We just got an email from the BA Executive Club. And it seems that one of the last good redemption options within the Avios program is being "enhanced", effective February 2, 2016. Trips originating or terminating within the United States of America will start at 7,500 miles versus 4,500!!!
This only affects trips starting at 4,500 miles (sub 650 miles) which allowed flights from NYC to BOS/YYZ/YUL/WAS which at times could be very expensive. Business Class goes from 9,000 to 15,000 miles.
Official Version from the BA site:
We’re making some changes to reward flight pricing in North AmericaOn 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.
All other categories remain the same. We can only speculate that American Airlines and to a lesser extent Alaska were not happy having seats that could sell for 12,500 AA miles go left and right for 4,500 Avios.
There might still be some value in this program but hard to find compared to other programs within OneWorld. So at least in my opinion, ADIOS AVIOS!
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