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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 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.

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 ba.com.  You must use avios.com and transfer your points from British Airways Executive Club into an avios.com account.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (66)

  • Sean says:

    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

  • Clive says:

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

  • Danny says:

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

  • Dan says:

    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!

    • Rob says:

      I was under the impression from Avios that it would be a regular thing – I don’t understand why it has not reappeared.