Early last year British Airways introduced “Reward Flight Saver,” valid for travel within Europe zones 1-3. The idea is that in addition to the Avios, they’re charging you a fixed amount of cash which is less than the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges would otherwise total. This makes sense, given that for intra-Europe travel, typically only a tiny fraction of the ticket price is the base fare, while a vast majority of the cost is taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.
When Reward Flight Saver was first introduced the co-pay in coach was £27 and in business class it was £34. Then last October they raised the cost to £30 for coach and £40 for business class.
Well, they’ve hiked prices yet again for Reward Flight Saver, for bookings made on or after July 11, 2013. Now British Airways will be charging £35 for coach and £50 for business class.
And of course as usual with British Airways, it’s entirely outside of their control:
Unfortunately the price rise is due to factors outside of our control, such as the continued increases in government and other airport taxes across Europe. We’ve kept the increase as small as possible, the table below shows you how we can continue to offer you big savings on flights.
And here’s the table:
Take London to Amsterdam, for example. They’re being honest when they say that the taxes, fees, and carrier charges total £104, so you’re “saving” 66% through their Reward Flight Saver scheme. But let’s take a look at the actual fare breakdown for a London to Amsterdam ticket:
Yes, the base fare is £2 roundtrip, so if it weren’t for Reward Flight Saver you’d be spending 9,000 Avios for £2. If anyone’s looking to redeem at that rate, email me first. 😉
Lastly, Reward Flight Savers are also available on Iberia as of now, though as of July 11 they won’t be anymore. Interestingly they don’t provide an explanation for that. Wonder why?
So now if you want to redeem your British Airways Avios for travel on Iberia, you can enjoy paying all the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, and your Avios will simply cover the <£10 base fare.
(Tip of the hat to GhettoIFE)