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Big news – 'small print' of the Avios sale bargains revealed, including the £1 RFS destinations!

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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.

The ba.com link to book an Avis car is here.

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Comments (100)

  • Elena says:

    I have a question. A family member of mine has few MR points that needs to move before he closes the account. Now he is part of my BA household but his Amex home address is different. Can he transfer the points or does he need to change his address first?

    • Rob says:

      Unlikely to work. However, you can move Amex MR points to Nectar with a minimum transfer of just 1 point – easiest thing to do is move them to that. Name does not need to match with Nectar as I have proved in the past, not sure about address.

  • Andy says:

    per Raffles comment about car hire, the Avios and BA websites do throw up different values, for a 3 week car hire the difference was circa 30k points cheaper on BA – including the 25% difference.

    I managed to get 1.09p per avios plus whatever a free additional driver is worth for being Gold. As I am Avios rich and cash poor this represents value for me. YMMV

    • Worzel says:

      Seems as though Andy(12:20) has done OK.

      Best I could come up with on the car hire front for our trip was 0.7p per avios-so decided to hang on to some of our(?) Avios for the moment.

      So far Avios have had zero bookings from me during their “Unmissable” Sale:

      Flights booked with Easyjet -from whom we’ve always had great service.

      Car Hire booked-Europcar who we’ve used before and had great service.

      Just the hotel to sort out now-lets see what tomorrow holds! 🙂 .

      Regards to all<

      • Andy says:

        @Worzel – I also priced up an additional car hire rental later in the year, same location (LHR) for 7 less days and it was more Avios!! I gave that a pass…

    • richie says:

      just a quick note andy. you dont need to be gold to get the extra driver. i am silver and i get it . i seem to remember i even had it at bronze. possibly even as a blue???

      • Volker says:

        You can read on avisba.com:

        “As an Executive Club Member you will enjoy competitive prices, experience preferential service and clock up Avios with Avis […] Free additional driver with every rental, worldwide”

        No mention of elite status requirement.

  • John says:

    Raffles> Sorry – with all the comments above, my question might get lost – assuming you have seen the “bigger detail” of the various sales – would you be able to “list” the Prague hotels that will be available in the 50% off sale please?

    Thanks

  • John says:

    Sounds intriguing? Was it in a brown paper bag on the corner of the street with a man in a hat?

  • Mike says:

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong – but the Avis deal look extremely poor. Booking the smallest car from 2 to 4 March pickup/drop-off at LHR.
    BA.com: Price is 9,100
    Avios.com: Price is 9,100 Avios or cash price of GBP 67.85
    Avis.com: Price is GBP 57 to GBP 58 for small, compact and economy! (go figure).

    So the value of the point on Avios.com and Ba.com (presuming they are getting the rates from the same source) is 0.745pence?

    Given that for 12,500 points + 13GBP I can fly from Abu Dhabi to Berlin (cash flight is GBP 338), the Avis 25% deal looks horrible.

    Have I missed something / done something wrong?

    • Rob says:

      You mean 0.745p. Which, oddly enough, is the ‘floor’ valuation I use for Avios points (since I have a lot them) as I have mentioned numerous times on here.

      Whilst you can get outside value on certain redemptions, as you found, unless you want to fly from Berlin to Abu Dhabi in economy on a regular basis you will end up using some for less worthwhile redemptions!

      You will see tomorrow that the hotel sale should get you 1.14p per Avios which is very good in my book.