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More about part payment with Avios
Where can I book flights using Avios as part payment?
Avios can be used as part payment for bookings made on ba.com or by calling a British Airways Contact Centre. Avios cannot be used to pay for flights booked through a travel agent or at the airport.
What flights is this option available on?
Providing you have enough Avios in your account, you can use this payment option when booking British Airways shorthaul or UK domestic flights in our UK Domestic, Euro Traveller or Club Europe cabins. We are also trialling Avios part payment on a selection of longhaul flights. Search for flights using the ‘Create a trip’ panel on the right and we’ll show you if Avios part payment is available.
This payment option is only available on British Airways and BA CityFlyer operated flights, including one-way journeys, return journeys and open-jaw bookings. The entire itinerary must be eligible for Avios part payment for it to be applied to the booking.
What bookings are excluded from this payment option?
The Avios payment option is not available for group bookings (10 passengers or more) or itineraries that include hotels or car rental, and will not be shown. You can add a hotel or car rental to your booking separately after you have booked your flight.
The entire itinerary must be eligible for Avios part payment for it to be applied to the booking.
How do I make a booking?
You can search for flights on ba.com. Once you have selected your flights you will be shown the Avios payment options that are available, provided that your itinerary is eligible and you have sufficient Avios in your account.
If you are not already logged-in to your Executive Club or Avios Travel Rewards Programme account, you will be prompted to do so in order to take advantage of this payment option.
Can I book flights with Avios part payment for other people?
Yes. You can book flights with Avios part payment for yourself and for other people too. When you make a booking using Avios, you must make the relevant payment for the ticket yourself. The Avios will be debited from your account for each passenger on the booking. Infants are not eligible for Avios part payment savings.
I am in a Household Account. Can I book for people outside of the household?
Yes. Members of a Household Account can make Avios part payment bookings for people outside of the Household Account.
If you are in a Household Account, current redemption rules apply regarding the debiting of Avios across the accounts of the household members.
What are the benefits of using Avios as part payment for my booking?
- You’ll pay less money for your flight.
- You’ll earn Avios for your booking and Executive Club Members will also earn Tier Points.
- This option lets you enjoy the benefits of Avios sooner, as you’ll only need a small number of Avios to start saving.
What is the minimum amount of Avios I will need?
The Avios payment prices will vary according to the travel class and journey selected, and will be clearly displayed on the booking page. Savings start from 750 Avios on shorthaul one-way flights.
Are the Avios part payment prices fixed?
Yes. The part payment options available will depend on your Avios balance, number of passengers, travel class and selected flight.
Can I pay for the whole booking using Avios?
No. You will be able to choose from a number of part payment options, although you cannot pay for the whole booking with Avios. However, British Airways Executive Club Members can book reward flights: paid for using Avios, plus a cash amount for taxes, fees and carrier charges. To book in this way, log into your Executive Club account and select ‘Spending Avios’. This option is not available to Avios Travel Rewards Programme members.
What price options will I be offered?
The Avios part payment prices will vary according to the travel class and route selected, and will be clearly displayed on the booking page. On certain flights you may be offered a number of part payment options. For the majority of shorthaul flights this will be between £10 and £50 per person for a return trip in economy class, with higher offers potentially available in business class. For those routes trialling our longhaul offer, most journeys will be eligible for a £50 per person saving. At certain times we may offer you even greater savings.
Will I earn Avios for flights booked with this payment option?
Yes. You will still earn the full amount of Avios associated with the eligible fare you are purchasing. The amount of Avios you earn does not reduce when you use Avios as part payment.
Executive Club Members will still collect extra Avios when travelling in one of our premium cabins, on top of tier bonuses.
Will I earn Tier Points for flights booked with this payment option?
If you are an Executive Club Member, you will still earn the full amount of Tier Points associated with the eligible fare you are purchasing. The level of Tier Points you earn does not reduce when you use Avios as part payment.
Can I make changes to my booking?
This depends on the fare that you have purchased. Bookings made with this payment option will be subject to the standard fare rules associated with the fare purchased.
Can I upgrade my booking using Avios?
Executive Club Members can upgrade using Avios. Upgrades are dependent on the type of booking you have and there must be availability in the class you want to upgrade to. Upgrades are available from the following British Airways booking classes: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B, H.
If you’ve already made a booking, then you can upgrade using Avios through Manage My Booking. This upgrade option is only available to Executive Club Members.
Are the Avios refundable if I cancel my booking?
When Avios have been used as part payment, the Avios will be refundable only where the fare is refundable. Partial refunds of fare and surcharges will be credited to your Avios account up to the value of the original part payment, with any remainder credited to your original method of payment together with government taxes.
What flights are eligible?
- British Airways flight only bookings.
- Shorthaul flights within the UK and Europe.
- Selected longhaul flights trialling Avios part payment.