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500 – 1,000 bonus Avios with all short-haul BA flights this Autumn

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I get the feeling that British Airways is getting worried about the impact of the Avios devaluation on its leisure business.  When you are earning just 125 Avios points each way for a European flight in economy, it is hardly an incentive to turn to British Airways if another carrier is cheaper or more convenient.

BA has launched a new promotion, aimed at the leisure market, which will give you bonus Avios points for every flight you take this Autumn.

The net result is that you will almost – but not quite – be in the same earning position as you would have been before the devaluation.

Avios bonus promotion

You will earn 500 bonus Avios points for every return short-haul flight you take from September 1st to December 13th.

If you are flying to Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands, you will receive 1,000 bonus Avios.

British Airways, Iberia and Iberia Express flights count as long as your journey starts in the UK.  Domestic flights are included.

The snag is that you must book your flight by July 31st.  This means that the offer will have limited value to the business market.

You must also pre-register or you will not receive the bonus.  You can register via this link.

This isn’t the greatest offer I’ve ever seen, but it does mean that you will earn at least 750 Avios points for every return flight you take during the period.

Don’t forget to register by clicking here – it is best to do it now before you forget!

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to see our latest articles on earning and spending your points and click here to see our list of current Avios promotions.)

Comments (43)

  • dale says:

    I’m using Virgin Red until they finish in Sept. 2000 Flying Club Miles cleaner newer planes, better in flight service, less crowded. Why would I use BA?

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      Indeed. I was unbelievably annoyed when they pulled the plug on LHR-MAN. Made a mockery of BA’s service. The staff were fantastic!

  • Colin JE says:

    How about flights already booked. Are they eligible for the bonus?

  • Peter K says:

    I think BA changes will take a little while to fully kick in and cause problems for them. By then things will be very hard for them to turn around. I have a friend who casually collects Avios via the Lloyds Card. He’s had a dream to fly to America or Scandinavia using them but was unaware of the Avios changes until I told him.
    He’s now not that bothered by it anymore and just wants to burn his 30k Avios ASAP. Others will find out like he did or when looking to see what they can get with their Avios. BA will thus lose a revenue stream.
    Some have said BA earn too much to be bothered by this, but actually they will be. A company that does not put flowers in the flower holders in FIRST to save money will be bothered by losing money elsewhere!

    • Mike says:

      The flowers have returned actually, in the A380 F anyway (as of a couple months ago). So maybe they were just a temporary disappearance for some reason.

  • Mandy Hall says:

    Am looking at flights to the states from NCL and its actually just as easy to via Schipol or CDG. Priced up an F return as a J upgrade with avios and a straight F cash return with AF to IAD the other day and AF was only £75 more expensive – what does that say about BA? AF will escort you to & from the gate – and this was a fare that is available everyday not the rare as hens teeth avios upgrade into F.

    • I know at least one travel agency that can save you 5-10 pct off the fare on an Air France J/F (including discounted fares) on transatlantic journeys.. cough cough.

      • Mandy Hall says:

        Might take you up on it as trying to get Hubby to agree to the spend 😉

    • Alan says:

      AF F Lounge in CDG also meant to be superb, a big step up from the CCR! (esp with, as you say, being transported to the plane)

      • Mandy Hall says:

        I know – I flew F (an avios redemption last year) and was in the CCR – it was lovely. Then started to plan my annual trip to see a friend – avios redemptions are very hard to get and then I started checking on expedia and the price for AF astonished me so had a look at the website and umm yes I would like to try that out …

  • Polly says:

    And it can stop you getting an op upgrade, if you have pre chosen food. The word it, don’t pre book your food!

    • James67 says:

      Does this also apply to prebooking premium cabin menu where that’s available? I know it is an issue with special meals but would hate to miss out on chance of an op up just because I prebooked a meal

  • Kingy says:

    Since the devaluation i haven’t used BA once. I fly mainly Economy from MAN into Europe/Nordics on business several times a month. Occasionally i get over to US west coast or Singapore/BKK (with the odd upgrade to Business)
    On reflection i wont miss BA one bit once i get my lounge access back with SA or ST, in fact the direct flights and the avoidance of Friday afternoon chaos at T5 LHR more than compensate.
    I even have the option of BHX which is served well by Lufthansa/Swiss and KLM.
    BA service was shocking and in particular the longhaul routes let them down. This was very apparent when i flew on SIA in April. I had forgotten just how much difference there was in the two carriers.
    Just so my BAEC account ticks over i’m leaving my Shell card points on auto top up until i decide how best to use the reaming 100k points i have left.

  • Frankie McPolin says:

    I just booked 2 one way flights on BA.com from Gatwick to Bordeaux for 5th November. Hand Baggage Only. Price was £77. BA then wanted to charge £10 to use a credit card for the booking (didn’t it used to be £4.50?) and £10 per person for a seat reservation. I also booked 2 one way flights on easyJet from Bordeaux to Gatwick on 8th November. No hold luggage. Price was £55. £1.08 charge to use a credit card and £3.62 per person for a seat reservation. I would have booked easyJet both ways only the timings didn’t suit for the outbound.