British Airways sent an email this morning stating the 4,500 Avios redemption’s for award tickets that start or terminate in USA will not be available, effective Feb 02, 2016.
Here is the announcement from British Airways
On 2 February 2016, we’ll be making some changes to the Executive Club pricing structure for reward flights originating or terminating in the United States of America.
The change will only affect shorter routes on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, with reward flights now starting from 7,500 Avios, rather than 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges from $5.60 USD. The majority of North American reward flight prices will remain unchanged.
Take a look at the examples in the table below to see how our pricing structure will change.
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British Airways would have crunched the numbers and noticed that the number of 4,500 Avios redemption’s are huge, especially in North America.
As a reminder, here is the award chart. Zone 1 economy awards in North America will be 7,500 Avios instead of 4,500 Avios.
This is a devaluation on a smaller scale with an advance notice. There is still value for the awards even with 7,500 Avios, but certainly not as lucrative as it is now.
The good thing is, this is only valid for redemption’s that originate or terminate in USA. If you are redeeming outside of USA, you can still get 4,500 Avios redemption’s after Feb 02, 2016.
You can visit Colombo from Chennai for 4,500 Avios + $20
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore can be had for 4,500 Avios + taxes fees.
It is disappointing to see the loss of 4,500 Avios redemption’s in North America, effective Feb 02, 2016. You will need 7,500 Avios for the same itineraries that requires 4,500 Avios now.
You can still get 4,500 Avios redemption’s as long as the itineraries do not start or terminate in USA.
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