British Airways Devalues Awards For Flights Up To 2000 Miles

British frequent flyer blog Head for Points reports that award prices in British Airways Avios have increased without notice for flights up to 2000 miles.

The British Airways Executive Club pricing system is based on flight distance. Flights in the first 3 distance bands (1-650 miles; 651 – 1150 miles; 1151 – 2000 miles) have gone up by 750 Avios each way (1500 roundtrip).

Zone 1 (eg Amsterdam)

    • Off-peak Economy – was 4000 Avios, now 4750 Avios
    • Peak Economy – was 4500 Avios, now 5250 Avios
    • Off-peak Business – was 7750 Avios, now 8500 Avios
    • Peak Business – was 9000 Avios, now 9750 Avios

Zone 2 (eg Barcelona)

  • Off-peak Economy – was 6500 Avios, now 7250 Avios
  • Peak Economy – was 7500 Avios, now 8250 Avios
  • Off-peak Business – was 12750 Avios, now 13500 Avios
  • Peak Business – was 15000 Avios, now 15750 Avios

Zone 3 (eg Corfu)

  • Off-peak Economy – was 8500 Avios, now 9250 Avios
  • Peak Economy – was 10000 Avios, now 10750 Avios
  • Off-peak Business – was 17000 Avios, now 17750 Avios
  • Peak Business – was 20000 Avios, now 20750 Avios

Flights over 2000 miles do not appear to have changed pricing.

They’ve made this move when flights are generally empty, and fares are low. They’ve done it because they can, and because many British Airways Executive Club members aren’t paying attention. In fact they haven’t even informed members of the change (let alone provided any advance notice of making the change).

Partner awards were already devalued last year and short haul flights in North America have priced at a minimum of 7500 Avios for the shortest flights since 2015, and that doesn’t change here.

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  1. That IAG mentality just keeps on going. Basically it’s just a “how badly can we screw our customers” mentality. It would be less sad if British Airways hadn’t been a world class airline in the fairly recent past.

  2. I actually like BA’s business as a discount J/Y+ competitor. Reasonable seat storage + lots of snacks in the galley last I flew.

    Much like DL, their award program is an entirely different matter.

  3. BAEC can’t call itself a loyalty program. It’s one of the growing group of treachery programs.

  4. I have existing award tickets bought before they devalued the points. What if I changed dates on these tickets?

  5. BA sucks. Their service is horrible and they do not honor their cancellation policy on award bookings. I just used the last of my Avios to book business class to HNL and will not be back.

  6. Good times or bad times, the airlines continue to devalue the programs for customers in the main. BA doing this kind of thing is par for the course.

  7. Like I need another reason to avoid the program?
    Extortion nuisance fees weren’t enough on award redemptions of 700 dollars each way ?

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