New Avios weekly promo – save 50% on selected last-minute routes!

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Last Friday saw the launch of a new trial product on – 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.

Avios last minute deals

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.

Remember that you cannot book these deals at  You must use and transfer your points from British Airways Executive Club into an account.

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  1. See if the Mercure Prince’s Street is showing, too. My brother got an upgrade to a superior room with views over the Gardens and the castle. An excellent deal for £40.

  2. It’s worth looking for the exit row seats at in economy, we paid £50 each on the way to Boston in Feb and it made the outbound bearable. Not sure if there is a way of seeing if those seats are booked already before you actually book the flight? Also there sometimes aren’t any depending on the aircraft layout, on the same trip over Feb half term my husband decided to pay to upgrade to World Traveller on the return. At Boston bag drop the three of us got upgraded to business and we were only Blue. It was a fantastic result.

    • I meant pay to upgrade to WTP on the return, then got bumped for free at the airport.

  3. Simon Schus says:

    It might be useful to go over the cancellation options for purchased tickets.

    • Same as BA (free cancellation up to 24 hours before departure) with one and possible two exceptions.

      If you cancel a redemption online, you lose the LOWER of £35 or the taxes paid.

      If you cancel an redemption by phone – it can’t be done online – you pay the £35 fee on your credit card and get back whatever the taxes were. This makes changes to one-way short-haul redemptions more expensive as the tax is £17.50 and possibly less.

      The rules on redemptions say no changes after first segment flown. BA DOES allows changes to the return after the outbound is flown. Not sure if is strict about this in reality or not.

  4. Simon Schus says:

    Thanks, it was mainly for others that I was suggesting outlining the the cancellations. I’ve always known there were a few slight differences between and bookings.

    I was actually surprised by one of them yesterday though. I telephoned Avios yesterday as I was looking for an open-jaw using the offer of MAN-LHR-JFK-[Amtrak]-BOS-LHR-MAN. As an open jaw, I obviously couldn’t book it online but Avios proactively offers to waive the telephone booking fee. Nearing the end of the process, I asked whether they had the 24 hour cooling off period (i.e. cancelling within 24 hours of making the booking, as long as you booked prior to 24 hours of departure). I was told that this did not apply to Avios bookings made through the Avios company. I was a little surprised as this is a different policy compared to Avios bookings made through BA on the telephone or the website. It is useful to know though given the ‘one week’ ahead nature of these ‘50% off Avios’ bookings – I’ve often made late plans in the heat of the moment and needed to cancel within 24 hours of booking realising there was a better routing or that the schedule didn’t fit so well to my intended purpose.

  5. Simon Schus says:

    * also, I’m trusting what I was told on the phone by Avios but did not verify it myself.

    • I am almost certain I have availed of the 24 hour cooling period with avios. I also thought I had cancelled a one way flight booked with them on the phone before and just lost the £17.50 in taxes but I may be wrong on this.

  6. Don’t forget that you can add a domestic leg for free on the long haul flights (if available!), I just priced a MAN – (LHR) – BOS – (LHR) – MAN for a total of 13.000 avios + £294

  7. As FYI I just received an email from BA confirming the 20% bonus on CC transfers

  8. Does anyone know if this is going to be weekly? I can’t see it updated since the original offers. Thanks

  9. Anyone know if this was a one-off or will have new deals each week? The flights I can see are all in the past!

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