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If you are opted in to British Airways Executive Club marketing emails, you will have received a very interesting offer in your inbox yesterday.

If you book a BA long haul flight for cash by midnight on Monday 27th June, you can ‘part pay with Avios’ and receive 2p per Avios in value.

Full details are on ba.com here.

Part pay with Avios offer

The offer is fairly flexible:

  • you can book for any travel date
  • you can book one-way or return flights
  • you can book in long haul Economy or Premium Economy (but not Business / First)

All flights must depart from the UK.

Can you pay for your entire flight with Avios?

No.

Unlike Virgin Atlantic, which lets you ‘part pay with points’ up to the entire value of your booking, British Airways only lets you pay the base fare, excluding all taxes and charges, with Avios.

There are further limits as part of this deal.

For return cash flights, the only discounts available are (per person)

  • £5 off for 250 Avios
  • £18 off for 900 Avios
  • £32 off for 1,600 Avios
  • £56 off for 2,800 Avios
  • £80 off for 4,000 Avios
  • £100 off for 5,000 Avios
  • £150 off for 7,500 Avios
  • £210 off for 10,500 Avios

For one-way cash flights, these numbers are halved:

  • £5 off for 250 Avios
  • £9 off for 450 Avios
  • £16 off for 800 Avios
  • £28 off for 1,400 Avios
  • £40 off for 2,000 Avios
  • £50 off for 2,500 Avios
  • £75 off for 3,750 Avios
  • £105 off for 5,250 Avios

Each option gives you 2p per Avios, which is exceptionally generous. If you are making a BA booking this weekend, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of this offer up to the maximum number of Avios allowed.

Get a 2p per Avios discount on British Airways cash flights this weekend

Important: ‘Book With Confidence’ is over so you can’t redeem your full Avios balance for BA credit this time!

When this offer ran last year, British Airways was still running its ‘Book With Confidence’ campaign.

You could cash out your entire Avios balance for 2p per point in British Airways credit. All you had to book was book multiple BA flights, paying as much as you could with Avios, and then cancel them for a British Airways eVoucher.

This is no longer possible. ‘Book With Confidence’ was scrapped a few weeks ago for new bookings. All flights booked under this offer this weekend are non-refundable unless you pay the substantial premium for a flexible fare.

Conclusion

If you had been planning to book any long haul Economy or Premium Economy British Airways flights, this offer is a great opportunity to redeem some Avios for a discount at an exceptionally high rate.

Remember, however, that your bookings will be entirely non-refundable and that ‘Book With Confidence’ refunds no longer exist for new bookings.

You can find full details on this page of ba.com. The offer runs until midnight on Monday.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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 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.

Comments (50)

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  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Can you remind us of the Virgin part pay with points info?

  • Niall says:

    Surprised to see you’ve missed the other major term for this offer! This is for long haul flights only (‘our World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins’). Makes this a lot less useful than last year’s offer, even if we forget the BWC thing.

  • Andrew J says:

    It’s also not correct to say “All flights booked under this offer this weekend are non-refundable“ – the offer is available for flexible tickets which are refundable. So for clarity, insert “unless you book a flexible ticket” after this statement.

  • Paul says:

    Great value till they the cancel your flight due (insert any reason here)

    • Mike says:

      If they do that they refund you the cash value.

      • John says:

        They may do if it was too difficult to work out what the “original” payment was such as when multiple partial vouchers of various provenance are combined. In this case it will be a new paid booking (as BA doesn’t let you use part-pay-with-avios when you use an e-voucher), so it would be trivial to refund the avios.

  • Sam says:

    Any idea if this can be used in conjunction with a future travel e-voucher?

    • KP says:

      From what I recall, you can either use part pay with avios, or evoucher but not both.

      Unless it has changed

    • Pablo says:

      No it cannot. You can either pay with a voucher OR use avios to reduce price.

  • vol says:

    Usual silly question time, I don’t really look at the part cash/part Avios bookings very closely – do these still earn tier points in the same way as cash bookings?

  • roger says:

    One can still find some value if you already have LH route in mind and PE price are already too low say from JER, INV etc.

    • roger says:

      Also remember there is a potential to UUA upgrade from PE to J on these bookings subject to availability.

      • Amy C says:

        Never done this. Would I UUA after the purchase of the ticket or during the process?

    • Grant H says:

      Yes, Vancouver appears to be a real sweet spot, as does New Orleans (BA fly direct unlike VA via Atlanta)

  • Freddy says:

    Shame the amount of points that can be used is so limited

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