American Airlines and AAdvantage

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can use your British Airways Avios points for American Airlines flights. Domestic flights in the US are particularly good value because there are no taxes added.

Our main article explaining how to use your Avios points for domestic US flights with American is here. You will also find articles on how to earn and spend American's own miles among the articles below.

It’s back! £1,200 Club World to Hawaii, £995 to JFK and other BA sale bargains

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EDIT: British Airways added some date restrictions to these Dublin fares a few days after this article was published. To get the fares quoted in this article – which can be bought until 22nd September – you must take your OUTBOUND transatlantic flight between the following […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 3 – How to Upgrade With Avios

Avios Redemption University

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.  These articles now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a […]

20% bonus on SPG transfers to American extended to 31st

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American Airlines has extended its promotion with Starwood Preferred Guest by another three weeks.  Until August 31st, you will receive a 20% bonus on conversions of Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, W etc) hotel points to American Airlines. AA still awards 100% of miles […]

25% bonus Avios on First / Business returns to New York or Los Angeles


British Airways has launched an interesting – and slightly risky! – promotion in association with its transatlantic partner American Airlines. Between now and October 31st, you will receive 25% bonus Avios for any First Class or Club World / Business return flight between London and […]

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles


Being able to upgrade British Airways tickets using Avios is a well known feature of the programme. Whilst upgrades from World Traveller / Economy are restricted to full fare tickets – although this is due to be extended to cheaper tickets in late 2015 – […]

Bits: Qantas reduces Avios fuel surcharge, AA Avios booking problems, UK airport expansion

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News in brief: Qantas cuts fuel surcharges on Avios tickets again There has been another small victory in the war on fuel surcharges on Avios redemptions! British Airways has already scrapped fuel surcharges on short-haul redemptions which means that Reward Flight Saver redemptions are often […]

Bits: Accor Summer sale, another ‘buy AA miles’ sale, Shangri-La deal for Asia visitors

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News in brief: Accor launches ‘up to 40% off’ Summer sale Accor, the Novotel / Sofitel / Mercure / Ibis etc group, has launched a Summer sale with quoted discounts of up to 40%. It covers the entire Summer, valid for stays until August 30th. […]

Bits: £59 Amazon Prime, 1000 Clubcard points on Fuji cameras and Lego, American scraps First to Heathrow

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Some news in brief: Amazon Prime reduced from £79 to £59 for 48 hours Some HFP readers received a targetted offer from American Express recently for £10 cashback on a £35 purchase in July.  If you have not yet redeemed that, here is an interesting […]

20% bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest conversions to American Airlines

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There are two good reasons why you may be considering building up some American Airlines miles at the moment: The free UK credit card has a 15,000 mile sign-up bonus AA still awards 100% of miles flown when you credit economy BA flights, compared to […]

Some amazing redemptions on Etihad partners – eg 36,000 miles return Europe to New York in Business!

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On July 8th, Etihad Guest devalues its reward chart sharply – by over 50% in some cases.  This came as a major shock to members when it was announced last month. You can read details of the devaluation and comments from HFP readers here. What […]

15,000 free American Airlines miles with their UK credit card

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American Airlines has tripled the sign-up bonus on its UK credit cards from 5,000 miles to 15,000 miles.  This is the same offer which ran twice during 2014. Whilst a far cry from the amazing 35,000 miles they offered in early 2013 – which was […]

Should you start crediting BA economy flights to American Airlines AAdvantage?

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If you are still crediting your British Airways economy tickets to British Airways Executive Club, it may be time – for some people – for a rethink. The Avios changes at the end of April were pretty brutal if you fly on discounted British Airways economy […]

Buying points: 25% Avios bonus, 20% Virgin bonus, 40% Hyatt bonus, 35% American Airlines discount

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There are a number of bonus offers available at the moment for buying points.  In general, this is never a great idea unless you only need a small number to top off your account or you need the miles at short notice.  Over the longer […]

1,000 free American Airlines miles for watching a video

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American Airlines is offering 1,000 free American AAdvantage miles for watching six short videos about the wonders of the AA loyalty programme. As well as boosting your balance, it will have the added benefit of resetting the expiry date of your miles by another 18 […]

Alaska scraps its 100% earnings for BA flights overnight – when will American follow?

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On the face of it, the fact that Alaska Airways has cut the credit it gives for BA flights does not seem important. Few people even know that Alaska (which is not a oneworld member) is a BA partner although I did an overview of […]

Where to buy airline and hotel points

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This page contains links to the ‘buy miles’ or ‘buy points’ sections of the major airline and hotel schemes. Click on the link to be taken directly to the ‘buy’ page. Airlines: American AAdvantage British Airways Executive Club Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) Iberia […]