Update: The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
British Airways is currently selling its Avios currency with a 50% bonus when you maximize the purchase offer. With British Airways Executive Club, you can use Avios on any worldwide Oneworld flight, as well as a select group of non-alliance partners.
With this offer, you’re allowed to purchase up to 200,000 British Airways Avios, and with that purchase, you’ll receive a 50% bonus of Avios, for a grand total of 300,000 Avios. Normally British Airways caps the number of Avios you can purchase during the year, but that cap has been significantly raised to 200,000 Avios, so if you haven’t purchased already this year, you won’t have to worry about exceeding the thresholds set on a normal account.
You’ll have until 6:59 p.m. EST on September 14, 2022, to take advantage of this offer.
Assuming you maximize the offer and purchase all 200,000 Avios, you’ll pay the following amounts, depending on where you’re located.
- U.S. accounts will pay $5,523
- U.K. accounts will pay £3,215 (approximately $3,702)
- EU accounts will pay €3,601 (approximately $3,575)
Unfortunately, accounts located within the U.S. will pay the most for this bonus offer, at nearly $2,000 more than accounts based within the EU.
Hot Tip: Consider making your purchase with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card to earn 3x Avios per $1 on British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL flight purchases. You’ll also earn a Travel Together Ticket after $30,000 in card spend in a calendar year and can receive up to $600 in award flight statement credits each year.
Is It Worth It?
Avios can provide significant savings depending on how you’re using them:
- Avios are great for short-haul trips within Europe, which can otherwise be very expensive
- For domestic business class seats, Avios can save you paying a full-fare cash cost
- You can use Avios to fly non-Oneworld partner airlines, such as Aer Lingus
Hot Tip: For more ideas, check out our guide to the best ways to redeem British Airways Avios for maximum value.
Airlines will often sell frequent flyer miles as a way to boost cash quickly since the airline controls the currency. By selling miles through their own payment portal, they keep the cash from the transaction, yet still have control to value (or devalue) the currency as needed.
While purchasing miles is almost always exorbitantly expensive, doing so when there is a bonus offer allows you to get more bang for your buck. British Airways Avios is a very versatile award currency, and since Executive Club is a transfer partner of most major credit card programs, you can accumulate Avios quickly to be used for aspirational redemptions.