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Got British Airways frequent flyer miles (or as they’re now called, Avios)?
If you took advantage of the 100,000-mile sign-up bonus for the British Airways credit card, or plan to before the June 7 deadline, you may be wondering how best to use your miles.
As has been reported and discussed extensively, the value of award flights on British Airways is significantly undermined by the sky-high fuel surcharges imposed by the airline.
This award discount might take some of the sting out of using Avios for British Airways award flights.
Through May 30, Executive Club members can save 25 percent on the price of British Airways award flights to London from Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, and Montreal, and through London to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Dubai.
The discounts apply to travel in World Traveller (regular coach) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy), completed by December 31.
So, for example, with the discount the price of a round-trip award ticket from New York to London would drop from 40,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios in World Traveller, and from 60,000 to 45,000 Avios in World Traveller Plus.
Deal or No Deal
The discounts won’t shield you from the onerous fuel surcharges imposed for award flights on British Airways. And the lower prices apply only on a limited number of routes.
But if any of the affected flights looked good to you before the discount, they can only look that much better now.
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Please share your experience, positive or negative if you’ve redeemed Avios for award travel.
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