Reward Saver 75 GBP when 0 TP and no Avios earned?

Old Feb 20, 17, 9:51 am
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Reward Saver 75 GBP when 0 TP and no Avios earned?

A friend of mine wanted to book a flight LON-DUB paid with Avios. The hotline told him, that it would be 75 GBP tax (full amount) and that the rewards saver would not be valid for him since he had 0 TP and not earned any Avios with BA flights this year. My friend has a BA Amex Card with monthly transactions. Is anybody aware of this new ruling?
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Old Feb 20, 17, 9:54 am
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TP, no. Avios, yes. You need to earn at least 1 Avios in the last 12 months straight into your BA account, transfers don't count.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 9:54 am
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It's always been the case that RFS are not available to people who have not earned any avios on their BAEC account for the last year.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 9:56 am
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And so, for example, if the Amex card was going to Rewards and then he was transferring from Rewards to Avios within AMEX, that would not count. If it was a direct Avios earn from Amex straight to BAEC then that would be OK. No changes here that I'm aware of.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 10:03 am
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Thank you all for the swift replies! This explains things.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 1:16 pm
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If your friend has an active BA Amex card (which they do) then they were misinformed and should qualify for RFS so worth double checking if they have the BA Amex vs Amex Gold etc. I imagine the Lloyds Amex would also qualify them for RFS if booked via Avios rather than BAEC.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Jetstreamer View Post
If your friend has an active BA Amex card (which they do) then they were misinformed and should qualify for RFS so worth double checking if they have the BA Amex vs Amex Gold etc. I imagine the Lloyds Amex would also qualify them for RFS if booked via Avios rather than BAEC.
Thanks for that. Since I only fly BA with Avios points from my Lloyds Credit Card, I transferred all remaining avios from BAEC to avios.com, so can still book RFS using my avios.com avios.
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Old Feb 20, 17, 5:34 pm
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Can I qualify for RFS if I transfer from my Chase UR? What are some other ways to get like...1 Avios?
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Old Feb 22, 17, 9:02 am
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Old Feb 22, 17, 10:31 am
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Manual Tesco transfers are also an option and only take a couple of days
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