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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.

BA Exec Avios

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 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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