Earning Avios is the easy part. As many of you will have experienced, redeeming your Avios is more challenging.
Reward Flight Saver (“RFS”)
Key to the value of RFS tickets are the avoidance of crippling taxes. The wide variety of taxes payable when flying still apply to redemption tickets, and often make a redemption ticket more expensive than a discounted cash ticket you could buy on the internet!
RFS allows you to pay flat fee taxes of £35 for a return economy journey (£50 for business class) for any journey of less than 2000 miles.
This covers a wide range of destinations in Europe. For example a return flight to Prague will cost 9000 Avios (8000 off peak) + £35 in taxes.
Is it just British Airways?
No! RFS also applies in the same way to all British Airways “Fifth Freedom” flights (a BA flight that doesn’t take off or land in the UK, such as the Antigua to Grenada hop – more about this in another post!). You can also get RFS for slightly different prices on Vueling, and Comair (in South Africa)
Where can I go?
Any flight under 2000 miles is covered for £35. Here are some popular destinations, and how many Avios you must pay. Approximately double the amount of Avios for Business class.
Moscow – A First Class opportunity
Moscow is the only route covered by RFS on which British Airways operates long haul aircraft. Most interestingly, one flight of the three-a-day service is operated by a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet. This flight is the only one where you can redeem a FIRST CLASS flight under an RFS ticket. For those who would love to try British Airways’ flagship service, this could be the ticket for you. This flight would normally cost around £2500, but could be yours for 40,000 Avios + £25 in tax.
How do I book?
You can book online at ba.com by signing into your Executive Club account. Follow the links to “Spending Avios”, and “Book Using Avios”.
The system is very easy to use, and the RFS will be available automatically.
Availability tends to be quite good on these flights. I have searched a few dates for all the routes, including Moscow in First Class, and in terms of availability, I certainly wouldn’t have any trouble booking flights if I wanted to.
Reward Flight Saver offers fantastic value on short haul flights. Play around on ba.com to see what’s available.
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