How to maximise your Avios earning when flying with BA airline partners

It seems strange, but British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus do not have the same earning rates for oneworld partner flights.  This means that, in some cases, it is preferable to credit a cash flight on a specific airline to Iberia Plus rather than to British Airways.

This article provides a full list of these cases, and it is worth referring back to it when you find yourself booked on a oneworld airline partner.

You need to be clear about two caveats, however:

If you credit a flight to Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club, you obviously will not earn BA tier points.  If tier points are important, credit to BA irrespective of miles earned.

If you have British Airways status, the status bonus you receive when flying American Airlines or Japan Airlines closes the gap between the earning rates.  You do not get a status bonus on the other carriers listed below.

Remember that it is easy to transfer Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways, using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on either website.  An Iberia account must be 90 days old before you can transfer in or out.

You may need to check with your travel agent – or use an app such as MyFlights – to discover the exact underlying ticket bucket for your flight.

The % figure in the list below refers to the proportion of the miles flown which will be earned for that particular flight.  So, in the first example, a 1000 mile flight in Economy (sub-class G) on American Airlines earns 500 Avios in Iberia Plus but only 250 Avios in British Airways Executive Club.

American Airlines:

Economy – G, S earn 50% in IB (25% BA)

Cathay Pacific:

Economy – K, L, M, V earn 50% in IB (25% BA), H earns 100% in BA (50% in IB)

Finnair:

Economy – S, N earn 50% in IB (25% BA), H earns 100% IB (70% BA)

Japan Airlines:

Economy – K earns 70% in IB (50% BA)

Business – I earns 125% in BA (70% IB)

LAN and TAM / LATAM:

Economy – V, X, S, N earns 50% in IB (25% BA)

Premium Economy – W earns 110% in BA (100% IB)

Malaysia:

Economy – M earns 50% in BA (25% in IB)

Qantas:

Economy – K, L, M, S, V earns 50% in IB (25% in BA)

Qatar:

Economy – T earns 50% in IB (25% in BA)

Royal Jordanian:

Economy – P, K, R, M, V earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), H earns 100% in IB (25% in BA)

S7:

Economy – M, R, T, L, V, S earn 50% in IB (25%in BA), K earns 100% in BA (50% in IB)

Sri Lankan:

Economy – V, S, N earn 50% in IB (25% in BA), B, P, H, K, W, M, E earn 100% in IB (50% in BA), L, R earns 100% in IB (25% in BA)

In addition, remember that you earn Avios in British Airways Executive Club with:

Aer Lingus

Alaska Airlines

Meridiana

and you can earn Avios in Iberia Plus with:

Interjet (Mexico)

TACA (Latin America)

Royal Air Maroc

Meridiana

Binter (Canaries)

Avianca (restrictions apply)

LEVEL (the new IAG long-haul low cost airline)

Vueling

Air Nostrum

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Comments

  1. OT: How can I transfer Amex MR to my ANA (All Nippon) account?

    • I assume they are a Starwood partner, that is likely to be the best route. Assuming you move chunks of 40,000 Amex, you’re going 40,000 Amex to 20,000 SPG to 25,000 ANA due to the 5k bonus for moving 20,000 SPG at once.

      • wow – that’s an amazing devaluation of Amex MR

        • If you want ANA, why not transfer to Virgin and book via Flying Club, assuming (and this is a big assumption) that FC has the same availability as ANA offers its own members?