The British Airways shopping portal (the Avios eStore) is offering double Avios on purchases through July 8th and this sees retailers like Apple, Macy’s and Saks offering 6 Avios per dollar while you can earn as many as 20 Avios/dollar at retailers like New Balance and eBags (the UK version of the store has a similar promotion running too).
While I've had some very positive recent experiences with British Airways cabin crew I'm continually frustrated by some of the limitations of BA.com, the incompetence of BA's IT department and the inability of BA call centre staff to carry out simple tasks.
Thanks to the ongoing issues surrounding the Rolls Royce engines on BA's 787-9 Dreamliners the airline has had to wetlease a number of Airbus A330 aircraft from Qatar Airways. These aircraft are covering some of BA's flights between London and Delhi, Muscat and Kuwait this summer and, if you're booked to fly on one of these routes, you have some choices to make.
Fiji Airways has just joined the oneworld alliance as a "oneworld connect" partner and British Airways has now announced that flyers can earn and burn Avios on Fiji Airways with immediate effect.
British Airways has brought back a promotion it has run in the past and it's slashing the cost of long-haul Economy Class Avios redemptions in half for travel commencing later this year.
This year I'm crediting most of my flights to the British Airways Executive Club because I've worked out that it's cheaper for me to earn top-tier status with BA than it is with American Airlines.....but what if you don't care about status? Where should you credit your flights? But what if you didn't care about earning status?
British Airways has launched a promotion in which it's offering Executive Club members a 50% bonus when they purchase Avios by 8 May 2018. On top of offering the same bonus as we saw back in November the airline has also kept in place the increased 200,000 annual limit for Avios purchases that was introduced last year.
Thanks to the superb job American Airlines management has done in decimating the once wonderful AAdvantage program, 2018 will be my last year of top-tier status with American Airlines. I'm not saying that I'll never return to AAdvantage or that I'll never fly American Airlines again (both of those would be ridiculous statements to make) but I am saying that I'm done with trying to make the most of an ever depreciating program - it's time to try something different.
I've been trying my hardest not to be one of those travelers who complains incessantly about an airline devaluing its frequent flyer program only to keep handing that same airline his/her cash on an ongoing and frequent basis. American Airlines has destroyed the AAdvantage program for travelers like me (for a very small minority it may have improved) so my plan has been to avoid flying American Airlines as much as possible...but it's been quite hard.
Those of us who have been playing around with miles and points for a while generally know that using Avios for long-haul Business Class flights can be an expensive proposition and that using Avios for long-haul Economy Class flights is usually a terrible idea....but I still get a lot of questions about this from those newer to this game.