We have covered the current trial of ‘£1 taxes’ short-haul Avios redemptions extensively. There have been a few teething problems but the system is now working as it should.
A reader has picked up another quirk, however
If you book a short-haul Avios redemption using a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher, it prices under the ‘old’ system. You cannot choose how much or how little you pay in taxes in charges. You must pay £35 return in Euro Traveller and £50 return in Club Europe.
It gets more complex.
A reader booked two one-way short-haul flights using a 2-4-1 voucher, at 355 days before departure. The plan was to add the return later when it became available.
A week later, they booked the return flights online – choosing the ‘middle’ pricing option of £17.50 one way in taxes and charges – and later called British Airways to merge these flights onto the existing 2-4-1 ticket. The Avios for one of the return tickets would be refunded.
This is a proven technique which many people use. However, it no longer works on short haul. Even if you pick the ‘£17.50 taxes’ option when booking online, your ticket cannot be married to an existing 2-4-1 booking. You must ring the BA call centre and get them to book the return for you, adding it to your existing ticket.
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