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The Avios changes are live – post your ba.com comments and observations here

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The major changes to the Avios scheme went live at midnight last night.

I didn’t do an article today because I want to see how the actual changes compare to what we believed British Airways was planning, given that some of what they announced was vague or open to interpretation.

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Please post any comments or observations below. I will put together an article tomorrow.

Here are a couple of quick ones that I saw on a brief trot through the site:

Peak and off-peak dates for BA redemptions are now available up to April 2016Go here and click ‘Working Out The Cost’

This comment which appears all over the site makes no sense: “You will not be able to benefit from off-peak prices if you fly with two or more oneworld partners, or British Airways plus two or more oneworld partners”.  The plan – which, looking at the pricing, has been carried through – is that peak pricing applies if you fly with ONE oneworld partner, as long as it isn’t BA.

More feedback welcome.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 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

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (112)

  • Jac says:

    Does anybody know what is the availability on BA and Iberia when booking with one world partners?
    Are seats only released / made available on non peak dates or can you book with other FF programs peak and non peak dates at the same cost with same availability ?

  • Modern Day Sinbad says:

    It would be interesting to know how many Avios were burnt in the run up to 28 April. I redeemed 240k in the two hours before the deadline, booking C tickets on AY, CX, and MH flights.

  • fiona says:

    I booked CW to Buenos Aires on the 27th. (Actually it was CW/WT but phoned on the 28th to change return date to 16th and get CW).I did have an issue where I was told( on the 28th) that they had undercharged the amount of miles for the booking. Even when she asked her supervisor, the reply was the same. I had to repeat that they were wrong and had to explain that the redemption rates were less the day before. Eventually they admitted that I was right. Pretty bad that even the supervisor was aware of the change.
    I want to thank Rob as OH now has the bonus 22k miles and he has just referred me( well I actually I referred myself!) and his 9k hit his account on the day I got my card. Now we just have to work out when he gets rid of his. Any chance of the new lounge opening up in T5 by beginning of July?

  • fiona says:

    Should have said my booking was with a 241

    • fiona says:

      and for next April!! Trust me to rush out a post and not check it through!

  • mundanespecies925.yolasite.com says:

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    The Avios changes are live – post your ba.com comments and observations here

  • OttoMH says:

    Hi Raffles,

    One observation from this evening… I am based in the regions (MAN) and was looking for a TXL positioning flight, unfortunately only managed to book it after April foolish day. Toying with a drive to LHR or a very expensive MAN redemption (18k ow 2 pax) or a very expensive paid ticket (£155pp) I discovered Flybe from BHX to TXL for 9k Avios and £65, ow 2 persons. It looks like Flybe could be better value for regional travellers going to European destinations.

    OttoMH

    • Rob says:

      That is a decent result. The problem with Flybe is that the route network is very varied and not all flights are available for redemption so it is difficult to write about it easily.

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