25% British Airways Avios Award Discount On Long-Haul Flights

by on November 15, 2012 · 17 comments

in Avios, British Airways, Iberia

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Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months.

Now through November 19, 2012, British Airways is offering a 25% discount on Avios redemptions on British Airways long-haul flights to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Avios. The “6 Day Flight Sale” will include awards on both British Airways and Iberia.

The sale runs until Monday, November 19, though you can book awards for travel through May 31, 2013. It’s sort of like United’s current 20% off Saver awards to Europe promo (available until tomorrow), only the flights for this promo must pass through London.

Per the Terms and Conditions: You will receive a 25% discount on flight bookings paid for in full Avios and also bookings paid for in Avios & Money. For the avoidance of doubt, the 25% discount applies to the Avios only (I wish the taxes too!). Upgrades after booking are not included in this offer and will not have the 25% discount applied. 25% discount does not apply to the taxes, fees and charges which are payable in full on all bookings. Taxes, fees and charges shown are estimated and will be higher in other cabins. Flights depart London. Flights are subject to Avios terms and conditions. Bookings must be made between 14/11/12 & 19/11/12 for travel between 14/11/12 & 31/05/13. Some flights may have no availability or have very limited availability, particularly during peak periods and periods of high demand. The 25% Avios discount on reward flights is only available on British Airways and Iberia operated flights and codeshare flights. Flights to and from zones 1, 2 and 3 are not included in this offer, even if the flight is connecting onto a zone 4 and above flight. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

What that means is that this is only good for flights that require 25,000 Avios or more for an award redemption. So, for instance, if you wanted to get a roundtrip business class flight from New York to London, with this promo, you’d only need 60,000 Avios roundtrip (instead of 80,000) – and an economy ticket would only require 30,000 Avios roundtrip- though some pretty hefty taxes and fees (think at least $600).

The only downside is that you can’t combine this with the upcoming Amex transfer bonus of 30% to Avios because it begins after this promo ends- which would lead to some amazing savings on award redemptions. However, if you’re considering using some Avios on upcoming long-haul British Airways travel before May, this promo might make a lot of sense.

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  • William

    Will this apply for NYC to Vancouver?

  • Greg

    Yeah…the discount doesn’t really offset the hefty taxes going through the UK. I’ll save my Avios for Cathay Pacific.

  • World Traveller

    No – only applies to British Airways operated long-haul flights and selected Iberia operated long-haul flights. NYC to Vancouver isn’t long-haul & isn’t operated by BA or Iberia.

  • Smorger

    Do you know if the two for one ticket offer for the Chase British Air credit card can be combined with this 25% offer?

  • PJ

    where can I find the handy guide to check how to fly Cathay on Avios? I assume you fly from North American to HKG

  • Guest

    I have the Chase 241 and priced out a flight and you can combine the two.

  • Greg

    Yeah, I flew LAX to HKG in business class on Cathay and it was better than United’s first class international service (not too hard to beat United though…). I just booked it online with BA via their partner flight search – I think BA has a reward chart on their site.

  • Chris

    The fuel surcharges are pretty bad and to top it all off, BA charges more to fly from the US to the UK (in fuel surcharges) than from the UK to the US. Once APD comes into play, UK -> US is a touch more expensive. I would use it to book a one-way on BA that I might not want to burn AA miles for, but the fuel surcharges kill it.

  • Matt C

    Sorry if this is a dumb ? but it says I need to have an address in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Do you just have to make a fake one to sign up if you’re from the US? Do you just have to enter your FF # for BA to show available Avios?

  • Bert Richardson

    I was wondering if you have a Chase BA Visa and have already booked a 2 for 1 flight from US to London – would it be possible to cancel and re-book to take advantage of this offer? Ok – I know – I need a life but it would save me 37,500 miles…

  • Eric

    Per the Travel Together ticket conditions, “The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion, including Gold Priority Rewards (Gold Executive Club membership benefit).” So I suspect not, but it can’t hurt to call up BA and ask!

  • Eric

    It looks like you’re talking about the general Avios T&C, but as we all know, you can collect and redeem Avios when you’re not from those places. Just go through your Exec Club account and see how the award prices out as long as it meets the other terms of this promo.

  • Jtabar

    The terms say that flights depart from London. Is this offer valid for flights originating in the US?

  • Kirstenwright2

    Is Iberia more desirable in the tax category? If so how do I search Iberia to determine availability using Avios?

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  • Jeffdiver1

    Can you tell me if Alaskan Airlines is part of One World. It doesn’t appear so on the British Airways website, but when looking at Alaska Airlines it does seem that it is (and I have heard that Alaska Airlines is part of One world- which would make my avios available for redemption.)

  • thepointsguy

    Alaska is not in any alliance, but does partner w British Airways and American (amongst others)

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