Last Friday saw the launch of a new trial product on avios.com – 50% off a last-minute break.
How last minute? For next weekend.
Here is the current selection of deals. As you can see, you will be flying out on Friday or Saturday and returning on Sunday or Monday.
There is no flexibility in the dates. There is flexibility in terms of which flight you book yourself on, but the calendar day is fixed.
You can only book tickets in economy and the taxes and charges are not reduced.
Whilst the website does not mention this, you can mix and match promotional and non-promotional dates. Imagine that you are happy to fly to Edinburgh next Saturday but prefer to return on Tuesday instead of Monday. In that case, you would pay 2,000 Avios (half-price) for Saturday but the full 4,000 Avios for Tuesday.
Since cash tickets increase in price the nearer you get to the day of departure, these deals could represent good value – although that assumes you would normally book a flight to New York for cash at 5 days notice. New York, for example, is 13,000 Avios + £317 return next weekend. The cheapest BA cash ticket is £691.
The other cities included are Oslo, Frankfurt, Boston, Brussels and Edinburgh.
New deals will be launched next Friday.