British Airways Takes a Large Increase on Short-Haul Award Flights



Well, it was good while it lasted.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 6.46.41 AMBritish Airways just announced the death of the best reward ticket for short-haul flights. Until now, BA flights under 650 miles could be had for just 4,500 Avios one way. Now, it may seem irrelevant for those of you not from the UK, except that BA miles can also be used on American Airlines. That means that a flight from, say, Boston to Washington DC would be as low as 9,000 Avios round-trip. Flights on American (and Alaska, for that matter) that used to cost 4,500 Avios are increasing by a whopping 2/3 to 7,500 points on February 2. Ouch.

While there are a few awards on BA that are still worth it, most notably, Boston to Dublin, the short flights for 4,500 were the golden goose of the program. BA just seriously devalued their program.

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