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Published on Monday, May 31, 2021

BA boosts Avios reward flights

British Airways is offering more opportunities for reward flights.

It has significantly increased the number of seats that can be booked using Avios.

The airline says it has always guaranteed that at least a certain number of reward seats - seats available to book using Avios - will be available on each flight.

BA has now doubled this guaranteed minimum number of reward seats in Euro Traveller (short-haul economy), Club Europe (short-haul business class), World Traveller (long-haul economy) and Club World (long-haul business class).

It has also added guaranteed availability in World Traveller Plus, British Airways' long-haul premium economy cabin, for the first time.

The extra availability is for flights from 28 July 2021, and is now available to book

Reward seats can be booked using Avios, paying a cash amount covering just taxes, fees and carrier charges.

The cash and Avios amounts can be flexed to account for people with differing Avios budgets.

They are separate from Avios part payment, where Avios is used to reduce the cost of any ticket, in all cabins, on all flights.

Tom Stevens, Director of Brand and Customer Experience at British Airways, said, "The feedback we hear is that people would like us to make it easier to book flights using Avios. This  announcement directly addresses this feedback, opening up six extra reward seats on a short-haul flight, and eight on a long-haul flight."

In March, the airline announced it was protecting the Tier status of Executive Club Members for a further year and in February, British Airways announced a six-month extension to all Executive Club vouchers, due to expire before 31 December 2021.

This was the third extension to have been applied, following similar extensions in March 2020 and October 2020.

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