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New Avios flight finder tool – pick a date, see what cities are available

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American Airlines recently launched a new interactive map to help people find reward seats.

It is pretty effective and it would be good to see British Airways launch something similar.  Until they do, though, you will find that the AA version still does the job nicely for British Airways Avios availability.

You can find the AA Award Map here.

Effectively, it lets you pick the dates you want to travel and then comes up with a list of possible destinations.  It works for BA flights as well as AA.

Award Map 2

For example, this is what you get for the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 19th October departing from London to anywhere in Europe.  It shows results for British Airways and other oneworld partners including airberlin.

You need to tweak the options for the best results.

It suggest Gdansk in Poland as an option, for example.  The suggested routing was London to Frankfurt on BA, Frankfurt to Berlin on airberlin and Berlin to Gdansk on airberlin.  That is a little excessive for a weekend break so select ‘direct flights only’.

You should also ignore the mileage requirements shown.  These are what it would cost to book the flights using American Airlines miles rather than Avios points.

If you are the sort of person who first looks for a gap in their diary and then tries to find an idea for a holiday to fit around it, this could be a great help.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (21)

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  • reds says:

    OT, does anyone know if the IT glitch has been fixed regarding booking etihad flights with AA miles?

  • James says:

    Doesn’t work for me on firefox, the map loads initially but when I change the departure airport it doesn’t refresh the map

  • Gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    I’m loving the random geographical subdivisions on the map.

  • VV says:

    bawayday is not available anymore?

  • Jonathan says:

    Whilst a great idea I cannot get it to return sensible returns. And when I pick a random one it does find, nothing happens when I click on the ‘book now’ option. It’s all quite disappointing really.

  • TOM DAWSON says:

    WHEN I HIT THE BOOK NOW OPTION NOTHING HAPPENS.

    • Gill says:

      Yes, seems to be not quite finished.
      How can I find the map from the menu options on AA?

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