Yesterday British Airways rather cryptically announced that they’ll be adjusting most of their partner award pricing for bookings as of May 30, 2019. The airline emailed members to let them know of the imminent changes, but didn’t actually reveal how significant the pricing changes will be.
While I guess it’s better to give some notice than to just make a devaluation without notice, I find the concept of not being able to compare before and after pricing to be frustrating.
Questions to British Airways’ communications team have been answered in such a way that suggests we won’t find out the new pricing before it’s implemented. In other words, the way the announcement happened isn’t an oversight.
Has British Airways’ new award pricing been leaked?
Seat31B shares what he claims is British Airways’ new award pricing, at least in part. He says he called British Airways and the agents could already see the new pricing in the system, even though it doesn’t yet apply for any reservations (since it’s only for reservations ticketed as of May 30).
Let me say up front that I’m skeptical of this. I’m not suggesting Seat31B isn’t being honest, but rather it seems unusual to me that reservations agents would have access to this information weeks in advance, especially since there’s no practical reason for them to have this information yet.
So it could be that they actually have this info (if that’s the case, why is British Airways being so secretive about the new pricing, because it’s bound to leak?), or it could be that the agent was referring to something completely different.
Details of the supposed changes
- Executive Club will continue to charge on a per segment basis
- Executive Club will have the same pricing across partners, so it’s not that they’ll have different pricing on every partner
- Executive Club isn’t adjusting carrier imposed surcharges on partner award tickets
- Executive Club will continue to charge 2x Avios for business class and 4x Avios for first class (compared to economy)
We don’t know long haul pricing, but short haul pricing is allegedly as follows:
- 0-650 miles — 6,000 Avios (previously 4,500 Avios)
- 651-1,150 miles — 9,000 Avios (previously 7,500 Avios)
- 1,151 miles-2,000 miles — 11,000 Avios (previously 10,000 Avios)
- 2,001 miles-3,000 miles — 13,000 Avios (previously 12,500 Avios)
As a reminder, this new pricing wouldn’t apply on Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Vueling.
While these would of course be negative changes, personally these are much better than I was expecting. If these are in fact the extent of the changes, it seems stupid to me that British Airways is being so secretive about the changes, because not sharing the changes makes us assume the worst.
Sure, I’d prefer they didn’t adjust their award pricing at all, but this new pricing would be significantly less bad than it could have been.
Do you think this is British Airways’ new partner award pricing?