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British Airways now guarantees 14 Avios seats per flight – 250,000 just released for booking

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British Airways has made a huge announcement this morning about Avios availability across the BA network.

The number of guaranteed Avios seats per flight has been increased SUBSTANTIALLY.

Long-haul flights will see at least 14 seats released when booking opens up at 355 days before departure. Short-haul flights will see at least 12 seats released.

This is a permanent change and has also been applied retrospectively. Additional seats are available on virtually EVERY British Airways flight between 28th July 2021 and 17th May 2022, which is as far out as you can book.

How many Avios seats are available per flight?

This is a genuine game-changing improvement to the Avios programme.

The two key points, at least from a HfP perspective, are:

  • the number of guaranteed Club World seats per flight is now four and not two – this is huge news for families
  • two World Traveller Plus seats are now guaranteed for the first time

Avios seats per flight from 28th July:

  • Club World (long haul business) – 4 seats per flight
  • World Traveller Plus (long haul premium economy) – 2 seats per flight
  • World Traveller (long haul economy) – 8 seats per flight
  • Club Europe (short haul business) – 4 seats per flight
  • Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – 8 seats per flight

Avios seats per flight at the moment:

  • Club World (long haul business) – 2 seats per flight
  • World Traveller Plus (long haul premium economy) – nothing
  • World Traveller (long haul economy) – 4 seats per flight
  • Club Europe (short haul business) – 2 seats per flight
  • Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – 4 seats per flight

There is still no guaranteed commitment to releasing First Class seats.

For absolute clarity, this new policy only applies to British Airways operated flights. It does not apply to Aer Lingus or Iberia, or of course to British Airways partner airlines. Iberia made its own recent changes which saw an increase in the number of guaranteed economy seats and two guaranteed seats made available in Premium Economy.

What seats have been opened up today?

For flights up to 27th July 2021:

Nothing has changed. You will not see any additional seats released.

For flights between 28th July 2021 and 17th May 2022:

British Airways has released additional seats to take each flight up to the new guaranteed minimums. However, this doesn’t mean that you will see the full amount.

Two Club World and four World Traveller seats were already released when those flights first became bookable. If those seats have been taken, you will only see the additional two Club World or four World Traveller seats today.

You will therefore see somewhere between 2-4 Club World / Club Europe seats and 4-8 World Traveller / Euro Traveller seats, depending on how many had already been booked.

Because the guaranteed two World Traveller Plus seats are brand new today, you WILL see 2 x World Traveller Plus seats bookable for Avios on every long haul British Airways flight between 28th July 2021 and 17th May 2022 – unless someone beat you to it.

On many peak flights you will still see no Club World seats because:

  • if BA has already opened up 4 x Business or 8 x Economy seats on a flight, no more have been released even if the seats previously released have been booked
  • the additional seats started to drop into the BA system from yesterday afternoon – many peak services have gone to people with SeatSpy alerts set up or who simply got lucky

The SeatSpy widget in the sidebar to your right, on desktop or tablet, or under this article, if you are reading on mobile, can help you search a particular route for a full year in a couple of seconds.

For flights from 18th May 2022, which are not yet bookable:

Going forward, on long haul you will see four Club World, two World Traveller Plus and eight World Traveller seats appearing at midnight GMT (currently 1am BST) each day.

Short haul will see four Club Europe and eight Euro Traveller seats released.

What do these Avios changes mean in practice this morning?

For a family of three or four – you WILL see lots of flights, even at peak dates, with four seats showing in economy. You will NOT see lots of flights with four business class seats available. BA has only released an additional two to top-up the two that were released when the flight first became bookable.

For a solo traveller or group of twoit’s your lucky day. You should see two business class seats, even on peak dates on peak routes, as well as two premium economy seats and four economy seats.

In truth ….

If you are a family of three or four, the real benefit from these changes will be in the months to come, not today. Every time that British Airways adds a route back to its schedule, four Club World seats will immediately appear for every flight for you to book.

As usual Head for Points will do its best to let you know immediately when new routes are added.

I’d probably get booking immediately but if you want to read some quotes first …..

Tom Stevens, Director of Brand and Customer Experience at British Airways, said:

“Our Members appreciate the benefits their Executive Club membership brings, but the feedback we hear is that people would like us to make it easier to book flights using Avios. We have listened and acted on this, and today’s announcement directly addresses this feedback, opening up six extra reward seats on a short-haul flight, and eight on a long-haul flight. We hope this means that a family holiday, or that big friendship group trip away, will be much easier to book using Avios.”

Adam Daniels, Chief Executive at IAG Loyalty, said:

“This is an exciting change that we have worked closely with the British Airways team to deliver. We hope it offers Executive Club Members even more opportunities to spend their hard earned Avios.”

Now, go and book something – click here for ba.com.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

25,000 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 a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 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 (319)

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  • Zumi says:

    1A

  • rams1981 says:

    Decent

  • Babyg says:

    that would explain seatspy going nuts last night.. cool this is awesome

    • Greg says:

      Agree. I was getting a seat spy alert every hour overnight

  • Nick says:

    Cheers Rob!

  • Mrs_Fussy says:

    AMAZING NEWS

  • KBuffett says:

    I’m a bit screwed with two 241 vouchers to use. One by December 2021, and the other by Jan 2022!!!

    • Craig says:

      FTV is your answer.

    • Allycat says:

      I believe you can extend these by making any reward 241 booking and then cancelling it and taking a future travel voucher instead which then wraps up the avios and 241 voucher in the FTV which can be used for outward and return by April 2023

      • KBuffett says:

        Does it have to be to the same destination or distance etc?
        e.g. if I book a shorthaul 241, convert to FTV, and then want to book a long haul using the FTV, is that possible?

        • Craig says:

          Perfectly possible. Make the cheapest return booking you can, wait a couple of days then cancel. The only problem is that the names used are locked to the FTV.

          • old codger says:

            Does there have to be Avios availability on the flight you want? Eg I book a 9000 Avios destination now, cancel and take the FTV, can I then book a 100000 Avios destination and use the FTV to open seats up?

          • Rob says:

            Requires Avios availability.

    • Jill ( Kinkell) says:

      I did a one way INV-LHR used a 241 and tied up 4000 Avios and £35. Worked a treat when came to booking an open jaw Asia trip later ( but that might be in jeopardy as well, so I may well be doing the same thing again!)

    • Ali M says:

      have read about this before…
      so if I use the voucher for me and the mrs for the quoted before Lhr-Man business… and then claim the FTV by cancelling in few days : 1) I get refund on my payment and avios? 2) I can add children later while using the FTV?

      • Craig says:

        You don’t get a refund but a FTV with the cash, Avios and 241 in it.

      • Rob says:

        You can’t add people to an FTV AFAIK. Needs to be the same travellers.

  • barnaby100 says:

    Thats rather underwhelming.

  • PaulC says:

    I was looking at first, no wonder I wasn’t seeing any difference than Ive already been looking at.

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