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Anyone topping up their Avios coffers? (Avios sale with up to +45% bonuses)

Anyone topping up their Avios coffers? (Avios sale with up to +45% bonuses)

Old Aug 8, 19, 11:05 am
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Anyone topping up their Avios coffers? (Avios sale with up to +45% bonuses)

Trying to work out whether to buy some (for the first time ever).

Typically need 350k every 12 months, to use in conjunction with 2 Amex 241 vouchers to get a family of four to North America, outbound in F, return in J... 2020 is booked, and I've got 200k left towards 2021's holiday (if we're all still here). But my earning is down to about 150k or so every year now. Hmmm.... is it worth an early investment to avoid being Avios-broke in 12 months time?

Things were so much easier before the small people came along, necessitating four redemption seats every year!

How often do these sales come up, and are they ever more generous?


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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:12 am
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All hinges on personal requirements, of course. The OPís needs are heavy, but at least he has a fair chance of using 2 x 241. In our case we have close to 0.5m, a 241, and little current prospect of using them to where we want to go!

So ... No, not buying, but thanks BA for the email!
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:16 am
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It looks like they simply took the regular AAdvantage emails on this topic, search-and-replaced "Miles" with "Avios", and sent it to the BAEC membership list.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:17 am
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If you can use them immediately then the pricing isn't terrible, but I wouldn't be carrying a large speculative balance given the risk of devaluation
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:34 am
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Not me. I have never bought Avios and don't intend to start now. I tend to spend them as I earn them and don't accumulate. If I don't have enough then I either wait until I do or else I book a cash fare within my means instead.

In terms of the OP's dilemma whether to buy or not, why not consider flying in J both ways, or - perish the thought - consider PE and J instead? Provocative I know, but as my mother would say, "cut your coat accord to your cloth"
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
In terms of the OP's dilemma whether to buy or not, why not consider flying in J both ways, or - perish the thought - consider PE and J instead? Provocative I know, but as my mother would say, "cut your coat accord to your cloth"
My wife already thought 64J was 'slumming it' home from Austin last week, I certainly can't suggest we'll be doing that both ways, never mind PE. It's the part of the holiday she looks forward to for a whole year after we book it!

I think we might have to take that cottage we like in North Wales for Summer 2022 to let things build up again...

Great advice from ajeleonard about future devaluations in Avios - very valid and enough to put me off for now.

Thanks everyone.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:48 am
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Oh dear! I definitely see your point now if the wife thinks 63J is slumming it. Yes, best get those Avios purchased while you can
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:51 am
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There has been a few 50 % bonuses recently on both BA and Iberia, so I would wait for one of those to come back if the Avios are not needed urgently.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:57 am
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1,200 avios for £31!? Are they having a laugh?

You can get a return flight to AGP for £41 and earn more avios than that!
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:01 pm
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I bought a small number in order to prevent the useful balance of Avios I still have from expiring completely.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by V10 View Post
I bought a small number in order to prevent the useful balance of Avios I still have from expiring completely.
Do Avios expire? I didnít think so.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post

Do Avios expire? I didnít think so.
They do but it's so lax that most people don't even think of it. I think the policy is no earning or redemption in 36 months.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post

Do Avios expire? I didnít think so.
Indeed they can:

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/collecting-avios/avios-expiry-rules

But as pointed out, anyone earning even semi regularly is unlikely to notice
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:33 pm
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With the 2-4-1 certificates, it seems more reasonable than for most of us.

That said, Amex in the USA is also offering a bonus if I transfer their points to Avios and I've been mulling it over. I have retained my Silver status on DL and last minute AA flights using Avios can be advantageous especially with a 40% bonus.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by 747_not_777 View Post
My wife already thought 63J was 'slumming it' home from Austin last week,
Maybe you could suggest to your other half that if she doesn't like PE then she needs to finance the upgrade herself?
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