British Airways has launched what is possibly the biggest Avios flight sale it has ever run.
All long haul flights, in all classes, are half price. Well, half points anyway.
Full details are on this special page of ba.com.
This is what you need to know:
ALL long-haul redemptions (all routes, all travel classes) are reduced by 50%
ALL short-haul redemptions (all routes, both travel classes) are reduced by 25%
Here are the key dates:
You must book by 13th October
You must travel between now and 30th June 2021
Full taxes and charges are due
The discount is valid on both one-way and return flights
The discount only applies to British Airways flights and not partner airlines
Can this offer be combined with a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 or Lloyds voucher?
YES. Well, with an Amex 241 anyway.
British Airways told me that it doesn’t, but it does!
This may or may be an error. The small print does say that ‘vouchers’ are excluded.
Should I cancel and rebook existing redemptions?
This is a tricky question.
For existing long haul bookings:
Clearly there are HUGE savings to be made if you cancel existing Avios long-haul redemptions and rebook them. You’d be crazy not to, to be honest, if it meant saving 50,000 to 100,000 Avios per booking.
(Do NOT do this with a Lloyds Avios upgrade voucher. As far as I know, these are still lost if you cancel a redemption flight which uses one.)
You need to be careful, however.
If you have enough Avios to make a fresh booking and didn’t use a 2-4-1 voucher, you don’t have any risk. You can make a new booking and then cancel your original at your convenience.
(Remember that, if you cancel online, you can only receive a Future Travel Voucher. This involves wrapping up the Avios, cash and any companion voucher in a voucher. You do NOT get the Avios, cash or companion voucher back in your accounts but you don’t pay any cancellation fees. Alternatively, you can ring BA, pay the £35 per person cancellation fee and get the Avios, cash and any voucher back directly.)
If you don’t have enough Avios to rebook, or need your 2-4-1 voucher back first, you are in a trickier position.
You need to call BA, trigger a Future Travel Voucher (which usually arrives within a few minutes, but isn’t guaranteed) and then call British Airways to rebook.
You should assume that your original seats will NOT go back into redemption availability. Only do this if you can see enough fresh seats available for the dates you want and you are willing to take the risk of them disappearing before you can rebook.
For existing short haul bookings:
For short haul, however, I don’t think it is worth the effort. The cancellation fees will outweigh a 25% Avios saving. Cancelling for a Future Travel Voucher and then rebooking to avoid cancellation fees is a bit of a faff for a modest return, even if seats are available.
Is there a special offer to buy Avios if I’m short?
No, unfortunately not. The 50% bonus promotion ended last week and I imagine there is no chance of a new offer before 13th October.
If you are happy to pay full price (1.6p per Avios plus a £15 handling fee), you can buy Avios via this page of ba.com.
Be careful not to get carried away …..
This is an exceptionally good offer. Offering 50% off all long haul flights, to all destination and in all classes, is not something you see every day.
However …. if you end up not flying the tickets you book, you will be paying £35 per person to cancel or taking a Future Travel Voucher, which comes with its own complications when you come to rebook (no name changes etc). Book with care.
Click here to visit the special sale page of ba.com and find out more.