New British Airways Executive Club Avios Partner Award Chart from 30 May 2019 - 3% to 39% (?!) Increase in Business/First Class

After much speculation and apprehension, British Airways Executive Club has just launched their brand new Partner Award Charts that goes live effective immediately - while all existing redemption bookings are not affected by this change (unless you make a change that requires re-ticketing), all future redemption bookings using British Airways Executive Club Avios will follow the new chart now.

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Photo Credit: British Airways

Photo Credit: British Airways

While it is not exactly easy to earn British Airways Executive Club Avios in Singapore (especially now that Mileslife is no longer functioning), one of the best ways to do so is to use an eligible credit card issued by Citibank (e.g. Citi Rewards or the Citi PremierMiles Visa Card) or by American Express (I highly recommend The Platinum Card and signing-up for one using my unique referral link will get you an additional 40,000 Membership Rewards points which you can convert into at least 25,000 Avios).

Zones Distance Business Class First Class
Old New % Increase Old New % Increase
Zone 1 1 – 650 9,000 12,500 38.9% 18,000 24,000 33.3%
Zone 2 651 – 1,151 15,000 16,500 10.0% 30,000 33,000 10.0%
Zone 3 1,152 – 2,000 20,000 22,000 10.0% 40,000 44,000 10.0%
Zone 4 2,001 – 3,000 37,500 38,750 3.3% 50,000 51,500 3.0%
Zone 5 3,001 – 4,000 60,000 62,000 3.3% 80,000 82,500 3.1%
Zone 6 4,001 – 5,500 75,000 77,250 3.0% 100,000 103,000 3.0%
Zone 7 5,501 – 6,500 90,000 92,750 3.1% 120,000 123,750 3.1%
Zone 8 6,501 – 7,000 105,000 108,250 3.1% 140,000 144,250 3.0%
Zone 9 7,000+ 150,000 154,500 3.0% 200,000 206,000 3.0%

According to the newly-released partner award chart, the number of Avios required for a redemption flight on a partner airline in Business and First Class will range from 3.0% to 38.9%. Fortunately, the bulk of these increases are on short-haul flights but if you are based in Singapore and typically use your Avios for flights on Cathay Pacific, you will notice that a one-way flight in Business Class from Singapore will increase to 16,500 (+10%) and 22,000 (+10%) for destination cities like Bangkok and Hong Kong respectively.

Photo Credit: Cathay Pacific

Photo Credit: Cathay Pacific

However, if you are planning to use your Avios for longer-haul flights, the increases for Zones 4-9 fluctuate between 3.0% to 3.3% only (and that in my opinion, is fairly reasonable). While it is strange that British Airways decided not to publish the changes until the date of change (30 May 2019), the devaluation is actually quite minimal for travellers looking to put their Avios to long-haul and medium-haul flights. If you are traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Hong Kong however, it might be good to bring Singapore Airlines (using KrisFlyer Miles) back into the equation.