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Get a 2p per Avios discount on British Airways cash flights this weekend

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If you are opted in to British Airways Executive Club marketing emails, you will have received a very interesting offer in your inbox yesterday.

If you book a BA flight for cash by midnight on Monday, you can ‘part pay with Avios’ and receive 2p per Avios in value.

Full details are on ba.com here.

Part pay with Avios offer

The offer is VERY flexible:

  • you can book in any cabin
  • you can book for any travel date
  • you can book one-way or return flights

The one minor snag is that BA CityFlyer is excluded so you can’t book the London City or Southampton departures.

All flights must depart from the UK.

Can you pay for your entire flight with Avios?

No.

Unlike Virgin Atlantic, which lets you ‘part pay with points’ up to the entire value of your booking, British Airways only lets you pay the base fare, excluding all taxes and charges.

There are further limits as part of this deal.

For return flights, the only discounts available are (per person)

  • £5 off for 250 Avios
  • £18 off for 900 Avios
  • £32 off for 1,600 Avios
  • £56 off for 2,800 Avios
  • £80 off for 4,000 Avios
  • £100 off for 5,000 Avios

For one-way flights, these numbers are halved:

  • £5 off for 250 Avios
  • £9 off for 450 Avios
  • £16 off for 800 Avios
  • £28 off for 1,400 Avios
  • £40 off for 2,000 Avios
  • £50 off for 2,500 Avios

Each option gives you 2p per Avios, which is exceptionally generous. If you are making a BA booking this weekend, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of this offer up to the maximum number of Avios allowed.

No trips planned? You should be able to get a discount on a BA e-voucher

If you have no flights to book this weekend, you should be able to use this deal to get a discount on a British Airways e-voucher.

This is because, when you cancel a flight which uses ‘part pay with Avios’, your e-voucher arrives as 100% cash. You lose your Avios but get a voucher for the full original value of the flight.

Here is an example.

I found a return flight to Athens which was £174. I had to do quite a bit of trial and error to get a price that maximised the cashback.

When I click on ‘Price Breakdown’ in ba.com, I see this:

The base fare is £105 and the taxes and charges are £70. I just managed to get the base fare over the £100 threshold to maximise the discount.

I am shown the full range of discounts because my base fare is over £100:

If I book this flight using the maximum discount, I will pay £74.72 and 5,000 Avios.

I can cancel it under the ‘Book With Confidence’ guarantee. I would (based on BA’s own T&C for ‘part pay with Avios’) receive an e-voucher for £174.72. This would usually arrive within 10 minutes and would be valid against any future cash ticket I book, but can’t be used to pay taxes on an Avios booking.

The exact ba.com wording is:

If you used Avios to pay for part of a booking, can you still apply for an eVoucher?

Yes. You’ll receive an eVoucher that equates to the full value of the original booking, cash and Avios combined, that you can redeem against future bookings. Please bear in mind you won’t receive any Avios related to the original booking as a refund.

The only snag I can think of is that, online, you can only redeem four e-vouchers per booking. You can get around this by ‘merging’ vouchers. If you had eight e-vouchers of £100 which you wanted to use for an £800 flight, you could make two random £400 flight bookings, each using 4 x £100 vouchers. These could be cancelled to get 2 x £400 vouchers and then used for your £800 flight.

Athens is not necessarily the best example because the taxes are relatively high. Looking at our comments, the sweet spot is a one-way from Jersey to London Gatwick. Taxes are around £8 so any fare of £58-ish would let you cash out the maximum £50 for 2,500 Avios.

Please check the comments to this article before acting on it in as readers have added a lot of interesting new data and ideas.

Conclusion

If you had been planning to book any British Airways flights, this offer is a great opportunity to redeem some Avios for a discount at an exceptionally high rate.

If you don’t have any bookings planned, think about whether it is worth ‘buying’ an e-voucher by making a booking and then cancelling it immediately for an e-voucher.

You can find full details on this page of ba.com.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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

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

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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 card

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

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 (497)

  • Rich says:

    I have a banked FTV for a 160k Avios booking. Guessing I can’t convert that back to Avios in the account anymore? What if I make a new Avios booking and then request to cancel? I should get the Avios and taxes back and pay £35pp?

  • Matthew Brown says:

    Just did a nine adult booking Jersey to LGW £86 in cash for a £450 voucher, might do another 🙂

    • Matthew Brown says:

      Cancelled straight away evoucher for £536 hit my inbox in less than 5 minutes

  • Venturelog says:

    Is the eVoucher meant to show up in MMB?
    I have received the emails, but under vouchers I only see my BA 2 for 1 voucher

    • Paul says:

      No, your BAEC account shows so reference to it, and MMB only shows basic info! Hold on to your email

      • Lady London says:

        Hum why do I think breakage (of evouchers) was in BA’s calculations

  • bafan says:

    Been waiting 1h+ for my vouchers today…last night they were within 5 mins. I don’t need them urgently but my paranoia always kicks off 😂.

    • Niall says:

      Me too… getting worried.

    • Andrew says:

      Perhaps they have put the breaks on us and are going to make us wait until tomorrow for our vouchers (of 7 days!) so we don’t do any more today.

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        Why is it I always leave this stuff to the last minute!! Did 5 x 20,000 Avios bookings using the JER-LHR one way between 4.30 & 5 pm just now and could almost feel the systems slowing down as I hammered the bookings & cancellations in 🙂
        No sign of the e-vouchers yet as peeps are saying above but the opportunity to turn 100k Avios into £2k while only tying up an additional £384 of my cash on the fees was too good to turn down…
        Thanks as always to brains trust on here that made this possible !

        • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

          All my vouchers are in now (between 6.08 – 6.18) so the BA IT is not so steam powered!

    • Dave says:

      Yes requested just before 5pm and still nothing…

    • bafan says:

      Got all 3 of mine now! Going to try my luck before midnight. I’ve traveled on Avios bookings 2x in my whole life…I give my cards to my parents who aren’t interested in collecting so they use them and send me the money – so I have decent balances but I end up using part pay anyway.

      Best offer I’ve seen since I’ve been in the EC.

  • William says:

    I’ve done a few of the JER/LHR bookings (well, a total of 17 tickets, all now refunded and avios converted to £1100 of vouchers). I’ve also booked flights to OTP and SOP as TP earners, with £100 off each time.
    I see that there are flights to TLV in First for around £1350 rtn = 420 TPs. I know that Israel isn’t currently viable as they are not accepting anyone from the UK, but has anyone experience of flying to a destination like this, staying airside and then flying straight back? Thinking of doing this once they open up again.
    Unless anyone has any better suggestion for earning 400+ TPs for around £1400?

    • Dave says:

      Of all the places to do a back-to-back, I wouldn’t choose TLV. Expect a lot of questions!

      • bafan says:

        +1. I won’t go back to Israel after the questioning I received. Glad I went but once in a lifetime unless it’s necessary for me to travel there.

  • YC says:

    Can eVouchers be used to cover the tax element of cash bookings as well?

  • Iain says:

    Can you use these vouchers to pay taxes and charges on an Avios reward flight?

    • YC says:

      No don’t believe so from previous comments

    • Rob says:

      No

      • Iain says:

        Cheers.

        I know you don’t make the rules…but it does seem a bit off that what is essentially a cash equivalent gift card can’t be used to pay those charges.
        Why does it matter to them?

        • Andrew says:

          Especially as you can use them to pay for an entire cash ticket (including taxes/charges)

  • James carp says:

    It states in the booking that it costs £15 to cancel via online. Is this true or is it free to cancel?
    I was looking at jer to lon flights and wondered how many tickets one could purchase at the time to maximize the offer.
    Thank you

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