British Airways is running an award redemption sale through November 17 for travel through January 31.
The sale is for economy travel between London and specific destinations, though there are quite a lot of them, and travel dates vary for a handful.
Here are the cities that are 50% off
US East Coast and Chicago are normally 40,000 miles. With this promotion they’re 20,000 miles roundtrip. Dallas, Houston, Denver, and San Diego are normally 50,000 miles. With this promotion they’re 25,000 miles roundtrip.
- Abu Dhabi
- Buenos Aires
- Mexico City
- New York (JFK or Newark)
- Rio de Janeiro
- Riyadh San Diego
- Sao Paulo
- Tel Aviv
- Tokyo (Haneda or Narita)
- Washington (Baltimore or Dulles)
These cities 25% off
Boston and Toronto, as East Coast cities (and British Airways prices on distance) are normally 40,000 miles roundtrip and 30,000 with the sale. The others drop from 50,000 to 37,500.
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
Fuel surcharges will kill this for most
Unfortunately only the mileage price is discounted, and not the fuel surcharges.
Even at 50% off, paying 20,000 miles plus fuel surcharges for an economy award may not be a great deal.
Let’s take a look at a sample January roundtrip.
Here’s the price breakdown, and note that when redeeming the award you still pay all the taxes and fees.
Your 20,000 miles save you only the airfare of $150.13, meaning you’re getting ~0.8 cents per mile in value.
This sure underscores how bad a deal economy awards are normally, without the discount from programs that add fuel surcharges onto award tickets.
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