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British Airways launches an Avios sale – £1 taxes and 50% discounts (full analysis)

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I dropped in an additional post yesterday to publicise the ‘flash’ sale that British Airways had launched with no notice and no fanfare.  I have now had some time to write a longer article with a little more detail.

It is a repeat of two separate promotions that BA has successfully run in the last 12 months – reducing taxes to £1 on some Reward Flight Saver short-haul routes and offering a 25%-50% discount on the Avios required for selected long-haul routes.

The sale is also now available at so there is no longer any need to move your points over from to

The short haul deal covers 10 European routes.  You will pay the usual Avios price but the taxes charge is reduced by £34 to just £1!

The routes are:

  • Algiers
  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Faro
  • Larnaca
  • Malaga
  • Malta
  • Naples
  • Tenerife
  • Venice

The list of Avios required for each route is here.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are all in the 15,000 to 20,000 Avios per seat band and are generally ‘Winter sun’ routes. This means that these are places which you might actually want to visit in the depths of a UK Winter.

Only economy seats are available.  You need to book your seat before midnight on November 17th and travel before January 31st.

New BA short haul seat 1

The long haul deal covers 35 routes as you can see here.

The number of Avios required for World Traveller (ie economy) seats is reduced by HALF on 30 routes and by a quarter on the remaining five. The taxes figure is unchanged.

This is not as good a deal as the short haul offer.  Long haul flights are generally cheaper during the Winter and economy Avios redemptions can often be terrible value, with the taxes figure only £100 or so lower than buying a cash ticket directly.

Having said that, there are some good destinations here.  Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Johannesburg (surprised to see this in their peak season), Kuwait, Rio, Riyadh, San Diego, Singapore etc are all guaranteed to be more pleasant than the UK in November.  It is difficult to argue that Cairo and Tel Aviv are not a good deal for 12,500 Avios points return.

As usual with these deals, if it works for you then you have got a bargain and qudos to BA for putting in some attractive options.

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  1. sandgrounder says:

    Iberia have launched a 50% off sale too. MAD-GIG-MAD for 50k & £138.50 in business anyone?

  2. Charlie says:

    Slightly off topic but it was exactly a year ago when Amex had their last 20K Amex bonus, fingers crossed there’s another around the corner.

    More importantly, happy birthday Rob!

  3. Beirut for 12.5k avios + £178 as opposed to £480 cash.

    Thanks BA

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