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BA Black Friday: 787 Dreamliner to Abu Dhabi £191 & 13600 Avios Return

by Continental Club on November 25, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has added to its range of Black Friday promotions with a £301 special fare on its new direct Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Abu Dhabi. The airline is also offering the opportunity to save an additional £110 by redeeming 13,600 Avios, bringing the fare down to £190.87 return:

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Members of the Executive Club will also earn Tier Points and Avios on the fare, meaning that a Gold Executive Club cardholder could make 8,520 Avios back, bringing their net outlay down to 5,080 Avios.

Bookings must be made by 23:59 on Monday 28th November 2016, for travel between 11th January & 20th March, between 21st April & 23rd May, and between 31st May & 10th June 2017.

For travellers wishing to upgrade to World Traveller Plus Premium Economy, a return fare of £716 is also available, which can be reduced to £495.87 by redeeming 32,000 Avios. The potential Avios earn-back is 13,636, leaving a net outlay of 18,364 Avios.

In all cases, the Avios discount does not rely on the availability of ‘pure’ Avios seats for redemption – potentially making this a particularly good and easy use of points.

To book this and the airline’s other Black Friday offers, visit ba.com/blackfriday.

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Flash: BA Club World New York £699 Rtn With Avios Part Pay

by Continental Club on November 26, 2015  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysAlthough airline sales are not unusual, it’s less common for the promotional stars align to allow passengers to benefit from two offers on the same airline at the same time. However, British Airways Executive Club members who are already used to being able to use Avios points to ‘part pay’ for their tickets can double-dip this weekend, with the airline’s current fare offers combining with another Black Friday deal to make greater savings than are usually available with Avios contributions.

BA Exec AviosAvios part payment provides for a maximum £200 saving for 30,000 Avios under normal terms and conditions, however under the current promotion the saving is increased to £700 on a Club World return ticket – for the same 30,000 Avios contribution. In combination with this weekend’s sale, the effect can be to reduce the lowest fare to just £699 return:

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The double dip works in World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus premium economy too and, using the New York example, fares are from:

World Traveller £162 plus 15,000 Avios

World Traveller Plus £524 plus 15,000Avios

Destinations offered at the increased part payment saving rate are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Washington (Baltimore), Denver, Dallas, Newark, Washington (Dulles), Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, San Francsico, San Jose, Nassau, Grand Cayman, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paolo, and bookings must be made by 23:59GMT on Monday 30th November 2015 – the same deadline as for the current sale fares.

Flights booked using Avios part payment earn Avios and Executive Club Tier Points at the same rates as without part payment, although they do not qualify for earnings in the British Airways OnBusiness SME loyalty programme.

Full details of the current fare sales which end at 23:59GMT on Monday 30th November 2015 can be found in our other articles:

http://blog.continentalclub.co.uk/offers/british-airways-economy-premium-economy-sale-fares-loaded-25th-november-2015/

http://blog.continentalclub.co.uk/offers/british-airways-business-first-class-sale-fares-loaded-25th-november-2015/

To check all British Airways fares and availability, and in particular to locate the lowest available fare, use the British Airways Low Fare Finder at ba.com. For additional details regarding the Black Friday Avios Part Payment offer, visit this page at ba.com.

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British Airways Avios Longhaul Part Payment Promotion

by Continental Club on April 7, 2015  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , ,

British Airways has offered its Executive Club 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 required flights; availability which many will know is often difficult to come-by.

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The part payment system therefore allows more flexible use of Avios against a wide range of paid-for tickets, albeit at generally lower-value rates than outright redemptions or upgrades.

Until the 29th April 2015, BA is allowing Executive Club members to use Avios in part payment for longhaul flights as well, the second time it has run a longhaul part payment promotion. Unlike its last offer, however, the maximum part payment is now increased to 60,000 Avios for a £400 fare reduction on a Club World or First Class ticket.

The full list of longhaul part payment options is as follows:

Avios part payment amount Saving per person
World Traveller & World Traveller Plus 1,500 Avios £10pp
4,500 Avios £30pp
7,500 Avios £50pp
15,000 Avios £100pp
Club World & First 4,500 Avios £30pp
7,500 Avios £50pp
15,000 Avios £100pp
30,000 Avios £200pp
45,000 Avios £300pp
60,000 Avios £400pp

 

The offer is available to members’ who are logged in to their Executive Club account, on flights departing from London Heathrow to anywhere on the longhaul network and from London City Airport to New York JFK, on British Airways flight-only bookings. The booking period is 1st April 2015 to the– 29th April 2015 for travel between 1st April 2015 – 1st April 2016. The maximum advertised discount may not be offered when making a booking, if the member’s Avios balance is insufficient.

The underlying ticket(s) purchased will continue to earn Avios and Tier Points at the same rate as they would had they been paid for entirely with cash.

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

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British Airways Executive Club 2015 Changes Announced

by Continental Club on January 28, 2015  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BA Exec AviosBA has this morning announced changes to its Executive Club loyalty programme, which will affect bookings made from 28th April 2015. Full details of all the variations to the earning of Avios and Tier Points, as well as the redemption of Avios for flight awards, are published at ba.com here:

We’re making some changes to the Executive Club

Discount Economy Avios & Tier Points

In earning terms, probably the biggest changes are to the number of Avios earned on the cheapest Economy tickets (down from 100% of flown miles to 25% of flown miles) and also to the number of Tier Points earned on those tickets (down from 50% of full TPs to 25% TPs).

Silver Members’ Avios Tier Bonus

For those who have already achieved the Silver tier in the programme, the other major earning change is to the Avios Tier Bonus, which reduces from 100% of flown miles to 50% of flown miles. Taken within the broader picture of Tier Bonuses, this change arguably resolves an unusually generous bonus and sees a more logical ladder of bonuses from 25% for Bronze members, 50% for Silver and 100% for Gold members. Until these changes, Silver earnings were the same as Gold.

Club World London City Tier Points

Other changes are likely to affect fewer members in terms of gross numbers, such as the realignment of Tier Point earning on the airline’s Club World London City Service to New York JFK. For some time, revenue flights on this service have earned Tier Points at the First Class-equivalent rate; this will now be brought back to the mainline Club World rate.

Avios Redemption Changes

The number of Avios required to redeem for a flight will be changing, and for the first time the concept of peak and off-peak awards will be introduced. The new redemption table is as follows:

Zone Economy  Premium economy Business First
Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak
 1  4,000 4,500  5,750 6,750  7,750 9,000  15,500 18,000
 2  6,500 7,500  9,500 11,250  12,750 15,000  25,500 30,000
 3  8,500 10,000  12,750 15,000  17,000 20,000  34,000 40,000
 4  10,000 12,500  20,000 25,000  31,250 37,500  42,500 50,000
 5  13,000 20,000  26,000 40,000  50,000 60,000  68,000 80,000
 6  16,250 25,000  32,500 50,000  62,500 75,000  85,000 100,000
 7  19,500 30,000  39,000 60,000  75,000 90,000  102,000 120,000
 8  22,750 35,000  45,500 70,000  87,500 105,000  119,000 140,000
 9  32,500 50,000  65,000 100,000  125,000 150,000  170,000 200,000

 

This system will also apply to redemptions on Iberia.

Free UK Domestic Connections

The ‘free’ UK domestic add-on for shorthaul (European) redemptions will be removed, and connecting flights will now be subject to an additional Avios collect. The situation for longhaul redemptions will remain the same, however, and UK domestic connections from British Airways longhaul itineraries will remain free of additional Avios requirement.

Upgrades Using Avios

The range of Economy fare classes which are eligible for upgrade with Avios is being increased, so that instead of only the most flexible fare classes being eligible, all but the most inflexible will now be eligible.

Minimum Number of Avios Seats Per Flight

A new undertaking is being made to release ‘a minimum of two Club World/Club Europe and four World Traveller/Euro Traveller reward seats on all British Airways operated flights that are offered for sale on ba.com (excluding subsidiaries and franchises).’

These minimum guaranteed reward seats will be made available 355 days before the flight and will remain available, if not booked, until 45 days before departure.

This latter caveat is particularly interesting, since it may effectively mean that short-notice Economy and Business Class redemptions may no longer be available.

Effective Date

The changes apply only to new bookings made from 28th April 2015. Bookings made before that date, even for travel after that date, will be subject to the current and not the new rules.

For more information relating to the changes, visit ba.com.

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flybe Joins Avios Travel Rewards Programme

by Continental Club on October 10, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , ,

flybe-logoBritish regional airline flybe has announced that it will be joining the Avios travel rewards programme on 27th October 2014. flybe customers will earn Avios based on the cost of their ticket, rather than the distance-based calculations offered by the two main Avios airlines, British Airways & Iberia.

The move means that the Rewards4All programme hitherto offered by flybe will be phased-out. New registrations in Rewards4All close on 10th October 2014; earning will cease on 9th January 2015, and Rewards4All redemption bookings must be made by 31st March 2015 – for travel by 24th October 2015.

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flybe customers will be able to add their existing Avios account number (not their British Airways Executive Club or Iberia plus numbers) to bookings made from 27th October, or they can pre-register for a new account on the flybe website.

Earnings from flybe flights will be at the following rates:

Just Fly tickets – 2 Avios per £ spent

Get More tickets – 2 Avios per £ spent

All In tickets – 4 Avios per £ spent

Earnings will be based on the underlying fare excluding what flybe describe as ‘government charges’, however as the airline doesn’t currently provide a breakdown of the total cost of a flight when booking online, it will be interesting to see how this is presented from the launch of Avios earnings.

Ancillary charges, for example for seat selection or luggage add-ons which are not included in the selected fare-type, will not qualify for Avios earning.

Ahead of the official launch, flybe redemption availability has already been loaded into the Avios system, which means that existing Avios members now have the opportunity to spend their points on flybe flights. This also includes flights operated by Loganair and Stobart Air. Availability is presented in a similar manner to that of the other ‘subsidiary’ Avios airline partner – Air Malta – in that flights are priced at the relevant number of Avios, plus taxes, fees & charges. flybe is not included in the Reward Flight Saver scheme offered by Avios, which caps the additional charges at set levels.

For full details and to pre-register, visit flybe.com/avios.

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British Airways Avios Half Price Sale

by Continental Club on June 30, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysMembers of the British Airways Executive Club can redeem their Avios points at 50% off the usual rates in the airline’s current Half Price Sale.

The sale features destinations in North, South and Central America, as well as selected Indian routes, Chengdu in China and Johannesburg in South Africa, travelling in World Traveller economy cabins.

Avios Sale

Bookings must be made by 13th July 2014, for travel dates between 1st October 2014 and 28th February 2015. The period 18th December 2014 to 10th January 2014 is blacked out, and full taxes, fees and charges remain payable. British Airways American Express cardholders can use their 2-for-1 vouchers in conjunction with the promotion.

Although it’s generally-held that longhaul redemptions in non-premium cabins don’t represent the best ultimate value in £/Avios terms, there are times when a World Traveller Avios ticket can make practical sense – and even more so with 50% off the number of Avios required.

Travellers looking for booking flexibility and those only wishing to travel one-way may be particularly drawn to this promotion, as comparable revenue fares on such terms are usually at the top end of the fare range. Those with existing bookings at the full Avios rates who are considering cancelling and rebooking in the sale should be mindful that Avios ‘inventory’ is not always automatically returned to Avios availability upon cancellation; it can sometimes disappear completely. In such circumstances, subject to having enough available Avios, it may be prudent to make an additional booking at the new rates and then cancel the pre-existing one.

For more more sale details and to book, visit ba.com.

For a full list of destinations included in the sale, click ‘READ MORE’ below, or scroll down:

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British Airways Introduces Avios Part Payment Options

by Continental Club on October 29, 2013  |  One comment • Tagged as: , , ,

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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Avios Credit Card – Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Avios

by Continental Club on April 5, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , ,

AviosIf you’re UK based and you want to boost your Avios balance through credit card spend, then your headline choice is between a British Airways American Express card product, or a Lloyds TSB Avios Duo product. When it comes to join-and-spend bonuses, there’s not much of a contest usually – the British Airways-branded cards tend to be significantly more generous to new cardholders.

Lloyds TSB Avios Duo Cards

That situation has just changed however, with the announcement that new Lloyds TSB Avios Duo cardholders will be in line for a 15,000 Avios bonus when they spend a minimum of £500 in each of the first three months of membership. New holders of the £50pa fee Premier Duo card could increase that bonus to 20,000 Avios. And, if you apply through consumer cashback site Quidco, then a successful application should also yield an additional £20 of cashback.

The LTSB cards are branded ‘Duo’ to reflect their twin-card status. Successful applicants will receive two cards which hang off the same account  – a MasterCard and an American Express card. The MasterCard provides an extra level of spending flexibility for when a merchant doesn’t accept AmEx, but the MasterCard earning rates (more about which later) are a little grim.

Back to the bonus Avios though, and it’s some time since Lloyds TSB has been so generous; until the end of March their joining bonus was a slightly-confusing Avios ‘voucher’ which didn’t in itself add to existing balances, had an expiry date and had to be used in full for a booking which included a flight and hotel stay.

No such restrictions from now until the advertised 15th September deadline though – the Avios on offer here are just like any others and can be used, combined and moved in exactly the same way as those earned from other sources.

LTSB haven’t completely found their heads though and there are a couple of headline Ts&Cs which should be borne in mind:

1. The £500 monthly spend must be made on the Duo American Express card. spend on the Duo MasterCard won’t qualify for bonus Avios.

2. Anyone who has ever held a Lloyds TSB Airmiles or Avios card is excluded from the bonus opportunity.

In the longer term, the earning rate on the Duo MasterCard renders it less attractive than other options at 0.2 Avios per £ spend. The Premier card offers a 25% uplift, but still isn’t startling. So, it’s the joining bonus that’s definitely the prize at the moment.

To apply for the card, don’t forget to first register with or log in to Quidco for the £20 cashback offer.

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