British Airways Seems to Have Pushed Through a Major Devaluation When We Weren’t Looking

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When was the last time you booked an Avios Reward Flight Saver from British Airways? It might have been a while…  It certainly has been at least a year for yours truly and the rest of the InsideFlyer team. So we aren’t quite sure what’s going on…

…but it looks to me like a MAJOR DEVALUATION!!

Back in 2019, British Airways Executive Club started testing a new pricing structure for Reward Flight Saver – i.e. flights within Europe. Nonetheless, you were still able to book award flights at the “regular price” of Avios + £17.50 / £25 each way.

A Zone 2 off-peak award, the 21 euros is the equivalent to £17.50

Recently something has changed. You will now be charged substantially more Avios for that same £17.50 / £25 option. (one-way)

Zone 2 Peak Award

Zone 2 Off-Peak Award


Just to make sure I’m not imagining things, I priced up the same BA reward flights on Iberia Plus. Iberia doesn’t have an equivalent to Reward Flight Saver, but it does charge the appropriate number of Avios…

Zone 2 Peak Award (via Iberia Plus)

Zone 2 Off-Peak Award (via Iberia Plus)

What’s Going On?

Has British Airways sneaked through a devaluation that nobody seems to have noticed? That always seemed like a possible outcome when they moved towards the All Avios, no cash reward option.

Or is this a temporary glitch whilst BA plays around with award pricing for those highly anticipated post-lockdown getaways?

I haven’t quite got the time this afternoon to run through all of the various permutations of Reward Flight Saver pricing, but it looks to apply to other zones as well…

Have you seen this before and InsideFlyer UK has just been fast asleep? Or is it something recent?  But if it’s pitchforks for BA again, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section…

(Featured picture credit and Nick Morrish)

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