While I don’t personally value the option very much, British Airways has historically given you the option to pay for part of your award redemption in cash at the time of ticketing.
It’s not nearly as lucrative as the “miles plus cash” offerings from some other airlines, but I realize it’s useful for some.
For example, British Airways Avios are especially useful for shorthaul award tickets, as they charge just 4,500 Avios for a one-way economy class ticket spanning a distance of 650 miles or less (and fortunately that value is staying the same even post-devaluation). But rather than paying 4,500 Avios you can instead pay just 2,500 Avios and add a $40 cash co-pay in lieu of the 2,000 remaining Avios.
Anyway, it looks like British Airways has recently eliminated the Avios & Money option for redemptions within the US on both American and US Airways.
It’s still offered for shorthaul redemptions outside of the US, and it’s still offered for longhaul redemptions on American and US Airways (like between New York and Sao Paulo, shown below).
However, it’s no longer offered for redemptions within the US.
Personally I didn’t find it to be an especially valuable offering. British Airways Executive Club is transfer partners with all the major transferable points currencies, so there are so many ways to accrue Avios. Therefore I’m not a buyer at over two cents each.
I do think it’s kind of interesting that they eliminated this offering exclusively on US redemptions, though. Presumably at two cents per Avios they were selling them for well above cost. Though perhaps the goal was simply to decrease the volume of shorthaul awards people were booking.
Did you ever use the Avios & Money redemption option, and if so, will you miss it for domestic US flights?