Ever since ‘part pay with Avios’ was launched, British Airways has been experimenting …. and experimenting …. and experimenting. There have been constant changes to:
the classes in which you can use it
the value given per point and
the maximum number of points you can use
Personally, I am still grumpy that you cannot use Avios to cover the entire cost of your flight. I mean …. either BA wants you to use feature or it doesn’t. Either it is good value for BA or it isn’t.
What I do know is that BA and Avios are very happy with the success of ‘part pay with Avios’. To be honest, if I was them this would concern me! If Avios collectors are happy to redeem for a value of 0.55p – the standard value for a large ‘part pay’ redemption – it shows that they don’t place much value on their points and will therefore not go out of their way to collect them.
Back to the offer …..
You will receive a 20% bonus when you redeem Avios points as part payment for a cash BA flight.
This applies to bookings made by 26th January for travel between 20th February and 30th June 2017.
Is this worth it?
You need to remember that you still earn Avios and tier points for any cash BA flight when you use ‘part pay with Avios’.
The only thing to think about is therefore:
am I getting a good return for my points?
should I hold my points instead for a better redemption down the line?
I can’t help you with the 2nd point. In terms of good value, this is what you will get:
Varies between 0.96p per point (1,250 Avios) and 0.65p per point (27,500 Avios)
Varies between 0.90p per point (4,000 Avios) and 0.65p per point (36,500 Avios)
Varies between 0.96p per point (2,500 Avios) and 0.65p per point (33,000 Avios)
Varies between 0.90p per point (8,000 Avios) and 0.65p per point (45,500 Avios)
In a reverse of the usual laws of economics, the more you spend = the worse deal you get.
Personally, I would take 0.9p. I doubt I would take 0.65p. After all, to replace 1 Avios point in my account I would need to:
- transfer an Amex point, which I value at more than 0.65p
- transfer 0.42 Tesco Clubcard points, which I value at more than 0.65p
- spent 66p on my British Airways Premium Plus Amex, on which an effective 1% return would be poor
On the other hand, if you earn all of your Avios by flying for work – and therefore didn’t pay anything for them – it is a different calculation. Whatever you get for your points is pure ‘profit’. You might prefer to cash out now at a guaranteed 0.65p rather than hold them for a possible higher benefit at some point down the line.
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