British Airways Enhances Loyalty Offerings with Avios-Only Flights to Barbados and Geneva

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 16, 2024 08:30 AMNews
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British Airways is set to delight its frequent flyers by adding exclusive Avios-only flights to Barbados and Geneva, catering to both sun seekers and ski enthusiasts during the British winter school holidays. This strategic move taps into the popular trend of leveraging loyalty programs to enhance customer satisfaction and retention.

Scheduled to depart from London Heathrow, the service to Barbados will be operated by a Boeing 787-10, featuring the airline's latest Club Suite in business class. Despite the availability of a first-class cabin, these seats will not be open for redemption on these flights. The outbound journey to Bridgetown is slated for February 15, 2024, with the return flight on February 22, 2024, ensuring a week of Caribbean bliss for travelers using their Avios points.

Simultaneously, British Airways is also targeting winter sports enthusiasts with Avios-only flights to Geneva. Known for its proximity to prime skiing locations in the Swiss and French Alps, Geneva will be accessible on specific dates in February 2024, providing an ideal getaway for Avios collectors.

This initiative is part of a broader approach by British Airways to provide more value to its Executive Club members. According to Rob McDonald, Chief Commercial Officer of IAG Loyalty, the success of previous Avios-only flights has demonstrated the high demand for such tailored travel experiences, particularly during peak travel periods.

The announcement follows on the heels of last year's successful Avios-only flights and indicates a continued commitment by British Airways to leverage its loyalty program to meet the diverse needs of its passengers. With plans already in place for a long-haul Avios-only flight to Dubai in October 2024, British Airways is setting a robust example of how airlines can creatively engage their frequent flyers.

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