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Here is the full British Airways and Iberia peak and off peak Avios calendar for 2020 flights

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What are the peak and off-peak dates for redeeming Avios points in 2020? 

British Airways still hasn’t officially released the peak and off peak dates for reward flights in 2020 but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.

EDIT:  If you are planning further ahead, the 2021 Avios peak and off-peak calendar is in this HfP article – click.

We have managed to get our hands on what we believe is the full 2020 timetable via BA contacts.  We have turned this into a neat little table, below, which gives a better overview of the entire year’s peak and off peak availability.

British Airways normally releases the calendar in June, and some people have been speculating that the lack of an announcement might mean that it is moving to revenue-based redemptions next year.  Now that we have the calendar, however, we can be fairly confident that redemptions will remain on a peak and off peak basis for 2020.

There are two things to remember:

This calendar only applies to BA.  We have added the Iberia dates at the bottom.  Iberia and Aer Lingus have their own peak and off-peak dates, which can often be helpful.  October half-term is off-peak for Iberia, for example, so New York in Business Class from Madrid is 68,000 Avios vs 120,000 Avios for a peak-date BA flight from London.

The BA calendar applies wherever you book a BA redemption, whether it is on ba.com, iberia.com or avios.com.  Similarly, if you try to book an Iberia redemption on ba.com it will NOT follow the dates below.

All redemptions on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways are charged at peak rates, 100% of the time

Note that peak dates are in yellow whilst off peak is in white.  Click to enlarge:

British Airways peak and off peak calendar 2020

Don’t ask why Tuesday 11th and Tuesday 18th August are off-peak!  It is also isn’t clear why Wednesday 15th April (Easter Wednesday) is a solo off-peak day.  This is not an error – you can check yourself on ba.com as 15th April is already bookable.

As you would expect, peak dates cover all the school breaks as well as the majority of bank holidays.  The only bank holiday weekend during an off-peak time is the first May bank holiday, which was moved from its usual Monday slot to Friday 8th May to coincide with VE Day.  It is still possible that BA flips this to a peak date!

As a reminder, here is the peak and off-peak Avios pricing chart for British Airways flights:

Cost of Avios reward flights redemption chart

The zones relate to the distance flown:

  • Zone 1: 1 – 650 miles
  • Zone 2: 651 – 1,150 miles
  • Zone 3: 1,151 – 2,000 miles
  • Zone 4: 2,001 – 3,000 miles
  • Zone 5: 3,001 – 4,000 miles
  • Zone 6: 4,001 – 5,500 miles
  • Zone 7: 5,501 – 6,500 miles
  • Zone 8: 6,501 – 7,000 miles
  • Zone 9: 7,000+ miles

Iberia Avios peak and off-peak dates for 2020

For comparison, here are the Iberia dates for next year, with peak dates in red:

Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar 2020

Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar 2020

Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar 2020

Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar 2020

…. and here is the Avios redemption pricing for Iberia, which applies whether you book at ba.com or iberia.com:

Iberia redemption chart

and

Iberia redemption Avios chart

This chart is NOT the same as the British Airways chart. The charts are nearly the same, but not quite.

Let’s take New York as an example. Both British Airways and Iberia price New York as a Zone 5 redemption. However:

British Airways charges 100,000 Avios off-peak and 120,000 Avios peak for a Club World flight to New York

Iberia, as you can see above, charges 68,000 Avios off-peak and 100,000 Avios peak for a Business Class flight to New York

There are not many destinations which are served by both BA and Iberia, of course, so the opportunities for arbitrage are limited. You also need to factor in the cost and time of getting to Madrid, although if you live outside London it is not massively more complex than changing planes at Heathrow.

If you want to learn more about how to redeem Avios points via Iberia Plus, to save a fortune on taxes and charges, take a look at this article in our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.)

Comments (91)

  • Alan says:

    OT (no Bits) – ICO just handed a £99m fine to Marriott for their data breach. I’m love this new spine the ICO seem to have grown, especially important given the dismissive way the likes of BA and Marriott responded to the beaches (nevermind failed to protect customers’ data).

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48928163

    • Shoestring says:

      saw that – no problem with the rediscovered backbone but looks way OTT in terms of a £££s penalty for the actual damage & inconvenience caused

      • Russ says:

        Customer DPA claim around GBP1,500 p.p.as ex gratia payment. Times that by the amount of people who were affected….

      • Doug M says:

        But should it reflect the damage, or should it be punitive to send the message that data is not to be treated so poorly. Have either of these companies shown the slightest admission of failure. Alex Cruz continually saying not one single example of compromised data being used, despite hundreds of examples of that being untrue, or are all those posts on FT fiction. In reality the number of cards used fraudulently is probably in the thousands. I think they’re getting off lightly.

        • Shoestring says:

          [BRITISH Airways has promised to fight a record fine of £183m for a customer data breach last year. Willie Walsh, the chief of British Airways owner IAG, said the airline would “take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously”. BA was hit by a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack” that resulted in the details of 500,000 customers being accessed by hackers.The size of the sanction surprised experts. Patrick Arben, of law firm Gowling WLG, said it “is much higher than many were expecting”.]

          • Doug M says:

            The general view of the ‘Technical’ aspect of the hack is that it was rather simple as BA somewhat left the door ajar. Walsh is just using the he who shouts loudest defence.

        • Roy says:

          “Have either of these companies shown the slightest admission of failure.”

          Exactly, of course the haven’t. They’re just showing contempt for their customers and arguing that despite compromising huge numbers of customers’ personal data, they’ve done nothing much wrong and shouldn’t be punished because <>.

          • Roy says:

            … because –insert vacuous excuse–

            (Sorry, looks like the blog readers anything in angle brackets)

        • Alan says:

          Agreed – hopefully these will make other companies start to pay attention to protecting customer data a bit better.

    • Roy says:

      It’s not “new backbone” as such. It’s that the law has changed, and these are the first two UK prosecutions under the GDPR.

      Trust me, all companies of any size new about the new laws, and the serious consequences of falling foul of them.

      I don’t have much sympathy here. Companies have to do better. They’ve known for a couple of years what the consequences will be of they don’t.

      • Alan says:

        I’m aware of the change in the maximum fines under GDPR however it remains the case that the ICO could have issued lower fines if they wished so I still see it as a positive step. Hopefully by setting these initial fines at quite decent levels they’ll force companies to think a bit more closely about protecting customer data!

  • Sal says:

    O/T

    Ive been reading the Alaska Airlines redemption article and unless i missed it i just wanted to ask if anyone has booked them using avios. If so do you get a checked bag included in the avios booking or is this extra?

    Thanks

  • david says:

    OT

    I have an Iberia Plus account opened for a year but with 0 avios. Can I transfer 1 avios from BAEC to Iberia Plus to avoid ADPR taxes on a MAD-JFK flight? Thanks

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Thanks Neil, very useful

  • Dominic Montgomery says:

    I have an Amex BA 241 Voucher expiring in December. I have already done a long haul trip with another 241 voucher this year to the states and going on a separate holiday in the summer. Consequently, I am looking for a short trip, relatively in-expensive (i.e. not over £1k in taxes) but reasonable value way of using this voucher.

    I live near LBA, so could use a domestic connection.

    Can anyone suggest anywhere to look at? I’ve been looking at using it on RFS CE, but it doesn’t feel good value compared to cash on alternative airlines. Maybe a

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