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Last chance for the BA sale, the ‘part pay with Avios’ deal ….. and AA flights 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

One more day to get 1.33p per 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.

American Airlines

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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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 (39)

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  • James says:

    Bagged 5 (yes FIVE) seats on the same flight on Etihad’s A380 first AUH – LHR for the family today! I feel like I have won the miles and points lottery.

    • Rob says:


    • Danksy says:

      nice work !

    • Yan says:

      Well done!
      Just curious, were AA agents able to see & book more F award inventory than actually shown available on the EY site? I rarely see more than 2 Guest First seats available there.

      • James says:

        No, I have been watching availability closely and as you say etihad rarely release more than 2 F seats on the A380/B787. What happened is that the flight was scheduled to be on an A346 and had more award seats released, then Etihad changed it to an A380 but didn’t reduce award inventory. I called immediately and put them on hold, the AA agents could see all 5 (+1 on an earlier flight).

        Also got all 6 back in business on the same flight (A380) – J inventory seems to be more open than it used to be.

    • JamesW says:

      Holy Sh*t !!!

  • CC says:

    Is the actual cut off time midnight in the UK or is it going to be midnight US time? Been on hold for 40 mins so far!

    • Yan says:

      Midnight Dallas time

      • CC says:


        I rang normal reservations first but as I want to redeem on Etihad they told me I have to call the Advantage team, is that correct? It says on the website its the reservation line for redeeming points?

        • Yan says:

          Yes, will need to do this with AAdvantage team.

          best bet is AA Australia (+61 2-9101-1948 then press 4), they can see EY availability reliably. Good luck!

          • Alan says:

            Indeed no issues with the Oz team being able to sort this for me (well for a work colleague, actually!). Also after 9am there now and I doubt most Americans would think of calling them so would definitely give them a shot!

          • CC says:

            Thanks for advice, going to the Abu Dhabi GP, managed to get the first apartment for 2 people coming back to UK!

            And thanks Raffles for reporting the generous AA credit card bonus all that time ago, set me well on the way.

  • Doodles says:

    I have just booked a weekend in Verona for £60 with the maximum avios saving. Along with a £150 flight to Marrakech in Feb and a cheap flight to the US ex CPH this summer, I will achieve silver for the first time. Thank you HFP.

  • 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?

  • 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 !

    • Tim says:

      I know the feeling. Just returned from the last of three trips booked in the previous Club Europe sale: Amsterdam, Seville and Malta.

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