Yesterday British Airways anounced that they will be devaluing the Avios award chart starting on May 30th for partner redemptions.
Although the new chart isn’t available, it has been programmed into the British Airways computer system for booking agents, it didn't take long to get some leak informations…
Of course it is never a good thing when a program devaluates, but this devaluation could have been worse.
The devaluation counts for all bookings you will make after May 30th, all bookings already made or the one you make before that date won't be affected.
According to seat31b this is the leaked information:
What We Know
- Hawaii West Coast sweet spot (mostly) remains intact. The price is going up by 500 miles which is manageable.
- Mid-haul sweet spot goes away. These flights are going from 7,500 to 9,000 points which is painful however you slice it. This is going to give Delta an excuse to devalue, so I’m actually much more concerned about burning my SkyMiles than worrying too much about BA’s devaluation here.
- British Airways isn’t moving to variable pricing. There is still an award chart, it has just been devalued.
- Per-leg pricing isn’t changing. Every flight is priced individually so the price for connecting itineraries is sum of all of the flights. This is the same practice as currently
- All partner flights will cost the same. It won’t be more expensive to redeem on Alaska or American versus Sri Lankan, S7 or Cathay Pacific.
- Taxes and fees won’t change. They will remain exactly the same as they are now.
- Pricing for business and first class is consistent. This will still be 2x and 4x the economy class price, respectively. In general, this isn’t a great deal (although there can be sweet spots such as on Cathay Pacific mid-haul business class) so Avios are best used for economy class redemptions.
Not Yet Clear
- It seems possible that the 0-650 mile award chart is coming back for flights within North America, because short-haul flights are pricing out based on this mileage band.
- It isn’t clear whether Iberia and Aer Lingus will also devalue their Avios programs. If they don’t devalue, and you can live with the restrictions of Iberia, this may be a better program to use in many cases.
- 0-650 miles: 6,000 Avios
- 651-1,150 miles: 9,000 Avios
- 1,151 miles-2,000 miles: 11,000 Avios
- 2,001 miles-3,000 miles: 13,000 Avios
Here you can acces BA website. From their website:
From 30 May 2019, we’ll be changing our Avios prices on reward flights with the following partner airlines: Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
The price of Avios upgrades on American Airlines only will also be changing from 30 May 2019. You will pay the difference between the Avios prices of your booked cabin and your upgraded cabin.
Don’t worry if you have an existing Avios booking with one of these airlines. It’s still valid and you can make changes or cancel it if you need to*. Our new Avios prices will apply to any changes or new bookings you make after 30 May 2019.
There will be no change to our Avios prices for reward flights and upgrades with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia or Vueling. The Avios prices for our other services are also unaffected, so you can continue to benefit from spending your Avios on our wide range of hotels, car hire and experiences.
All Avios reward flight prices are subject to taxes, fees and carrier charges.