British Airways Offering Up To 50% Off Award Tickets

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British Airways has launched a potentially lucrative promotion, though get ready to pay big fees.

British Airways Offering 10-50% Off Award Tickets

At the moment British Airways is offering a potentially lucrative award sale. This is valid for bookings made through November 21, 2019, and for travel through April 30, 2020.

With this promotion you can save:

  • 50% on economy and premium economy award tickets
  • 10% on business and first class award tickets

Save 50% on British Airways premium economy awards

Some further things to be aware of:

  • The promotion is open to all Executive Club members
  • There’s no registration required
  • You must travel on British Airways metal
  • Valid for all flights to & from the UK
  • The discounted price should automatically appear when searching for awards, assuming your flight is eligible
  • Both peak and off-peak travel dates are eligible

For context, here’s the normal award chart for travel on British Airways (not factoring in the 10-50% discounts):

Zone // Flight DistanceEconomy
Off Peak // Peak
Premium Economy
Off Peak // Peak
Business
Off Peak // Peak
First
Off Peak // Peak
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
4,000 // 4,5005,750 // 6,7507,750 // 9,00015,500 // 18,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
6,500 // 7,5009,500 // 11,25012,750 // 15,00025,500 // 30,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
8,500 // 10,00012,750 // 15,00017,000 // 20,00034,000 // 40,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
10,000 // 12,50020,000 // 25,00031,250 // 37,50042,500 // 50,000
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
13,000 // 20,00026,000 // 40,00050,000 // 60,00068,000 // 80,000
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
16,250 // 25,00032,500 // 50,00062,500 // 75,00085,000 // 100,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
19,500 // 30,00039,000 // 60,00075,000 // 90,000102,000 // 120,000
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
22,750 // 35,00045,500 // 70,00087,500 // 105,000119,000 // 140,000
Zone 9
7001+ miles
32,50 // 50,00065,000 // 100,000125,000 // 150,000170,000 // 200,000

Good Deal, But Expect High Surcharges

This promotion has the potential to be an excellent deal in terms of the number of Avios required for a ticket, but expect the surcharges to be quite high, as is the norm with British Airways.

Just to give some examples, looking at off-peak awards from Washington to London, you can fly economy for 6,500 Avios plus $203.70…

Or you can fly premium economy for 13,000 Avios plus $253.70…

Or you can fly business class for 45,000 Avios plus $628.70.

There will be some variance when it comes to the carrier imposed surcharges, taxes, and fees:

Save On Surcharges With The BA Credit Card

If you have the British Airways Visa Signature® Card then you can potentially save on the carrier imposed surcharges you’d be paying on award tickets. The card offers up to $600 per year in statement credits. You can earn up to three statement credits, as follows:

  • Earn a $100 statement credit for an economy or premium economy booking
  • Earn a $200 statement credit for a business class or first class booking

There are valid for transatlantic flights originating in the US, and the credit should post within 45 days. So earning a $100-200 statement credit for these bookings potentially makes this an even better deal.

Here’s everything you need to know about the British Airways Visa.

Save on carrier imposed surcharges with the BA Visa

How To Earn British Airways Avios

British Airways Executive Club is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer over points from those programs at a 1:1 ratio. On top of that, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is a great way to earn Avios.

Bottom Line

This is a great promotion to save 10-50% off British Airways Avios award tickets over the next several months. There’s a fairly long booking and travel window, and the savings are substantial, especially for economy and premium economy.

If you can combine this with a BA Visa statement credit, the deal gets all the better.

Anyone plan to take advantage of this British Airways Avios award sale promotion?

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Comments
  1. Nope. Just another gimmick by British Airways. I avoid them like the plague. Their so called “fees” are criminal as far as I’m concerned.

  2. “Valid for all flights to & from the UK”

    This is not accurate – intra-Europe flights do not apply to this sale, even where the flights are to/from/in the UK.

  3. 13k + 153$ in Premium Economy to London from NY (take the latest flight possible) is a deal IMO.

    NY-LHR is too short to really enjoy front of the cabin, so if you take a late flight, and just go to bed…think Prem Econ is the sweet spot

  4. Do you get the option of picking a no bed bug or bed bug plane? I was just reading that someone recently had that issue again.

  5. Dumb question: if BA USA credit per flight or per booking? Meaning, if I want to book a roundtrip, am I better off booking each segment separately?

  6. @Ivan Y, it’s only valid on bookings from North America (specifically, the transatlantic flight must leave from the USA). So the credit would only be valid on one journey anyway.

    Per T&Cs on Chase’s website.

  7. Too bad British Airways flights are the last thing that I would think to book with British Airways points.

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