31 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 31 MAY 2021

British Airways and Avios

If you are very quick and know your plans 355 days ahead British Airways has made more Avios seats available’ the airline announced last week.

Long-haul flights will see at least 14 seats released when booking opens, with short-haul the numbers increased to 12 per sector.  

This is a permanent change and has also been applied retrospectively. Additional seats are available on virtually every BA flight between 28 July and 17 May 2022 which is the end of the current booking period.

The number of guaranteed Club World seats per flight is now four and not two.  The new policy only applies to BA (and BA CityFlyer) operated flights. It does not apply to Aer Lingus or Iberia, or of course to BA partner airlines.

Tom Stevens, Director of Brand and Customer Experience at BA, says the boost “means that a family holiday, or that big friendship group trip away, will be much easier to book using Avios.”

“Our Members appreciate the benefits their Executive Club membership brings, but the feedback we hear is that people would like us to make it easier to book flights using Avios.”

“We have listened and acted on this, and today’s announcement directly addresses this feedback, opening up six extra reward seats on a short-haul flight, and eight on a long-haul flight.”


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Jeff Burrows, Newcastle

I’ve plenty of Avios points but using them poses problems. This is a paltry increase by BA for nothing more than PR purposes.