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.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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.)