I just got an email from British Airways stating that starting February 2nd, 2016 award flights that occur in North America that are under 650 miles, will increase by 66.67%. In other words, any award flight that cost 4,500 Avios today will now cost 7,500 Avios. It is important to note this is for flights in North America only – you can still find 4,500 Avios award flights in other parts of the world. Here is the official notice from British Airways.
Here is the full scope of changes:
- Economy class flights that touch North America increase from 4,500 Avios to 7,500 Avios.
- Business class flights that touch North America increase from 9,000 Avios to 15,000 Avios.
- First class flights that touch North America increase from 18,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios.
I appreciate the advance notice from British Airways but I’m slightly miffed at the timing of this as my wife just applied for British Airways 100,000 Avios offer. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have gone through with that offer but it’s slightly disingenuous to offer a large credit card bonus for the US market and then weeks into the promotion, make a change that only affects the US market. I guess I should be happy nothing else has devalued but that still doesn’t make me a happy camper this morning to see their best award devalue by almost 67%.