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BA Avios update

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I've had 127,000 BA avios for a few years now - have found absolutely NO flights available any time I've tried to use them. Int'l, domestic, partner airlines, etc. etc. ---- nothing has been available. And I've also noticed that in the unlikely event that I could find a way to fly with them, British Airways extracts a hefty fee in addition to the miles. It's been bugging me for years.

Seriously, I was pretty much over it.

But then in looking at hotel reviews on TripAdvisor for a domestic trip we are planning for next fall, lo and behold someone gives a good review for a hotel I'm considering --- and mentions they used their avios to pay.

Wait! What??? You can use the avios for hotels? Off to the BA website and yes, hallelujah, it's true!

So I used 127,000 avios (plus $92) to book a fancy schmancy hotel for four nights (a $1396 value) in downtown Washington DC. I am so happy.

Of course, because I am getting a great hotel for hardly any money, but probably most of all because I no longer have any avios to mess with my mind!

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