Here are the rules:
Book before 5th November 2017
Fly before 31st March 2018
Valid for one way or return flights
Valid in Euro Traveller or Club Europe
You can learn more about ‘part pay with Avios’ on ba.com here.
‘Part pay with Avios’ lets you use Avios to reduce the price of a standard cash ticket. You book via the standard booking page of ba.com and will be offered the chance to use some Avios to partially (not completely) reduce the cash price. Unlike a normal Avios redemption, you will earn back Avios and tier points as usual when you fly in the same way as a ‘100% cash’ booking.
Here are the routes included:
Routes from Manchester:
- Paris Orly
- Milan Linate
- Keflavik (Reykjavik)
But is it a good deal?
Here is a typical example using a Reykjavik flight from London City in Economy / Euro Traveller:
Save £13 with 1,250 Avios – you get 1.04p per Avios
Save £25 with 3,000 Avios – you get 0.83p per Avios
Save £50 with 5,500 Avios – you get 0.91p per Avios
Save £75 with 8,500 Avios – you get 0.88p per Avios
Save £113 with 14,000 Avios – you get 0.81p per Avios
The best deal you can get is 1.04p per point, but that is for a paltry 1,250 Avios maximum. It is hard to recommend redeeming for something around 0.9p per Avios unless you are very Avios rich and / or you earn all your Avios from flying paid for by your employer and so your points had no cost to you.
If you are earning Avios via credit cards, Heathrow Rewards transfers, Tesco Clubcard transfers, hotel point transfers etc then you really need to getting over 1p per point. Otherwise, you could have got a better deal using your non-transferred points for something better.
(As an example, Tesco Clubcard points now convert at 1:3 into Uber credit. £10 of Clubcard vouchers gets you £30 of Uber rides or 2,400 Avios. Assuming you are a regular Uber user, you need to be getting over 1.25p per Avios point before Avios becomes a better option than free rides.)
In this Iceland case, the total fare was £185, so the best deal you could do (if you want to reduce the cash price the most) was 14,000 Avios plus £72. You would also earn up to 3,200 Avios back depending on your BA status, plus a handful of tier points.
A standard Avios redemption on this route, for comparison, is 17,000 plus £35. Because the cash price is relatively low compared to the Avios price, the ‘all Avios’ booking is an even worse deal given the £185 cash fare – unless you need the flexibility to cancel offered by an ‘all Avios’ booking.
It is only fair to give BA credit for continuing to roll out ‘part pay with Avios’ offers. If you are booking one of these routes you should do the maths to see if it makes sense or not. My gut feeling, however, is that it won’t.
If you want to learn more about ‘part pay with Avios’, read this page of ba.com. You will also find full details of the offer on that page.
PS. If you were thinking of booking Club Europe from London City via this offer, remember that the airport has no lounge and that the primarily Embraer 190 aircraft are 2 x 2 throughout so you don’t get an empty middle seat. With large numbers of people on London City flights qualifying for priority boarding via their Gold status (only Golds can priority board at City), that isn’t much of a benefit either. The food from London City, to be fair, is very good but then again you still get free drinks and snacks in Euro Traveller for now. Only book Club Europe if you are not price sensitive or if you are looking for tier points.
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