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British Airways ‘£1 taxes’ domestic Avios flight redemptions are back

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We have some some news for you if you have been keeping abreast of all the British Airways redemption trials.

If you recall, we reported last month that it was now possible to book Avios tickets for as little as £1 return in taxes and fees (50p each way).  On the whole, you do not get the best value per Avios this way but it does add useful flexibility for those who need it or find themselves with more Avios than they can ever spend.

When we first found out about the trial there were some issues with domestic redemptions. 

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It turned out that, by reducing the taxes on domestic redemptions to £1, it was causing problems with pricing long-haul redemptions which included a connection.  As a quick fix, BA removed the £1 taxes trial from domestic routes.

BA has now fixed the IT issue.  Domestic flights have been added back into the ‘£1 taxes’ trial from yesterday afternoon and are now bookable on ba.com.  Long-haul redemptions which include a domestic connection will price correctly.

As a reminder, these £1 redemptions are NOT the best use of Avios.  You will usually get a better deal by selecting an option to use fewer Avios and more cash, but some people will undoubtedly find it useful.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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.)

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