We first acquired the British Airways credit card back in 2009 when they offered a huge (expired) bonus offer. Since then, British Airways changed their award program from miles to Avios points forever changing British Airways awards. But the Avios points have their own benefits, which you can receive with a new British Airways Avios bonus point offer.
Short Haul Awards
One of the great benefits of the British Airways Avios program is the relatively small amount of points required for short haul flights. You can redeem as little as 4,500 for a domestic round trip ticket. To see how many Avios points are required check out the British Airways Avios calculator.
As an example, if you want to travel from Miami to Turks and Caicos, a one-way coach ticket will only require 4,500 Avios points. That is a great deal!
Select your flight from MIA to PLS using British Airways partner American Airlines. On a random day, there were two flights available with 7 coach award seats each.
Select your flight and see that it only requires 4,500 points and $23.70 for a one-way ticket to an island with some of the best beaches in the world!
So you can see here that British Airways Avios points offer a tremendous value for short haul flights. Grace Bay on Providenciales, Turks-Caicos was one of our favorite weekend getaways. For only 4,500 Avios points each way, why would you not hop over to Providenciales for a long weekend?
For another example, I demonstrated in this post, how I redeemed only 7,500 Avios points for a one-way domestic coach ticket from Atlanta to Dallas for the OWMD. My other favorite redemption is NYC to Montreal.
Long Haul Awards
On face value British Airways Avios points are not the greatest deal when it comes to long haul since they impose high fees on their awards. However there are some gem redemptions that have recently surfaced.
There has been some great reporting over the last few days by fellow travel bloggers. I learned about the option to fly British Airways to Ireland from Boston on partner carrier Air Lingus from Lucky over at One Mile At A Time. Boston to Ireland is a relatively short flight so only prices out at 25,000 in coach for only $146.28 in taxes and fees, and that is round trip pricing. In addition, Million Mile Secrets reported there are no major fees when you book a ticket originating in Brazil. So if you live there, or can get yourself down to Brazil, you can minimize the additional fees and actually make the long haul pricing work for you.
British Airways is offering a fairly good deal here with the British Airways Avios bonus point offer. In our next post, we’ll share another tip about a great British Airways program benefit.