Back in October 2013, British Airways introduced ‘Part Pay With Avios’. This was a new scheme which allowed you to reduce the cost of a cash ticket by redeeming Avios points.
This had been rumoured for some time. When it finally launched, it was a disappointment. It was restricted to short haul flights only. The maximum discount was capped at £30 (4,500 Avios) which was later increased to £50.
Given that you are receiving a weak exchange rate for your points, it was a bit pathetic. Why can’t I redeem my Avios to cover the entire cost of a ticket? I would understand why not if BA was giving me a fantastic deal but 0.67p per point was never going to excite anyone.
BA is still tweaking the scheme. Last year there was a short-term trial of offering discounts on long-haul flights.
For the next 10 days, there is a new offer.
If you book a cash ticket on any of the following new routes …
… you can part-pay with Avios at the higher rate of 1p per point. This is a pretty decent result and as good as I would expect if I was redeeming for a standard short-haul redemption.
The options for Eurotraveller / economy will be £10 off for 1000 points, £30 off for 3000 points and £50 off for 5000 points.
In Club Europe, you can also part pay with 10,000 Avios and receive £100 off your booking. This is a good deal because these are generally low yield routes in the first place.
The BA ‘low fare finder’ tool shows that Seville, for instance, is just £220 from May onwards on the cheapest dates. Redeeming 10,000 Avios takes the Club Europe fare down to an excellent £120 return!
If you are Avios-rich but are in need of some tier points to gain or retain British Airways status, this could be a good way of doing it. You would pick up 80 tier points for that £120 return ticket to Seville, for example. Madeira / Funchal is even better as a 160 tier point route. Why not book yourself a few weekends away at these prices?
You MUST book by February 15th to take advantage of this offer. The travel dates are Seville 29 March – 30 June 2015, Madeira 11 May – 30 June 2015, Split 1 May – 30 June 2015, Bodrum 27 April – 30 June 2015, Rhodes 27 April – 30 June 2015, Cagliari 27 April – 30 June 2015 and Fuerteventura 3 Feb – 30 June 2015.