British Avios N America Devaluation: Luck Strikes Again

Dear Mr Bachuwa,

We’re going to be making a change to the Executive Club pricing structure for shorter reward flights originating or terminating within the United States of America. From 2 February 2016, reward flights will start from 7,500 Avios, instead of 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges (“TFCs”) from $5.60 USD.

Another day another devaluation. British is taking the fun away from the N America Avios program by charging more for short-haul flights. Surely American Airlines is partly to blame for this as the deval doesn’t cross the pond to Europe or Asia. For the time being, I still believe in Avios especially for Asia but have to say that I am lucky I didn’t transfer tons of points before the Amex MR transfer devaluation. Luckily the amount I did transfer conveniently was used to book two business class flights to Europe during the British sale leaving me with a balance of 429 Avios before I hit the mins on my British Airways card. Still, this is more bad news to report in what has been quite a tough year for points churners.


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