Posted by William Charles on April 29, 2019
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Published on April 29th, 2019 | by William Charles

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British Airways To Make Changes To Partner Awards On May 30th (No Specifics Given)

Update: It now looks like we know what these changes will be.

British Airways has announced that prices for award flights on the following partner airlines will change on May 30th: Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Upgrades for American Airlines will also be changing. Unfortunately British Airways hasn’t provided any specific details on what is changing. Existing bookings will remain the same and you’ll be able to make changes to those bookings.

It’s good that British Airways is giving notice of these changes, but frankly providing no details about how bad the changes are is worrying. Especially for those people who transferred Chase UR points to Avios under the 30% transfer bonus. There is 1% of me that is saying maybe it won’t be a devaluation and it’ll actually be an improvement, in reality that is never going to happen and the reason why they aren’t listing the changes is because they are very very bad. I can’t really see any reason as to why they wouldn’t actually tell us what the changes are, hopefully we find out before May 30th.



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bo knows
bo knows

because they are very very good to them.

tribesman55
tribesman55

Bye bye cheap avios flights on Alaska to Hawaii I imagine.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

tribesman55
Looks like AS/AA West coast non-stop to Hawaii will go up to 26K from 25K plus $25 BA phone booking fee for AS.

Still not sure about “cheap avios flights” the non-stop cities RT are quite reasonable. I guess it’s still YMMV depending on your hub.

But I personally wouldn’t transfer MR/UR to Avios for Coach seats to HI (5-6hrs) when you can often find great $ deals and sales for the same flights to HI for $250 RT. We also have 2 AS Visa with annual companion pass which is good for close in booking.

But if your sitting on a lot of Avios from paid Int’l J and F seats with BAEC Silver or Gold tier multipler then or same for UR/MR that you MSd cheaply.

Otherwise transferring UR/MR to FF programs (other than Avios) for lie flat Int’l seats are far more valuable IMHO than Coach seats to Hawaii.

Kevin LI
Kevin LI

According to seat31b, the Avios needed for 0-650 miles will be devalued to 6,000 Avios from 4,500.

https://www.seat31b.com/2019/04/leaked-devalued-british-airways-avios-award-chart/

Jake
Jake

There is no 4500 ticket in US, it was long gone.

Chucks
Chucks

” I can’t really see any reason as to why they wouldn’t actually tell us what the changes are.”

Guesses:

1. You won’t panic and spend your Avios
2. Award prices could be dynamic and not describable
3. Perhaps it’s clear some changes have been made but details not yet finalized

I’m rather pessimistic, as BA has long been a sweet spot for a ton of domestic AA redemptions. They know that, which is why they killed the 4.5k award. I’m guessing they’re still bleeding.

Maybe they’ll do something fairly benign, like sum together an itinerary distance, use different award charts per carrier (that are ok) but I’m not counting on it

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