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As you may have read elsewhere, British Airways Executive Club is running a trial whereby members can choose to pay more Avios and just £0.50 each way in taxes / surcharges. As you might expect, this additional option isn’t actually in the interests of most readers – the value of the additional Avios is much higher than the amount saved in taxes / surcharges.
But rather than repeat the analysis done by others, I wanted to highlight something potentially much worse. Savvy Avios collectors have long known that the cash element of Reward Flight Saver is capped at £17.50 each way. However, when departing from a low-tax country, you only pay the actual taxes. As a result, it often makes sense to book your reward flights on a one-way basis.
This appears to have changed. Here’s an example. A reward flight from Palma de Majorca to London on an off-peak date is supposed to cost 6,500 Avios + £9.70.
British Airways Executive Club is now charging 6,500 + £17.50.
What to Do?
I deliberately grabbed a screenshot from Iberia Plus account for the above example. Perhaps BA’s new pricing is just a glitch, but since Iberia Plus definitely hasn’t changed their methodology, you will want to consider using Iberia Plus to book any low-tax reward flights on British Airways for the duration of BA’s “trial”.
Have you found any other “glitches” at British Airways Executive Club? Let us know in the comments section…