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Bits: Exciting HFP Summer Party changes (NEW DATE!), last day for 50% off BA economy redemptions

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News in brief:

Exciting changes for the Head for Points Summer Party

Last Monday we announced our first Head for Points Summer party, in the light, sunny and airy Glasshouse suite at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock.

We proposed Tuesday 3rd July.  Unfortunately, as we hadn’t got our World Cup wall charts up at the time, we didn’t realise that there is a potential clash with an England football game.  It isn’t guaranteed, but it could happen.

We are going to move the date to Monday 9th July.  There are no games on that day at all!

The exciting news is that we have signed up a high profile sponsor – full details to be announced.  This means:

every ticket will now include your first drink for free and

we are lining up a very generous raffle prize for one lucky attendee!

We will make a full announcement on Tuesday and we anticipate tickets going on sale on Thursday.  Apologies for any confusion from switching the date, but it is definitely going to be worth it.

Holiday Inn Camden Lock Glasshouse Suite

Last day to book economy Avios redemptions for 50% fewer Avios

Until midnight tonight, 17th June, over 90 British Airways long-haul routes can be redeemed at 50% off, but in Economy only.  

Unfortunately taxes, fees and carrier charges are NOT reduced and will set you back around £350 per person (£275 for the Middle East).

This offer is for flights from or to London Heathrow and Gatwick between 1st September 2018 and 31st May 2019.  In reality, despite what the rules say, regional departures seem to work OK too.  If you live near Inverness this means that you can wipe out the Air Passenger Duty by starting from there as it is exempt.

One way redemptions are allowed.

You cannot combine this offer with a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher or a Lloyds Avios Rewards upgrade voucher.

Avios part payments are excluded from this offer, but Avios plus cash is included.  The reduced Avios price will automatically be applied when booking.

Here are some typical off-peak prices for return World Traveller (economy) flights including taxes with this offer:

  • Bermuda for 13,000 Avios + £367.16 (peak 20,000 Avios)
  • Seychelles for 16,250 Avios + £369.61 (peak 25,000 Avios)
  • Hong Kong for 19,500 Avios +£341.35 (peak 30,000 Avios).

Of course, even at half price most of these deals remain poor.  Should I want to go to Dubai, for example, it will cost me 13,000 Avios + £259 on an off-peak date.  Cash tickets can often be had for £295 to £325 which means that the redemption is still a bad deal unless you need the flexibility to cancel if needed.

That said, do the maths.  If you are travelling in high season it may still make sense.  Whilst economy redemptions are usually not great value long-haul, this offer would make sense if a cash ticket would otherwise set you back £550 – £600 or so. This would value your Avios points at 1p each which is fine by us.

You must book by tonight for travel between 1st September 2018 and 31st May 2019 to redeem for 50% fewer Avios – and 0% fewer taxes.

The special offer page for the deal is here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Yuval Lange says:

    Sometimes good things exist where you least expect them.. I just booked 2 one way economy flights to the USA and back (NYC and MCO) for next Easter with avios which gave me 3p per avios due to BA’s ludicrous price and the redemption promotion. Thanks for the information and for reminding me of the expiry date.

  2. vlcnc says:

    You can dress a turd up all you want Rob but it is still a turd. So you might get a nicer seat and some food but it is still their frankly atrocious and despicable staff, terrible delays and frankly sadistic customer services.

  3. Gutted I missed on the Hong Kong to LHR BA economy half price avios…is there any liklihood this deal will come back again?
    Thanks

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