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Forums Frequent flyer programs British Airways Executive Club £1/passenger reward flights – how far in advance should I book?

  • gtsw89 3 posts

    We are looking at reward flights LHR to Budapest at the end of January – trip is for partner’s birthday and we are using IHG CC Free Night plus IHG points for 3 nights at Intercontinental Budapest. Hotel is booked and cancellable, do I need to move quickly to secure the flights?

    I suppose even if I change my mind I only lose £2, but is there a point where the £2 will increase?

    zio 219 posts

    The cancellation cost doesn’t increase with time, and the flights are cancellable up to 24 hours before outbound flight. Some more detail here https://www.headforpoints.com/2021/04/01/what-does-it-cost-to-cancel-an-avios-redemption-flight-2/
    Edit: see also latest posts today on this thread suggesting what circumstances may lead to a £35 rather than £1 cancellation fee.
    https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/ba-currently-appear-to-be-offering-near-free-cancellations-on-avios-bookings/page/2/

    Cosmo175 14 posts

    I would suggest booking as soon as possible – there are a limited number of award seats on any flight, so it’s best to book them before someone else snaps them up. If you think you might cancel, then booking at the 50p cash rate is a good idea, if you think you’ll definitely be going, then you get better value for your avios using the mid-range cash value, which uses less avios.

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