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British Airways announced a new promotion today that can save you up to 50% off the required amount of miles for travel to/from London.
Here’s what you need know…British Airways’ miles are called Avios. Typically, British Airways requires you to pay a lot in surcharges/taxes when redeeming their miles for premium cabins (business / first class). They also have a distance-based program so the longer the flight distance, the more miles it will cost. In other words, redeeming miles with BA is a niche market because you’re going to need a lot of miles and a lot of cash. However, it can be a great deal if you utilize it the right way!
BA AVIOS UP TO 50% OFF PROMO
If you are familiar with reward redemptions, you can skip the rest of this article and use the direct link to the promotion:
If you need a little more information, here are the details for this British Airways Avios promo:
- Simply book a reward flight in our World Traveller (economy) or World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabins before 21 November 2019
- For travel between 7 November 2019 and 30 April 2020.
- Alternatively, for a more premium experience, you can fly in (Club World (business class) or First cabins, for 10% fewer Avios.
- If you don’t have enough for your chosen destination, you can purchase or gift Avios here and you’ll get an extra 50% Avios.
Let me simplify it that…book your travel before November 21, travel between November 7 and April 30, economy is 50% off, Business and First Class is 10% off. We (British Airways) are simultaneously running a promo where you can get an extra 50% for buying your miles.
STOP TALKING! GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE!
British Airways gives some examples on their website. For example:
World Traveller = Economy
World Traveller Plus = Premium Economy
Club World = Business Class
First = First Class
I decided to search for a ticket for next week (literally, 7 days from now) and here are the results for November 14th:
When I selected the first flight with 4 available seats, it showed me the costs:
That’s right…with the British Airways Avios promo you can travel from NYC to London for just 6,500 points and $93.
If you are ballin’ and require a bit more space, you can choose a premium economy ticket and it will cost:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If you fly FROM London, the surcharges for economy will be over $200 so it is much cheaper to fly FROM the US to London. Again, BA is a distance-based program so if you’re flying from Los Angeles to London in economy, it will cost slightly more at 9,750 Avios and under $100 which is still pretty good.
Traveling one-way from the US to London is expensive unless you are flying on a low cost carrier. If you use this promo, you are definitely receiving a better value for your miles.
PRO TIP: I cannot stress this enough…the carrier surcharges/taxes OUT OF London are horrible and diminish the value of an award redemption but you could book this award to London and then use miles on a different carrier to return to the US.
Anyone planning on taking advantage of this promotion?