The avios.com and ba.com January sales are continuing. Hopefully the upcoming offers will be more exciting than the half-price World Traveller redemptions to the US and Canada we had on Monday.
(This offer is still valid until noon today – 50% off the Avios needed for economy flights to Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai, New York, Toronto and Washington. Full details here.)
I now know the ‘small print’ of four of the remaining five offers.
25% off car hire – noon Wednesday 8 January to noon Friday 10 January
This deal will go live today at noon at avios.com and ba.com. You must book with Avis – paying with Avios points – for any destination. It is valid for bookings up to 30th September. I discuss this further below.
50% off hotel bookings – noon Friday 10 January to noon Monday 13 January
This offer is actually slightly better than I expected. It is valid for hotels in Vienna, Dubrovnik, Prague, Copenhagen, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul and Algarve, for bookings up to 30th September. There is a special booking website you need to use, but the selection of properties seems decent.
Here is the key thing. You normally get 0.57p per Avios when using your points for a hotel redemption as I showed here. Via this deal, you will getting 1.14p per Avios. That is a very decent offer.
Reward Flight Saver tickets reduced to £1 – noon Monday 13 January to noon Wednesday 15 January
This deal is not the ‘free for all’ we were hoping to see. It is restricted to the following routes only: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Jersey, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Nice.
That said, being able to book a flight to these places for just £1 instead of the usual £35 is certainly a good saving.
You will need to fly between 31 January and 31 May. Economy only.
50% off hotel bookings – noon Wednesday 15 January to noon Friday 17 January
The same offer as before, but with a different set of cities – London, Venice, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Florence and Milan. There are 103 hotels available across the 6 cities, to give you an idea of the scale.
Again, you can book a stay at any hotel on the special website for stays up to 30th September.
40% off Eurostar – noon Friday 17 January to noon Monday 20 January
This offer will only run on avios.com. I do not have the ‘small print’ for this one! As ba.com does not offer Eurostar redemptions, their sale will simply finish three days earlier.
Today’s new offer
The offer to be launched today offers 25% off the cost of an Avis car rental when you pay with Avios. This will be live from noon.
You can book for any destination, with the only proviso being that you pick up the car before 30th September 2014.
This may be an OK deal. As car hire prices vary so wildly, it is difficult to make a broad judgement. With just a 25% discount, I doubt that you will be able to get more than 1p per Avios of value compared to a pre-paid cash booking however.
If you are interested, you should price up the car on BOTH ba.com and avios.com. For odd reasons, it has been shown in the past that the sites often throw up different prices for the same set of dates.