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The peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2019

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British AirwaysIberia and Aer Lingus have released their peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for the whole of 2019 which you can see below and in our 2nd article today.

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There are substantial differences between the two main calendars for BA and Iberia. Especially when travelling during school holidays on a route served by both by BA and Iberia, it may well be cheaper to book on Iberia.

If, for example, you want to travel on British Airways in April 2019, you will be paying the peak Avios price from 5th April until 23rd April. However, if you look at the Iberia calendar, you can see that Iberia’s peak period is only from 17th – 22nd (as well as 12th + 13th and 26th +27 th).

There are also differences around February half-term. The whole month of February is off peak for Iberia whilst BA has peak days between 15th and 18th as well as 21st and 24th February.

For example, Saturday 10th February is peak for BA and off-peak for Iberia. On that day, a Club World return from London to New York would be 120,000 Avios return (peak BA price).  In comparison flying from Madrid to New York on the same day would be only 68,000 Avios return (off-peak Iberia price).  The taxes and charges would also be £380 lower on the Iberia ticket as long as you book it via the Iberia website (£537 v £157).

The summer holidays peak season starts earlier on Iberia (19th June) and ends one week after BA.

The days around Christmas are also interesting as BA sees the full second half of December as a peak travel time whereas Iberia sees 25th and 26th December as off-peak dates.

For clarity …. these charts apply irrespective of which website you book on.  If you book an Iberia redemption on, it still uses the Iberia peak and off-peak chart.  Similarly a BA redemption book on will use the BA chart.  You should still ensure that Iberia redemptions are booked on as the taxes and charges are usually substantially lower.

There is a separate article with the Aer Lingus 2019 peak and off-peak Avios calendar which is here.

Thanks to Paul for flagging this up.

British Airways calendar:

(green=peak, blue=off peak / click to enlarge)


BA September to December 2018


BA Avios off peak calendar 2019

BA Avios off peak calendar 2019

BA Avios off peak calendar 2019

Iberia calendar:



Iberia Avios off peak calendar 2019

Iberia Avios off peak calendar 2019

Iberia Avios off peak calendar 2019

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Comments (49)

  • vand says:

    Don’t seem to be able to click to enlarge the middle row of BA 2019

  • John says:

    So those BA great priced tickets to middle east earlier this week have been cancelled any one know any more info as not heard from BA just no longer in my account.

    Wonder if they have a leg to stand on this time as discussed on the day price wasn’t that crazy.

    • the real harry1 says:

      thread on FT if you’re interested

      yep the fare wasn’t exceptionally low vs competitors – so you might have a chance with challenging BA, not one of the most obvious error fares

      however, BA’s position is presumably going to be it’s a mistakenly priced fare so they are within their rights to cancel it, and that you have no rights under EC261 to be re-routed as it’s not ‘that’ sort of cancellation

      how deep are your pockets? 🙂

      • John says:

        I don’t know if the issue is with BA they blame travel agent who blames them.

        Both travel agent and BA say they will know more on Monday.

      • lev441 says:

        A couple of years ago, I had a BA flight to TLV for £240 which is not far off the £197.00 I paid this time around via Omega Travel… Definitely wouldn’t say this was exceptionally low…

        I got an automatic email from them saying that there has been a schedule change and that I should contact them as soon as possible….. I will call them up at some point over the weekend when I have a chance.