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 and 2023, 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 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.
Qatar Airways operates off a totally different chart which is not made public.
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 / 2023 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios calendar
…and for 2023:
The 2022 / 2023 Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar
…and for 2023:
The 2022 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios calendar
2023 data is not yet available.
One caveat …. these tables were put together at different times as the data became available. There is a chance that there have been some changes since.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.