As I originally wrote about in January, and wrote about again last week, British Airways Executive Club is undergoing a major devaluation tomorrow, April 28, 2015. Keep in mind that this is likely as of 12AM GMT tonight, so that’s 7PM ET and 4PM PT.
There are just a few things I want to point out one more time to make sure you guys are maximizing your Avios.
British Airways has a (roughly) distance based award chart. Here’s the current award chart, which is valid for bookings through today (prices shown are one-way):
Meanwhile here’s the new award chart, which will kick in for bookings made as of tomorrow, April 28, 2015 (notice how it has off-peak and peak travel dates):
How to maximize the Avios you redeem
Last week I wrote specifically about the circumstances under which you should be redeeming Avios before the devaluation:
- Premium cabin redemptions on partner airline are getting more expensive almost across the board, so you should redeem now
- Economy redemptions on partner airlines are staying the same price, so there’s no rush to redeem
- Off-peak economy awards on British Airways metal are going down in price, so you should wait to redeem
- Shorthaul off-peak business class awards on British Airways are going down in price, so you should wait to redeem
- Virtually all other British Airways awards go up in price, so you should redeem now
How to maximize the Avios you earn
Not only is Executive Club being significantly devalued on the redemption side, but it’s also being significantly devalued on the earnings side, at least if you’re traveling on discounted fares. Here’s how the earnings structure is changing:
Furthermore, the elite bonus for Silver members is being cut from 100% to 50%:
However, as long as you book your ticket before April 28, 2015, you’ll still accrue Avios per the old scheme. So if you like to credit your flights to Executive Club, it could pay to book your flights today, especially if you’re a Silver member.
In some cases the earnings and redemption rates through Executive Club are changing significantly tomorrow, so you’ll want to look at your upcoming travel patterns and see what it makes sense for you to book.
While I’m mildly heartbroken about the 25,000 Avios transatlantic Aer Lingus business class redemptions going away, I’m happy that what I consider to be the single best use of Avios isn’t changing.
Shorthaul economy awards on partner airlines (American, Alaska, etc.) continue to be a fantastic value:
- 4,500 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 1-650 miles
- 7,500 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 651-1,151 miles
- 10,000 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 1,152-2,000 miles
If there are any questions I can answer before the devaluation, let me know in the comments below!
Are you booking any tickets today in light of the Executive Club devaluation tomorrow?