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‘50% off’ Avios redemption sale now on – city list revealed

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As I revealed exclusively on Head for Points last week, British Airways and launched their ‘50% off’ Avios redemptions sale yesterday.

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

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

Full taxes and charges will still be payable.

The booking period runs until 13th July.

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

Here is the full list of routes:

Reduced from 40,000 to 20,000 Avios

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dubai
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Toronto
  • Washington

Reduced from 50,000 to 25,000 Avios

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Delhi
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Johannesburg
  • Los Angeles
  • Mexico City
  • Mumbai
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • Vancouver

Reduced from 60,000 to 30,000 Avios

  • Sao Paulo

Whilst these are all economy redemptions, don’t write them off as poor value.  I’m pretty sure that you will be getting a good deal if you head down to South Africa during their Summer (our Winter) and over 1p of value should be available on other routes as well.  Cash tickets are not as cheap as they used to be ….


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (36)

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  • Jeff says:

    From London only. Why excluding rest of UK?

    • Graeme says:

      Jeff – I booked yesterday ex GLA, and not an issue.

    • paul says:

      Because its London Airways…..and the thinking London centric

      That said the add on from the regions should be free.

      • John Graham says:

        Why? I don’t expect the train company to provide a taxi to the station just because I don’t live close enough to walk. The whole ‘London Airways’ thing just seems like excessive self-entitlement. Airlines have hubs and national carriers tend to have hubs at the largest cities in their home nation.

        As much as I’d love to be able to fly from East Midlands for ‘no extra cost’ it’s a) impossible, the cost would just be shared across everyone and b) my decision not to live near a major airport.

        • Will says:

          But in a 60 million person island you might expect a few flights somewhere other than a concentrated 10-15 million chunk of the population. It’s another example of the ‘prosperity’ of London drawing people in and negatively affecting the rest of the UK. Rightly or wrongly I might add, no judgement just observation.

        • Chris says:

          Entitlement… those non-Londoners, eh.. always with the hand in the till.

  • Scott says:

    Seems fine ex-EU as well. Just tried a one way from AMS-LHR-JFK and got 14500 Avios + £171.

  • paul says:

    Never thought I would see anyone describe flying BA economy as offering “value for money”. To many better airlines out there to waste your time, money or avios on a BA economy seat.

  • Oly says:

    Yeh just tried. AMS-LHR-JFK return and it is 29000 + £344
    Pretty good deal

    • Frenske says:

      Funny enough I checked the same route minus the Amsterdam bit and was quoted 20,000 Avios + £361 that’s £17 more tax and possibly £42 more tax when taking into account the costs of the reward flight AMS-LHR.

      • Frenske says:

        £52 not £42 *sigh* back to primary school for me.

    • Andy says:

      Is it? In the last Economy sale BA were selling LHR-JFK cash tickets for £379.

  • erico1875 says:

    I wish my wife had holidays to take outwith the blackout datss.
    Edi to BOM for 20k Avios is a great deal.

  • ankomonkey says:

    As usual, the restriction on destinations makes a moderate offer a poor one.

  • James says:

    Tried looking for Johannesburg in November. 25k avios + £400 taxes. Cash tickets = £373. Sigh.

    • James says:

      Never mind, I was of course looking at one way prices. Yes, I am officially stupid :/

  • Nick says:

    Can you use a lloyds upgrade voucher or is it not allowed on sale seats?

    • Raffles says:

      If it is process electronically I reckon it would still work

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