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British Airways is launching buy on Board for food and drink for its short haul economy flights from January 2017 and you can redeem your Avios airmiles on the Marks & Spencer sandwiches that are on offer.

Although not all the rates have been finalised, Business Traveller magazine reveals the items that have.

A Mature Cheddar Cheese Ploughmans will cost £3.00 or 375 Avios (valuing your Avios at £0.008)
Lightly salted hand cooked crisps will cost £1.00 or 125 (valuing your Avios at £0.008)
Water will cost £1.80 or 225 (valuing your Avios at £0.008)
English breakfast tea/Java republic coffee will cost £2.30 or 300 (valuing your Avios at under £0.008)
Spirit & mixer (G&T) will cost £6.00 or 750 (valuing your Avios at £0.008)
Wine will cost £4.50 or 575 (valuing your Avios at just under £0.008)

This comes in at slightly under what I believe an Avios to be worth (which is £0.01). Your alternative is to spend your Avios on Club Europe where food and drink is included.

This new option to redeem your Avios for food and drink on board is a good idea although not overly generous. Certainly it will enable flyers to get food and drink on board without having to put their hands in their wallets.

The airline says that the new M&S menus will be changed seasonally (each quarter). Marks & Spencer will supply the “Food on the Go”, but drinks will be supplied via airline supplier, Tourvest.

If you enjoyed this article you may also want to take a first look at Heathrow terminal 6 and enjoy my airline reviews and my experiences in British Airways First and Business Class on the B777 and the B747 Jumbo.

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