Excellent Deal: British Airways Offering £100 Off Long-Haul Fares For Just 5,000 Avios (UK)


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British Airways is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and it has started to roll out promotions and promotional materials to celebrate this fact.

During the week of 21 January BA was offering £200 roundtrip long-haul fares to select destinations (2 destinations per day for 4 days), on 1 February the airline revealed its latest promotional video (in the form of a love letter to Britain) and now, for a limited time, British Airways is offering £100 off select long-haul fares for 5,000 Avios.

The Headline Terms & Conditions

  • Promotion open to British Airways Executive Club Members resident in the United Kingdom
  • Book by midnight (UK time) Tuesday 12 February 2019
  • Travel by 30 June 2019
  • Exchange 5,000 Avios for £100 off a long-haul round-trip flight that fulfils the following criteria:
    • Trip must originate in the UK
    • Cabins booked must be World traveller (Economy) or World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy)
  • Excluded destinations include: Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria and St Petersburg
  • Codeshare flights and itineraries that include a flight or flights by another carrier are not eligible for this promotion.
  • One-way flights can save £50 in exchange for 2,500 Avios
  • Discount allowed for up to 9 people per booking

Full terms and conditions available on the promotion page

How It Works

There’s no need to register as you’ll see the option to use Avios to discount your booking when the British Airways website prices up your itinerary (assuming you’re logged in to your BAEC account):

if you’re not logged in to your BAEC account when pricing up an itinerary the BA website will ask you to login if you’d like Avios to save £100.

Thoughts

Essentially you’re getting £100 for 5,000 Avios which means you’re getting £0.02/$0.026 of value out of each Avios you use and that’s fantastic.

Personally I value Avios at a low £0.0075/$0.01 so, if I was to take part in this promotion, I’d be getting well over double the value I place on my Avios.

Nothing in this promotion will reduce the number of Avios you’ll earn on your booking and nothing will reduce the number of Tier Points you earn either so this is genuinely a no-lose Avios redemption.

One word of caution: make sure you’re not overpaying just so you can use the £100 discount.

On routes that BA shares with its partner airlines (e.g. London – Los Angeles where BA and American Airlines both offer flights) it can sometimes be cheaper to book the partner airline flights rather than the British Airways flights…..

…..so although the partner flights won’t qualify for the £100 they may still offer the cheaper option

It’s important to be sure that the £100 discount you’ll get for booking British Airways flights is a genuine saving.

Bottom Line

You have until midnight on Tuesday 12 February to make the most of this deal so, if you were already planning a trip and you have the Avios in your account, this would be a very good time to start searching for fares.

if you weren’t planning a trip make sure you’re not tempted into spending money that you otherwise wouldn’t have spent – that wouldn’t be a smart move.