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New Avios options from the regions in 2014 with US Airways

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I wrote last week about the US Government approval for the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.  As part of the merger, US Airways will resign from Star Alliance on 30th March 2014 and join BA and American Airlines in the oneworld alliance on 31st March.

From this date, you will be able to book US Airways flights using Avios.

To be honest, I wasn’t aware of the extent of the US Airways network from the UK.  However, it is surprisingly broad and will open up some interesting options from next year.

These are routes currently flown by US Airways from the UK:

London to Charlotte

London to Philadelphia

Manchester to Charlotte (starts May 2014)

Manchester to Philadelphia

Edinburgh to Philadelphia (starts May 2014)

Glasgow to Philadelphia

Dublin (I know its not UK!) to Philadelphia

Dublin (ditto) to Charlotte (seasonal)

Shannon (ditto) to Philadelphia (seasonal)

Now, you may never have wanted to go to Philadelphia.  However, US Airways has a major hub in Philadelphia, and can connect you from there to pretty much anywhere else you want to go.

Don’t forget that American Airlines also offers regional services to the US:

Manchester to New York

Dublin to New York

Dublin to Chicago

None of this makes up for British Airways failing to offer regional long-haul departures, of course, but the US / American merger will definitely lead to an improvement in the Avios offering for those outside the South East.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2022)

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 (27)

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  • aceman says:

    I’m guessing the PHL-LAS route will be one favoured by those wishing to maximise their TP earnings (currently about £500 return for one assumes 420tp), CLT falls just short of 2k miles. Economy US is OK, individual screens, not a huge amount of space, but bearable to PHL/CLT. Connections from both were pretty decent. Another thing I remember from way back (so not sure if its remained constant) is that there didn’t seem to be a large surcharge for one way fares, which is always handy.

  • feenster says:

    not forgetting DUB departures also!! Just thinking the taxes may be much lower.

  • MilesFromBlighty says:

    PHL has one of the most over-efficient immigration services I have ever seen. 1 in 2 people on my flight from LHR were sent to secondary inspection. I won’t go back.
    Along with Detroit and Minneapolis, I avoid places I have had bad immigration experiences.

    • James67 says:

      It is due to drama like this I have only been to USA once since 2005. Cannot stand the endless hassle anymore

  • onlysuites says:

    I wonder if Avios will impose YQ’s as US has been one airline for years that does not impose any.

  • Henry says:

    How does one book a ticket with avios points with airlines in the one world alliance? I’m a newbie, so please go easy.

    Do I just log onto BA Exec Club club site and search flights through there? Will it display all one world partners?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, its that easy. They will show automatically on alongside BA flights.

      However, you can often benefit by digging down deeper. for eg will only show flights with close connections. If you search, say, London to Hawaii it may show nothing. However, it is possible that you could, say, do London to Dallas on American, stay over for 24 hours and then catch a connection to Hawaii. In such cases, it is worth looking for availability leg by leg and then trying to knit something together yourself.

  • Arno says:

    I have flown US to Halifax (canada) via Philly (From Manchester). It was economie and it was actually ok. It was an A330 so it was a 2-4-2 layout. I survived and it was ok. Worse bit was a 7 hour stop over in Philly on the way out.

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