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.
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.
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 (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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