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. 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)
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
(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.)