Today sees the launch of one of the most interesting parts of the 2014 Avios ‘sale’!
(Don’t forget, though, that until noon today – Monday – the previous offer is still running. Until 12pm, you can still book a hotel in Vienna, Dubrovnik, Prague, Copenhagen, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul and The Algarve for 50% off! The 50% discount applies whether you pay by Avios or by cash, and you can stay up to 30th September. Full details in this post.)
These flights are already bookable – at least for some routes – as at 8am on Monday! Until noon on Wednesday, the taxes on Reward Flight Saver tickets will be dropped from £35 to just £1.
The following routes are included:
You will need to fly between 31 January and 31 May.
Only economy seats are available.
One way flights are available for 4,500 Avios plus 50p!
It works OK with UK connections as well, so a one-way Manchester-Heathrow-Amsterdam is still just 4,500 Avios plus 50p!
Remember that avios.com has greater reward availability than ba.com for economy short-haul flights. (I think avios.com can access G availability, if these things mean anything to you!) You should therefore look via avios.com and not ba.com, and use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points across.
ba.com should only be used for open-jaws (if allowed) or stopovers (if allowed in London on regional departures) which avios.com cannot handle. The only exception to this is for BA Executive Club Gold card holders, who get additional economy seats made available to them and will therefore be better off looking at ba.com.
Remember, though, that you can only book Reward Flight Saver tickets on avios.com if you have ‘earned’ an Avios point in that scheme in the last 12 months. There is little point opening an avios.com account today (with the intent to make a transfer of Avios from ba.com) because you will not be able to book Reward Flight Saver tickets. Unless, that is, you spend £31 to buy 1,000 Avios in avios.com to activate the account – although this may make sense if you want to make a number of bookings and can see availability at avios.com which is not at ba.com.
If you need to cancel, the standard £25 fee should not apply as long as you cancel online. You will only lose your £1. All your Avios points will be returned.