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At the lower end, the increases are substantial in percentage terms, with Zone One prices rising by 33%-39% depending on the Class of travel – Business Class being the hardest hit. Zones 2 and 3 see rises of between 10%-20%.
For longer flights though, the changes are negligible, with increases of just 3%-4%.
Note that there is different pricing for flights of less than 651 miles which start or end in the USA. The rates there are as follows:
- Economy: 7,500
- Business: 15,000
- First: 30,000
Overall, I have to say that this isn’t as bad as I initially feared when BA first released its incredibly cryptic notice about the changes last month. Any devaluation is bad of course, but my main feeling towards these changes is actually puzzlement – and for a number of different reasons:
- Given that the changes aren’t horrific, why didn’t BA just share the details openly in advance?
- What’s going on with the weird, uneven, multiples for the different classes of travel? – Eg. Zone 4 Economy is 13,000 Avios, but Zone 4 Business Class is 38,750 rather than 39,000.
- What was the thinking behind changing just the partner rates anyway? It creates another layer of complexity for BA Executive Club members, without any (obvious) significant benefit to BA. Yes, the higher rates will help save BA a few quid, but I doubt it adds up to very much.
Answers/thoughts on a postcard please (or in the comments anyway!)