British Airways now has its own award sale which is 40% off travel on British Airways and Iberia originating in the U.S.
This is available for economy awards only booked by September 27 for travel October 1 through March 31.
While the British Airways program suffered a huge devaluation for premium cabin awards at the end of April, the value proposition for economy rewards remained unchanged. Though — since they add fuel surcharges onto the price of award tickets — that value proposition didn’t start out all that good to begin with.
Under the Virgin Atlantic sale, East Coast – London roundtrips start at 28,000 miles. This sale makes East Coast – London roundtrips as low as 15,600 points… that’s 7800 miles each way (plus taxes and fees).
Here are the included routes:
Discount pricing is automatic, applies only to economy awards and only trips originating in the U.S.
I pulled up award space on a random set of days in November:
It priced at 15,600 points roundtrip plus the usual extortionate fees.
And of course British Airways offers cash and points at a price just too high to be worth it at time of redemption.
You really can pay just 5460 points roundtrip between the US and Europe. The crazy thing? That’s not a good deal. You’re better off buying a ticket, where you don’t need to worry about award availability and the flights will earn miles (100% flown miles crediting to American AAdvantage). Here’s pricing of paid BA travel on the same dates:
Terms and conditions:
The required amount of Avios will be reduced by 40% on the selected destinations as stated. The full airline taxes, fees and Carrier charges will apply per person, which as of 26 August 2015 are approximately as follows in economy for a return journey:
British Airways flights to London Heathrow from Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, New York (Newark), New York (JFK), Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Seattle – $697. From Montreal and Toronto – $474. From Vancouver – $469. From Calgary – $477.
British Airways flights to London Gatwick from Las Vegas, Tampa and Orlando – $652.
Iberia flights to Madrid from New York (JFK) – $621, from Miami and Chicago – $586, from Boston and Los Angeles – $663.
OpenSkies flights to Paris (Orly) from New York (JFK) and New York (Newark) -$636.
All prices are correct as of 26 August 2015 but are subject to change. Discounts are available on direct flights only on the airlines stated for each route. Not available for flights operated by American Airlines or Finn Air. Changes are not permitted; cancellations will be subject to the standard Avios terms and conditions. All flights are subject to Avios Terms and Conditions and the carriers conditions of carriage. Flights are strictly subject to availability which may be very limited or not available on some routes and will not be available at all on some dates. This offer is available on both peak and off-peak Avios prices and cannot be combined with any other offer. All prices are quoted in USD.