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50% off economy Avios redemptions to New York and Boston

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. 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 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.

New York

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)

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.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (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 ?!

    • Rob says:

      No, not seen this. Sounds too ludicrous to be true.

    • Boi says:

      I received room upgrade for being diamond ( they were excellent) and still got the bonus points….if this helps

  • 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…..

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