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Wednesday
Oct282015

AVIOS, even more devaluations!

I was waiting for it for a while now but I thought that maybe, just maybe British Airways wouldn’t kill the value of their loyalty program. Silly, silly me.

In the past BA made AVIOS next to useless to use for award travel that involved international travel. They went from an award chart that used reagions to one that charged by distance. So what was once affordable in miles became crazy exspensive. It went from one award to two awards to get to the same place close to doubling how many miles you would need to get to say Washington Dulles to Cape Town South Afirca. That doesn’t include the insanely expensive taxes and surcharges that could rack up to over 2K for a “free” award ticket. It was just crazy.

There was a silver lining though. You could use Avios for expensive short haul flights in the US. I actually am doing this for this weekend. I’m going to visit my mother in Charlotte . The ticket was close to $700 for an hour long flight. I was then able to redeem 9K Avios miles roundtrip for the flight with $11 in taxes. Being able to do this with Avios is the only reason I have collected them. Well they just gutted that too. Here is an email I received this morning. British Airways is really trying to make their frequent flyer program useless and its working. I hope they’re happy. They almost doubled the cost, a close to a 80% increase. That’s not good.

Dear Mr XXXXXXXXX


We’re going to be making a change to the Executive Club pricing structure for shorter reward flights originating or terminating within the United States of America. From2 February 2016, reward flights will start from 7,500 Avios, instead of 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges (“TFCs”) from $5.60 USD.

Only those reward flights that currently cost 4,500 Avios for a one way flight in Economy, 9,000 Avios for Business Class and 18,000 Avios for First Class plus TFCs will increase; to 7,500 Avios, 15,000 Avios and 30,000 Avios plus TFCs respectively. All other Avios reward flight pricing will remain the same as it is today.


 

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