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Get a 2p per Avios discount on British Airways long haul cash flights – but not in Business

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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.


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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.

Comments (50)

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  • paul hyde says:

    Can you combine with double tier points if over 5 days stay and a hotel or car?

    • Rob says:

      No, because you’d need to book via BA Holidays to do that and this offer isn’t valid with them.

  • Flying Misfit says:

    Anyone else having issues with CMA on avios.com website. Specifically, not able to pull from Avios (Aer Club) to BA. Keeps saying not available at this time.

    • Peter says:

      Same issue, and Amex won’t accept Iberia number because it’s 9 and not 8 digits.

  • Robert says:

    Currently looking at this offer for Dubai in PE, against the 5 nights double tier points offer. I guess it comes down to how good a hotel+flights deal I can get and how much I value double tier points. If anyone has any advice on good deals/hotels it would be greatly appreciated. The benefit of doing seperate is perhaps getting a good hotel deal with IHG, Hilton or Marriott. I like the look of Westin as a resort option hotel, but adding breakfast into the rate really hikes the price up.

    • Matt says:

      Try searching on Marriott with promo code MCK – all rates include breakfast (I didn’t tell you this)…

      • YC says:

        Is this a pretty risky strategy?

        • OP says:

          So presumably you have McKinsey ID you’ll be taking with you on your trip, too.

          I have been asked for my ID on the couple of occasions my corporate rate is ‘too good’, so watch out.

          • Matt says:

            Possibly in the US but Dubai isn’t the sort of place where hotel staff like to interrogate guests. The only thing they care about is that you have either your passport or Emirates ID available as it’s required by law.

        • Charles Martel says:

          There is a FlyerTalk wiki on public codes but many of them don’t seem to work: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showwiki.php?t=685162

      • Robert says:

        Thanks Matt, that code is only available at a couple of Dubai properties. I’ve worked for McK before but don’t need the code on this trip. Just wondering what folk on here consider a decent hotel for a weeks break in Dubai.

        • Matt says:

          Really depends where you want to stay.
          My recommendations for Marriott would be:
          Marina: Grosvenor House
          Palm: W (not tried the new St Regis)
          Downtown: La Ville (Citywalk)

          • Robert says:

            Thanks for those suggestions, looking for a relaxing break so leaning towards a resort with a beach. I’ve seen comments in previous articles that if your on the Palm it’s harder/takes longer to get around, plus the prices for Palm hotels seem on the high side. Will probably go with the Westin on Mina Seyahi beach from the Marriott offerings, but will check what Hilton, IHG and Accor have to offer, tend to go by whatever has the best tripadvisor rating. I’ve locked the flights in using the Avios offer. Interestingly it’s cheaper to fly premium economy with BA than economy with Emirates, and the flight times are better! BA Holidays didn’t have any good flight+hotel combos as they mostly factored in half board pushing the price up further.

  • Ianmac says:

    Coincidentally, currently booking 2 pax return ABZ-LHR-ABZ for late summer
    Avios only is 20,000 + £70 (So £270 equivalent at 1p per Avios)
    Cash is £500 net + 19,000 Avios (after £100 off)
    Yes, I could have used more Avios to reduce the cash price but still nowhere near the value of Avios only route.

    • Kenny says:

      Agreed however avios seats are unfortunately not always available.

  • n166 says:

    i’m booking the cheapest option for a flight (hand baggage only) and using the 10,500 points offer to take £200 off the ticket price. i’m not fully understanding the T&Cs on the change rules – if i wanted to change the date on one of the flights, i’m wondering if there are any change fees? the website still seems to only show the details for bookings made before 7th June

  • ianM says:

    Booking with avios + taxes is still so much cheaper than using cash that it’s not even worth checking, and you get a free domestic connection with avios bookings. You can use the money you save to do a tier point run!

  • Dan says:

    Simple question here regarding BA Gold and Economy Basic HBO outbound and PE back.

    Say I flew LHR-BOS-LHR using the 10k Avios discount:

    LHR-BOS in HBO (can I choose seats for two parties here, looking at exit rows etc)
    BOS-LHR in PE (is it possible to UUA here to CW)

    Would the above work?
    Sorry, hardly ever UUA and not sure this applies to this offer as already used to get the discount.

    Thanks a lot in advance

  • Lady London says:

    As it”s for long haul only it pretty much looks like this offer is giving me the chance to pay 10k avios to avoid the hassle of going ex-EU. (as that avios contribution gives me the APD back I’m forced to pay taking any flight from the UK). So I guess it’s an opportunity for those travelling as a family as normally ex-EU is hard to dragna family through

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