British Airways Devalues Short Haul Award Tickets
Today, British Airways announced an increase in the required miles for short haul award flights. They will increase from 4,500 to 7,500 miles each way. This has been an excellent value which I’ve used for SFO-PDX and MLE-CMB flights. You have until February 1st, 2016 to book at the old rate of 4,500 miles. British Airways is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX points and SPG points. Now it’s time to book your short haul flights while it lasts! The increase of required miles is not worth it unless you need to book a last minute ticket. British Airways still remains a fantastic value when booking flights from the West Coast to Hawaii at 12,500 miles each way while flying on Alaska or American metal.
“We’re making some changes to reward flight pricing in North America. On 2 February 2016, we’ll be making some changes to the Executive Club pricing structure for reward flights originating or terminating in the United States of America. The change will only affect shorter routes on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, with reward flights now starting from 7,500 Avios, rather than 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges from $5.60 USD. The majority of North American reward flight prices will remain unchanged.”