British Airways and Avios have launched a winter promotion that may be of interest for those looking to escape the European winter. Both long haul and short haul destinations are catered for with the following deals on offer:
Short Haul – 15,000 – 20,000 Avios + £1 taxes (select markets)
Long Haul – 25% – 50% off Avios requirements + usual taxes & fees (select markets)
Bookings must be made by 17 November for travel between 6 November and 31 January.
Short Haul 15,000 Avios + £1 taxes destinations
Short Haul 20,000 Avios + £1 taxes destinations
There are some tempting deals amongst those destinations with flights to Malaga being of particular interest to anyone with a vacation rental or timeshare at Marriott’s Playa Andaluza and Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort.
Long Haul 25% off + regular taxes and fees destinations (Avios needed for Round Trip travel)
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Long Haul 50% off + regular taxes and fees destinations (Avios needed for Round Trip travel)
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Note that a few destinations have different date ranges that can be booked:
++ travel 6 November to 31 December 2014 only
+++ travel 1 December 2014 to 31 January 2015 only
++++travel 1 to 31 January 2015 only
+++++ travel 1 to 31 December 2014 only
These offers don’t appear to be restricted to UK Executive Account holders so US flyers with Avios balances can take advantage of this too.
As we always say, different people will value their Avios balances in different ways so the value to be had out of these deals will differ from person to person. If you’re not sure how to decide if one of these is a good deal for you then these two posts may help:
Valuing Airline Miles & Points (and why you need to)
Using Airline Miles & Points – The Basics
If we were looking to escape the European winter the flights that would tempt us the most would be 25,000 round trip to Phoenix to visit any of the Scottsdale resorts or, to a lesser extent (because it’s only 25% off) the 37.500 round trip to Los Angeles from where we could visit Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas on the Pacific or we could drive to any of the beautiful Palm Desert/Palm Springs resorts. Either way we’d be getting some sunshine!
Whatever you decide to do just be sure to do your calculations first to make sure you’re getting the deal you think you are and, once again, don’t forget to account for BA’s ever-more-annoying surcharges!
Note to UK users: Avios.com also appears to be offering the same deals as British Airways – click here for more details.