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Yesterday the travel community blew up as news of British Airways’ imminent Avios devaluation began to spread. (SEE ALSO: Devaluation! Spend Your British Airways Avios before May 30th!)
Well now, one writer has put together what looks like British Airways’ new award chart. And- it’s not that bad. Keep in mind this is unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt. He did it by calling into British Airways and pricing out flights with agents (apparently, it’s already programmed into the system for flights after May 30)
- 0-650 miles: 6,000 Avios (up from 4,500 Avios; it’s also possible that the 7500 Avios pricing for intra-US flights will be going down to 6,000)
- 651-1,150 miles: 9,000 Avios (up from 7,500 Avios)
- 1,151 miles-2,000 miles: 11,000 Avios (up from 10,000 Avios)
- 2,001 miles-3,000 miles: 13,000 Avios (up from 12,500)
- No information on long-haul flights yet
While any devaluation sucks, this one isn’t so bad. The main thing that gets me is the short-haul increase. Last week I redeemed 4500 Avios (plus taxes and fees) for the notoriously expensive Tel Aviv- Amman route on Royal Jordanian (the base price for this flight is a minimum $340). While 6,000 Avios is still worth it, it’s definitely a bitter surprise.
There’s still no news on whether Iberia and Aer Lingus will also devalue their programs, so we’ll see what happens when the time comes. In the meantime, I’m off to book as many short haul awards as I can think of.
What do you think of these changes? Are you planning to book before the devaluation?
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Here’s the problem I have there is so much ‘Fake News” out there it makes all of us skeptical of what we read. That is not saying that your belief is this is legitimate. Just an opinion
The beef I have is not with the (increased) amount of Avios needed for redemptions, it’s the poor availability of award space on AA to begin with.