British Airways Partner Award Charts Are About to Change In Two Days – Get Your Bookings In NOW!

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This is the last call to complete your bookings for British Airways partner awards using British Airways Executive Club Avios miles before the charts change for the worse on May 30th 2019.

BAEC is going to cull their charts in two days from now so what is one to do when there are still many miles left in the account? Book away!

In all seriousness though, the changes aren’t all that bad so that you should make frivolous bookings just to spend the miles but if a trip is already in the books then better finalize it now before it’s getting more expensive.

British Airways proposed changes on their website (see here) in late April when we first wrote about it.

From 30 May 2019, we’ll be changing our Avios prices on reward flights with the following partner airlines: Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

The price of Avios upgrades on American Airlines only will also be changing from 30 May 2019. You will pay the difference between the Avios prices of your booked cabin and your upgraded cabin.

Don’t worry if you have an existing Avios booking with one of these airlines. 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.

There will be no change to our Avios prices for reward flights and upgrades with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia or Vueling. The Avios prices for our other services are also unaffected, so you can continue to benefit from spending your Avios on our wide range of hotels, car hire and experiences.

All Avios reward flight prices are subject to taxes, fees and carrier charges.

What exactly is going to change?

BA puts it this way when you follow the link above:

From 30 May 2019 Avios prices on reward flights with the following partner airlines will increase by as little as 4%: Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

The increase will depend on the route, cabin and the partner airline you’re booking. You’ll be able to check our reward flight calculator on ba.com from 30 May for the changes. There aren’t any changes to reward flights booked on BA. …

There will be no change to our Avios prices for reward flights and upgrades with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia or Vueling.

As little as 4% might be right for their medium haul award which in all fairness is very low and pretty much irrelevant in the bigger picture. But to only mention how little it goes up in the minimum and not say anything about the maximum is a bit deceptive if you ask me.

And to tell you the truth, one can’t even tell exactly without pricing all individual routes through their calculator, which is another matter than rubs me the wrong way. They haven’t published any definitive information yet so it will possibly be a rude awakening for some people.

Conclusion

If you have any future travel pretty much nailed down then I recommend to make these bookings now before it’s too late and you’d have to spend additional miles unnecessarily.

I’m currently in Hong Kong and want to fly in the next two days on an Avios award I haven’t booked yet. I should get this locked down as well, likely going to be on Royal Jordanian.

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