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:
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.
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 UK credit cards (June 2022)
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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(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.)