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EXCLUSIVE: ‘50% off’ Avios redemption sale starts Monday

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An extra 4th article today to let you know that I have it on good authority from a source in Sussex that British Airways will be launching a ‘50% off’ Avios redemption sale on Monday.

This will only apply to World Traveller flights (long-haul economy).

Most – but not all – routes will be included.  New York, Dubai etc are all in there.

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It will only apply to tickets which start in the UK.

Full taxes and charges will still be payable.

The booking period will run from Monday until 13th July.

You must travel between 1st October and 28th February, excluding the Christmas period of 18th December to 10th January.

Full details on Monday when I have them.  However, do not make any World Traveller bookings over the weekend!

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (47)

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  • pauldb says:

    It seems to be live: I’ve just priced up NYC in October for 20k Avios (and £361).

  • bja200 says:

    Just had a very quick look at this and got value of 1p per Avios to LAX or 1.44p per Avios to MEX. I don’t think that’s as bad as everyone seems to think……. And those were my first two searches so I’m sure people will be able to find better value as they hunt around.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Should be some good value options to JNB too. Will be £400+25k Avios vs ~£750 cash price.

  • Brian says:

    Hi, has anyone got a list of the destinations included in the sale? I quoted for Kingston and it doesn’t seem to be included unfortunately.

  • Andrew S says:

    **The full airline taxes, fees and Carrier charges will apply per person, which are approximately: Austin £387.91 – Baltimore £361.91 – Boston £361.91 – Chicago £361.91 – Dallas £387.91 – Delhi £387.91 – Denver £387.91 – Dubai £340.21 – Houston £387.01 – Johannesburg £400.71 – Los Angeles £397.91 – Mexico city £408.91 – Mumbai £358.21 – New York £361.91 – Philadelphia £361.91 – Phoenix £387.91 – San Diego £387.91 – Sao Paulo £390.01 – Toronto £356.11 – Vancouver £378.21 – Washington £361.91.

    • Adam says:

      and the cheapest avios redemption is 20,000 return therefore valued at £160 conservatively there is no fare under £500. Not a sale in my book!

  • FYI says:

    Iberia is having a 35% discount in economy for long haul. Should be worth having a look, as taxes are considerably less, even though it isnt a 50% off

  • Brian says:

    Hi, I know this is not necessarily the place to ask this but having a dilemma here. Virgin flight from Jamaica lands in Gatwick at 8.35am. The domestic flight up to Glasgow with BA is at 10.10am so only 95 mins between them. Do you this is enough time or a bit too risky? I would have checked luggage so I guess that means I won’t have enough time? Cheers

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