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What are the 2024 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 2024? 

Unfortunately British Airways no longer officially publishes its peak and off peak dates for reward flights in advance. Instead, it drops then in day-by-day as tickets come on sale 355 days in advance.

As in previous years, we have been able to get our hands on the official (but unpublished) Avios peak and off-peak calendar for 2024 which we are reproducing in full below.

Avios peak and off-peak timetable

The 2023 British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus peak and off-peak calendars are here. We don’t have 2024 dates for Iberia or Aer Lingus yet.

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 and want to book 355 days ahead for the 14 ‘guaranteed’ Avios seats per flight.)

There are three things to remember:

This calendar only applies to British Airways. 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 2024, BA has chosen to break things up: in July and August, for example, every single Tuesday remains off-peak.

As you would expect, peak dates cover all the school breaks (driven by the private school calendar, which has far longer breaks than state schools) 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 2024 (it also includes 2023) that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. Click here to subscribe.

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


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (18)

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  • Corrine says:

    This is great, thanks! Added to my iPhone 13 and all my other personal calendar items have disappeared 😬. Anyone else have this issue? Any suggestions on how to correct this? Thanks

    • Corrine says:

      Just a temp blip, the personal items have all come back…phew!

  • Paul says:

    Is peak/off peak route dependant or is this just wildly inaccurate? Checking against JFK

    • Rob says:

      This is the list BA supplied us with last week ….

    • ADS says:

      It look likes the badge under the date gets confused when you can also book Aer Lingus redemptions on the route. London to JFK is available (on some dates at least) as either BA only / BA & EI mixed / EI only.

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