Monday, January 6, 2014

Half Price Avios Awards through LHR

I got an email from British Airways today with a link to the following offer:
Thank You, here’s 50% off Avios on flights Enjoy 50% off Avios on selected World Traveller flights from London to New York, Dubai and more As a way of showing how much we value your membership to the Executive Club, we want to reward you whenever we can. Which is why we’d like you to enjoy 12 days of Thank You redemption offers. Today’s Thank You is 50% off Avios flights in World Traveller. Fly from 6 January to 31 May 2014, to or from London to any of these long haul destinations: New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai Offer ends 8 January 12:00 GMT
Quite interesting. I found a round trip open jaw from JFK-LHR, DUB-LHR-JFK in March for 24500 Avios points and 498 in surcharges. If one has earned the BA companion pass from Chase, this might be the time to use it. Make sure to book a non UK open jaw on the way back to save on departure taxes. More details from a 2011 One Mile At a Time post. One can find these offers at ba.com/ecoffers; there are supposedly going to be several more.

Update: this is a waste of Avios miles if your goal is simply to get to Europe. Iberia is offering 20k roundtrips to Madrid as well, but with lower surcharges. However, if you are using Chase UR points or your Iberia account is less than three months old, you probably can't get the miles into your Iberia account in time.