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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 avios.com so there is no longer any need to move your points over from avios.com to ba.com.

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.

Club Europe British Airways

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (30)

  • Ian says:

    I may have misunderstood something here, but I’ve used my Lloyds Aviois upgrade voucher at the same time as this deal so have bagged a return trip to Houston in PE for 25k Avios.

    The taxes came in at £406.06, and the cash fare is £1172.06, a difference of £766.00.

    I would’ve earned 12106 Avios, so a total ‘cost’ of 37,106 Avios I’ve saved £766.00.

    766 / 37106 = 2.06p per Avios redeemed.

    Is that correct?

  • LondonFoodie says:

    Not bad, combined with 2-4-1 for a friend ended up costing LHR-JFK-LHR 20k points+£730 taxes. A bit extortinate, but still quite good value.

  • sandgrounder says:

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

  • Dale says:

    Any examples of these club fares? I cant see any

  • 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!

  • James says:

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

    Thanks BA