Last chance for the BA sale, the generous ‘part pay with Avios’ deal ….. and AA redemptions before devaluation

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The current British Airways ‘Premium Leisure’ sale ends tomorrow, 22nd March.  This is offering deals over Easter, the Summer and right into early 2017.

The home page for the sale is here.

On most routes you can travel up to 28th February 2017.  It varies by route so take a look at the small print at the bottom of the sale website.

The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.

British Airways business first class sale

And one more day to get 1.33p per Avios point with ‘Part Pay With Avios’

Tomorrow is also the end of the current generous ‘Part Pay With Avios’ promotion.  The only exception is for Euro Traveller short-haul economy flights where the deadline is extended until next Sunday 27th.

Until 22nd March, you can get the following discounts using ‘part pay with Avios’ to reduce the price of a cash ticket:

Club Europe – maximum saving of £100 for 7,500 Avios

Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – maximum saving of £100 for 7,500 Avios

Club World and First – maximum saving of £200 for 15,000 Avios

All of these deals are offering you 1.33p per Avios point which is an excellent deal.  Remember that, because you are buying a cash ticket, there are no availability issues and you will receive Avios and tier points back when you fly.

The discounts work even on the cheapest tickets.  I was able to get a Club Europe return to Amsterdam down to £97 return after spending 7,500 Avios points – this is a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points if you are chasing status.

Not all routes are included for some reasonThe official Part Pay With Avios website is here.  Click on the ‘Find Out More’ button to see the special promotional rates – the rates shown on the home page are the normal ones – and the list of routes covered.

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Finally, the American Airlines devaluation is nearly here

Changes to American Airlines’ redemption chart come into effect tomorrow.

Here is the new reward chart for flights on AA planes.

Here is the new reward chart for partner airlines, which includes BA and Etihad.

It isn’t pretty.  There has been very little movement on economy redemptions.  Business Class has taken a hit.  First Class has taken a complete beating.  Let’s take London to Abu Dhabi on Etihad (or BA, but you’d be mad to choose BA given the fuel surcharges) as an example.  This used to cost:

  • 40,000 miles return in Economy
  • 60,000 miles return in Business
  • 80,000 miles return in First

This was a great deal even before the April 2015 Avios changes.  Since April 2015 it has been even better as Avios pricing went up to 100,000 – 120,000 points for BA Club World return.  From tomorrow, AA will charge the following:

  • 40,000 miles return in Economy
  • 85,000 miles return in Business  (up 41%)
  • 125,000 miles return in First (up 56%)

Yes, it is a big hit.  It is still a far better deal than redeeming Avios, however, unless you have a British Airways 2-4-1 voucher to use.  Of course, it isn’t that simple for most of us since earning AA miles for a UK resident is a lot, lot harder.

Another amazing deal was from the UK to Australia.  This used to cost:

  • 90,000 miles return in Economy
  • 120,000 miles return in Business
  • 160,000 miles return in First

From tomorrow it will cost:

  • 120,000 miles return in Economy
  • 170,000 miles return in Business (up 41%)
  • 230,000 miles return in First (up 44%)

Again, a big increase.  Again, it is still far fewer miles than an equivalent Avios redemption (100,000 in Economy; 300,000 in Club World; 400,000 in First – plus the fuel surcharges).

If you want to take a look at other routes, the links above bring up the relevant award charts and there is a link in each chart to the current pricing.

Book today if you want to lock in the old prices.  However, all is not lost with American Airlines. There are still reasons to credit your flights to AA, especially if you are a business traveller who is regularly on fully flexible business class tickets and earns the bulk of his/her miles from flying.  The redemption chart remains cheaper than the BA one in many instances, you get access to the fantastic Etihad product and – except for BA redemptions – you won’t be paying any fuel surcharges.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. Christoph says:

    Did BA increase the avios-price for getting 100 GBP off? Because some days ago it was 7’500 Avios, as also mentioned here. However, when looking at now it states 15’000 Avios for the maximum discount of 100 GBP?

  2. JamesW says:

    I think I’ve gone a little too crazy in this CE sale + 7,500 Avios.

    Marseilles in April
    Rome in May
    Venice in May
    Hamburg in June.

    Tempted by Malta for some diving too. Think I’ve lost the plot !

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