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You can redeem Avios on US Airways from 31st March 2014

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The ‘on / off’ merger of US Airways with American Airlines is now, finally, ‘on’.  The deal will complete in the next few days.

Integrating the two carriers under the American Airlines brand will be a long process, albeit one that has been seen numerous times in the US in recent years.  Over a period of years, planes will be repainted, schedules co-ordinated and service levels equalised.

From a frequent flyer point of view, the key point is that US Airways will leave Star Alliance on 30th March 2014.  On 31st March, it will join its new parent, American Airlines, in the oneworld alliance.

British Airways is also a member of the oneworld alliance, and allows reciprocal ‘earning and burning’ of miles.  This means that, from 31st March, you will be able to book US Airways flights with your Avios points.  You will also be able to earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with US Airways.

(If you have any US Airways miles and were planning to use them for Star Alliance travel, you need to start planning that redemption now.  Note that, after 31st March, you will not be able to change an existing Star Alliance redemption – the only option available will be to rebook using oneworld airlines.)

The US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyer schemes will also be merged.  No date has been announced yet, but it is almost certain that US Airways miles will transfer at 1:1 into American Airlines.  If you have status with US Airways, you will receive the equivalent level of AA status.

US Airways has key hubs in:

  • Charlotte
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Washington National

Anyone travelling to those parts of the US will see the most benefit.  However, in total there will be 60 airports where you can go with Avios for the first time – 56 in the US, along with 3 in Canada and 1 in Mexico.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (16)

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  • Gordon says:

    Do you need to wait to 31st March or will it be possible to book before for departures after that date

  • Adam (sigma421) says:

    This will also allow another option for those based in Scotland since US Airways fly directly from EDI and GLA to Philadelphia. Avios has become a much more attractive scheme for Scotland based collectors in the last few months!

    • Alan says:

      Indeed so – and a lovely new BA lounge at EDI to enjoy before your flight too 🙂

  • Henry says:

    I apologise for such a simple question. But how do you redeem Avios with Star Alliance partners? Do you just go through their booking system? I have just found out about Avios and this site!

  • Andy says:

    Sounds great to me, another option for flights out of Manchester to the States 🙂

  • Luke says:

    On a slightly unrelated note. Does anyone know how long it takes for the Lloyds Bank Duo Avios to hit your Avios account? I got my first statement from them a week ago but still they haven’t credited the Avios to my account, or do you think they’ve created a separate Avios account, if so will they send me the details?

    • zark says:

      The Lloyds Avios hit my Avios account the day after Lloyds statement date. They also managed to get the Avios quantaties correct for their start up promotion (2.5 Avios / £ for Amex spend).
      My Lloyds and old Avios account names are exactly the same, so maybe that is your problem?
      Lloyds and Avios link via your name as Lloyds don’t ask you for your Avios account number.
      Hope this helps

      • Luke says:

        Hi, thanks for your help. I used the avios.com live chat and it turns out Lloyds found an old air miles account from the 90s lol They’ve now merged them.

  • Jermyn says:

    RIP US Airways Dividend Miles; quite possibly, the best airline loyalty program ever.

    In Feb I have 4 F flights and 1 J flight booked on *A carriers, taking in LHR, BKK, HKG, ICN and NRT. Total cost $386 in fees and 100,000 miles (which I bought for around £700).

    London to Barcelona via Buenos Aires, as an Intra-Europe award? No problem, just need to speak to a phone agent who thinks that Argentina and Spain are the same place. The joys of the US Airways manual booking system…

  • David says:

    I have a pot of US miles and am looking forward to being able to use them on BA soon! Got them all from churning their US based credit card, which is an unbeatable deal – 35,000 miles after first purchase, no minimum spend required, and first year annual fee waived. I’ve received 4 separate 35k bonuses for spending $1 and closing the card 4 times!

  • ABC says:

    Do you expect a difference between IB avios and BA avois regarding taxes on US airways?

    • Rob says:

      Unlikely, based on how Iberia treats other oneworld partners.

      And remember that bookings on oneworld partners via Iberia Plus are NOT cancellable and NOT changeable!

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