(EDIT: The sale is now live! Click here for the ba.com booking site.)
(EDIT 2: Avios appears to have backtracked on the terms and conditions of the sale. London hotels are only offering a 15% discount. This is contrary to all of the promotional material.)
The fifth deal in the Avios sale launched today at noon!
For 48 hours, until noon on Friday, you will be able to book selected hotels using your Avios points for 50% off the standard rate.
(Don’t forget that, until noon today, you can still book flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Jersey, Lisbon, Madrid, Nice and Rome for just £1 of taxes. Click here for full details on that deal.)
The list of cities available will be:
You will be able to book for stays up to 30th September.
Is this a good deal?
This is a great deal, because you are getting a 50% discount on what is already a competitive price. Be very clear about this bit.
However, because Avios is reducing BOTH the ‘pay with Avios’ and ‘pay with cash’ rates, it does NOT necessarily make sense to pay with Avios.
If you do the maths, you will see that your Avios are being valued at 0.57p each. This is not great, to be honest. I would recommend, unless you are Avios-rich and cash-poor, that you pay cash for your room and save your Avios for a better-value redemption.
How to book
There were some issues with the hotel booking websites when this offer ran last week.
In theory, you can book either via avios.com or ba.com, using their ‘spend your Avios on hotels’ links.
The participating hotels are often not clearly marked – you need to work it out by looking at the price they want and then comparing with Expedia.
The small print says “Amendments and cancellation are permitted subject to the Avios cancellation and amendment terms where a fee as stated on avios.com will apply.” This appears to be a £25 fee for cancellation with 72 hours of arrival with all Avios and cash returned, although PLEASE clarify this before booking.
Good luck – there should hopefully be some good deals available.
(One final point. Redeeming Avios for a chain hotel via avios.com, or paying for one via Expedia, is likely to mean that you will not earn hotel points from your stay. You may also not receive any status benefits. You should bear this in mind when booking, especially if your status would otherwise get you free breakfast or free internet. For what its worth, Hilton is generally seen as the best chain for giving you your status benefits when booking via a third party.)