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What are the 2022 and 2023 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 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.)

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 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

For 2022:

British Airways peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

…and for 2023:

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

The 2022 / 2023 Iberia peak and off-peak Avios calendar

For 2022:

Iberia peak off peak Avios redemption calendar 2022

…and for 2023:

Iberia peak offpeak avios redemption calendar 2023

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

2023 data is not yet available.

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

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.


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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:

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 10,500 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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