British Airways has announced that it will be changing the cost of Avios awards for partner airlines after 30 May 2019. However, the big mystery is what the awards will cost after that date as British Airways has not given any indication of how big (or small) the increase will be.
However, in my experience, if an airline ever uses the word “enhancement” consider it a bad sign.
CHANGE IN AWARD COSTS
British Airways has said that award costs will change for partner airlines: Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
They also encourage you not to worry if you have an existing Avios booking with one of these airlines as the booking is still valid and you will be able to make changes or cancel it if you need to. The new Avios prices will only apply to any changes or new bookings you make after 30 May 2019.
It is worth noting that there will be no change to the Avios prices for reward flights and upgrades with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia or Vueling.
Here is a direct link to BA’s FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
The only thing that is clear right now is that British Airways will be changing the cost of partner awards on May 30th.
This also means that there’s no real advantage to making a booking ahead of 30 May because, if your plans change, you’ll incur a change fee and have to pony up the difference in Avios (between the “old costs” & the “new costs”).
I don’t want to speculate about what the changes are going to be but I think it’s safe to say that the changes are unlikely to be positive when BA releases all the details.
Personally, I use Avios frequently and have written about maximizing Avios many times (including HERE) and generally speaking, this clearly isn’t going to be good news for those that are sitting on a large number of Avios but let’s hope that it’s not a huge devaluation.
What do you make of this news? Do you use Avios often?