British Airways used to have zone based award flight chart with unlimited stopovers that was very beneficial for most members. BA ditch this few years ago and went to a distance based chart that made short-haul flights the (only) reasonable way to redeem.
Now, British Airways is upping the number of Avios required for short-haul flights at 4,500 Avios level by 67% to 7,500 in economy, from 9,000 in business to 15,000 and from 18,000 in first to 30,000 Avios.
You can access British Airways website for these changes here.
Here’s copy of the email:
Here are the examples from the BA’s website:
The number of miles required for domestic first within North America is completely ridiculous compared to the level of service provided. The sweet spot have been and to some extend still are these short-haul awards in economy.
It is ridiculous that BA states that these changes were made to “remain competitive”.
Here are the frequently asked questions by BA about these changes: