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At InsideFlyer UK, we usually only write about “Part Pay With Avios” when a promotional offer comes along. The reason for this is pretty simple. Conventional wisdom suggests that Avios are roughly worth 1p and PPWA hasn’t traditionally reached those levels. So it would only make sense for a savvy travel hacker to use Part Pay With Avios when an offer boosts the value – and BA typically promotes those offers when available. As a result, many BA passengers – myself included – would skim rapidly through the purchase process on ba.com without pausing to review each offer being put in front of our eyes (hotels, car rentals, etc.)
Recently I was checking prices for a BA flight and noticed that the purchase process had changed slightly. Part Pay With Avios is now more prominent but, more importantly, it is possible to achieve that sought-after 1p per Avios. Here’s what you should see when booking a paid BA flight on ba.com.
One-way from London to Continental Europe
Return Flights Between London and Continental Europe
Return Flights Between London and North America
Part Pay With Avios isn’t so lucrative when departing from Continental Europe, as that 1p becomes 1 euro cent. (0.9p)
I Know, I Know…
I know. The numbers are tiny. A £10 savings for spending 1,000 Avios is almost irrelevant. But that never stopped you from buying 2,000 Avios from Groupon in Spain for 19 euros… 😉
But the big advantage of receiving a 1p value through Part Pay With Avios VERSUS just booking a reward flight and receiving 1p per Avios is:
- You are booking a paid flight, so there is no concern about award availability
- You will be earning Avios for your paid flight – the higher your status, the more Avios you’ll earn
- You will be earning Tier Points for your paid flight
So… the next time you are booking a paid flight on British Airways, you should consider clicking that little button and saving £5/£10/£20 for a small outlay of Avios out of your massive stash…