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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.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (21)

  • 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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