99% of British Airways Avios collectors do not know that BA also has a second redemption chart.
I bet that most of you have never seen this chart before (click to enlarge):
You can see the original by clicking here to ba.com and scrolling down to click on ‘Partner Airlines’ and then ‘Avios costs for booking on two or more oneworld airlines’.
This is the reward chart that British Airways uses to price redemptions which include two or more oneworld partner airlines, excluding British Airways.
If, for example, you flew from London to Dubai on Qantas and then caught a Qatar Airways flight to Doha, it would be priced using the chart above.
The chart is for economy travel. Multiply by two for business class and by three for first class. If you mix classes, I think that BA pro-ratas the price based on the length of each flight (at least, that is how Iberia Plus does it).
This chart never devalued!
This chart was generally seen as poor value for your points, which is another reason why it was generally ignored by most Avios collectors.
Post the April 2015 Avios devaluation, however, we may need to revisit this. For a start, the multipliers used on this chart did not change. A standard Avios redemption in Business Class now costs 3 x the price of an Economy Class redemption. Using this chart, it still only costs 2 x.
It is possible that, in some circumstances, this chart could now end up being cheaper than the normal Avios reward chart.
Unlike the general Avios redemption chart, the multi-partner chart is not segment based. It is based on a price for your entire trip (outbound and return if booking a return) however many flights it involves – that is why it goes up to 50,000 miles.
Let’s say you want to fly to Edinburgh to Tokyo, return, in Business Class:
You could book, on one ticket, Finnair from Edinburgh to Helsinki and then a connection on Japan Airlines from Helsinki to Tokyo, and return. That would be 11,800 flown miles so – using the ‘two partner chart’ above – 180,000 Avios points in Business Class (2x).
Booked as individual flights, it is the same price coincidentally. A return flight from Edinburgh to Helsinki in Business Class is 30,000 Avios whilst a return from Helsinki to Tokyo is 150,000 Avios. This is priced from the usual Avios pricing chart. The total, again, is 180,000 Avios points.
However …. using the oneworld partner chart gives you more flexibility for the same cost. You can fly up to 14,000 miles without using any additional Avios. As Edinburgh – Helsinki – Tokyo is only 11,800 miles return, you could add on extra trips – such as 2,200 miles-worth of Japanese domestic flights – for free.
(You could, of course, also fly from the UK to Japan on BA via Heathrow – which makes more sense at just 150,000 Avios return in Business Class – but I am trying to show an example where you would use two or more oneworld airline partners.)
The number of times you will use this reward table are few and far between. It is worth remembering it exists, however, especially when planning complex multi-stop trips in premium classes.
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