Deal of the week: Book long-haul BA flights with half the Avios points

1 June 2018

Frequent flyers can access British Airways (BA) long-haul destinations with half the usual number of Avios points for a limited time only.

What’s the deal exactly?

Book a flight from a selection of 90 long-haul BA destinations before 17 June 2018 and you can use half the normal amount of Avios points to do so.

The deal is available for flights between 1 September 2018 and 31 May 2019 in World Traveller economy cabin from London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports.

Destinations that can be reached using points for half the normal amount include a return flight to Bermuda, which will set you back 13,000 points instead of 26,000, a return flight to the Seychelles for 16,250 points instead of 32,500, and a return trip to Hong Kong for 19,500 points instead of 39,000.

The Avios points discount will appear automatically when booking flights – you don’t need to do anything to activate the discount.

Why should I care?

Long-haul flights can be expensive, and with oil prices on the rise, fares are not likely to get much cheaper any time soon. 

So, this could be a win for those already with Avios points saved up.

What’s the catch?

To book these flights with half the points you’ll have to cover the cost of taxes, carrier charges and fees with your own cash on top. In some cases, this can add up to half the cost of the entire ticket, so check it’s worth it first.

You can use tools such as Skyscanner and Kayak to compare the cheapest flights.

Do note that some long-haul routes, such as Sydney, Australia and Cancun, Mexico may have limited availability or be unavailable.

What are the other options?

Not everyone has a stash of Avios points to grab this deal but there are other airline reward schemes available, offered by the likes of Virgin Atlantic, for example.  

Read our guide to airline cards to find out more.

Where can I find out more?

Check the offer out on the British Airways website for more details.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

As an Executive Club blue card holder I travelled BA every year to Scotland .(Edinburgh) I suffered the trauma of Terminal 5 & previous transfers which extended my overall journey. Recently I changed to AirTransat which has a direct flight to Glasgow & flights are almost always fully booked., takes just under 8 hours from Toronto. Not as enjoyable as BA but the price is right & the time difference makes it a sure bet. Come on BA, surely a couple of slots from Toronto to Edinburgh would be worth investigating ! I would certainly use it twice a year as would some members of my family.

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