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Revealed … the peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2017

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We now have full visibility of the peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for both British Airways and Iberia for 2017.

The big change, as eagle-eyed HfP readers booking for February half-term had already realised, is that Tuesday and Wednesday flights will no longer automatically be off-peak.  

If you want to travel on British Airways between 7th July and 5th September you will be paying the peak Avios price.  If you are wondering why this covers nine weeks and not the traditional six weeks of the school Summer holiday, it is because it appears to be based on the public school calendar and not the state school one.  

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This is why October half-term straddles two weeks and Easter covers 3.5 weeks.  That said, February half-term is only blocked out for one week and not two.

You will see calendars for both BA and Iberia below.  There are substantial differences between them.  If you are flying on a route shared by BA and Iberia, it may be cheaper to book on Iberia.

For example, 15th February is peak for BA and off-peak for Iberia.  On that day, a Club World return from London to New York would be 120,000 Avios.  It would only be 68,000 Avios from Madrid to New York.  The tax would also be £335 lower on the Iberia ticket as long as you book via the Iberia website (£480 v £145).

British Airways calendar:  (click to enlarge if necessary)

British Airways peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

British Airways peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

British Airways peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

British Airways peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

British Airways peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

Iberia calendar:

Iberia peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

Iberia peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

Iberia peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

Iberia peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

Iberia peak offpeak Avios calendar 2017

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (80)

  • harry says:

    2.000 Avios – 19€ (65% de descuento) = 0.95
    4.000 Avios – 49€ (46% de descuento) = 1.225
    8.000 Avios – 99€ (40% de descuento) = 1.2375
    12.000 Avios – 149€ (37% de descuento) = 1.24167
    20.000 Avios – 259€ (33% de descuento) = 1.295

    So whilst 2000 is clearly cheapest, there’s not too much difference between the others; if you need a big chunk, no reason not to go for gold ie 100K

  • Tony says:

    No one seems to have commented on how late BA publish this calendar. I was planning flights for early April and expected Tuesday/Wednesday to be off-peak, wrong… Calendar published on the day I was planning to book a Tuesday flight! No off-peak first three weeks of April 2017. This strikes me as very poor show by BA…

  • harry says:

    Are you running this tomorrow, Raffles?

    Chance to get 100K Avios under 1p is quite rare, regardless of the possible pitfalls.

    Stick them in the bank.

    As an Avios millionaire already, I’ll just think about it 🙂 [but 100K of those were bought @ 1p…]

    • harry says:

      and everybody should think about 2000 Avios @ 0.7p

      EUR19 = 2000 (Groupon) + 95 (IB Plustore) + 15 (MR) = 2110 Avios
      = 9c = 7.15p/ Avios

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