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Can I pay for British Airways buy on board food and drink catering with Avios points?

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Today I want to answer the question over whether you can pay for British Airways buy on board food and drink using Avios points?

In 2017 British Airways chose to scrap complimentary food and drinks on its short-haul flights in economy, opting for a buy-on-board offering instead.  This is in partnership with premium British supermarket chain Marks and Spencer.

How to pay for onboard food and drink with Avios on British Airways

You can now purchase sandwiches for just under £5, whilst most non-alcoholic drinks cost somewhere between £1.50-£2.50. On the whole, these prices aren’t as awful as they could have been.

The quality of the Marks and Spencer products is significantly better than the food sold on other carriers.  To be honest, it is substantially better than the free drink and snack that British Airways were providing for free before the switch-over, although you could argue that they were just softening people up in advance by degrading the quality. You can see the full British Airways Marks & Spencer menu here.

If you do not want to spend your hard earned cash, however, British Airways also lets you pay for food and drinks with Avios.  In general, you are looking at an Avios valuation of 0.7p per Avios – not the worst, but not good, either. You can read more about how much we believe an Avios is worth here.

PS.  Technically, British Airways does not allow you to “spend your hard earned cash” on board.  It is strictly credit cards only!

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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