What are 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 in 2021 – except for January to late March which are already bookable – but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.

The full 2021 peak and off-peak calendar was posted on FlyerTalk by someone known to work for BA.  It seems to match for dates that are already bookable and matches what Reward Flight Finder is using, which also got an advance copy.  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, so this is a good head start for planning your 2021 trips.  You should 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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Comments

  1. Scallder says:

    Is it a late April Fools’ that in 2021 February is only going to have 27 days? 🙂

  2. Craig says:

    Is there a way to book online and use two companion vouchers in the same booking? I can’t seem to use more than one voucher.

    Any help would be gratefully received as I’m trying to book now!

    thanks!

    • mr_jetlag says:

      You have to call to use two vouchers, as the website only allows you to select one.

      • Lady London says:

        Wouldn’t it make sense to try to keep it all one booking for seating?

    • Yes if they were earned by the same person, No if not (unless you make 2 separate bookings, each for 2 people).

      • mr_jetlag says:

        good point, I assumed they were both the OP’s but if you and a partner have on each that will need two bookings (but both can be done on website in respective accounts)

  3. Genghis says:

    The article refers to 2021?

    • Andrew says:

      Wouldn’t be surprised if they were moved to 2021!

      There’s no way anything involving crowds in London will be happening this May.

  4. Grant says:

    The article is about dates in 2021, Stephen.

  5. There was someone who kindly provided a link which updated your iPhone calendar for 2020 with the peak and off peak dates, would be great if they had the opportunity to do this for 2021.

  6. Jennifer Wishart says:

    Dos anyone know how to book the return leg of a BA 2-for-1 ticket, booked outwards for Mar 2021, but with return dates not yet up? This normally requires speaking to the call centre on the day the return seats are released but currently – understandably – the call centre is only accepting calls from those flying in the next 72 hours. The link provided for all other enquiries takes you only to a voucher refund form, with no possibility of entering any other kind of query on it. Can anyone point me to any other link that might have the relevant info? Many thanks in advance if you can!

  7. Simorn says:

    Sorry off thread but do Delta still have the Delta One option for 50,000 Virgin points + minimal takes from certain US states to certain European destinations? I couldn’t find the usual 105,000 points on the Delta website. Thanks

    • Travel Strong says:

      Yes – can be found by browsing the virgin app for miles flights in my experience

  8. Not sure how to find a good deal using avios.
    Just did a quick search London-Cape Town for the begging of February. The result 65k avios plus £740 for two adukts. I can’t see any deal in this.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s probably well over 1p / avios on that route so not too bad actually.

      It depends on your definition of a “good deal”. Keep your eyes peeled for more of the avios university articles that Rob is running or have a look round the site.

    • Sounds like economy to me. NEVER redeem Avios for long-haul BA economy except at peak times. Any other redemption is generally fine.

      That said … if cash tickets were £700+ each you’d still be getting 1p per point.

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