If you’ve heard of Avios then you will know about the Reward Flight Saver (RFS) scheme. The scheme lets you redeem Avios for flights and limits amount charged for taxes and fees. For a one-way redemption in economy the fees are capped at £17.50, in business class fees are capped at £25. With the Reward Flight Saver scheme being limited to a maximum distance of 2,000 miles the majority of flights are on short-haul aircraft, and as such only offer economy, premium economy and business class. There is no option on these short-haul flights to travel in first class, as the cabin simply does not exist. But there is an exception to the rule, being that the London Heathrow to Moscow flight is operated on a long-haul aircraft with a first class cabin, and as such you can book a redemption flight in first class one-way for £27.50 + 34,000 Avios off-peak (40,000 Avios peak). This is the cheapest way to experience British Airways first class.
Flights are daily and there is ample space if you are looking to redeem Avios for the journey. Cash prices for the 4 hour flight are £2,962 one-way. Paying £27.50 and 34,000 Avios instead gives an excellent value of almost 9 pence per Avios.
The flight can be booked directly on the British Airways site for £27.50 + 34,000 Avios off-peak (40,000 Avios peak).
Boost Your Avios Balance
If you’re looking for a quick way to boost your existing Avios balance and don’t already have a one of the British Airways American Express credit cards consider signing up as they are currently running a promotion with increased signup bonuses.
The basic, and free, British Airways American Express credit card has an increased bonus from the usual 3,000 Avios to 6,000 Avios. The bonus is credited when you spend £1,000 or more in your first three months of opening the account.
The enhanced British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card, with a £195 annual fee, has an increased bonus from the usual 18,000 Avios to 26,000 Avios. The bonus is credited when you spend £3,000 or more in your first three months of opening the account.
View the full details and sign up to the British Airways American Express credit card directly on the American Express site. Scroll to the bottom of the page to choose the enhanced British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card.