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
Routes from London City
- 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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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 30,000 Avios.
30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.
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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.
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.)