A reader dropped me a line last night regarding Reward Flight Saver. Her question was:
“Has the text describing RFS on ba.com changed?”
It currently says this on the booking page (click to expand):
and, if you click through for more details:
Now, this could just be ambigious wording, especially with the first image. Nowhere does it says “one way redemptions are no longer valid for Reward Flight Saver”. This does appear to be the implication of the text in the second image, however.
Don’t bother looking in the British Airways Executive Club terms and conditions because they are unchanged since January.
At present, RFS flights are still pricing up as they always did – ie £17.50 one way in Euro Traveller and £25 one way in Club Europe.
Regular HfP readers will know that, ever since BA dropped fuel surcharges on short haul flights, many European RFS redemptions are cheaper booked as 2 x one-way flights rather than a return. This is because a one-way from a European airport which doesn’t charge a departure tax will only have nominal fees, usually less than £17.50 and certainly less than £25.
A one-way from Luxembourg to Heathrow, for example, only has £3 of charges. In this scenario a Reward Flight Saver ticket defaults to the cheapest option so you only pay £3.
British Airways may have decided that it has had enough of people paying £20.50 instead of £35 for return flights to Luxembourg by booking it as 2 x one-ways.
There is another possible explanation.
One quirk of Reward Flight Saver is that you only pay the reduced taxes figure when you choose British Airways for all legs.
If you mix BA with another airline on the same ticket, you pay full taxes on the BA flight.
At present, this is only really a problem via ba.com on one route – London to Madrid. Booking BA one way and Iberia the other way triggers full taxes on the BA flight.
However, if we assume that Aer Lingus availability will soon be bookable online, as well as the fact that Royal Air Maroc is about to become an Avios partner, it will be cropping up as an issue more often.
The ba.com wording may just be an attempt to clarify the fact that you need to book both the outbound and return on British Airways, and not mix in Iberia, Aer Lingus or Royal Air Maroc, to get the discount on the BA flight.
For clarity, as I mentioned above, ba.com still shows the standard pricing for RFS tickets and nothing has changed.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
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.
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.)