, I told her to show a screenshot of her membership at the Gatwick North No. 1 traveller lounge yesterday. Sadly, it was a no go. They said access was for BA status pax only not one world partners. Is that right?

  8. Hello,

    Why has Avios.com 47 taxes on a oneway to BRU?
    From LHR on BA it is 4000 Avios + 21 euro.

    So much cheaper

  9. Any idea if this can be combined with Lloyds upgrade voucher?

    • Logically yes, whether the system charges the higher or lower amount in reality …..

    • the_real_a says:

      I think upgrade vouchers are processed as manual amendments hence why you need to call to use them. This was the case when i booked using mine in November.

      • I did a dummy booking to Boston using my upgrade voucher and it doesn’t seem to work; I still paid the full economy avios fare for WTP. Oh well, still a great deal for the EU destinations.