Posted by William Charles on May 30, 2019
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Published on May 30th, 2019 | by William Charles

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British Airways Partner Award Changes Now In Effect

Update 5/29/19: Keep in mind these new changes go into effect tomorrow, so book now if you want to beat the increases.

Earlier today we posted that British Airways would be making changes to partner awards on May 30th, 2019. Unfortunately they didn’t give specifics regarding what those changes would actually be. Seat 31B found out that the changes had been programmed into BA computer systems for booking agents and was able to work out changes based on answers to questions. Keep in mind this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. The main news is as follows:

  • 0-650 miles: 6,000 Avios (previously 4,500 points)
  • 651-1,150 miles: 9,000 Avios (previously 7,500 points)
  • 1,151 miles-2,000 miles: 11,000 Avios (previously 10,000 points)
  • 2,001 miles-3,000 miles: 13,000 Avios (previously 12,500 points)

We still don’t know about long haul pricing. I’d recommend reading the full Seat 31B post for more information.



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HT
HT

So not TERRIBLE for short-haul flying. Annoying, but not terrible.

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

Could have been worse. I can live with this.

eyesonthepoints

any devaluation sucks. but ya could of been worse. hope we can say the same about biz class redemption’s.

Sevillada
Sevillada

BA never shined for those, did it?

EYESONTHEPOINTS

@sevillada True ya they don’t shine that’s for sure. But theres some biz class redemptions that are worthwhile. Ussually between 0- 2000 mile range of the award chart for 20k in biz class. I could imagine there is some use between 2000-3000 for 37k in biz class in some cases, especially when theres transfer bonuses😎

Ashton
Ashton

Definitely not too bad considering there is occasional transfer bonuses from UR etc

J. Grant
J. Grant

Thought that was the first bonus from UR? Isn’t it AMEX MR that have somewhat regular transfer bonuses to Avios?

Either way, not terrible. Going to transfer 200K UR with that bonus.

Mark
Mark

Assuming these are the final new redemption levels, the big question now on my mind is are they gutting the very favorable cancellation policy. THAT would be a big blow if they went towards an Iberia change/cancellation policy. Ugh. *Fingers crossed*

Jake
Jake

There is no 4500 ticket within US, the lowest redemption is 7500. Either further devaluation or increase the redemption value from 7500 to 6000. But I doubt the latter is the case.

Lrdx
Lrdx

It seems that 0-650 mile rewards don’t get an increase, essentially creating a “Tier 1-US” category.

Chucks
Chucks

“It seems possible that the 0-650 mile award chart is coming back for flights within North America, because short-haul flights are pricing out based on this mileage band.”

Doubtful, but who knows. I’m spending mine now if I can

steven
steven

doc you mentioned once that aadvantage and ba are same avail based on saver award availability is that the same story with united and aero plan aero plan only has award avail when united has saver on their website ? I want to transfer amex to aero to book and don’t see saver on united website (I know united might even be better avail when you have the ua card)thanks

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Why don’t you look on the Aeroplan site? With UA elimanating award charts it’s not always easy to tell what seats partners have access to, but the answer to your question is yes. Partners can only book into saver level award seats.

Sevillada
Sevillada

Could have been worse, phew

joE
joE

I hope they stop charging per leg so point A to point B travel would cost the same no matter how many stops the itinerary has.

Naveen
Naveen

Why? That’s the unique part of the Avios program. It fills a great need for short flights that would otherwise be expensive to pay for.

Eli
Eli

What’s the long-haul damage? I use 25k LAX/TYO flights all the time…

Stephen
Stephen

I actually booked a ~1000 mile AA award yesterday (5/29) afternoon US time and was charged 33k (for domestic first/business) rather than the old price of 30k so while the charts were posted this AM, the changes seem to have already taken place.

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

Lol, thanks for updating us that as of yesterday, this would go into effect tomorrow…

diadic
diadic

Yeah, all of this was super misleading and is (seemingly?) mostly BAs fault. It appears to have gone into effect as soon as it was May 30th in the UK. I started seeing ORD -> LGA AA business class flights listed @ 16.5k points since last night. This really should be marked expired in case anyone transfers points to stack the Chase 30% + pre-devaluation prices without checking as I was doing last night, luckily I did a dry run before transfer.

Peter
Peter

I dunno, I just booked a couple flights in the up to 1150 category and they priced out at 7500 as usual. So all ye procrastinators there is still hope left

orlando
orlando

British Airways Partner Award Changes Go Into Effect Tomorrow – Book Now” really doc? its to late to book adn you just posted this now. your a complete morohon posting things that are not relevant

The Man
The Man

@orlando Fuck you!

Brian C
Brian C

Me thinks orlando works for TPG…

What a jackass

Chadwick Chadstein
Chadwick Chadstein

“your a complete morohon”

Says it all

Crazy Dog Lady
Crazy Dog Lady

He actually posted it prior to this. Guess you missed that it says, “updated”. Doc doesn’t post rumors and he is timely in reporting when news does happen. If you don’t appreciate this site go get your information from one of the credit card pushers.

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

See the date he updated it though? A day after we needed to book to avoid the increased prices.

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