25% off Avios redemptions sale launching tomorrow?!

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Over on Flyertalk, some posters are reporting getting a snail mail letter from Avios.  It announces a 25% discount on Avios long-haul redemptions, in all classes, launching November 14th.  You will have six days to book.

This is very, very interesting.

I posted yesterday about BA’s current Business and First Class sale.  This sale is substantially more generous than BA usually offers – you could get return Club Europe flights to Europe for as little as £129!  This sale ends at midnight tonight.  I therefore suspect that it is not a coincidence that BA is launching an Avios redemption sale one day later.

Clearly, BA is having some issues filling seats this Winter.  Iberia, as you may have read in the newspapers, is bleeding almost Euro 2m per day, and it is possible that BA’s premium bookings are also looking weak.  And the scale of BA’s fuel surcharges means that even Avios bookings bring in a nice chunk of cash ….

I haven’t had the leaflet so I cannot comment exactly. Looking at www.avios.com/sale, deals will be offered by avios.com, BA and Iberia.  This should mean that BA American Express 2-4-1 vouchers can be used.

Reward flights can booked up to the end of May 2013.  Again, this is a significantly generous period which includes Easter.

Flights must depart from London, which implies regional connections are not allowed (or if they are, the connection will not be discounted).  This sounds a bit odd, so lets see what actually happens in practice.

100% Avios and ‘Avios and Money’ bookings will both be available, although do NOT expect the ‘money’ part of an ‘Avios and Money’ redemption to be reduced by 25%!

If you have already have award seats booked, it may be worth cancelling and rebooking.  Do NOT do this, though, unless you can see that replacement seats are available.  Do NOT cancel an existing booking and assume that the seats will instantly come up again for Avios redemption – this rarely happens.

There is a £25 fee per person to cancel an Avios booking, unless you have a BA Gold card.  However, given the substantial savings available, it would be worth cancelling and rebooking in most circumstances.

More information tomorrow, when we see what is available.  I will probably drop in a post mid-morning, so if you only look at the blog early in the day then make an exception tomorrow!

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  1. Do Amex 2-4-1s also get refunded if you cancel?

  2. Amex 241’s are only redeemable via the BA redemption route not avios.com route. So cancelling an already booked trip on BA.com where you have used an amex 241 and rebooking via Avios will cost you more miles even with the 25% off ….

  3. jameslon says:

    It appears to a jointly advertised campaign – Avios/BA/Iberia, according to avios.com/sale

  4. Travel by May or book by May?
    I was booking Toronto today but will hold off now.
    Thank you

  5. Hello,
    I wished i had read that article yesterday as I booked my flight yesterday… 🙁

    If I cancel my existing booking, how long does it take for the avios to re-appear on my account? I don’t want to risk cancelling my booking and having to wait too long for the points to come back whilst the rare available redemption seat disappear…

    Thanks in advance.

    • Avios are returned instantly (at least they are with BAEC redemptions). Cancel, log out, log in again and there they are.

  6. Heatherbelle says:

    Oh pants I have already booked my flights for Easter. It will be interesting to see if they are in the sale. Non refundable hotel already booked too. Not trough Avios though.

  7. Far canel says:

    got a 2-4-1 to LV club class in Feb for 75,000 Avios.
    Had planned to book Tuesday when other half got the ok for time off work. When I read the blog decided to wait until 12.05am, and yes 25% discount is on. Although no mention on the BA site.

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