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Avios drops three redemption partners – Monarch, Air Malta, Aurigny – starting next week

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Avios (as in and not British Airways Executive Club) has, with no communication to members, announced on a quiet corner of its website that it is dropping three airline redemption partners.

This kicks in from next Wednesday.

What is happening?

When the Avios scheme was launched in late 2011, brought in a range of new airline partners alongside BA and Iberia.

As per this page, it is a little known fact that you can redeem Avios on Air Malta, Aurigny (the Channel Islands airline) and Monarch.

These redemptions are with, not British Airways Executive Club.  To book them, you need to open an account and use the ‘Combine My Avios‘ function to move Avios from BAEC into  There is no charge to move your Avios and you can reverse the transaction if required.

These partnerships are now being wound down.

Monarch – ending 4th January 2017

This one comes with surprisingly little notice.  The ability to book Avios redemption seats on Monarch will end on 4th January 2017.

Tickets booked before that date will remain valid.  Existing bookings can be cancelled.  The Avios website also says that bookings can be ‘amended’ although I don’t see how that can be possible because there will be no redemption availability showing in the booking system to allow a flight change.

I’ve never flown Monarch.  However, here is an old trip report from a US blogger who redeemed Avios to fly from Luton to Mallorca with Monarch.  It does sound like fun ….

Monarch flies from Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Luton, Gatwick and Birmingham.  Their website is here.

I ran some pricing examples on Monarch and the value per point was not dreadful.  Leeds Bradford to Palma is 15,000 Avios plus £93.  A cash ticket for dates in May, which had redemption availability, was £131 for a ‘flight only’ ticket and £185 for an ‘essentials’ ticket which included a suitcase and seat selection.  Assuming that you would check in a suitcase – and Avios tickets come with one piece of luggage – it would have worked out at around 0.61p per Avios.  That is not great but better value than, say, a wine redemption.

Aurigny – ending 1st April 2017

Aurigny flies to various Channel Islands destinations from Gatwick, London City, Bristol, Southampton, East Midlands, Stansted and Manchester.  You can see a full list of routes by visiting their website and clicking on ‘Timetable’.

Availability from Gatwick is good.  For a random midweek date in June 2017, there were six departures to Guernsey available (economy seats only) and a return ticket would cost you 9,000 Avios plus £35 in tax.

These are OK deals.  A typical cash ticket for the dates I checked was £99 return.  That is around 0.72p per Avios of value.

Air Malta – ending 1st April 2017

The Air Malta partnership will also end on 1st April.  Tickets booked before that date will remain valid and can still be cancelled if necessary.

This was always a bit of an odd partnership.  When it was launched, BA did not fly to Malta and so it filled a gap in what was presumably seen as a core target market for Avios customers.  British Airways launched its own flights to Malta a couple of years ago which meant that this partnership became less valuable.

As with all of these partner airlines, you can seach for Air Malta flights using the standard reward booking site. If there is availability, it will show up but only in Economy.

Seats have historically been available on the scheduled routes from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester to Malta.  You do not tend to see redemptions offered on some of the Summer seasonal routes from smaller UK airports.

Economy flights from Gatwick cost 20,000 Avios return plus £55 of tax.  Business class is not available.  This is poor value compared to the British Airways flights which, on off peak dates, require 17,000 Avios return plus £35 of tax.


There is currently a lot of ‘tidying up’ being done at Avios.  We have seen various redemption options dropped (see this article) including theme park tickets, sporting holidays, Eurostar tickets and the ability to earn and redeem Avios on package holiday bookings.  We now have the loss of three airline partnerships.

My best guess is that this is all in preparation for the full merger of the various schemes on the platform.  Aer Lingus AerClub was launched on this model – if you want to redeem your points, you are diverted to to do so.  The same will presumably soon be true for British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus members.

In order to do this, Avios needs to drop partnerships which would conflict with these airline partners.  Eurostar conflicts with BA and I doubt BA would want Executive Club members to be able to redeem for it directly.  Earning and spending Avios on package holidays conflicts with BA Holidays.  Redeeming on Monarch, Air Malta and Aurigny conflicts, on some routes, with British Airways.

At some point we should start to see benefits from this move.  Royal Air Maroc, for example, is adopting Avios as its currency which should bring extra reward availability to Morocco and, via connections, into parts of Africa not served by British Airways.

In the short term, though, redemption options will get worse before they get better.  This is especially bad news for flyers outside London who will see a sharp drop in the number of flights on which they can redeem their Avios points.

You can learn more about the airline redemption changes on here.  You will note, with irony, that the slogan on the page is ‘Giving You Choice’.

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

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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

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (44)

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  • David says:

    Is seems that unless you live around London you are at an increasing disadvantage! Any chance of an update to Favourites No. 10 for us northern Avios users?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I know – once we get past 1st April I will update those articles (which, handily, will give me some ‘filler’ for when we are away over Easter!).

  • James67 says:

    OT: just joined Aerclub and linked account to avios. Anybody any idea when we get the 250 bonus avios? Thanks.

    • Andrew* says:

      I signed up the day I got my invitation (07/12) and no points yet…. I emailed them about when points would post late last night, no response yet…

  • Jim23 says:


    I’m trying to book some pay with cash, upgrade with Avios flights to Toronto next May. If I select this option it says £1457+48,000 avios, yet I could book these exact flights in WT+ for £689. If I purchase these WT+ flights can I just upgrade them for 48k avios in manage my booking after purchase?

    • James67 says:

      I believe so but if not, or the availability suddenly, disappears then you can cancel your WTP seats within 24h of booking them.

  • Kipto says:


    Can someone remind me the cut off date for being refunded 1000 Avios as a result of BA no longer serving food on short haul routes.

  • Andy says:

    Thanks for the reminder Rob. Just booked BHX-BCN for June cruise with Monarch. £185+30K for 2 of us Adios compared to Ryanair £400. And I can cancel and rebook if the price falls. But with so many Avios and no sign of being able to use them on L/H BA I’m always looking at outlets.

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