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Avios sale – 50% off economy flights to certain long-haul destinations

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British Airways has launched a January Avios redemption sale.  It is rather modest in scope – certainly nothing like what we saw last January – but it may work for you.

The following long-haul routes from London Gatwick are discounted by 50% in economy only:



Dominican Republic




Barbados Avios

The discount takes these routes down to 25,000 Avios per person, apart from Mauritius which is 30,000 Avios.

You must book by 4pm on Friday 23 January.  You must travel out by 19 March and return before 2 April 2015.

Taxes and charges are NOT reduced unfortunately and will set you back between £321 and £386 per person.

The one upside of these destinations is that they are available over the end of the peak season and into the shoulder season.  Whilst economy redemptions are usually not great value long-haul, this offer would be OK if a cash ticket would set you back £550 – £600 or so.  That would value your Avios points at 1p each.

Full details can be found here at

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 (31)

  • Fredrik says:

    Hi, I just called Avios to cancel a sales ticket I redeemed during their November 2014 Avios sale (GBP 1 in fees in stead of the normal GBP 35). I was surprised to learn that they wanted me to pay GBP34 to effect the cancellation (and get the Avios back). I thought the cost of cancelling a sales ticket was only the fee, whether GBP 1 or GBP 35.. Has the rues changed or have I just misunderstood?