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LAST DAY: Get a 50% bonus when you buy Avios

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Today, Wednesday, is your last chance to buy Avios points from British Airways with a 50% bonus.

Whilst this isn’t as good as the 75% offer we saw a few months ago, I would be very surprised if we saw another deal as good as that one. BA had never done anything as aggressive in the past. 50% is as good as you can expect.

There is no minimum purchase.  The bonus kicks in with the smallest 1,000 Avios transaction.  You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy.

British Airways has increased the number of Avios you can buy under this deal – the cap is now 200,000 points per year!  This means that, with the bonus, you will receive 300,000 Avios for a whopping £3,215.

What does it cost?

In general, you will pay around 1.1p per Avios under this offer.  Based on my spreadsheet of the last 8.2 million Avios I redeemed, I got 1.13p of value.  This is using very conservative valuations for the flights booked, eg I value a Business Class flight to Dubai at £1,500 because even if BA isn’t charging that there is usually a deal with a secondary airline.

British AIrways A380 First Class

As my core article on ‘What is an Avios worth?’ shows, it is easy to get a lot more than 1.1p.  My valuation is low because I do a lot of Gold Priority Rewards (using double Avios to force open a seat, mainly due to school holiday restrictions) and don’t always have a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to use.  I also tend to use Avios irrespective of the value, because I am sitting on a lot of them.  If you are strategic you will do far better than me.

The link to buy Avios is here. Time is running out – the deal ends tonight, Wednesday 30th September.

Comments (6)

  • mr_jetlag says:

    Do we think the BA sale will be “extended” a few days into Oct like in past sales? Also, any news on a Book With Confidence extension?

    • ChrisC says:

      If you mean the flight / holiday sale then who knows.

      I’ll be booking g a couple of holidays today for next year and they will come over the BWC scheme so if in the future the price drops then I’ll cancel for the voucher and then rebook,

      • mr_jetlag says:

        I’m thinking the same, but with some longhaul flights I’ll have to take at some point for work next year.

  • tony says:

    On the basis nothing has meaningfully changed for the better in terms of international travel opening up, withdrawing the booking with confidence scheme would seem like a strange move…

  • roberto says:

    BWC got extended as assumed. Slightly different for new booking and existing check https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/latest-information for todays announcement.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      Only for 13 days though, which implies they are looking to significantly change / cancel the policy and just couldn’t push it out in time for the sale end (or perhaps the sale will be extended 2 wks as well).