British Airways to devalue their Partner Award Chart – effective 30th May 2019

It's been approximately 4 years since British Airways last significantly altered their Avios Award Charts, introducing the dual pricing structure of the off-peak and peak calendars.

Out of the blue most BAEC members will have received this email from British Airways yesterday (bolding my own):

As you’ve previously used your Avios to book reward flights with our global network of partner airlines, we wanted to let you know about some changes we’re making.

From 30 May 2019, we’ll be changing our Avios prices on reward flights with some of our partner airlines.

Don’t worry if you have an existing Avios booking with a partner airline. It’s still valid and you can make changes or cancel it if you need to*. Our new Avios prices will apply to any changes or new bookings you make after 30 May 2019.

These ‘partner airlines', as confirmed by BA's official announcement, are the usual Oneworld ones plus a few other stragglers:

  • Alaska Airlines,
  • Air Italy,
  • American Airlines,
  • Cathay Pacific,
  • Finnair,
  • Japan Airlines,
  • LATAM,
  • Malaysia Airlines,
  • Qantas,
  • Qatar Airways,
  • S7,
  • Sri Lankan
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines.

In addition the price of Avios upgrades on American Airlines transatlantic flights will also change on the aforementioned date.

Thankfully Iberia's award chart along with Aer Lingus and Vueling are all spared. Which is great because you can still get some amazing off-peak business class flights on the Spanish side of International Airlines Group.

While not confirmed by British Airways, over on Flyertalk there are rumours that the new pricing structure could be

(Economy | Premium Economy | Business | First)

Zone 1 (up to 650 miles): 6000 | 9000 | 12000 | 24000

Zone 2 (651 – 1150 miles): 9000 | 13500 | 18000 | 36000

Zone 3 (1151 – 2000 miles): 11000 | 16500 | 22000 | 44000

Zone 4 (2001 – 3000 miles) : 13000 | 26000 | 39000 | 52000

which represents ratios of 1 : 1.5 : 2 : 4 for Zones 1-3 and 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 for Zone 4 sectors. There is no further information available for Zone 5-9 though, and of course we will only know if this is true on 30th May.

Comments

  1. I live in England and I like to collect Avios Points. I wish to book a flight for 4th April 2020. I have been looking on the British Airways Executive Club and for any destination that I look at the tax price is way too much. I will phone Iberia soon because they charge lower tax. I would like to book before the chart changes on 30th May.

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