As you may have heard, the British Airways Avios program is changing by May 30, 2019. And what this usually means is the program is getting devalued. This means that your Avios won’t be worth as much after the changes happen. Personally, I think the best course of action is to liquidate your British Airways Avios before May 30, 2019. That way, you can maximize the value of your Avios before the big change happens.

British Airways Avios partners that will be affected by the upcoming change:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Air Italy
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon
  • Finnair
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7
  • SriLankan

 

liquidate your British Airways Avios

How should you liquidate your British Airways Avios?

The obvious

The obvious method of liquidating your British Airways Avios is by redeeming it on some of the Avios sweet spots.

Examples of the sweet spots are:

  • Booking your Avios over the phone on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Hawaii
  • Redeeming your Avios over the phone on Aer Lingus from Montreal to Dublin
  • Booking your Avios over the phone on Aer Lingus from Toronto to Dublin
  • Redeeming your Avios on Japan Airlines from Vancouver to Tokyo

Overlooked?

Some of my favourite redemption for the British Airways Avios is actually not in the North American or European continent. During my 380 days of travel, I redeemed the Avios to go to many far off destinations. In my opinion, here are some good redemptions that shouldn’t be overlooked:

  • LATAM flights within Brazil, Colombia
  • Hong Kong to Jeju Island, South Korea on Cathay Dragon
  • Hong Kong to Yangon, Myanmar on Cathay Dragon
  • Brisbane to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Qantas
  • LATAM flights to the Galapagos in Ecuador

My personal plan of action

For 2020, my plan is to complete visiting all the countries in South America. Therefore, before May 30th, I will liquidate my British Airways Avios on flights within the South American continent. Specifically, I would like to redeem it within Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

Specific places I’m eyeing includes:

  • Easter Island
  • Sao Luiz in Brazil (near Lençóis Maranhenses national park)
  • Flights between Chile, Argentina, and Brazil

Where you shouldn’t redeem your British Airways Avios

The one region you shouldn’t liquidate your British Airways Avios is in Europe. Mainly because the upcoming devaluation mainly focuses on partner airlines. That means British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus are going to be untouched (hopefully).

Final thoughts on the upcoming British Airways devaluation

I am definitely not happy that they are changing the program. Personally, I love redeeming Avios on short haul flights. When I travelled around the world for a year, I used Avios a ton! If I didn’t have any Avios, I couldn’t have flown on money saving segments like Yangon to Hong Kong or round trip between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

My personal favourites when it comes to redemption were Cathay Pacific / Dragon, LATAM, and Qantas. In their respective continents, I was able to find availability without too much problem. And of course, booking those Avios points really came in handy when I needed to fly to my next destination in those countries.

For those of you who enjoys long term travel, Avios definitely comes in handy and complements the  Aeroplan program. This is because Avios is part of the One World Alliance while Aeroplan is part of Star Alliance. As a result, you can get access to airline partners from both programs. And this covers a lot of bases, especially if Star Alliance is lacking availability. Obviously, getting a chance to try other airline carriers is fun also and is part of the travel experience.

So while I do advice you to liquidate all your British Airways Avios, I do hope they don’t devalue the program too much.

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4 thoughts on “What’s Your Plan To Liquidate Your British Airways Avios By May 30 2019?”

  1. Kendrick – good article. While we try to liquidate the Avios points now, should we apply for a new RBC British Airways card before May 30 because the welcome bonus may also be less, or should we wait to see if there is a better promotion later? I was going to apply for a new card to top up our Avios points.

    1. Yes, I recommend that if you can get the points and redeem it right away. You most likely won’t be able to get the points from hitting the minimum spend right away because you might need to wait one billing cycle before it becomes available. So in that case, you’ll only be able to use some of your Avios which I think is still worth it.

  2. The devals aren’t that extreme though, from what I’ve read… I have 200k AVios… and tried to redeem them for a trip to Hawaii… but ultimately, couldn’t find availability for the dates I wanted.

    1. We don’t know if it’s a devaluation or if they’re changing the redemption from fixed to dynamic.

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