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MASSIVE AVIOS SALE – 50% off ALL long-haul flights, 25% off short-haul – and works with a 241

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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.

Avios 50% discount sale

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.

British Airways Gatwick Airport

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.

Half price Avios bookings

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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (717)

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  • ankomonkey says:

    I saw the tease for this 11am ‘reveal’ in your comment in another thread. @Rob!

    Now to grab those seats!

  • Dominic says:

    How long does it take for American Express BA transfers?

    • Rob says:

      Overnight usually.

    • Vit says:

      In my experience over multiple transfers last month and August, it usually took 48-72 hours to show up. I’ve never experienced overnight though based on Rob’s comment.

  • Qwertyknowsbest says:

    Thanks BA, good news for non 241 voucher holders as they effectively for the duration of this promotion get the same benefit as 241 holders without any Avios spend required.

    Bad news for us 241 holders as availability will reduce and the reward for Avios earning spend achieving a 241, undermined.

    Hey ho!

    • Stanley says:

      it works with a 241. 75k for 2 to LAX in biz in May

      • cinereus says:

        Plus £1.3k cash. So about two grand with the points. Better off to just get two vallies and book cheap flights then use the savings to make reservations at Le Comptoir and Grand Harbour.

  • Stanley says:

    Just priced up LAX in biz in May. Works with a 241 voucher!

  • Yolo says:

    Translation: BA luring people into lending them thousands of pounds at 0% interest.

    • tom1 says:

      and a good majority of them paying £35/pp for the pleasure when they cancel at a later date!
      great for those who can use it, though.

  • Chris L says:

    If I book now but then change to different dates after 13 Oct, will there be additional Avios to pay?

    • Tom says:

      +1 for this question.

      • Rob says:

        I would guess yes, since BA usually reprices everything after a date chance.

        • Ian says:

          Last year when there was a 10% off Avios bookings sale a change of date between the travel periods did not require more Avios, just the £35 fee. Once a booking was made it was kept at the discounted Avios rate and could be changed more than once at £35 a time without additional Avios.

          Is BA currently charging a £35 fee to cancel the dates on Avios bookings?

          • Ian says:

            I meant to say is BA currently charging a £35 fee to change the dates on Avios bookings?

  • vol says:

    Ooooh – quick question – how long does the Cap on Tap avios redemption take to hit account? And does it go to Avios account or BA account directly (I haven’t done this before)

    Thanks 🙂

  • ChrisW says:

    A smart way to raise emergency cash by BA.

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