Earlier today British Airways declared that they are planning to devalue their partner award chart effective May 30 but declared that they wouldn’t tell us what the new prices would be.
BA charges based on distance of each flight. If you are connecting, then each segment is priced separately based on its distance.
Premium economy is 50% more than coach, business is double in the first 3 price bands and then triple for longer flights, and first class is four times the price of coach.
Changes to their chart are expected for most partners — oneworld airlines besides Iberia, as well as Alaska Airlines. Changes are not expected for awards on British Airways, Iberia, or Aer Lingus (which are all owned by IAG).
Seat 31b reports that even though British Airways refuses to disclose new pricing, prices are actually loaded into BA systems already and “by asking the right questions, I was able to piece together what I believe to be the award chart for the short and mid-haul flights most commonly booked with Avios.” (He didn’t bother asking after long haul pricing.)
Here’s what we may know about new award chart pricing:
|Distance (mi)||Current||New||% Change|
This is the economy table. You can multiply out changes for premium cabins based on the existing formula.
Fortunately US West Coast – Hawaii remains a good deal at 13,000 miles (versus the current 12,500). The rest of what we know is rather unfortunate.
When querying future pricing Seat31B discovered US short haul destinations are currently pricing at the lowest mileage band. In late 2015 British Airways eliminated the 4500 mile award for flights in North America. Perhaps now that this award is more expensive they’ll no longer be excluding booking good deals on American and Alaska.
We shouldn’t expect variable pricing or different prices for different partners. There shouldn’t be changes to BA’s draconian extraction of fuel surcharges from members.