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What are the 2021 Avios peak and off-peak calendar dates for BA, Aer Lingus and Iberia?

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What are the peak and off-peak dates for redeeming Avios points?  This article looks at the British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendars for 2021.

Remember that these calendars apply to the operating airline and not to where you book your flight.  An Iberia flight uses the Iberia calendar even if you book it with the British Airways Avios redemption site.

If you need to refer to this in the future, you can find a link to this article under the ‘Avios’ tab in the HfP menu bar.

Avios peak and off-peak calendar

What if I am booking a partner airline such as Qatar Airways?

You need to remember that partner airlines are charged at peak rates at all times.  This applies to Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Finnair etc. You can see the British Airways partner chart here.

Where do the Avios peak and off-peak calendars differ?

I have reproduced the calendars below.  You will note that there are substantial differences between the two main calendars for BA and Iberia. Especially when travelling during school holidays on a route served by both by BA and Iberia, it may well be cheaper to book on Iberia or Aer Lingus.

If, for example, you want to travel on British Airways in April 2021, you will be paying the peak Avios price from 1st April until 19th April with just one off-peak day in between.

However, if you look at the Iberia calendar, you can see that Iberia’s peak period is only from 1st until 5th April.

There are also different peak periods around school holidays. On Iberia and Aer Lingus, February, May and October half terms are all off-peak.

The summer holidays peak season starts earlier on Iberia (18th June) and ends one week after BA.

The days around Christmas are also interesting as BA sees the full second half of December as a peak travel time whereas Iberia sees 21st-23rd and 28th-29th December as off-peak dates.

Of course …. you can only benefit from this if Iberia flies to your chosen destination, and you are happy transiting via Madrid. It is also not possible to use a British Airways American Express companion voucher if you fly with Iberia or Aer Lingus.

The 2021 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios calendar:  

You can see the British Airways Avios redemption pricing chart here.

The 2021 Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar:

Iberia peak offpeak avios redemption calendar 2021

You can see the Iberia reward flight pricing chart here.

The 2021 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendar:

Aer Lingus peak off peak Avios redemption 2021

You can see the Aer Lingus reward flight pricing chart here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee 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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (16)

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  • ChrisC says:

    Any significance that the 6th July, 10th and 17th August and 14th December – all Tuesdays- are off peak with BA?

    • Rob says:

      Tue is the quietest day of the week

      • MattB says:

        Last year I made a booking for August where the return was on one of those Tuesdays and had quite a heated discussion with the call centre over this. The guy refused to listen when I said it was an off peak date, actually laughed saying why would August be off peak!! If he had just processed the transaction without saying anything he worked have saved himself the later embarrassment.

        By coincidence I booked for next summer also on those off peak dates, no such drama from you first this time.

    • Alex Sm says:

      Same question re 15 April – it is surrounded by peak dates but was conveniently off peak with availability, so my partner and I booked good redemptions in recent 50% sale. Another question if we are able to fly these… but why 15 April?

  • Nigel Thompson says:

    Beware! I booked Outbound to SFO two weeks ago on 20th April 2021 only to be told it was Peak. I questioned this and the very helpful agent checked it again only to confirm it was Peak. I quoted the calendar but she said it had changed in September. While she was checking another source, I then found a calendar produced by another web site in October and that still said it was Off peak!
    Long story short, after twenty minutes ( good for her!) she found it somewhere in her system showing as Off peak and completed the booking on that basis, with a promise to take up the anomaly with her Manager.

    • Brian says:

      Fingers crossed that you’ll actually be allowed to travel directly from the U.K. to America by then.

  • Bagginsurrey says:

    I’m confused, I’ve booked an outgoing companion ticket for October 21 and I’m keeping track of availability for return and the dates I would like 29 or 30th are showing as peak on BA booking, but not on chart. Does it depend which continent you are travelling to or maybe specific places popular due to school holidays? I have a screenshot, but unable to insert.

  • Rich says:

    From a few of these posts it seems that the BA booking system is in a right royal mess where Avios are concerned!

  • Bagginsurrey says:

    Checking on Flyertalk, they seem to have a chart which matches BA’s booking screens. Fight!

    • Mikeact says:

      Yes, I noticed that, which begs the question, are the charts above an official BA release ?

      • Rob says:

        The BA chart is not new – we originally published that months ago. Perhaps BA has changed it? Will ask on Monday.

        What is new is the IB chart but that was a bit boring on its own so we decided to put them all together.

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    It feels just slightly ironic (and I’m being polite here) that an airline indicate any dates – even in 2021 – as being ‘peak’…

  • Mikeact says:

    The only other point I would make is that in April, Rob had already posted the BA 2021 chart. I don’t have the inclination to check, but are those dates the same as posted today ?

  • James says:

    Pffffft, as if we’ll be allowed to fly anywhere anyway.

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