Get your Airmiles spent, before Avios reintroduce tax charges
If you’re a frequent flyer with a big bundle of Airmiles stashed away, you might want to think about using them sooner rather than later. From 16th November, Airmiles will be rebranded as Avios, but the rules will be changing as well – and not necessarily for the better.
From that date a couple of weeks from now, taxes and charges will be applicable separately to flights booked with the Avios miles – since 2008, fares have been all-inclusive. The world has also been broken down into various zones, with different values placed on them and some tax-savings available if you’re a member of the Reward Flight Saver scheme.
If you fear change, brace yourself because there’s more. Airmile values will multiply by ten in order to become Avios points. The British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus reward schemes will also be incorporated into Avios, possibly leading to a super-strength flight reward point scheme giant that will one day roam the earth, indiscriminately devouring us all.
The Airmiles/Avios site has some of the advice that you’ll need but to be honest, our good friends at MoneySaving Expert came up with a much more succinct guide when the changes were announced in September. Props to you Martin Lewis. PROPS!