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The 2021 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios flight dates

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What are the peak and off-peak calendar dates for redeeming Avios points in 2021? 

British Airways still hasn’t officially released the peak and off peak dates for reward flights for all of 2021 – except for the dates which are already bookable – but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.

Avios peak and off-peak timetable

A British Airways employee supplied us with the dates.  It matches what is currently available for booking and so appears reliable.  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.

Remember that flights are not bookable, for cash or Avios, until 355 days before departure.

(I should also remind you that, as we are now in British Summer Time and British Airways releases flights at midnight GMT, you need to be online or on the telephone at 1am if you are UK based.)

There are two things to remember:

This calendar only applies to BA. Iberia and Aer Lingus have their own peak and off-peak dates, although we do not have their 2021 calendars yet. This is useful because you will often find that when BA is peak during UK half-term school holidays, Iberia (and occasionally Aer Lingus) are running off-peak fares.

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 on a separate chart at peak date rates, 100% of the time

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

BA peak offpeak calendar 2021No, we’re not sure why Thursday, 15th April is off-peak either! Every year there are some odd off peak dates nestled in the midst of entire peak weeks – take a look at August, for example.

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, 1st-3rd May.

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendar that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. It currently shows peak dates for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021 and should automatically sync to any updates. Click here to subscribe.

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

This Head for Points article lists all British Airways destinations together with the Avios needed to fly there.  Ignore the short-haul routes which do not reflect the current ‘£1 taxes’ trial.

If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here. You can read more about how the British Airways companion voucher works in this article.

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