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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 (October 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 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)

  • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

    BA IT seems to be getting more efficient – I am now receiving my cancellation e-vouchers before the booking confirmation emails even come in – must be some AI machine learning going on 🙂

    • Rich says:

      Ah lol! You have jinxed it now! My last two booking confirmation emails and evoucher emails still haven’t turned up! Nail biting moments!

      • Barry McGrath says:

        See my post Rich, i wonder if theyve seen what’s happened and put the blockers on

    • Barry McGrath says:

      I’ve run into some problems with this, please see my post re: them declining to issue an e voucher. 3, bookings, 2 e vouchers, but one declined.

  • Cabal of rabid baboons says:

    The beauty of the e-tickets are that we are now cash buyers and not dependent on Avios availability

    • Tom says:

      Yes, but that blows my mind because I am only programmed to find Avios availability. I have no knowledge of how real ticketing works.. ! A whole new world to learn 😀

    • Andrew says:

      Yes it’s going to be nice to have a couple of years off chasing Avios seats and worrying about 2for1s, just in time to cancel the BAPP before the fee increase.

  • Tom says:

    Just realised I’ve done over £4k flights.. I should probably call it a day there.

    • Rich says:

      Oooh thats encouraged me to do a couple more JER-LHR bookings in the final hour! 🙂 I do like the idea of not stressing about Avios availability and I can downgrade my fathers Prem Plus too to save some cash for a few years. We are overrun with 241s!

    • Vincent Teo says:

      Great work! Have fun booking flights! I’ve done similar and looking at booking some half price hotels with my e vouchers

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      Lol – I was mashing the keys so much I got the following:
      Web Page Blocked
      Unfortunately access to the web page you were trying to visit has been blocked as our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network.
      If you feel this is in error then please contact the British Airways support team.
      On balance I decided NOT to call them and called it a night instead 🙂

      • Mike says:

        You just have to leave it for 10 mins or switch browsers.

      • Rich says:

        Phew wasn’t just me then! Even a VPN wouldn’t get round it! Just done a final booking on the phone! 🙂

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        Think 300k avios is enough for now… nn peeps

        • Rich says:

          Sweet! I thought I was doing well at 150k! I’m happy with that to keep me going!

  • Barry McGrath says:

    Has anyone hit any snags with this? I made three bookings, LHR to BCN return, in Oct/November. I received one e voucher back, but received the following e mail in response to cancelling flight number 2: Thank you for applying for a future travel voucher. Unfortunately, your booking isn’t eligible and we can’t exchange it for a voucher. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

  • Joe says:

    I…. pretty much burnt all my avios on this at the last moment tonight. I figure I can always earn the avios back at some point. Or I can buy them at a 50% discount to the vouchers I’ve got in the buy avios sale which is on at the moment. Cash vouchers at this price are just way way way more valuable. The bookings alone will probably take me to not far off net even on the avios balance.

    Thanks everyone for the tips!

    • Rups says:

      I grabbed some eVouchers too. Are they only usable on flights or also BA Holidays?

      • Rich says:

        Some have said can use with BA Holidays if you phone them up but don’t book a holiday on the basis you can until someone who has done this recently comments.

        • Rups says:

          Thanks Rich.
          I might call them tomorrow as there some good BA holiday deals on too.

          • Craig says:

            I used a couple of evouchers yesterday to pay off an existing BA holiday. It can definitely be done. I contacted them via live chat.

  • Rich says:

    Lol, JER-LHR booking for 9 pax now offering a generous £405 discount with 86850 Avios.

    Fill your boots folks! 🙂

    • will says:

      I was actually very impressed with the way the IT rolled over bang on the hour. Very un BA

  • Dr Tom says:

    I just got the bookings through in time. My IP address also got blocked, but then I tried the iPhone app. It not only worked without a hitch but the bookings were also many times faster than using the website. Claims in now too and the first evoucher has arrived within minutes.

  • New poster says:

    I think they’ve sussed out

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