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British Airways is offering an amazing deal this weekend when you part pay for your British Airways flight bookings with Avios. The offer will run until midnight UK time on Monday, 23 August, 2021.
In essence, you can save 2 pence per Avios. The number of Avios you can spend will depend on the base fare you are paying, but if you book a one-way flight from the UK you are likely to see offers such as:
- 250 Avios = £5 discount
- 450 Avios = £9 discount
- 800 Avios = £16 discount
- 1,400 Avios = £28 discount
- 2,000 Avios = £40 discount
- 2,500 Avios = £50 discount
If you book a return trip, the discounts will vary, but still reflect the 2p per Avios headline valuation. Click here for all of the details…
For the regular Avios collector, this is a very exciting promotion! But it wouldn’t be InsideFlyer if we couldn’t think of an even better travel hack…
Step 1 – Buy a One-Way Jersey to London Ticket Costing £57.60
Pick any random date in the autumn or winter and aim for a one-way flight costing exactly £57.60.
Because taxes are so low for ex-Jersey departures, you would be paying a base fare of £50.
As the underlying fare is £50+, you will be offered the option of saving £50 in exchange for 2,500 Avios:
Step 2 – Cancel Your Booking and Request a Voucher
Wait an appropriate number of days to legitimately decide to change your plans. 😉 Then request an e-Voucher from British Airways.
The fact that you Part Paid with Avios will conveniently disappear, and you will be issued with an e-Voucher in the amount of £57.60, which you can spend at your leisure – until 30 September 2023 at the moment – on ANY British Airways flight.
I decided to test this out myself, and indeed an e-voucher for the full amount was in my inbox within minutes. I successfully applied that e-voucher to a completely different booking that I had been planning to make. YMMV, but I have successfully tested all elements of this travel hack.
Why Specifically Jersey to London One-way?
Well… I believe it has the lowest ratio of taxes to total fare for a British Airways flight, at least departing from a UK airport. And you cannot Part Pay with Avios any fare components that are tax-related. Therefore, if you are looking to scale up this travel hack but want to keep the actual cash cost to a minimum, then you need the specific route that has the lowest taxes to be paid.
Depending on how many one-way flights from Jersey to London you are willing to book – you will need to “invest” £7.60 of actual cash each time – you can essentially turn many thousands of Avios into British Airways travel credit on a 2p for 1 Avios basis.
I also cannot remember off the top of my head whether there is a limit on the number of Future Travel Vouchers that you can apply to a single booking – i.e. it would take a large number of £57.60 vouchers to get yourself on a long-haul flight in Club World for example.
But if you move fast before British Airways realises what it might have opened itself up to, this could be the travel hack of the year…