Saturday - Nov 17, 2018

Very Soon! You need more Avios for Award tickets with British Airways


Effective April 28, 2015 British Airways Executive has introduced changes to their Executive Club Program. Most of the changes are not good. These changes do not effect you if you only use Avios for Economy awards.

You are still able to book the awards at the current rates until April, 27 2015.

Here are the changes:

Avios Earning : If you book a discounted economy, you will only earn Avios at 25% of the miles flown instead of the 100% .

You will earn less Avios when you book Discounted Economy tickets

You will earn less Avios when you book Discounted Economy tickets

Award Tickets: Off-peak awards are introduced on British Airways awards. Off-peak awards are not applicable for partner airlines.

Premium Cabin awards are about to get expensive

Premium Cabin awards are about to get expensive

No Changes to award rates in Economy class

There is no change to Avios needed for business Class award up to Zone 3

From Zone 4, Avios need from Premium class awards have gone up.

  • Premium Economy: 2X the Avios needed for Economy award – 33% increase (1.5X until April 27 2015)
  • Business Class: 3X the Avios needed for Economy award – 50% increase (2X until April 27, 2015)
  • First Class: 4X the Avios needed for Economy award – 33% increase (3X until April 27, 2015)

The positive change is the introduction of off-peak awards for travel on British Airways.

Off-Peak Calendar

Off-Peak Calendar

Here are a few sample awards.

After April 27, 2015: You will save Avios if you book British Airways Economy awards during off-peak dates

After April 27,2015 this award will cost you only 29,250 Avios + Taxes and fees

After April 27,2015 this award will cost you only 29,250 Avios + Taxes and fees for an off-peak date

 

After April 27, 2015: Business class awards will cost you 50% more Avios.

This award will cost you

After April 27, 2015: This award will cost you 142,500 Avios + taxes & fees

Conclusion:

British Airways Executive Program is changing from April, 28 2015. You are not effected if you redeem Avios for Economy awards and short haul premium awards (up to Zone 3)

You can still book the awards at current rates until April 27, 2015. Most of the changes are not great, but we just have to live with it.

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