5 reasons why you should book Avios tickets today for Easter 2021

Apr 13, 2020

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We could be in for more dark days ahead, but I truly believe that shouldn’t stop us creating some fun and excitement into the future. Right now, you may be sitting on a stash of Avios — and maybe even a British Airways Companion Voucher or two and no future bookings.

With an Easter holiday of staying home nearly over, here’s why it might be the right time to hit the button on a trip for Easter 2021 using your Avios.

1. Seats just got released for next Easter

For any avid Avios collector, the number 355 is burned into the back of the brain. This is the number of days ahead that British Airways releases its seats for sale.

This means that as of today, 13 April, tickets are available to book for Easter Friday next year, which falls on 2 April 2021.

One key reason to pay close attention to these dates is that British Airways releases a minimum of two business-class seats (Club World/Club Europe) and four economy seats (World Traveller/Euro Traveller) on all flights. Note that there may be more seats than this available, and whilst BA does not guarantee seats on long-haul flights in premium economy (World Traveller Plus) nor first class, you might just find availability for these, too.

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I searched for tickets from London to New York for the first day available to book. My search showed wide-open availability in all classes on numerous flights. On many routes, you are likely to find similar availability, especially where there are multiple flights a day to the same destination, like New York.

2. Companion Voucher extensions

Towards the end of March, we reported that British Airways extended the validity of the American Express Companion Vouchers by six months. This was welcome news to many people who were concerned that the coronavirus situation would mean that they’d miss out on using their Vouchers, which are earned when hitting an annual spend threshold of £10,000 on The British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card, or £20,000 on the British Airways American Express Credit Card.

Related: The ultimate guide to the British Airways Companion Voucher

You may be sitting on a freshly extended Companion Voucher, or had your Companion Voucher returned to you after a recent flight cancellation. If you were looking to book again with a significant time window to avoid the current crisis and marry this with the best chance of availability even on tough-to-book routes, this could be your chance.

The more Avios you use on an award ticket, the more your Companion Voucher will be worth. So perhaps now is the time to aim for that dream Cape Town or Sydney redemption.

Beautiful sunset and landscape of Cape Town from Table Mountain lookout, this is the​ best sight in the city of Cape Town in South Africa, you can see everything in a clear day.This is a dramatic landscape of the area, we see some clouds and colorful sky, the sunlight is about to set and is casting some wonderful colors the city looks amazing. (Photo by fitopardo/Getty Images)
(Photo by fitopardo/Getty Images)

3. Low-risk booking

There is little risk in making an award booking right now. You will have to stump up the Avios and taxes to buy the ticket, but you are free to cancel the ticket per the usual rules. In short, if you cancel, you will receive a full refund of your Avios and only have to forfeit a £35 cancellation fee per ticket, which is waived for Gold Guest List members.

Different options are available if you plan your flights for 2020 dates. We have broken down the full policy here.

We would recommend booking on a credit card for extra protection in case of the failure of the airline, but at this stage, I don’t think it’s reasonable to envisage the collapse of British Airways and the eventuality that you would lose your money.

Related: How to plan your travel for when the coronavirus crisis is over

4. Protect yourself against devaluations

There are no current rumours of a devaluation of the BA Executive Club programme. But in these changing times, anything can happen. If we were to see a change, it’s very unlikely that redemption rates will improve.

As such, it may be a wise tactical move to lock in a redemption at the current rates. As we always say, points and miles aren’t a good long-term investment in the case that devaluations happen.

5. Something to look forward to

We all need something to look forward to. We’re going to start going lockdown loco, so soothe the mind and plan on going loco down in Acapulco instead (or preferably somewhere BA actually flies — there’s plenty to choose from!).

Bottom line

Now that the gates have opened on trips for Easter next year, now could be a good time to book. Put together your Avios and Companion Voucher for a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip. And once you do, tell us about it!

Featured image by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy

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