Thursday - Oct 19, 2017

British Airways awards post devaluation: Off-peak economy awards are attractive


Effective April 28, British Airways has devalued their award chart for premium cabin awards (Premium Economy, Business and First class awards)

Only positive change in this devaluation is the introduction of off-peak awards on British Airways awards (not applicable for partner awards like Cathay Pacific). These off-peak awards in Economy are cheaper than they would have cost before the devaluation.

Keep in mind that British Airways Avios are much more valuable for short haul travel in American Airlines.

 

Los Angeles to San Francisco for 4,500 Avios + $5

Los Angeles to San Francisco for 4,500 Avios + $5

 

Here is the off-peak calendar for 2015

 

Off-Peak Calendar

2015 Off-Peak Calendar

 

Here is the new award chart, you can notice the off-peak awards on British Airways flights only.

 

Premium Cabin awards are about to get expensive

Premium Cabin awards are about to get expensive

 

Here are some awards priced based on the off-peak calendar

 

Hyderabad to Los Angeles for 32,500 Avios + $297 in taxes & fees

 

Award 1

 

 

Bengaluru to New York for 29,250 Avios + $318 in taxes & fees

Award 2

 

 

Sydney to Singapore for 13,000 Avios + $177 in taxes & fees

Award 3

 

Mumbai to London Heathrow for 16,250 Avios + $185 in taxes/fees

Award 4

 

 

Los Angeles to Chennai for 142,500 Avios + $80 in taxes/fees on Cathay Pacific Business Class

Award 5

 

 

Los Angeles to Chennai for 47,500 Avios + $80 in taxes/fees on Cathay Pacific Economy Class

Award 6

 

Conclusion:

British Airways has devalued its award chart on April, 28 2015. Premium cabin awards are more expensive now.

The only positive change is the introduction of off-peak awards which are cheaper after the devaluation. Due to the hefty fuel surcharges from BA on award tickets, do the math before deciding if an award ticket is right for you.

 

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