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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 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 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 a long list of travel benefits 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 (492)

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  • PaulW says:

    Jersey – Lon one way yields well…

    • Pablo says:

      Thanks for that. Bought 4 of those, total outlay £30.40 & 10000 avios turned into £230.40 in FTVs

      • Rob says:

        FTV or eVoucher?

      • BJ says:

        Did you cancel via MMB?

      • Tom R says:

        Jersey keeps coming up with an error for me

      • J says:

        How if you don’t mind me asking, which date? Can’t replicate.

        • Pablo says:

          I think the best value ones are now gone. You need to find £58 fare. Google flights is still showing a couple of days at that price but BA cannot replicate.

          • David says:

            Keep in mind that, if you increase the number of people in the booking search, you may force lower fares into higher buckets to hit the £58 (or 57.60 when you go further) point.
            So if you see 55, 56 fares…

  • Mikeact says:

    Don’t forget, just in case;

    Bookings made over the telephone from the UK will carry a non-refundable £10 offline booking fee per person per ticket. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

    • BJ says:

      But not where it is impossible online, and some evoucher stuff isn’t.

    • Andrew says:

      And not if you’re a Gold member.

    • BMF says:

      This is very frustrating. I am traveling to Inverness for work *one-way* and the wife and child are coming with me; they need a *return* flight. Is booking via phone the only way I can do this on a single booking – 1 one-way and 2 return? and therefore I’m forced to incur a £30 admin fee for the privilege? It doesnt look possible online?

      • Rob says:

        I don’t think you can even do it on the phone as the passengers are not the same on the return.

    • Colin JE says:

      Just don’t use the 0844 number. Use the 0344 493 0747 or the 0800 Exec Club numbers, depending on your status.

  • Louie says:

    Does this only work on flights from the UK? I’m looking at Turkey back to London and getting $34 off with 4,750 Avios amongst others, which is way off these figures.

    • Andrew says:

      It only works on flights departing the U.K. (one way) or a return originating in the U.K. See article by Rob above.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, ex UK, as stated 🙂

      • Louie says:

        Oops. Sorry. I reread the article in case I had missed that. Obviously missed it a second time…..

  • Bluekjp says:

    Not sure why it’s mentioned that you can only use one evoucher on BA.com.
    I used two on a reservation yesterday and three on a reservation last month. Just keep on clicking on ‘use evoucher’ and put the details in. The cash amount due at the bottom of the screen continues to decrease after each voucher is added.

    • BJ says:

      Good datapoint, confirms Andrews FAQ posted earlier (up to 4).

      • Andrew says:

        That’s good to know, as certainly the FAQs read that way. It therefore means you can get £400 of a long-haul flight for 20k

        • Mike says:

          Or £800, £1200, £1600, £10k. As much as you want really.

          • Tom says:

            Presume I can book for a family of 4 and cancel to get £400 of value, then do the same thing up to 4 times?

    • Colin JE says:

      Thanks Bluekjp. That’s a good tip.

    • Dubious says:

      Also worth remembering that evouchers cannot be used online (have to call) for journeys beginning in:

      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

      https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/evouchers

  • BJ says:

    Can we use evouchers against travel on AA or other carriers when booked via BA?

  • Alice says:

    I know this is really basic knowledge that I’m lacking (and that it’s off topic) but if I want to travel with my 2 children on a part pay with avios booking is there any way affordably just take one hold bag out & back? We don’t need a bag each but couldn’t manage with just hand luggage either. Cheers.

    • BJ says:

      You can part pay HBO and then add extra bag later I guess. I haven’t checked a bag in well over a decade so I’m not certain but somebody will confirm whether this is possible and cost effective or if there is a better way.

  • Ceri says:

    Is there anything to stop me buying a return ticket for two using this offer and then cancelling and using the voucher for a flight for one person…

  • Paul says:

    2 seats to the Christmas market booked while having breakfast gazing at the Aegean. Booked club which is generally not the thing to do but the total was still less than HBO fare. Effectively upgraded for 5000 Avios per passenger.

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