Great news: British Airways doubles the minimum number of seats bookable with Avios on every flight

May 28, 2021

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If you’re hoping to use your Avios to take the whole family away on your next trip, here’s some good news.

British Airways has announced they will be doubling the guaranteed minimum number of seats that can be booked with Avios on every BA-operated flight from 28 July 2021.

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The means that from 28 July, there will be at least the following number of Avios rewards seats on each BA flight:

If you have always wanted to fly the whole family somewhere in business class on points, perhaps because you have earned two coveted British Airways Companion Vouchers, this should make planning easier. Note that it does not mean this number of seats will always be available, at all times on every flight. It does mean at least this number will be released on each flight in advance, usually as soon as the flights are loaded for sale, 365 days in advance.

Related: The difference between British Airways’ Avios + Money and Avios Part-Payment

The actual amount of seats on British Airways flights that can be booked with Avios can be more than the guaranteed amount depending on the aircraft type, demand and route. BA usually increase Avios seats close to departure where they have surplus unsold revenue seats to ensure the aircraft does not fly with too many empty seats. It’s common for example on New York (JFK) flights to see as many as eight Club World seats bookable with Avios last minute on several flights per day on this high-frequency route.

Unfortunately, the number of first-class Avios seats will not be doubled, noting BA has retired many aircraft with a first-class cabin during the pandemic. BA may release some Avios seats in first on flights with a first cabin, but there is no strict rule for this and no guaranteed minimum.

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