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BA Sale Part 1: ‘Part Pay With Avios’ at 1p is back, Club Europe from £52 return

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British Airways launched a new sale yesterday.  

Full details can be found on this page of ba.com.  This is the page for Club World flight and holiday deals but you can navigate to the other sale pages from there.

You need to book by 12th July. 

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‘Part Pay With Avios’ is also back on special offer

Running alongside the sale, BA is promoting ‘Part Pay With Avios’ again.  As with the sale in May, this has led to some crazy prices appearing such as Club Europe flights from £52 return.

British Airways introduced ‘Part Pay With Avios‘ back in 2013.  This allowed you to pay part of the price of a cash ticket using Avios points.

At the time, a lot of people felt deflated by the product.  BA had been making noises for a long time about allowing Avios points to be used for revenue fares, but the actual implementation was a damp squib with a maximum saving of just £30.

BA has been constantly tweaking (or fiddling, depending on your view) with the scheme since then.  The current offer, which is running alongside the BA sale but is valid on sale and non-sale fares, is not bad.

Until 12th July, you can get the following discounts using ‘part pay with Avios‘ to reduce the price of a cash ticket:

Club Europe – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

World Traveller (long haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Club World and First – maximum saving of £300 for 30,000 Avios

All of these deals are offering you 1p per Avios point which is a decent 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.

This is not as generous as it was in March when you got 1.33p.  Under this deal, which is the same as the Easter one, you only get 1p.  However, the total saving allowed this time is bigger than it was when the discount was 1.33p.

As with the last time this offer ran, there are still some silly prices available.  I priced this up last night:

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Your eyes do not deceive you.  I was able to get a Club Europe return to Palma down to £52 return after spending 15,000 Avios points.  This is a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points if you are chasing status, and you will earn at least 2,000 Avios back.

Here are the key points to remember when using Part Pay With Avios:

You cannot part-pay Air Passenger Duty or any equivalent foreign tax. What this means, in practice, is that the maximum discount offered will be reduced if the fare is too low to not cover the taxes.  This is only likely to be an issue on short haul tickets.

Only BA operated flights are valid, not codeshares (so, for example, only BA flights to Madrid can be discounted, not the ones flown by Iberia with a BA flight number)

Any itinerary with a non-BA flight on it will not be offered ‘Part-Pay With Avios’ even if it also contains a UK or short-haul flight

You can only book at ba.com or via the BA call centre

It cannot be combined with promotional discount codes or ‘flight plus car’ / ‘flight plus hotel’ packages

It CAN be combined with Hotlines (discounted staff tickets)

It works OK on the ‘hand baggage only / Basic’ fares

It works OK on open jaw tickets

If you are in a Household Account, you will be allowed to use Avios to part-pay flights for people who are outside the Household Account

The Avios are deducted from the account of the person making the booking, even if the other passengers have their own BA or avios.com accounts

All travel must be completed by 21st June 2017 for non-premium cabins and 24 May 2017 for premium cabins.

The 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.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 (61)

  • Zoe says:

    My husband got stuffed by part pay with Avios when his PA took the option on a couple of work flights to Manchester. Saving of £100 but would have cost us almost £400 to buy them back. Impossible for the Exec club to unwind (although I suspected they might have found a work around if he had been Gold). If we had noticed within 48 hours a fix would have been possible. Even more annoying given the paltry earning rates on LHR / MAN flights.

    • John says:

      Err, no, your husband got stuffed by his PA stealing from him unless he authorised the PA to use his avios.

      If you book a refundable ticket I believe the avios are refundable with the cash

  • harry says:

    Those Avios points do actually have a value 🙂

    • John says:

      I was going to say, CE for £52 would be amazing, but it actually costs £142 with my 0.6p valuation.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Pretty low value when BA themselves have offered 1p or more numerous times over the past 6-12 months

    • Bob says:

      I was thinking the same thing – I guess Raffles gets a lot more free avios through referrals than we ever will! 🙂

  • Hingeless says:

    This is a interesting deal

    I have just looked at a flight I need to book:

    SYD-SIN-SYD Y Class with Gold Card

    Booked as a peak day reward the cost is 40k avios + £206

    Booked as a cash ticket using part pay with avios the costs is £300 + Zero Avios ! (as it costs 11k avios but you also earn 11k avios with gold card !), The saving is about £70

    The question is do i just pay £370 and save the 11k avios

    • harry says:

      40K = £94 cash saved
      0.235p/ Avios

      If you’re that Chinese billionaire with the squillions of Avios, fine 🙂

      • Hingeless says:

        I wouldn’t spend the 40k avios

        The question to myself : is is it worth spending 11k avios to save £70? (current airline miles = 600k)

        • harry says:

          [You can disregard the fact that you’ll get back 11K as a Gold – it’s immaterial to your decision.]

          11K = £70 saving = 6.36p

          Lowish but not so bad, if you ever buy/ ‘buy’ Avios at more than this, then you’d want to preserve your Avios. If you have loads in the bank, not much in it. I personally would look to get better value.

          • John says:

            No, it isn’t immaterial to the decision at all.

            Using a 1p valuation:
            rev: cash £370, earn 11kA worth £110. Total cost £260
            ppa: £300 + 11kA, earn 11kA. Total cost £300
            awd: £206 + 40kA worth £400, earn 0A. Total cost £606
            Winner: revenue flight

            Using a 0.6p valuation:
            rev: cash £370, earn 11kA worth £66. Total cost £304
            ppa: £300 + 11kA, earn 11kA. Total cost £300
            awd: £206 + 40kA worth £240, earn 0A. Total cost £446
            Winner: part pay with avios

          • harry says:

            [Let’s ignore the 40K version.]

            The 11K earned as Gold is immaterial because in both possibilities/ scenarios (regardless of value attributed to Avios), the OP will end up earning the same amount of Avios, worth the same.

            In each value attributed to Avios (1p & 0.6p) we are comparing 2 equations with various values for a, b & c – but d is always the same value in both possibilities:
            a (cash out) + b (Avios used) = (c (total cost) + d (Avios earned)
            when d is the same in both possibilities, it can be struck out.

            ie 1p valuation:
            1. a £370 + b £0 = £370 + d
            vs
            2. a £300 + b 11K Avios @ 1p = c £410 + d

            and 0.6p valuation:
            1. a £370 + b £0 = £370 + d
            vs
            2. a £300 + b £66 = £366 + d

      • Worzel says:

        Well done for doing the number crunching Squills.

        I was going to suggest stepping outside (with a coin in hand), wait for wind to settle, flip coin, and job done. 🙂 .

    • Barry cutters says:

      Book the cash ticket.

      • Lady London says:

        +1. In 3 out of 4 of your possible cases cash as good as wins.

        Unless you think Avios are a declining asset and you need the ones you’ve got, or unless you’re a Chinese billionaire with squillions of Avios, or unless you have magic machine that earns you squillions of Avios, on this one I’d go all cash.

        • Lady London says:

          PS if you can start your ticket or the return half of your ticket out of Hong Kong rather than Singapore, I suspect you might benefit from considerably less tax due to the virtually non-tax regime there.

  • Boi says:

    Pity ex-eu part pay not as good

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I noticed that. Frustrating as I need to decide whether to book a return for cash (and get the enhanced PPWA) or out on Avios and return on cash (with such a poor PPWA rate it isn’t worth it).

      • Lady London says:

        BA also loads cash single fares by relatively large amounts, as compared to the leg cost for each on a return btw.

  • Marc says:

    Hi all! I’ve got one question: if a buy a cash ticket and benefit from 1p per Avios, can I later on change the FFP number, to e.g. Qatar PC, Airberlin or IbPlus?

  • James67 says:

    There are a coupl of elephants in this post Rob and going forward I think you should always take care to highlight them in relevant articles because generally you have been very good at highlighting downsides here on HFP. The first is that many people are paying close to or more than 1p for avios they collect as evident from HFP comments. Thus, part pay at 1p/avios is not a good deal for such people, it may even represent a loss for some. Secondly, there is nothing crazy or amazing about £52 CE return if it requires a copayment of 15000 avios regardless of what people value their avios at or paid for them because CE is only really of value if you need tier points. Otherwise the onboard product and service is simply rubbish, and lounge access can be easily attained for free or cash. Much better to save the avios and buy a cheao economy return on BA or another airline including LCC.

    • Lady London says:

      +1 I was tempted, but I don’t need tier points and there is no other reason to fly Club Europe especially if you’re not earning the 2x or whatever it is now in Avios, for being Gold. As I don’t have a magic machine for creating Avios those 15,000 are much better worth hanging on to for a one way to the US on Air Berlin or something.

      Of course I’m a fool because Avios ARE a declining asset. Sooner or later BA will devalue them again. So if I was intelligent I’d be much better off spending them 🙂

    • Rob says:

      All accepted, but:

      a) I expect people to have a rough idea of their ‘input cost’ and therefore know what makes a sensible spend rate

      b) The bulk of the HFP readership – admittedly not reflected in the comments which is a group of roughly 100 of the 20,000 daily HFP readers – is made up of heavy business travellers who don’t pay anything for most of their Avios

      • James67 says:

        a) I hope you’re right, although, I’ve made some bad judgements myself at times to be honest. However, the one I thought was my worst of all proved to be a real peach in the end which just goes to show how fluid the miles game can be. Sometimes we get lucky and sometimes not.

        b) Interesting information, a little disappointing that a larger proportion don’t share the benefits of their experience with us. That said, in the days when i was shuttling back and forward to SFO twice a month I never really paid much attention to the likes of FT and ended up with a United gold mine which could so easily have been a BMI diamond mine had I been wiser.

      • Paul L says:

        B) +1 although the annoying thing when we go states is their ridiculous constant sign up bonuses and the wide range of credit cards they have…

  • Paul L says:

    Great post Rob and very timely for me. Was about to book 2 x economy rfs to spain in holiday time and was going to be about 14,000 avios + £30 ish pp (slightly less if booked 2 x 1 way). Now for £399 and using 30,000 to save £300 for CE – no brainer! Great find.

  • FlightDoctor says:

    Slightly OT but my wife and 3 kids (all under 10yrs) will achieve Bronze status later this summer after two excellent ex-EU deals we secured thanks to HFP! They will all be sitting at 560 TPs with another 6 months to run on the cards before points are reset. I’m Gold through work travel.
    My question is whether it is worth us paying for a part-pay deal in CE (as above) to secure Silvers for the family, as we are only 40 TPs adrift? We don’t have any plans to travel overseas before summer 2017 and will probably try to secure an ex-EU deal in business anyway (so many of the Silver perks will be irrelevant such as lounge access). I’m not sure whether the extra bonus Avios earned with Silver would compensate with spending 37,500 to get a cheap TP run in CE. What would people do in my situation?

    • Lady London says:

      If you’re not flying in the next year then the only value I can see of buying flights to secure the extra 40 tier points to make Silver, would be if your Executive Club renewal date works to give you something close to 2 years of Silver. Otherwise even though 40 tier points is “so near and not so far” and not much outlay to get it, personally I’d think about not bothering. There are currently some other privileges with Silver. But if you’re not flying then they won’t matter to you.

      If you are still very early in your membership year (not calendar year) at the time you make Silver, you will be Silver for the rest of that membership year and also till the end of the following membership year. In that case if you’re flying in the following year, and only if you are, then the extra outlay could just about be worth it.

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