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  • neeyee 3 posts

    My partner just booked a return premium economy flight on BA in August for 2 adults & a 4yr old using 183k avios for £750 off the total cost.
    I feel like it is not the best use of our household Avios points or am I wrong and overthinking it? Still within the 24hr cancellation period if it comes down to it.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,254 posts

    Im assuming by your wording that this is part pay with avios?

    I which case that’s .4p per avios which isn’t that good value.

    But sometimes getting the most cash off is more important than working how much per avios you’ve spent. Plus depends how else you might want to use those avios in the future.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    Using part pay with avios is regarded as generally not the best use of them as discussed in this article:

    https://www.headforpoints.com/2024/04/17/part-pay-with-avios/

    But as noted above, it depends what other plans you might have had for them, and whether you have, or are likely to have a bigger balance in future. On a peak date in August you would need 480k avios for 3 x PE return seats if paying the lowest cash option for an award booking, but these seats are scarce this close to the travel date anyway.

    If you plan to continue collecting avios and want to get the best use out of them, read the “avios university” series on this site:

    https://www.headforpoints.com/category/avios-redemption-university/

    CJD 75 posts

    I personally think people over-think getting value for Avios or points.

    Value is what you make of it, if saving £750 on flights by using Avios means you get to go on a trip which is affordable and somewhere you want to go, or alternatively puts £750 back into the pot to spend on hotel/experiences while in Singapore, giving you a better and more memorable holiday, then I would argue that represents good value.

    BBbetter 775 posts

    @CJD, That’s assuming you are cash poor and avios rich.
    Most people aren’t avios rich and are better off using them for long haul J.

    CJD 75 posts

    OP said their partner used 183,000 Avios. That isn’t getting 1 person to Singapore in business, never mind a family of 3.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    We don’t know if that was all their avios, and they’re actually travelling in PE. They could have used a different combination of cash/avios and retained some flexibility to cancel with award seats.

    But if getting to SIN in August is the priority, then it’s all moot because of the probable lack of avios seats!

    CJD 75 posts

    There is some Premium Economy availability in mid-September which may suit OP (depending on whether the kid starts school or not) if they have the available Avios to do it.

    If it needs to be in August, I think using Avios to knock £750 off the cost of flights and potentially free up that £750 towards a nicer hotel or spending money for food or activities whilst in Singapore can represent good value depending on your individual circumstances.

    DonLee 227 posts

    There is some Premium Economy availability in mid-September which may suit OP (depending on whether the kid starts school or not) if they have the available Avios to do it.

    If it needs to be in August, I think using Avios to knock £750 off the cost of flights and potentially free up that £750 towards a nicer hotel or spending money for food or activities whilst in Singapore can represent good value depending on your individual circumstances.

    But you could get more than £750 by converting 183k avios to Nectar for your daily shopping.

    neeyee 3 posts

    Im assuming by your wording that this is part pay with avios?

    I which case that’s .4p per avios which isn’t that good value.

    But sometimes getting the most cash off is more important than working how much per avios you’ve spent. Plus depends how else you might want to use those avios in the future.

    Indeed it is part-pay with Avios which comes to about 0.41p. Looks like the ultimate aim was to get the most cash off.
    Thanks for your input 🙂

    zapato1060 720 posts

    I want to be nice but thats shocking, not on you, that BA could have the cheek.

    Someone came to you and asked you for £1830, which you handed over and they gave you £750 back in return.

    JDB 4,643 posts

    I want to be nice but thats shocking, not on you, that BA could have the cheek.

    Someone came to you and asked you for £1830, which you handed over and they gave you £750 back in return.

    Supermarkets have been doing that for years and from what I can observe, it’s becoming more prevalent.

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