Do you have some British Airways Avios collecting dust? This half-off sale may be a good reason to bring those Avios out of retirement!
Half the points
Keep in mind, only the points (Avios) needed for redemption are priced in half. British Airways is known for their steep fees, and unfortunately those still apply.
You can avoid some of the insane fees by booking one-way awards and by not departing from London. Even with the fees in mind I think there are some sweet spots. Most discounted cash fares to/from Europe require a round-trip to be booked.
Perhaps you only have 30,000 American miles, enough for a one-way from Amsterdam to the US. Getting to Amsterdam on a one-way cash ticket is very expensive from the West Coast. There is hope.
Mix and Match
Currently, a one-way cash ticket from San Francisco to Amsterdam in February will run you over $425 on a flight with two layovers. If you want just a single layover you are looking at $750~ one-way. Non-stops will run you $2,800!
If you book before 12/17/17 using your Avios, you’ll need just 12,625 (half off) of them plus $197 in fees one-way. This seems like a better option to me. If you value your Avios at 1.5 cents per point, that would mean this redemption with the large fee rings in at just $380~ combined.
You must book by 12/17/17 and fly between 1/4/2018 – 6/30-2018. Remember to check availability by booking one-way award flights to save on taxes. With British Airways Avios you are charged per segment based on actual flight miles. This means the amount of points need for a redemption will not change if booked as a one-way or round-trip. (however the taxes and fees certainly do, so book one-ways)
If you factor in American Express’s recent 30% transfer to bonus to British Airways, there is some super savings to be had.
10,000 Amex MR + 30% transfer bonus = 13,000 Avios. That means your net cost would be 10,000 Amex Membership Rewards points + $197 for a one-way from SFO to AMS on a mainline carrier. Not bad.
HT: Dan’s Deals