British Airways has unveiled a selection of 1,250 Avios-Only seats for August 2024, claiming that these tickets tend to sell out quickly.
This move encompasses sought-after holiday destinations like Corfu, Ibiza, Mallorca, and more, all perfectly timed for the August Bank Holiday. The initiative marks another stride in British Airways’ commitment to Avios-Only flights, which are exclusively available to British Airways Executive Club Members as Rewards Seats, with all seats dedicated to their use. The first Avios-Only flight, which sold out within 24 hours, is set to depart for Sharm El Sheikh from London Gatwick on November 3, 2023.
Expanding on existing options, the initiative introduces flights departing from London City Airport for the first time, offering travellers access to destinations such as Florence, Mallorca, Faro, Corfu, and Ibiza, all aligned with the August Bank Holiday period. With fares starting from £1 and 25,500 Avios, these seats are expected to sell out rapidly.
Booking these Avios-Only seats follows the same process as reserving regular Reward Seats. British Airways American Express Credit Cardholders can use Companion Vouchers, allowing them to secure a second seat for just the taxes and charges or a single seat for half the Avios cost.
This announcement precedes changes to how customers collect Avios, effective from October 18, 2023. Members will earn Avios based on ticket cost rather than flight distance, resulting in a projected 20 percent increase in Avios issuance to the overall member base, benefiting most members.
The British Airways Executive Club offers a free rewards programme for travel enthusiasts, utilising Avios as its currency. Avios can be accumulated through various means, including flying with BA or its partner airlines, taking vacations, making purchases with over 1,500 retailers via British Airways at shopping.ba.com, or through everyday spending with partners like American Express, Nectar, Avis Budget Group, and Marriott.
Members can also accrue Tier Points on British Airways and oneworld(R) partner flights, unlocking exclusive benefits as they progress through the Tiers: Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.