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The 'secret' sale is launched – up to 37% off redemptions!

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Avios (ie, not British Airways Executive Club) has launched a private sale on various route, with up to 37% off redemptions.  A small number of members have been emailed about it so far.

This website explains it all.

Avios sale

In summary:

Valid ONLY on Economy redemptions

Full taxes and surcharges still payable

Must book by 28th June

Must fly by 18th December

Must book by phone on 0844 49 333 99

Implication that availability is more limited than standard award availability

The following routes are discounted by 37.5%, from 40,000 to 25,000 Avios return:

Abu Dhabi, Accra, Almaty, Amritsar, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Freetown, Lagos, Monrovia, Montreal, Muscat, New York, Philadelphia, Riyadh, Toronto, Washington DC

The following routes are discounted by 20%, from 50,000 to 40,000 Avios return:

Antigua, Atlanta, Bangalore, Beijing, Bridgetown, Calgary, Cancun, Cape Town, Colombo, Dallas, Denver, Entebbe, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Houston, Hyderabad, Johannesburg, Kingston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Luanda, Male, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, Nairobi, Nassau, New Delhi, Phoenix, Port of Spain, Providenciales, Punta Cana, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, St Kitts, St Lucia, Tampa, Tobago, Vancouver

Now, this is the key bit.

The Avios call centre says that ALL members are included in this sale.  However, to avoid a meltdown on the telephones, they are staggering the release of the emails over a number of weeks.

Whether or not you have received the email, you should be able to book by calling the number above.

Now, of course, these are only Economy redemptions.  And it is highly possible that, even at the discounted rate, they do not always represent great value for money compared to the cost of a cash ticket.  Do your research before booking.  However, if you were looking to book something for the rest of 2013 then this may be your chance.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (13)

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    JNB could be the sweet spot here – economy tickets are often around the £800 mark with BA. That said, you can pay closer to £500 with EK if you don’t mind a layover, so depends how much you value the nonstop.

  • Robert Walkden says:


    I have a voucher but my brother doesn’t. You have to have the voucher registered to your account otherwise you can’t have the discount.
    Tried it yesterday.

  • sarah says:

    Having literally just booked a flight to Cancun for 50k miles ebfore seeing the post I was rather distressed. However, I noticed that these flights cannot be upgraded after using Avios points (which is what I’m hoping to do) so a little watch out for others

    • John says:

      I might be missing something, but since when can you upgrade a flight paid with avios with more avios?

  • Boon Koh says:

    Hmm, I don’t have enough miles in my account. Could I transfer from my BA account to

    And are these special prices valid for one way?

    • Alan says:

      Yes there’s no issue at all moving Avios between BAEC and – just use the combine function under account management on either website to do so 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Yes, easy, use Combine My Avios on (log-in, under Manage My Account)

  • Nav Atwal says:

    Can you use this offer with a Lloyds TSB 2-4-1 Voucher?

  • Alan says:

    Hmm well the website has been down for me since yesterday so perhaps their concerns re. overloading their website were well-founded! Hopefully someone has popped out to buy some more hamsters to power the cogs of the machine…

  • Daniel says:

    Its not fair! I called them and they said I need a voucher, how do I get hold of a voucher or voucher code?