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British Airways has launched a new award sale in all cabins through April 30, 2020, that must be booked by November 21.

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Executive Club members can save 50% on economy and premium cabin awards while business and first class are discounted by 10%. The fees associated with awards are not reduced, however.

You can access this offer on BA’s website here.

Note that the carrier surcharges (previously fuel surcharges) that BA charges are not discounted and can sometimes be roughly what paid ticket could cost.

Here’s a table of the number of Avios required on select routes:

Search that I made for Sao Paulo to Cape Town:

I do need to get from South America to Cape Town in February next year but still wouldn’t fly via London in deep economy. Could perhaps do it in Premium Economy if availability would exist. The fuel surcharges on tickets starting ex-Brazil are still very reasonable (basically none).

British Airways is currently selling Avios at 50% bonus:

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British Airways Buy Avios With 50% Bonus Through November 21, 2019

Conclusion

I used one of the award sales last year for a one-way economy award from Hong Kong to London and managed to survive.

You do, however, need to have a look at the deep fees associated with these awards and whether paid ticket would make more sense.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

  1. Book directly with British Airways (BA) between 7 November 2019 and 21 November 2019 for travel between 7 November 2019 and 30 April 2020. This offer applies to both peak and off-peak Avios prices and can be booked by any British Airways Executive Club member logged into their account and with a sufficient Avios balance.

  2. The required amount of Avios for reward flights in the economy (World Traveller) and premium economy (World Traveller Plus) Cabins, travelling to or from London Heathrow or London Gatwick will be reduced by 50%. Avios and Money bookings are included in the offer, but only the Avios will be discounted by 50%.

  3. The required amount of Avios for reward flights in the business (Club World) and First Cabins, travelling to or from London Heathrow or London Gatwick will be reduced by 10%. Avios & Money bookings are included in the offer, but only the Avios will be discounted by 10%.

  4. The 50% discount set out in clause 2 is available on direct one-way and return British Airways operated flights in the economy (World Traveller) and premium economy (World Traveller Plus) cabins only.

  5. The 10% discount set out in clause 3 is available on direct one-way and return British Airways operated flights in the business (Club World) and First cabins only.

  6. Example Avios prices shown are for a return journey on off-peak dates.

  7. The relevant savings will appear after you have chosen your flights and will be relative to your Avios balance.

  8. The full airline taxes, fees and Carrier charges will apply per person, per flight and payment must be made in full at the time of booking. For example, $354.11 (£273.55) for Boston to London Heathrow, and £264.32 ($342.16) for London Heathrow to Boston.Payment by cheque is not accepted.

  9. Bookings made over the telephone will carry a non-refundable £15 (UK) or $25 (USA) offline booking fee per person per ticket. For the full list of Reward flight booking and service fees visit ba.com.

  10. All flights are subject to the notice and conditions of contract contained on each ticket or itinerary, the Executive Club Terms and Conditions and British Airways conditions of carriage apply.

  11. Reward flights are strictly subject to availability which may be very limited or not available at all on some routes including Sydney, Miami, Sao Paulo, Calgary, Cape Town, Male, Mauritius and Punta Cana. Reward flights may not be available on some dates.

  12. This offer is open to all British Airways Executive Club Members and does not require additional registration.

  13. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or deal, including but not limited to industry discounted fares (including agency, industry, employee discounts) inclusive holidays, group discount fares, child/infant fares or senior citizen fares, whether or not booked in one of the qualifying classes, bookings made with any other vouchers, travel class upgrades and any British Airways staff friends and family offers (for example, Hotlines). Discounts cannot be used retrospectively. This promotion applies only to new bookings made between 7 November 2019 and 21 November 2019.

  14. No cash or credit alternative is available.

  15. British Airways reserves the right to cancel or amend without notice the terms of this offer and any tickets or vouchers issued at offer prices in the event of major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any actual anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other circumstances beyond the reasonable control of British Airways.

  16. The promoter of this offer is British Airways Plc, Waterside, PO Box 365, Harmondsworth, West Drayton UB7 0GB. Registered No. 1777777. Offer materials form part of these terms and conditions. This offer is governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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