British Airways is running a 12 day Avios sale to “thank their members,” which will run through January 17, 2014.
To kick off the sale, British Airways is offering 50% off select Avios redemptions for two days, which sounds like it could be really exciting in theory.
Unfortunately it’s only valid for economy class redemptions to select destinations:
Today’s Thank You is 50% off Avios flights in World Traveller. Fly from 6 January to 31 May 2014, to or from London to any of these long haul destinations:
New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai
So it’s only valid for economy class travel to select destinations, which is a horrible value to begin with since British Airways imposes fuel surcharges on award redemptions on their own flights. Lets look at a roundtrip flight from London to New York, for example. A revenue fare for many dates over the next few months is £427. Of that £427, only £72 is base fare, while the rest is taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.
So by redeeming Avios for that ticket you’d literally still have to pay all the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, and would be redeeming your 20,000 Avios to save just £72 (while forgoing the miles you’d otherwise earn for the ticket).
So that’s not all that exciting, if you ask me. Per Head for Points, they’ve published the headlines for the other offers that will be coming up, though that’s the extent of the details as of now:
50% off Avios required for long-haul flights – noon Mon 6 to noon Wed 8
25% off car hire – noon Wed 8 to noon Fri 10
50% off hotel bookings – noon Fri 10 to noon Mon 13
Reward Flight Saver tickets reduced to £1 – noon Mon 13 to noon Wed 15
50% off hotel bookings – noon Wed 15 to noon Fri 17
40% off Eurostar – noon Fri 17 to noon Mon 20th
Nothing that really piques my interest, though if there’s anything lucrative I’ll be sure to post about it. I’d say the best Avios promotion right now is the one being offered by Iberia for 50% off transatlantic award tickets, since it’s valid for business class and the fuel surcharges are very mild.