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Special ‘part pay with Avios’ deal gets you 1p per point (good for cheap tier points)

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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.

Part Pay With Avios

British Airways 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 …

Seville

Madeira

Split

Bodrum

Rhodes

Cagliari

Fuerteventura

…. 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 Euro Traveller / 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?

The ‘Part Pay With Avios’ website is here. This offer is NOT mentioned there but you will see it if you do a dummy booking on ba.com.

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.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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 (20)

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  • Craig says:

    I managed to book 3 (two adults and one child) Club Return to Sevilla this morning for June, it offered up £300 off for 30,000 Avios (1p per Avios value so a big tick there and in line with Raffles article) and therefore once discounting that from the fare, I resultantly ended up paying £360 something for the 3 x Club Returns = roughly £120 cash return per PAX….Happy Days 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Hevara says:

    The offer is valid for the following travel periods:

    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
    Fuerteventura 3 Feb – 30 June 2015

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