Happy New Year!
What are the peak and off-peak dates for redeeming Avios points? This article looks at the British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendars for 2022, in case you are planning on using the Bank Holiday today to make plans.
Remember that these calendars apply to the operating airline and not to where you book your flight. An Iberia flight uses the Iberia calendar even if you book it via ba.com instead of iberia.com. (You shouldn’t do this, by the way, because taxes are higher if you book Iberia long-haul flights on ba.com instead of iberia.com.)
What if I am booking a partner airline such as Qatar Airways?
You need to remember that partner airlines are charged at peak rates at all times. This applies to Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Finnair etc.
You can see the British Airways partner chart here if you want to know how many Avios are needed for flights on oneworld airlines.
Where do the Avios peak and off-peak calendars differ?
I have reproduced the calendars below. You will note that there are substantial differences between them. Especially when travelling during school holidays on a route served by both by BA and Iberia or Aer Lingus, it may well be cheaper to book away from British Airways.
Looking at 2022, Aer Lingus is always peak over Christmas, New Year, Easter and the Summer. It is always off-peak at other dates.
British Airways is far more granular with most months seeing a mix of peak and off-peak dates.
There are different peak periods around school holidays. UK bank holidays and half terms tend not to be peak on the Iberia and Aer Lingus calendars.
Of course …. you can only benefit from this if Iberia or Aer Lingus flies to your chosen destination, and you are happy transiting via Madrid or Dublin. Aer Lingus has launched its direct flights from Manchester to New York and Barbados, with Orlando to follow in 2022 and this will provide some good opportunities to save Avios on flights to the US.
It is NOT possible to use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher if you fly with Iberia or Aer Lingus.
The 2022 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios calendar:
The 2022 Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar:
The 2022 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendar:
One caveat …. these tables were put together over the course of 2021 as the data became available. There is a chance that there have been some changes since.