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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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  • Annabel says:

    Looking at taking advantage of reward flight sale to Hong Kong for early April 2021 but thinking the strict entry requirements would probably still be in place for visitors from Uk? Any advice greatly received.

    • Robert says:

      Also looking at making a similar booking to Far East in April 21 and I’m 99% sure it will still be no tourist entry. The question is were BA to cancel your flights, would they re-book you onto future flights at the same 50% sale price or charge the full Avios amount, especially if you re-book for after June, when the sale period ends. Or like in the case of Tokyo which has flights every other day now, yours isn’t cancelled but it would be totally pointless to board it, as you would be sent straight back to uk.

      • Annabel says:

        Robert my understanding is if they cancel your flight then yes you could re book without any additional Avios / charges or get full refund ( 355 days from the date you booked not from the proposed travel date ). But if flight is still going we would have to pay more Avios to change the date ( if no reward sale on ) but not the £35 change fee if travel before 31/8/21.

        • Robert says:

          Thanks, those scenarios make sense. Currently have a booking to Tokyo in March for Cherry Blossom, there’s no more availability left so not worth cancelling and re-booking. Fingers crossed flights are cancelled by BA and similar 50% off sales continue in 2021.

        • Harry T says:

          Annabel is correct.

    • meta says:

      Transits are allowed, so you could combine it with another destination in Asia.

    • Bob says:

      I would say May would be a safer bet than March / April if possible. Japan looking at reopening in April for eg apparently.

      • Harry T says:

        That’s why I’ve booked June. Granted, not the best time to go, but looks achievable.

  • Jordan says:

    Sorry if this has been raided before , search is not very good.

    If I buy with AVIOS a one WAY LON-SYD for a flight before JUNE 2021 and BA cancel the flight will I be able to pick the same flight up to 355 from the day I pay the fees (i.e e.g Feb 2022) without there being AVIOS seats and still have no extra AVIOS or cash to pay?

    • Louise K says:

      I believe it’s 355 days from when you purchase the original ticket – so if you bought today, then the rebooked ticket would have to be before 1/10/2021.

  • s879 says:

    Is the BA website playing up or is there no First availability to ATL in Easter and summer. Reward Flight Finder has become so inaccurate.

    • Anna says:

      First availability is never guaranteed plus a lot of avios seats in premium cabins will have been snapped up in the last few days because of this offer. ATL is a good connecting point for many US and Caribbean destinations so is always busy at peak times.

  • Ian says:

    Are date changes allowed during the travel period once booked, i.e. before 30/06/2021?

  • Ghosty says:

    Weird things happening with my booking, group of 5 using 2, 2-4-1’s club return to LAX late March.
    As first reported a few days ago, manage my booking is still showing flights as earning Avios and tier points.
    Now on checking my Amex this morning the pending charge for the taxes etc. has disappeared/ dropped off. My Avios current total is what it should be after the booking, but I had to re-enter the personal details of 3 of the 5 travellers, myself included.
    Now as much as I would to think back to the old times when a free flight was ‘free’, and would love tier points and Avios for redemptions. I will have to phone tomorrow to be sure the booking is ok. This is for my daughter’s wedding (2nd time of arranging) and I could do without anymore stress. (I’m aware this may be covid-cancelled again)

  • Matt B says:

    We finally caved, gambled on Miami in CW for May half term, unlikely to be actually able to go but for just £70 cancellation fee its worth a try.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    RESULT! 2x 241 bookings reduced by a very clued up Gold Line member. 180k back in the account. Didn’t need to release the seats and gamble on availability. Now wondering if I should book something speculative for Christmas or Half term…

    • Anna says:

      That is a result, wonder if YouFirst can do the same …

      • mr_jetlag says:

        HUACA may help, although with 24h left may just need to ask outright for what you want. I was fortunate to have called at a quiet time and it still took the agent 40 minutes to sort everything out with system issues (taxes were being repriced at £72,440… which was a touch pricey)

    • Robert says:

      Which number did you call to get that service, or name of CSA please? Tried 3 times so far and all say it’s impossible to give Avios refunds without cancelling/rebooking due to the fact the sale is applicable to new bookings only. Or it might be that your itinerary has plenty of availability in which case they knew you wouldn’t miss out.

      • mr_jetlag says:

        I used the BA Gold line.

        • mr_jetlag says:

          Itinerary was LHR-TYO over Easter, so it was definitely not wide open availability.

          • Robert says:

            Thanks, I just seen after my comment you mentioned the GL. Same itinerary here, I’ve managed to re-book (rather than cancel) for June. I’ll miss Sakura but got a decent chunk of Avios back which has allowed an F booking to India. Good luck with your trip and thanks again.

  • Dominic says:

    If I were to change the date of one of my flights optionally, would I need to pay the revised (i.e. double) avios cost on top of the £35?

    • Dominic says:

      Found my answer; it’ll reprice to 75k each way (i.e. full price one way)

    • Rob says:

      Yes, if you do it after the promo ends.

      • Ian says:

        If BA cancels the flight does one have the opportunity to rebook a different date keeping the reduced rate of Avios?

        • Dominic says:

          Hi Ian – my understanding is that you will have the opportunity to rebook +355 days on this basis.

          And cheers, Rob!

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