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50% off economy Avios redemptions to New York and Boston

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avios.com has launched a new Winter promotion offering discounted Avios redemptions.

This year there are only two options:  New York and Boston.

These deals are NOT available via British Airways Executive Club.  If you want to book, you will need an avios.com account (which restricts the deal to UK residents) so you can transfer your points across from BA using ‘Combine My Avios’ online.  This means that you will not be able to combine it with a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher although I imagine a Lloyds Avios Rewarda card upgrade voucher would be ok.

The rules are restrictive:

You will save 50% on the Avios required for a World Traveller (economy) redemption

…. but you must book by 28th November

…. for flights which must start and end between 1st and 14th December

…. and full taxes must be paid (£368 from Heathrow, £339 from Gatwick to New York)

New York

The Avios required will be 13,000 points per person, return.

I was able to find cash tickets – with a Saturday night stay involved – from £436 on Delta during this period, which means that you are still getting poor value for your points.

The only value would be if you wanted to travel during the week without a Saturday night stay, which tends to bump up the cost.  A trip from 6th to 9th December, for example, was no cheaper than £1,041 for a direct economy flight which makes the Avios deal look very attractive.

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Comments (39)

  • James says:

    Unless the cash fare is crazy money for the specific dates you need then economy LH redemptions are poor value normally. Halving the miles is an improvement but hardly makes them good value if you can be flexible with dates.

    • Gavin says:

      The only time I think a BA economy LH redemption offers value is if you need to get on a flight the same day for something urgent e.g. A family bereavement

      • Natalia S says:

        Yes, I once did the booking with miles to attend the funeral. The most memorable moment was when the agent joyfully asked “Is it for business or for leisure?”

    • Rob says:

      Without a Saturday night away a redemption can offer value.

      • Andy says:

        So does Norewegian for one ways / non saturday night stays.
        Even binning a return sector on BA and booking a one way back on norwegian works out cheaper than a non-saturday night booking on BA!

  • tester says:

    Does anyone know when the BA Promotion of double avois part payment for all flights is due?

    It was earlier this year held

    Many thanks!

  • Alan Young says:

    O/T Did anyone notice that the recent Oakland flights were a better deal if you bought revenue tickets and then used Avios to reduce the price by £180. If you used pure mileage it was 32,000 + £342 tax. Revenue cost was £374 less £180 for 33,000 Avios. Also, the other added bonus was the AMEX £100 back for a £500 spend. Consequently, a great deal to the west coast, thanks for the heads up Rob.

  • Brendan says:

    Saving applies also when flying from DUB (via LON) for those in NI. Still not great though. A return to NYC would be 21k avios plus £247 taxes.

  • Anon says:

    Ta for this, punted mine to BA with the 25%

  • xcalx says:

    OT I may want to cancel an award booking with Iberia + and am confused with the cancellation procedure. Cancelling an Iberia + reward booking on a one world partner and no avios are refunded .
    Does this include a booking that is mixed ie IB and BA eg I have a MIA-MAD-LBA booking with only the last leg on BA

    Does anyone know if the avios are refunded or not I have been on the phone to IB and been told yes a refund and no, no refund

  • James says:

    Off Topic.
    Have you heard anything about Le Club Accor refusing the 10,000 point bonus (for 4 stays) if you have received avroom upgrade due to status ???

    I’ve seen it mentioned elsewhere and am concerned / furious.

    They’ve just launched a new sale and before I consider this brand for any future stays I need to understand whether they have become untrustworthy, cheating so-and-so’s ?!

  • Rich. says:

    From Inverness, which is good for me, this is a bargain..
    ………..13,000 Avios + £277.26 Tax – free Domestics and lower departure tax…..