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What are the 2022 peak and off-peak Avios flight dates?

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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.)

Avios peak and off-peak calendar

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:  

British Airways peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

You can see the British Airways Avios redemption pricing chart here.

The 2022 Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar:

Iberia peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

You can see the Iberia reward flight pricing chart here.

The 2022 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendar:

Aer Lingus peak off peak Avios redemption 2022

You can see the Aer Lingus reward flight pricing chart here.

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.

Comments (19)

  • Rob H says:

    No virgin calendar?

  • Mikeact says:

    All credit to BA ,opening up many Off Peak dates in July/August compared to the other two. Even June is far more favorable.

  • Andrew. says:

    Something to be mindful of, Scottish school holidays (in some areas) are changing this year due to worries about poverty and malnutrition.

    A week is being taken off the summer term, so schools will return on the second Monday in August. The “tattie howking” holidays are being extended by a week to two weeks in October.

    Apparently this should also “help make holidays cheaper” for families by giving two weeks off-peak n October. Not sure how making the summer holiday window 12% narrower is helpful.

    There is an upside if you’re an English resident and prepared to travel North though. Prices for holidays departing from EDI or GLA should drop a week earlier than presently. I’ve saved £1000’s in the past by travelling to my parents and traveling direct or via Heathrow than from Heathrow in late August.

    • Rob says:

      2 weeks is the norm in English private schools in October and quite a few state schools are moving that way too.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    20 October is peak on the BA booking system

  • PeterK says:

    Surprising to see early December as peak for BA?

    • NorthernLass says:

      Some private schools have 3 – 4 weeks off at Christmas. I have managed to bag F seats to the US on the random off-peak 14th for our Xmas/New Year trip!

  • NorthernLass says:

    March 29th was off-peak when I booked our F trip to BOS earlier this year – don’t know if they’ve sorted that error now but it’s worth checking for anyone with Easter holidays starting in March rather than April, like us.

    • Richie says:

      Are your Easter holidays starting in March for a particular reason?

      • NorthernLass says:

        At some schools it’s never the same from one year to the next – sometimes the Easter weekend falls within the actual school holiday, but sometimes it doesn’t. This year they have 2 weeks off, go back for 4 days then go off again for the Easter weekend. It’s fairly common in this area for schools to have different holidays, as well, which causes no end of problems for families with kids in different schools!

        • Richie says:

          So they seem to want a certain length of term from April to July, irrespective of where Easter falls.

  • AJA says:

    Not sure why but you can’t click on the Iberia chart above to make it bigger like you can with the BA and Aer Lingus charts. It’s not a problem on desktop pc but it makes it difficult to read on a mobile.

  • Alan says:

    Plus of course public holidays (apart from the festive break) & school holidays are not uniform across the UK so some interesting opportunities there around availability too.

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