Last year, I talked about the British Airways frequent flyer program and why it matter even if you don’t live in the UK. The short version is: BA determines the amount of miles (or “avios,” as BA calls them) you need for a flight by the distance of the flight, not the continent or the country. And since BA is a oneworld partner, its points can be used on American or US Airways. So on a really short flight, say, from Boston to Washington DC, would cost you as few as 9,000 miles round trip, far better than the 25,000 miles you’d pay at some airlines. The quick way to get British Airways miles is with a credit card from Chase, which you should not get now. The sign-up bonus is 50,000 avios, which is excellent, but they usually do a 100,000 point special in the spring. That’s as good as it gets.
Today, BA announced a number of changes to the program. The first big one was that the airline adjusted the way you earn miles, er, avios. Now, you get the miles you flew multiplied by a percentage. If you flew an expensive ticket, the multiplier is high. If you flew on a cheap ticket, the multiplier will be something less than 100%.
But the more important news is that BA adjusted the redemption levels. It’s no use using the avios on a longer flight, since the prices are distance-based. But on a short flight, you’ll pay only a fraction of what other airlines charge. And the news for those who use the miles well is good: for short flights, the redemption prices are staying the same or going down (Note: That applies only to coach class. Biz/First is going up.).
BA has added an off-peak option for the rewards. For the standard (peak) tickets, the short-haul prices, where you get the best bang for your buck, stay the same. For the off-peak, though, which is most of the year, the rewards actually go down. Congratulations, an airline just made an adjustment that should work in your favor.Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes!
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