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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)

  • Zara says:

    Thanks to everyone’s help last night. I managed to do it once but then kids took over abs had to put them to sleep as we had just got back from a stay at Hilton st Anne’s last night at about 8ish.
    I managed to use 40k abios for the £800 thoigh I had 300k abios so maybe could have done more!
    But I will have to transfer 241s to FTVs and with this Evoucher too and eldest starting reception I wasn’t entirely sure if we would book anywhere in the next 2 years. Sounds bonkers but our holidays in the sun have usually been with easyJet in the past and I really don’t know how we will be holidaying now one of the kids is starting school!
    Kept thinking I should have done more evouchers but don’t know!

  • Waldemar says:

    It is possible to book a hotels witn FTV?

  • Alistair says:

    Thanks all for the comments I had just booked a reward flight with my 2-1 vouchers yesterday and used a few Avios to jump on the evoucher route as will use this for a future booking. Will keep an eye on any info if these can be used as payment for BA holidays.

  • Char Char says:

    Did a substantial amount, hope I can get something worthwhile from the voucher, interested to hear if people managed to book a hotel/holiday

  • Will says:

    Was away for the weekend and managed to do a bunch of these last night on my return but gutted not to have properly read the comments about evouchers being issued on multiple passenger bookings despite the warnings on BA website about FTV as I put through 70 single JER-LHR. Would have saved me a lot of time and got more converted before the deadline.

    Would happily have put 500k avios into this.

    Example LHR Dubai economy standard in December is £402 for cash

    With this deal assuming converting 2500 avios @ £50 + £7.60 to jersey it costs

    17448 avios + £53.04 to make the booking and once flown as a gold you’d get back 8510 avios and 40 TP making it

    8938 avios and £53.04 for a return to Dubai (£124.50 if you value an avios at nectar 0.8p)

    Your effectively paying 31% of the cash price on an already competitive fare if you price avios at the nectar cash out rate of 0.8p

    I think it’s the best points redemption deal ever simply due to its flexibility in being able to book any cash ticket.

    A particular sweet spot will be PE then upgrade using avios to CW.

    • Mike says:

      I agree it was an amazing deal. It was even worth buying Avios, especially with the 50% bonus.

  • Cradelseat says:

    Your thoughts if I may;

    I jumped onto this deal yesterday and made multiple bookings out of JER, getting the best value. I had a stash of Avios points sitting idle, and decided to book, and then reflect, making use of the 24 hour cooling-off period. I am Gold and already redeemed 3 bookings in exchange for 3 x £518 e-vouchers.

    Spent:           £204
    Avios:            67,500 
    E-vouchers.  £1554.00

    This will be more than enough for me to renew gold for another year, and recoup the Avios used.

    I also made 3 additional bookings, which I am thinking of canceling and refunding today. Was interested to hear what others think of this offer now it’s closed.

    I put very little money down and intend on using the vouchers for future travel instead of redeeming Avios and paying the high surcharge. I had over 280,000 unused Avios.

  • Paul says:

    The website doesn’t give me the possibility to use an evoucher on a one way ticket to the UK from outside the UK. Any ideas if they can be used for this?

    • Mike says:

      In the FAQs:

      Are there any countries where you can’t use an eVoucher?

      You can book journeys using your eVoucher to and from most countries we’re currently serving on ba.com. Although there are a few exceptions where you’ll need to get in touch with us to book.

      Please call us to use your eVoucher if your journey begins in any of these countries:

      Algeria

      Andorra

      Aruba

      Bahrain

      Botswana

      Burundi

      Comoros

      Djibouti

      Egypt

      Falkland Islands

      Iran

      Ivory Coast

      Jordan

      Kuwait

      Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

      Mauritius

      Morocco

      Mozambique

      Namibia

      Nepal

      New Guinea

      Netherlands Antilles

      Oman

      Pakistan

      Qatar

      Republic of Korea

      Saint Helena

      Saudi Arabia

      Serbia

      Seychelles

      Slovakia

      Sri Lanka

      Suriname

      Syria

      Taiwan

      Thailand

      Tunisia

      Yemen

  • Hugh says:

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry. I never read this article or the comments over the weekend, can’t recall last time I did not read an article in full, but was too busy stressing about how I was going to call BA at 1Am to make a 121 booking. Maybe if I had read this I could have paid cash instead!!!

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