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Update: Today is the final day to book awards before the new pricing goes into effect. New pricing may begin as soon at 7pm EDT tonight.
Rumors have awards going up by 5%-30%, but the official award chart won’t be released until tomorrow.
Originally posted on 4/29:
I’m flying to Amsterdam today on the epic Delta One Suites 98K deal. You can follow my trip on Instagram here. Currently I’m sitting at the Airspace lounge in Cleveland, enjoying a free drink and getting some work done before my flight. I wrote about whether it’s worth keeping your Business Platinum card open last week and lounge access is one of the reason I keep my AMEX Business Platinum card open. The free GoGo WiFi passes for use onboard doesn’t hurt either.
Alas while sitting here, I just got an email from British Airways that they will be changing award pricing on partner airlines effective 5/30.
Award pricing to fly on IAG airlines British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Vueling will remain unchanged. However those are typically hit hard with fuel surcharges, making partner airlines the better redemption.
I looked through the page, but there’s zero information on what the new pricing will be. One has to assume it’s a devaluation as airlines are always certain to post details about good news.
Is this a case of if you have to ask you can’t afford it?
I guess time will tell if BA even keeps an award chart system or if they move to dynamically priced awards. But in the meantime you may want to burn through your Avios by 5/29.
There’s no word on changes with the Iberia program either. If they don’t devalue, you can transfer points there to take advantage of their often lower rates.
It’s yet more proof that you should focus on earning flexible “hybrid” bank points that allow you to transfer to airlines on demand, instead of having points stuck as airline miles waiting for a devaluation.
Will you burn through your Avios over the next month?