A word of caution when you use Avios to part-pay a ticket with BA

BA encourages members to use Avios as part payment for revenue airline tickets. The advantages are obvious:

  • You can save a decent amount of cash, based on the class of service you book (Up to £300 on a long haul First Class ticket)
  • You earn Avios and status miles on the underlying ticket

You can see how much you can save – it varies by class of service and length of flight – by looking at this page.

Each Avios is worth between 0.55p and 0.75p in this example:

Avios Savings

However, there is a catch.

If you book a non-refundable ticket, and part pay with Avios, you do not receive back the Avios if you cancel. BA will refund those parts of the cash ticket that can be refunded – typically the taxes and fees – less their service charge. However, you don’t get back the Avios.



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