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Avios.com have announced that you will soon no longer be able to redeem Avios on Monarch, Aurigny or Air Malta.
” From 4 January 2017, it will no longer be possible to spend your Avios on Monarch Airlines. Bookings made up to and including 3 January 2017 will still be honoured and can be cancelled/amended according to Avios terms and conditions.
From 1 April 2017, it will not be possible to spend your Avios on Aurigny or Air Malta. All existing bookings made up to this date will be honoured and can be cancelled/amended according to Avios terms and conditions.
You will of course still be able to collect and spend your Avios when you book with British Airways, Flybe and Iberia and to spend your Avios on Aer Lingus flights.”
This is unlikely to impact a large amount of people significantly, but reducing options is never a good thing.
Another, relatively minor, but still negative change from Avios.
I know I’m the guy who wrote ’10 reasons why Avios remains my favourite frequent flyer currency’ a few short months ago, but even I am getting to stage where I’m really beginning to wonder. None of the changes in themselves are (usually) that big a deal, but the bad news just seems a bit relentless – without any counterbalancing positive changes.
Avios is extremely important to IAG (BA/Iberia etc parent company) and there seems to be some big plans for the ‘currency’ in future, but if they’re not careful, the golden goose may end up a bit of a turkey… (apologies – festive puns will be over for another year very soon!).