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British Airways launches more ‘Avios only’ flights for late 2023 and Easter 2024

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British Airways recently launched ‘Avios only’ flights, copying a successful Qantas initiative.

Selected flights in the schedule are withdrawn for cash sale with every single seat opened up for Avios redemption.

The second batch has now become available for booking.

Avios only flights launched by British Airways

There is a subtle change for this second round of ‘Avios only’ flights.

For the first batch, only OUTBOUND flights were ‘Avios only‘. There were no dedicated return flights, although BA told us that they had increased Avios availability over the following week to hopefully allow everyone to get back.

This time, there is a dedicated outbound flight and a dedicated inbound flight. YOU DON’T NEED TO BOOK BOTH but you shouldn’t have problems getting back on the dedicated return date even if all other flights that week have no Avios availability.

Here are the options. Note that there is a concentration of flights over next Easter which will be attractive to many.

RouteOutbound dateInbound date
London Gatwick to Las Palmas15 November 202322 November 2023
London Gatwick to Lanzarote4 December 202311 December 2023
London Heathrow to Barcelona29 March 20247 April 2024
London Heathrow to Nice29 March 20247 April 2024
London Gatwick to Tenerife29 March 20247 April 2024

The Avios pricing for these flights is the same as usual – there are no surcharges or special conditions.

You can use British Airways American Express 2-4-1 vouchers or Barclays Avios Upgrade vouchers if you wish. The usual cancellation rules apply (£35 per person fee or the Reward Flight Saver fee paid, whichever is lower).

I still think that British Airways isn’t making the most of these offers. If it really wants to make a splash, let’s open up a full Boeing 777 to the Middle East over October half term. This would get people talking. It could also tie these flights into a special event, such as a European pride festival.

I also think there is also potential to do a deal with local hotels to offer special rates to anyone who books these flights. You could add a drinks reception midweek with BA representatives for all of the passengers, irrespective of where they stay.

It is still early days for ‘Avios only’ flights, however. If you want to book one of these trips, I would jump in quickly as the first batch sold out within 24 hours.

PS. The hotel image above is the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée hotel, Nice which we recently reviewed

Comments (42)

  • James says:

    Are they trying to reduce their Avios balance sheet liability with this sort of thing?

    • Rhys says:

      Five flights won’t even dent their liability, especially on short haul.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      It’s a PR stunt to get press, and to say ‘look how easy it is to use your avios to fly’.

      It won’t move the needle on anything else, but may get a few extra cash (or avios) bookings based on the PR.

  • E4 Traveller says:

    I think I’ll just stick to my normal holiday in Frankfurt.

  • bafan says:

    I love it when parents get reminded that the world does not revolve around them and the school holidays.

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