What are the peak and off-peak calendar dates for redeeming Avios points in 2022?
British Airways still hasn’t officially released the peak and off peak dates for reward flights for all of 2022 – except for the dates which are already bookable – but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.
A British Airways employee supplied us with the dates. It matches what is currently available for booking and so appears reliable. We have turned this into a neat little table, below, which gives a better overview of the entire year’s peak and off peak availability.
(I should also remind you that, as we will soon be in British Summer Time and British Airways releases flights at midnight GMT, that you will need to be online or on the telephone at 1am if you are UK based.)
There are two things to remember:
This calendar only applies to BA. Iberia and Aer Lingus have their own peak and off-peak dates. This is useful because you will often find that when BA is peak during UK half-term school holidays, Iberia (and occasionally Aer Lingus) are running off-peak fares.
The BA calendar applies wherever you book a BA redemption, whether it is on ba.com, iberia.com or avios.com. Similarly, if you try to book an Iberia redemption on ba.com it will NOT follow the dates below.
All redemptions on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways are charged on a separate chart at peak date rates, 100% of the time
Note that peak dates are in red whilst off peak is in white. Click to enlarge:
Compared to previous years, BA’s peak and off peak calendar for 2022 is a lot more ‘bitty’. For example, the 2021 calendar makes virtually all of July and August peak, with June mostly off-peak. For 2022, BA has chosen to break things up and focus more on making long weekends peak.
As you would expect, peak dates cover all the school breaks as well as the majority of bank holidays. The only bank holiday weekend during an off-peak time is the first May bank holiday, 30th April – 2nd May.
As a reminder, here is the peak and off-peak Avios pricing chart for British Airways flights:
|British Airways one-way Avios reward flight prices (plus taxes, fees and charges)|
|Zone||Distance||Economy||Premium Economy||Business Class||First Class|
This Head for Points article lists all British Airways destinations together with the Avios needed to fly there. Ignore the short-haul routes which do not reflect the current ‘£1 taxes’ trial.
If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here. You can read more about how the British Airways companion voucher works in this article.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
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.)