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What are the 2021 and 2022 peak and off-peak Avios flight dates?

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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 and 2022.

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.

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 them. Especially when travelling during school holidays on a route served by both by BA and Iberia or Aer Lingus, it may well be cheaper to book away from British Airways.

Looking at 2022, Aer Lingus is always peak over Christmas, New Year, Easter and the Summer. It is always off-peak at other dates.

British Airways is far more granular with most months seeing a mix of peak and off-peak dates.

There are different peak periods around school holidays. UK bank holidays and half terms tend not to be peak on the Iberia and Aer Lingus calendars.

Of course …. you can only benefit from this if Iberia or Aer Lingus flies to your chosen destination, and you are happy transiting via Madrid or Dublin. Aer Lingus is launching direct flights from Manchester in Summer 2021 and this will provide some good opportunities to save Avios on flights to the US.

It is also not possible to use a British Airways American Express companion voucher if you fly with Iberia or Aer Lingus.

The 2021 and 2022 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios calendar:  

British Airways peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendars that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. It will add an all-day event for peak days. Click here to subscribe to the 2021 calendar and here for the 2022 British Airways 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
Iberia peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

Thanks to SeatSpy who were able to provide the Iberia 2022 calendar.

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendar that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. It will add an all-day event for peak days. Click here to subscribe to 2021 peak dates or here for the 2022 Iberia calendar.

You can see the Iberia reward flight pricing chart here.

The 2021 and 2022 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendar:

Aer Lingus peak off peak Avios redemption 2021
Aer Lingus peak off peak Avios redemption 2022

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendars that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. It will add an all-day event for peak days. Click here to subscribe to 2021 peak dates and here for the 2022 Aer Lingus calendar.

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


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (27)

  • BJ says:

    Usually a much anticipated article, if only it could also tell us the dates they will fly and the dates they will cancel.

    • Rhys says:

      This is for 2022 – I hope things have improved by then!

      • BJ says:

        Yeah, me too, we just need our European neighbours to get their act together and sort out the dog’s breakfast in their own back yard. Next year depends on nations getting vaccination programs sorted this year.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Quite a few additional weekends now peak in the 2022 BA calendar. Bit of a devaluation if you work M-F.

    • Rhys says:

      On the other hand, it’s an improvement for anyone who wishes to travel during the summer holidays, which were previously fully blocked out. Swings and roundabouts.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        If the redemption availability is actually there in the middle of summer holidays (and a lot of those who care about school holidays will need at least three seats)… Weekends in June/September were never that bad on a lot of routes. I think ‘swings and roundabouts’ is a bit of an oversimplification.

        • aDifferentSimon says:

          It’s loads better for summer holidays, I’m pleased. 12 august days versus 2 this year. Chunky saving on a family to the US.

          • Nigel H says:

            I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of dates in the school hols. Yes you have to travel midweek but for a family of 5, this will make a real difference!

          • Anna says:

            Indeed – next year is GCSEs in our house so it’ll (hopefully) be the first year for 10 years that we can go away at the start of July instead of having to wait till the end! For 3 of us in J or F this makes a big difference.

  • Trevor says:

    Stupid question to start the week. Do these Avios peak/off peak dates equate to cash booking peak/off peak dates?

  • Gary says:

    More Avios devaluation whilst Exec Club Silver and Golds see their earning year slowly disappear.

    • Genghis says:

      I’m now extended to Nov 2022 so hopefully will see some work travel in 2022 to maintain status.

  • OT says:

    Rhys the hyperlink to make the 2022 full screen isn’t working in the article for the 2022 calendars (nor the email).

  • Andrew says:

    The Aer Lingus dates Summer dates are quite extensive aren’t they? Start when California start their school holidays on 10th June and go right through to when the English schools go back at the start of September.

    But no February “local” holiday or “tattie howkin” holidays in October (or their English equivalent).

  • Hotelier says:

    Thanks for this. Really helpful and BA changes in the calendar for my personal circumstances are welcome so happy with that too.

  • Babyg says:

    Thanks for this – its always interesting to see this. I’ve never understood how they work this out, e.g. why December 14th is offpeak, that said it was useful for my return flight from DXB this year after the Abu Dhabi F1..(hopefully)

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