You need to book all your British Airways Avios today! As of tomorrow, May 30, 2019, British Airways will be making changes to their partner carriers. This can only mean one thing. That British Airways will be devaluating the program and your Avios won’t be worth as much.
British Airways Avios partners that will be affected by the upcoming change:
- Alaska Airlines
- Air Italy
- American Airlines
- Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
I wrote about this changes in a previous article but decided to add some really cool redemptions for your British Airways Avios. Check it out below.
Here are some sweet spots to redeem your British Airways Avios today:
- 12,500 Avios on economy between Seattle and Hawaii on Alaska Airlines (must book over the phone)
- 31,250 Avios on business class or 10,000 Avios on economy between Montreal and Dublin on Aer Lingus (must book over the phone)
- 25,000 Avios on economy between Vancouver and Tokyo on Japan Airlines
- 12,500 Avios on economy between Santiago, Chile to Easter Island on LATAM
- 10,000 Avios on economy between Hong Kong and Yangon, Myanmar on Cathay Dragon
- 10,000 Avios on economy between Brisbane, Australia and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Qantas
- 12,000 Avios on economy between Guayaquil, Ecuador to Galapagos Island on LATAM
My personal experience redeeming British Airways Avios
I love British Airways Avios. That is why I am bummed out that the program is going to get nerfed tomorrow. During my one year trip around the world, I used those British Airways Avios quite heavily. Those points either saved me when I needed to fly in or out of a country. British Airways Avios also allowed me to go to places I would never otherwise been able to reach.
There was also a time a friend of mine invited me to go to Papua New Guinea to visit him. I then used my British Airways Avios to fly from Brisbane to Port Moresby and visit my buddy. Such a remote country is hard to reach but was accessible with British Airways Avios!
How NOT to redeem your British Airways Avios today
I know for many people, they really try to max out the value of their points. The metrics that a lot of people use is how much money will you get out of your redemption. No offense to people who count the CPM and all that none-sense but that’s a really stupid way to value those miles.
Unless you were really going to go to that destination and pay out of pocket, you DID NOT save the actual value of your flight to that place.
Instead, the value you must choose is how much HAPPINESS you will gain from your redemption. And this takes some self-awareness which a lot of people lack, sadly enough.
So before you redeem those precious British Airways Avios, ask yourself, on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy will you be when you go to that specific destination? If the answer is between 8-10, then congratulations, that is the perfect redemption for you.
How I redeemed all my British Airways Avios today
For me, what gives me the happiness level of 8-10 on a scale of 1 to 10 is going to my bucket list dream destinations. So if I redeem my Avios to go to a place I’ve never been to before and tick off a new country, then I am very happy.
I had 50,000 British Airways Avios saved up and discovered that the super rare flight between Santiago, Chile, and Easter Island is currently AVAILABLE!
For 12,500 Avios one way on economy per person, you can fly from Santiago, Chile to Easter Island for less than $15. I redeemed 50,000 Avios for Karen and myself to fly to Easter Island and back from Santiago, Chile.
Even though we only have 3 days in the island (April 21 to 23, 2020), we are super excited to go in this dream destination for a very affordable price!
Easter Island availability
As of writing this article, you can still redeem a flight to Easter Island from Santiago. The availability flies on April 22 and returns on April 23. Yes, you only get about 2 days in the island but for less than $30, you can go to this dream destination. I would honestly do it before this rare availability disappears forever.
So how do you plan on redeeming your British Airways Avios today? If I had more British Airways Avios, I would either redeem it to go to Galapagos Island or a domestic flight within Brazil.
British Airways Avios is not being nerfed within Europe. So if you earn some British Airways Avios in the future, it’s still good to redeem it within Europe. But if you want to redeem those Avios with a partner carrier, I suggest you do it today before it’s too late!