On the surface, the deal sounds great — 150 Avios per dollar spent to join a dating website. By maximizing the deal you can earn 82,285 miles for $548.57. No brainer, right? So why have I decided not to take part?
When I read Lucky’s post this morning, I was quite excited. This is undeniably an incredible deal for British Airways Avios. But then I sat down and tried to map out what I would use the points for.
This summer I want to take my wife and son to Israel. We’ll be in the south of Germany, which means we fly out of Basel, Switzerland. British Airways did have plenty of award space via London. Further, British Airways uses “real” business class from London to Tel Aviv.
But look at these prices–
So reflecting the actual cost ($0.67) per per point, plus taxes, we are looking at $587.26 for one-way in business class or $671.01 for first class. Plus the infant ticket! Sure, it would be great to have access to the Concorde Room, a free spa treatment, and a nice lie-flat bed on a 4hr, 45min flight…but it is British Airways after all. I’m skeptical even that great price is worthwhile.
Ok, but what about the alternative? Won’t coach tickets be high during the summer?
Apparently not. And I can fly non-stop for $68. With a baby in tow, long London layovers are not ideal. 1/10 of the price for a non-stop flight in coach? Yeah, I’ll take it. I have lounge access anyway thanks to Priority Pass.
Ok, fine, that’s one trip…but how about others?
The thing is, although there are some great uses for these — like flying from Basel to London for 4.5K miles in economy ($30.15) or in business for 9K miles ($60.30) plus modest taxes/fees. Those are incredible deals…though BA is now essentially a low-cost carrier in Europe in economy.
And what about last-minute domestic trips in the USA? Surely 7.5K miles makes more sense than a $300 ticket.
Finally, there are still partners like Air Berlin and Aer Lingus without fuel surcharges on long-haul flights. That’s true, but I doubt Air Berlin will survive much longer and with Aer Lingus folding into IAG the days of no fuel surcharges are waning.
Asia? Say we are going to Asia: Los Angeles to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific is 105K Avios in business. Only 75K on American for the same ticket with free domestic connections and connections to anywhere in SE Asia. Los Angeles to Tokyo in first class is 100,000 Avios with in $31.30 taxes/fees compared to 75K Alaska miles and about $40 in taxes/fees.
I don’t know. ~$700 for a first class ticket is tough to beat. Now I’m talking myself in to it…
Well, I’ve got to be honest. I started this post ready to strongly argue why I am passing on this deal. Now I’m not so sure. Still, by the time I probably make up my mind the deal will have been pulled. At least I have peace about booking EasyJet to Israel…