British Airways launched the other week an Avios sale for Executive Club members at a 50% or 75% bonus that ends tomorrow (May 18, 2020).
Executive Club has capped the number of Avios that one can purchase any calendar year before any bonuses at 100,000, but the limit has been lifted during this sale to 200,000 (max 350K with bonus).
You can access this offer on BA’s website here.
Note that the bonus for British Airways affiliated credit cardholders in the US (Chase) and the UK (Amex) is 75% instead of the global 50%.
BA sells its Avios at different prices in the UK, Europe, and the US (depending on the account address), and it seems like Europe is usually the cheapest option. Compare the prices, and you’ll see a significant difference.
The lowest price of an Avios purchased under this offer is 1.2 euro cents.
The maximum bonus during these sales has been 50%, and the price of the Avios dependent where your account is based. This could be the first time when BA offers a 75% bonus for affiliated credit cardholders.
Buying Avios can make sense if you can use them for Reward Flight Savers with limited taxes/fees (a popular option for travel between London and European cities) or you have a 2-4-1 redemption voucher and happen to be Gold Guest List member (much better availability) + combining all this with an upgrade voucher.
Some partners have very low or no fuel surcharges. Using Avios for those or short/medium-haul business class flights can be a good deal. Considering that BA charges very high fuel surcharges on economy awards, it rarely makes sense to redeem for long-haul economy flights on their metal (with some exceptions as is always the case).
BA’s award availability can be challenging to find at times but is good at the moment due to a lack of demand.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
This offer is only open to Members of the British Airways Executive Club (Eligible Participants).
The offer is available from 00:01 (BST) Tuesday 05 May 2020 to 23:59 (BST) Monday 18 May 2020 only (the ‘Offer Period’).
During the Offer Period, Eligible Participants will receive 50% extra Avios (bonus Avios) when they purchase or gift Avios at ba.com.
Avios can only be purchased at ba.com using the Purchase Avios Application Form found on offer page.
Eligible Participants may Gift Avios (purchase for someone else) during the promotional period, provided that the recipient holds a British Airways Executive Club account with at least one Avios point in their account
The Bonus Avios will not count towards your annual limit of 200,000 Avios.
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Purchase Avios offer.
Purchased Avios can be refunded within 14 days of purchase providing the Avios have not been used. Contact the British Airways Executive Club via BA.com or by telephone to cancel. Payments will be reimbursed no later than 14 days after the date of which the Executive Club was informed about the decision to cancel.
The Executive Club Terms and Conditions and Conditions of Use apply to this offer and can be found at ba.com.
British Airways reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this offer.