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Save £500 on premium class British Airways flights with ‘Part Pay With Avios’

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‘Part Pay With Avios’ is the scheme which allows you to reduce the cost of a British Airways cash ticket by redeeming Avios points.

Launched in 2013, it has been a bit of a damp squib.  It is usually restricted to short-haul flights only and the maximum discount is £50 (an improvement on the original £30, admittedly).

Given that you are receiving a pretty poor exchange rate for your points, it is 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 is never going to excite anyone.

Part Pay With Avios

British Airways runs occasional promotions where you can also use your Avios for a reduction on a long haul ticket.  That offer is now back, and for the first time it has been extended to a maximum £500 saving.

The deal has also been improved to give you a saving of 1p per Avios point.  The usual discount is 2/3p.

Here are the rules:

You must book a long-haul flight before July 15th

You must travel by August 31st 2015

Your flight must depart from Heathrow or City, not Gatwick

This time, only Club World and First are included (but, of course, BA is currently having a sale on World Traveller and World Traveller Plus tickets)

For bookings in Club World or First, you can choose between:

£50 off for 5,000 Avios

£100 off for 10,000 Avios

£200 off for 20,000 Avios

£300 off for 30,000 Avios

£400 off for 40,000 Avios

£500 off for 50,000 Avios

It is unfortunate that this cannot be combined with any sale pricing at the moment.  However, it is good news that BA is finally making the discount worthwhile at 1p per point and letting you redeem a greater number.

The ‘Part Pay With Avios’ website is here. Full details of this promotion can be found there.


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 (17)

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  • Fenny says:

    Hopefully, if this is successful, they may extend it. The timescales here are useless for me and with the devaluation, I’m not planning on using BA much going forward, so need a way to burn off my stash of Avios.

    • James67 says:

      Probably the whole deal is useless, I imagine that for vast majority of longhaul destinations the fares will still be £500+ more expensive than the cheapest wortwhile alternative despite throwing away 50k avios. Needs to be balanced against hefty avios earned for top tier members though.

      • Cv3v says:

        Maybe next BA will allow you to pay for seat selection by using Avios!

        • Rob says:

          Bit radical that ….!

        • James67 says:

          How did the new BA flight to KUL go CV?

          • Cv3v says:

            I’m in KL now, I’d describe Club World as functional. The food was good (I chose the Asian options), and a choice of 2 champagnes.

            Flying non stop meant that for the first time ever on long haul I slept for almost the whole flight. The cabin crew were old contract, so very…solid. I liked that!

            I liked the comment from the guy sat in 1a, wondering why his company had spent so much money for him to sleep in a ‘toilet cubicle’!

            Overall, a good redemption flight, but I wouldn’t pay cash for it as so many better options.

          • James67 says:

            Sounds fine to me. I paid £904 return from KUL-GLA in WT+ including UUA at old rates so quite happy with that plus avios I’ll earn. Had not thought of it as a flying toilet cubiclenlol but the privacy CW offers a solo traveller is its one remaini g redeeming feature in my opinion. I lime that it is overnight both ways so hopefully will sleep much of it like you. I wish BKK could revert to overnight flights. Just got informed the LHR to EDI 18:40ish flight been cancelled again this winter so face with 4hr connection from BKK. I think I’ll call them and push for a rebooking on QR at no extra charge or cancelattion with 30k extra miles to compensate for devaluation.

      • Rob says:

        Clearly people are buying the tickets or BA would be selling them for less, so I’m not sure that view holds up!

        What IS possibly true is that the fares, outside of a sale, don’t work for the leisure market.

        There is an interesting development here in that your employer may turn around and say that you need to declare all of the miles you have earned on business trips and that those miles will now be used to reduce the cost of future business trips via this route.

        • sinizter says:

          Unlikely due to the major admin headache involved.

        • Mike says:

          Does part pay with Avios exist for corporate rate tickets?

          • Rob says:

            Only the biggest companies have discount deals with BA. My wife’s bank pays regular rates and uses Portman Travel. It wouldn’t be a massive strain to switch those bookings to ba.com via a PA.

        • James67 says:

          Yes, people are buying the tickets for two main reasons. Firstly, the majority of the UK market, in both directions, is in London and south east so the attraction is direct flights to just about anywhere. For ne that is understandable, I too would pay a premium for a direct flight but probably no longer what BA is asking. The second is high value corporate customers. Despite this, I remaun convinced that unless BA does somethingabout its fares, products and services soon then they are sleepwalking into disaster.

          • Rob says:

            There is a reasons Singapore Airlines fills 4 LHR flights a day to Singapore whilst BA only has 2, one of which carries on to Australia. The market catches up with everyone in the end!

            What Virgin Atlantic did – basically dropping pretty much everything which flies east and bringing in more flights west (fancy a long weekend in Detroit?) – may well be the right move because those eastern routes are protected from the Middle East and Asian carriers.

  • Jon says:

    I’ve spent all my avios now. Hotels, Eurostar, and whisky from avios.com 😉

  • Alan says:

    Hmm the BA details page is opaque as usual – it’s not clear if bookings with domestic connections are allowable under the offer or not.

  • oyster says:

    I’m hoping one day that BA allows me to pay the taxes and fuel surcharges with Avios.

    I’d happily pay an extra 50,000 Avios to have a completely FREE flight in J or F.

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