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The oneworld airline alliance, of which British Airways is a core and founder member, has announced the launch of oneworld connect.  This means new airlines on which you can earn and redeem Avios.

oneworld connect has the potential to be very interesting indeed.  It allows smaller airlines around the world to partner with oneworld but without having to go through the complex process of becoming a full member.  I imagine it is possible that Aer Lingus may go down this route.

Fiji Airways will be the first oneworld connect member.

Fiji Airways joins oneworld connect

Unfortunately, oneworld has made oneworld connect more complex than it really had to be.

Let me explain how it works.  Each airline joining oneworld connect has to be sponsored by at least three existing oneworld members.  As it happens, Fiji Airways has four sponsors:

  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Qantas

The reason I stress the names of the sponsors is that different benefits apply depending on whether you are a member of a sponsors frequent flyer programme or not.

Fiji Airways joins oneworld connect

This is how it works:

For holders of frequent flyer accounts with sponsoring airlines:

  • Through check-in of bags and passengers
  • Earn miles
  • Redeem miles
  • Earn tier / status points
  • Lounge access when flying the oneworld connect member

For holders of frequent flyer accounts with other oneworld airlines:

  • Access to priority check-in desks when flying the oneworld connect member for Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby members
  • Priority boarding for oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members

Here it is as a graphic:

oneworld connect rules

What this means is that, as a British Airways Executive Club member, you will be able to earn and redeem Avios of Fiji Airways, as well as accessing their lounges if you have British Airways Gold or Silver status and are flying Fiji Airways.

However, if you are – say – a Qatar Airways or  Royal Jordanian frequent flyer member – you will not get these benefits.  Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian are not sponsoring Fiji Airways into oneworld connect and so their members do not get any mileage benefits.  All they get is priority boarding and priority check-in.

In future, you may find other airlines joining oneworld connect with are not sponsored by British Airways, which means you won’t get much in the way of the benefits.

Fiji Airways joins oneworld connect

Where does Fiji Airways fly?

Quite a few places, surprisingly.  Here is their route network.

It appears that they fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Honolulu and a number of destinations in Australia and New Zealand.  Tokyo is being added next month.  This may make them an option if you are trying to find a round-the-house routing to Australasia.

The airline has a fleet of 18 aircraft including five long-haul Airbus A330.

When does this partnership launch?

We don’t know.  “A date will be announced in due course” said the release yesterday.  We’ll let you know.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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.

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 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (42)

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  • Gabriel says:

    Something is missing: “The oneworld airline alliance, of which is a core and founder member”!

    • Rob says:

      Nothing is missing. As we have mentioned various times, some Adblock software and browser combos are now removing hyperlinks from the text. You need to whitelist HFP.

      • Gabriel says:

        Sorry, it seems I missed the other mentions. 🙁

      • shd says:

        Would be really nice if you could put a * next to all affiliate links [and there are an awful lot of them on this site, aren’t there] … and provide a set of clean links too, just like MoneySavingExpert does it.

        Full disclosure and all that 🙂

        • Rob says:

          But no-one apart from MSE does that. And the reason is that, technically, it is unbelievably complex because links come and go and you can’t add or remove the asterisks which would be across 6,000 HFP articles.

        • Callum says:

          I don’t care about the asterisk (if I see a link I assume it’s an affiliate link – and so it should be), but it may be worth having a pop up like others sites do with adblock users.

          It should stop the daily comments about it – and I was equally confused when it first happened. I thought your editing skills had just suddenly gone downhill!

          • Rob says:

            I agree, I need to think about the best way to deal with it. The problem is that it is only a few browser / blocker combos that trigger it. Of our 15,000 daily site visitors it is only impacting a handful – not the 20% or so you would expect it. Oddly, neither myself nor the guy who writes the link management software we use can replicate the issue even if we use the exact same combo of browser and blocker.

  • sunguy says:

    As much as Im overjoyed at access to new airlines, I can see this becoming really messy – if there are say, 20 connect members, all with different sponsors makeups….

  • Dave Barron says:

    OT as no “bits” today – I’m very confused by some of what is showing me (not helped by AA flights not showing in terms of Detroit).

    Advice is sought on route options to either Chicago, Toronto or Detroit in April 2019 for visiting wife’s family (Eater holidays). Toronto is normally the cheapest option by some margin. Travelling would be 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 3 and 5). Now my youngest is over 2 the costs are much higher so Business isn’t viable for me and there’s no premium economy availability using Avios for 4 of us so sadly economy is probably likely. Newcastle is my local airport but would consider alternatives – have even looked at Dublin but the savings aren’t massive for economy when you factor in connection and probably a hotel. The cash price economy via Newcastle is an eye watering £2555 for all of us.

    I have a 241 available plus approx. 200k Avios. Via Newcastle I believe the cost should be 160k Avios plus £1043.84 excluding the 241 – so therefore 120k using it. However despite being UK Peak dates when I search without the 241 is shows a cheaper cost of 80k avios plus identical taxes for the 4 of us (a mistake? – Why does this show as cheaper minus the 241? Am I missing something? If I book would this be honoured by BA?

    Also when researching Dublin then I notice the 241 isn’t valid as outside the UK! Although the outbound leg would be off-peak from Dublin – different calendars I assume?

    Thanks in advance – and too much to hope there is another BA spend offer on my BAPP anytime soon to offset some of the taxes?!?

    • Sam says:

      Is it not 80k Avios each way rather than return?

      • Dave Barron says:

        I thought it was 40k each return but that’s not what total cost is showing as on booking screen. Clearly says 80k for 2 adults and 2 kids plus £1000ish taxes

    • marcw says:

      Are you aware that there’s currently a 50% off LH flights with Avios sale on? So should be 20K per person rtrn peak.

      • Dave Barron says:

        Yeah the pennies just dropped on that one! Cheers

        • Dave Barron says:

          Having only briefly read Rob’s article the other day I hadn’t realised that North America was part of this sale!

    • Slim Jim says:

      Bloody yanks and their “eater holidays”…….no wonder they’re supersized!

  • Dave Barron says:

    I’ve just checked on and it appears the reason for just being 80k avios is due to the 50% off Economy only Avios fares! (as discussed previously on HFP!) Clearly shows as a special offer on but less clear on! Given the cash fare then using Avios for an economy redemption is arguably a good deal for me plus saves me using up a 241 voucher.

    If you conservatively estimate the 80k Avios at 1p each (£800) and add the £1043.84 in taxes then I get cancellable tickets over Easter 2019 for equivalent of £1843.84 which compared to the current cash fare of £2555 strikes me as good value (even if I do have to suffer economy). Certainly worth considering?!?

    • the real harry1 says:

      Avios + cash available? ie 0.7p-0.8p/ Avios to keep some in the bank.

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