British Airways Introduces Avios Part Payment Options

by Continental Club on October 29, 2013

British AirwaysMembers of the British Airways Executive Club can now use Avios to ‘part pay’ for shorthaul flights across the UK and Europe. The new option is available for seats in domestic, Euro Traveller and Club Europe cabins – and is not dependent on traditional ‘redemption’ availability. So, for the first time, members wishing to use their Avios can do so when booking any domestic or European shorthaul flight – albeit to a capped level of a maximum £30 fare reduction.

British Airways Avios Part Payment

As the above screenshot shows, the discount offer is shown even when the purchaser is not yet logged into their account. This is potentially a reflection of the fact that the discount is also available to members of an Executive Club Household Account booking for or on behalf of non-HHA members. Ordinarily, HHAs are limited to redeeming Avios held within them on the maximum six participating members.

Part payment has been the subject of much discussion in recent months, prompted in no small part by a survey sent out to Executive Club members which canvassed opinions on the perceived ‘value’ of an Avios point, and how that might be applied to a revenue fare. Members might have been hoping for the opportunity to use their Avios to part pay for longhaul fares, given the generally well-regarded levels of availability of the shorthaul Reward Flight Saver product.

However, those with smaller Avios balances who simply wish to release an easy benefit are likely to welcome this latest opportunity to spend their points. And those with higher balances travelling at short notice on domestic routes may also be interested in another potential ‘sweet spot’ (beyond being able to part pay for passengers outwith a Household Account)….

That is to make use of domestic flights purchased on a one-way basis, to derive double the discount opportunity out of a round trip. So, for trips where the one-way sector cost exceeds around £100, the opportunity exists to split the trip into two one-way bookings and use up to 9,000 Avios to save a total of £60 on the round-trip cost. The £4.50 per passenger per journey booking charge for credit card holders will eat into the net saving, though this can of course be avoided by paying with a debit card.

There’s no such opportunity to employ a similar strategy on European round trips, as the discount is currently only available when originating from the UK.

Fares discounted through the use of Avios part payment will however continue to earn Avios themselves, as well as Tier Points, based on the passenger’s level of Executive Club membership.

For full details and to book, visit ba.com.

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[…] members the opportunity to redeem Avios points in part payment for many shorthaul tickets since October 2013. Prior to that time, the use of Avios required ‘redemption’ availability on the […]

by BA Avios Longhaul Part Payment | Continental Club Blog on April 7, 2015 at 4:42 PM. Reply #

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