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A new Avios travel app for iOS – Avios Flight Finder

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If you have an iPhone or iPad there is a new (beta) Avios travel app now available in the App Store – Avios Flight Finder.  It is not available on Android at the moment unfortunately.

It does what it says on the tin.  It is a fairly straightforward app that lets you search for Avios flight availability from London.  You can pick a specific month or you can have the app show you everything available.  Once you have found seats, the app drops into a version of the booking page to allow you to book your flight.

This app makes it substantially quicker to look for availability over long periods.  This is probably bad news from BA!

For example, it took me just 14 seconds from opening the app to discover that the first day that I can get 2 people to Los Angeles in Club World is Sunday January 1st 2015.  The first day I can get 2 people to San Francisco is November 25th.

Some of the findings are bizarre.  On the 4th July I can get 4 people to San Diego in Club World.  That is the ONLY day in the next 355 days, according to the app, that there are two San Diego seats in Club World available.  On December 31st, February 15th, March 17th and May 20th there is one seat.   That is to a destination which, frankly, is unlikely to be attracting floods of redemptions.

I really don’t think BA wants people to be able to discover this information in 14 seconds ….

Avios Flight Finder app

Here are some things you should know before using it:

it is an and not BA app, so to book via the app you need to have your Avios in and not – otherwise you will need to use the normal BA website has better availability for European economy redemptions than BA.  If you need to book one of those seats, you will need to do it via and so you wouldn’t be able to use a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher.

the app does not appear to show partner airlines in the headline search (eg Flybe, Aurigny, Monarch, Air Malta) although it will bring up their flights during the booking process – I found Air Malta seats for example.

airports only served by partners (eg Guernsey) are not on the drop-down city list so you cannot search for them at all.  The reason Air Malta comes up is that BA also has its own flights to Malta.

it only lets you search for flights from London.  If you want to look for a one-way flight TO London you would need to pretend you wanted to fly a return trip.

the app will not show oneworld partner airline seats because you can only book those airlines via and not via

All in all, though, I was impressed – as a way of checking reward seats on British Airways flights on the go it is quick and it is easy.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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 (67)

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  • pazza2000 says:

    This app clearly shows you how little availability there is in premium to the W.Coast. That aside, at least it saves you a chunk of time in coming to this conclusion.

  • idrive says:

    is there a difference if i book an award on or i want to bring 2 luggages with me using the benefit of the MarcoPolo Gold card…is that possible or that applies only to cash tickets?

    • Rob says:

      It doesn’t matter where you book, just show the Cathay card at check-in or use the Finnair or Qatar Manage My Booking sites to add it.

      Same benefits apply to both cash and award tickets so you’re fine.

  • Gordon says:

    Has the app gone offline? Im getting a black screen on my ipad

  • Nun says:

    Why does BA have this in the UK app store and not the US app store?

    • Dh says: actually posted it. Having written to them about a US post, they said that u must reside in the UK to be part of their program and they have no intention of a USosting

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