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Avios South Africa increases its Reward Flight Saver fee – no arbitrage any longer!

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about an interesting arbitrage which let you book Reward Flight Saver redemptions for £26 instead of £35.  This involved booking via Avios South Africa, where the sharp fall in the currency this year had left the taxes figure (ZAR 440 for, say, London to Paris in Economy) a lot lower than the UK figure.

Unfortunately, this has now changed.

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Avios South Africa has increased their ‘taxes and charges’ charge on Reward Flight Saver redemptions from ZAR 440 to ZAR 550.  At this price, the rate is fundamentally identical (give or take a couple of £) with the UK scheme.

Well done to anyone who managed to book something before the price was pushed up.  I am a little surprised by this move, to be honest, because it won’t go down well locally – the scheme has only been running for a few months and they have just pushed up some taxes by 25%!

I will keep my eye on Avios South Africa for other possible earning opportunities ….

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Comments (6)

  • Volker says:

    “Unfortunately, this has now changed.”

    You might have quite a few blog followers in managerial positions within the hotel and airline industry…

    • Commentator 626 says:

      Pretty sure from previous comments on other subjects that is “might” needs to be read as “does”.

  • Ninmurai says:

    Thankfully you have a nice readership here. Over on other blogging platforms (ahem!) they’d be up in arms and after your head!

    • Rob says:

      But it would be unfair in this instance, as only one person knew about this before I wrote about it and they were not taking advantage of it. No-one has lost out.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    ‘they have just pushed up some taxes by 25%!’

    No chance they’d do that to the UK scheme 😉

    • Rob says:

      At least they waited more than a couple of months before changing the UK prices! To be fair, the currency movement gave them little choice.