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Here are the 2023 British Airways peak and off-peak Avios flight dates

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What are the peak and off-peak calendar dates for redeeming Avios points in 2023? 

British Airways hasn’t officially released the peak and off peak dates for reward flights for all of 2023 – except for the dates which are already bookable – but we now have some clarity on what the calendar will look like next year.

The 2022 British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus peak and off-peak calendars are here.

Avios peak and off-peak timetable

We received the list of dates off the record, but it matches what is currently available for booking and so appears reliable.  We have turned this into a neat little table, below, which gives a better overview of the entire year’s peak and off peak availability.

Remember that flights are not bookable, for cash or Avios, until 355 days before departure.

(I should also remind you that, as we are now in British Summer Time and British Airways releases flights at midnight GMT, that you will need to be online or on the telephone at 1am if you are UK based if you want to book 355 days ahead for the 14 ‘guaranteed’ Avios seats.)

There are three things to remember:

This calendar only applies to BA. Iberia and Aer Lingus have their own peak and off-peak dates. This is useful because you will often find that when BA is peak during UK half-term school holidays, Iberia (and occasionally Aer Lingus) are running off-peak fares.

The BA calendar applies wherever you book a BA redemption, whether it is on ba.com, iberia.com or avios.com.  Similarly, if you try to book an Iberia redemption on ba.com it will NOT follow the dates below.

All redemptions on partner airlines such as Qantas are charged on a separate chart at peak date rates, 100% of the time. The partner chart does not apply to Qatar Airways redemptions which now have their own pricing.

Peak dates are in red whilst off peak is in white.  Click to enlarge:

The British Airways peak/off-peak chart has become very ‘bitty’ in recent years. For example, the 2021 calendar made virtually all of July and August peak, with June mostly off-peak. For 2023, BA has chosen to break things up and focus more on making long weekends peak.

As you would expect, peak dates cover all the school breaks as well as the majority of bank holidays.  The only Bank Holiday on an off-peak day is Boxing Day. Even Christmas Day is peak, even though flights are generally very quiet.

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendar for 2023 (it also includes 2022) that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. Click here to subscribe.

How many Avios will I need for my flight?

This Head for Points article lists British Airways destinations together with the Avios needed to fly there.

Here is the peak and off-peak Avios pricing chart for British Airways flights in a distance-based format:

The pricing shown is the ‘mid price’ and is the points price you will pay if using an American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher. If you are not using a 2-4-1, you will usually be show two options which require fewer Avios and more cash, and two options which require more Avios and less cash. The ‘mid price’ option is usually the best value.

If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here. You can read more about how the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher works in this article.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (13)

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  • Shez Raja says:

    Hi,
    I have a BA Amex Companion Voucher and looking to book LHR to SIN sometime in 2023. I was checking random dates in March 2023 and can only find dates 4-5 weeks apart for a return. Do you have any tips on how I can reduce the return to 2 weeks and does it make is easier if I call instead of checking online?

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Singapore is one of the hardest routes to get because anyone wanting Australia is competing with you for seats. All you can do is book what you can see (assuming you want to lock it in now) and use a SeatSpy alert to let you know if anything better opens up.

      • G says:

        Exactly this.
        BA operate two daily flights to/from Singapore; though one of them is a part journey for Sydney.

        Also, Sydney is hosting WorldPride 2023 for the LGBT+ community as well as Mardi Gras then; this might also explain some of the unavailability for these dates. Not to mention the countless people keen to see Aussie family and friends again as Aus finally relaxes their entry requirements.

  • Polly says:

    In Quantas lounge in T3 currently. Superb brunch a la carte menu. A real treat.. A lovely start to our Prague mini break…

    • Lady London says:

      Grrr jealous, Polly! What was on the menu? What did you have?

      Enjoy your break. If you find any nice cafés for coffee & cake in Prague don’t tell me.

  • Jeff77 says:

    There’s no peak dates for conversion to nectar!

  • FRASER says:

    Thanks. Super helpful.
    A couple of Qs
    1. On previous articles I saw that just one new style companion voucher is needed to unlock the extra business class seats, but after testing this weekend, it said I needed ONE companion voucher per TWO business class seats. Is this now the case?
    2. Are flights to ALL BA destinations released each day, with the extra business class seats? I.e. including destinations where there is stopover, i.e. Sydney?

    • Rob says:

      1. When it first launched it wasn’t clear how this was going to work. However, yes, I believe you are correct although there is little feedback on this. If you want seats for three people then you can’t access the extra inventory.

      2. Let’s explain how the extra seats work. You see them when BA is selling roughly 8-10 ‘discounted business class’ seats on a flight. When BA first loads flights, 355 days in advance, it tends not to load any discounted business class. All you can book are ‘full fare’ tickets. At some point, the revenue management people get involved and start adding in discounted tickets. It is only at this point that the extra seats are likely to appear.

      You are FAR more likely to see extra seats at 6 months out than 355 days out.

      • FRASER says:

        Thanks Rob. So I guess the next question is, “When are seat spy going to add in the extras business class seats into their alerts?” I mailed them about that a coupe of days ago, they are trying to find a way, but currently can’t do it. Does that just mean being slightly obsessive and checking the route/ date you wants daily?

        • Rob says:

          It can’t, unless BA helps, because there is no fixed rule. It’s not ‘there are 8 I-class’ or ’10 I-class’ … it seems to vary.

          • FRASER says:

            I thought the issue seems to be that SeatSpy can’t see any I-Class seats at all? Or have I got this wrong, and they show both the normal seats, and iClass, but they just can’t say how many of each?

          • Rob says:

            SeatSpy could pull I-class from a GDS if it wanted to – but the exact number of I-class which triggers extra seats isn’t fixed. Sometimes it’s 8, sometimes it needs 10+.

  • Chris H says:

    Very useful this, trying to use 2-4-1 Manchester to Heathrow to Vegas next year. What is the number that should be called at 1am 355 days beforehand? And what do you do about the return whilst on that call?

    Final question, our outbound flight is going to be peak, but could go the day before (off peak) without the rest of the bigger group, would we save cash as well as Avios by doing that?

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