Travel Hack Of The Year: How to Turn 2,500 Avios Into £50 of British Airways Travel Credit

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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.

Bottom line

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…


  1. Kojo Asiedu says

    I’ve used you before so I know its not click bait but all I was ever offered was a maximum of £16 off for 800 avios tried from 21.00 to 23.00

    • Craig Sowerby says

      It depends on the amount you are paying in airfare PRE-TAX. The higher the airfare, the more of a discount you will be offered.

      The example I provided shows a very high ratio of airfare to taxes, therefore you can discount it quite nicely using Avios.

  2. EM says

    I have managed to get 2 of those fin September and October only and flying to Gatwick instead of Heathrow but the price is the same. Only thing I didn’t see is the same cancellation page you see but maybe because I just bought it. Will give a week or so and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Craig Sowerby says

      The process for requesting a travel voucher is completely different from the standard options provided by Manage My Booking. I think there is a link if you click on the screenshot of the cancellation page. It’s a good idea to wait awhile anyhow.

  3. BadAss says

    You have to wait until after the 24 hour cooling off period.
    You can only use 1 evoucher per booking online.
    If you call to make the booking you should be able to apply more than 1 but I don’t know if there is a limit.

    • Craig Sowerby says

      I just successfully received a voucher within the 24hr cooling off period, although it is definitely better to wait.

      I also see the ability to add more than one voucher to an online booking. However, you cannot combine a voucher with Part Paying with Avios…

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