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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 ….

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Comments (36)

  • Tim Rogers says:

    It’s a real shame – I’d be in the market for going to almost any of these places, but want to go in September rather than waiting til October.

    • pauldb says:

      You could always try booking it and then immediately changing to September (for a £30 fee I think). If it won’t let you just cancel within the 24hr cooling off period.
      This has worked in previous sales I think, simply because the online change function does have the ability recalculate the avios required; it can only recalcualte the cash element (probably because it only allows date changes which normally don’t require different avios amounts).

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    JNB is a good deal, shame that CPT isn’t included though.

    • Raffles says:

      Plenty of budget flight down (or use Avios on Comair) – even if was on the list you might struggle for availability to CPT anyway

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        There’s actually some decent availability from CPT in WT. Would have been a great open jaw.

  • Ian says:

    If you check Iberia you can fly to many destinations now with a similar promotion. 3 cities in the USA and many more in South America. More or less the same Avios as BA but less taxes!

    • Tobsw says:

      Indeed, it’s 35% discount, still not bad at all bearing the reduced taxes you have to pay.

    • Tobsw says:

      I’ve just had a quick look, even the avios+cash is at very good value: MAD-NYC rtrn 13000 avios + 217£; full amount of avios 26000 + 120£

  • Oly says:

    Iberia really is the way to go for economy!

  • Oly says:

    LHR-JFK early feb 2015
    20000 avios + 361 or 585 cash money. Not all bad

  • squills says:

    Rubbish for us 😉

  • Rich. S says:

    Cheaper from JER?

  • Peter says:

    Is it possible once booked to upgrade to WT using Avios?

    • Rob says:

      You mean upgrade a WT Avios booking to WTP? No – it would involve cancelling and rebooking at the full WTP price. You cannot make a saving on a WTP redemption this way.