Twitter, the blogosphere, heck the entire miles and points world is up in arms over an e-mail British Airways sent out this morning. Here’s the quick version (aka the one graphic that’ll tell you all you need to know):
British Airway’s succinct changes.
So just to summarize:
- 4,500 Avios award dies officially on 2 February 2016.
- 7,500 Avios points becomes the “floor” for North American routes.
- 7,500 Avios awards do not change.
But wait, its not the end of the world!
4,500 Avios awards still exist with excellent availability, outside of North America!
Check out one that I’ve flown, from Doha to Dubai:
Or another region perhaps, Hong Kong to Taipei?
So there you have it. The world hasn’t ended, you’ll just have to pay a little bit more for those short hops up in North America.
British Airways’ announcement of the end of 4,500 point awards in North America is unfortunate, but I don’t see it as the end of the world. There is great availability elsewhere. The real question that this all raises for me, is whether something said a few days ago on an American Airlines earning call, could have somehow influenced this.