Which 30 airlines can I use my Avios points on?

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As we haven’t looked at this for a couple of years, I thought it was worth updating my list of all Avios airlines, ie airlines which let you redeem Avios points for their flights.

You won’t find this information in one place on any of the Avios websites – iberia.com, ba.com, aerlingus.com etc.

There are 30 airlines which let you use Avios for some or all of their flights.

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Remember that you can transfer Avios points between the main Avios schemes using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function in whichever programme you are using.

This article will help you move your Avios between BA and Iberia now that Avios Travel Rewards Programme accounts have been closed.

To transfer to or from an Iberia Plus account, the Iberia account must have been open for 90 days and have ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios.  The easiest way to ‘earn’ an Avios in Iberia Plus is to transfer 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points.

Full list of airlines where you can redeem Avios:

This list is alphabetical. In brackets, I have added the programmes which let you redeem Avios for that airline – BA for British Airways Executive Club, IB for Iberia Plus and AC for avios.com / AerClub / Vueling Club.

Some partners can only be booked by telephone via the service centre of the relevant programme, eg Avianca. You cannot necessarily book all routes operated by a particular airline.

Aer Lingus (AC – online and BA – telephone)

Air Italy (IB, BA)

Air Nostrum / Iberia Regional (IB, BA)

Alaska Airlines (BA – telephone)

American Airlines (BA, IB)

Avianca (IB)

Binter Canarias (IB)

British Airways (AC, BA, IB)

Cathay Dragon (BA, IB)

Cathay Pacific (BA, IB)

Comair (BA, Southern Africa franchise)

Finnair (BA, IB)

Flybe (AC, BA)

Iberia (AC, BA, IB)

Iberia Express (AC, BA, IB)

Interjet (IB, only valid when linked to an Iberia flight to/from Mexico)

Japan Airlines (BA, IB)

Jetconnect (BA, telephone only, read here – runs Oz to NZ)

LATAM (BA, IB)

LEVEL (IB)

Malaysia Airlines (BA, IB)

Qantas (BA, IB)

QantasLink (BA – telephone only, read here)

Qatar Airways (BA, IB)

Royal Air Maroc (IB)

Royal Jordanian (BA, IB)

S7 Airlines (BA, IB)

SriLankan Airlines (BA, IB)

SUN-AIR of Scandinavia (BA)

Vueling (AC, IB)

Please post below if I have forgotten anyone! I have purposely excluded partners which do not allow redemption but which do let you earn Avios, such as the Bangkok Airways codeshare.  I have also excluded airline partners to the Avios South Africa and Air Italy schemes as you cannot move Avios into those programmes via ‘Combine My Avios’.

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Comments

  1. Nice list. It would be great to get more info on how you actually find availability for all these different airlines.

    I assume many (most) of them do not show up via an avios search on BA.com

    • They all show up via an Avios search on ba.com IF it says ‘BA’ in brackets and does not mention the phone. No problem with Qantas, Qatar, Malaysia, Finnair, RJ, S7, Cathay, JAL etc.

  2. Is Jetstar bookable via ba call centre too?

  3. Any clever things i can do with Air New Zealand dollars?

  4. The vueling web site shows you can use your avios from the vueling or aer club account to reduce the cost of your flight booking, such as saving 2 euros of your booking with 375 avios (from vueking or aer club).

    Then you can credit your flight to a vueling, aer club or iberia account.

    But you cannot use the iberia account to reduce the cost of your flight purchase.

    There is some sort of IT issue maybe.
    That’s interesting to see that.

    Although I have never used vueling and therefore see how all of this works in real life, from the deduction of avios in the vueling clib or aer aclub account to the credit of avios to the vueling club or aer club or iberia account.

    • You can however move Avios from IB to Vueling Club and then use them to save money on the flight.

      • Yes correct!

        Hopefully you are there to help us (at least me) having my brain connecting the neurons to think about all possibilities from all angles. 🙂

  5. Rob, didn’t AGL ask you to stop calling Avios ‘points’?

    • Yes they did, but for SEO reasons I drop it in occasionally 🙂

      • They can ram it, surely. Until they stop charging nearly six hundred quid for redemptions, call them whatever the hell you like – Chavios might be more fitting.

  6. OT but any advice appreciated. I have contacted BA Exec Club numerous times since last month via email re household account. After I booked RJ to Cairo all the accounts could not be accessd. Was told accounts have been closed for a longtime due to inactivity. This is a load of c..p of course as accounts only open 12 months or less. A
    After numerous emails I finally received reply from audit department stating “as you are aware your account was deleted due system error”. Also I have to rejoin and they will credit points back. I gave all Account no’s but only commented on my account. A total of 10 accounts have disappeared. 7 in household and 3 in another . Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks in advance.

  7. It’s late and I’m tired but I’m struggling with:

    “To transfer to or from an Iberia Plus account, the Iberia account must have been open for 90 days and have ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios. The easiest way to ‘earn’ an Avios in Iberia Plus is to transfer 1,000 points”

    That just contradicts itself, no?

    • They are different transfers. You cannot transfer Avios *between Avios accounts* (an internal Avios movement) until you have had some activity on your Iberia account.

      An example of activity is to transfer MR points to your Iberia account (ie a non internal movement of Avios but rather from an outside source).

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  8. O/T – would be great to see this view for Star Alliance.

    I have a South East Asia trip planned for Xmas landing in BKK and leaving from SGN. Want to take some flights to Angkor Wat, and Phu Quoc (Vietnam), but plane tickets are quite expensive at the moment. At the risk of sounding naive is there anyway to use Star Alliance partners / avios / hotel point transfers to use them against these flights in any way?

    I have some miles inside a Turkish Airlines account. Can I use these in any way?

    Thanks.

    • Try Air Asia, budget airline . Sale on.

    • Vietnam Airlines is SkyTeam unfortunately. Thai is in Star so that might be an option. Best bet is to search for cash flights and then identify those flown by airlines which are part of the alliances. That’s what I do anyway.

      • OttTooT says:

        Thanks, so say I’ve identified Thai Airways availability for cash routes, and I have some miles in Turkish Airlines as well as lingering Amex points (in both US and UK amex accounts).

        What would be the easiest way to use these for those routes?

        On a separate note, has anyone been to Phu Quoc? Any recommendations? We’re looking at 4 or so days of beach and are wondering if it might be better to hit some beaches in the southern coast of Cambodia or southern islands near Vietnam – any first hand feedback appreciated.

        Thanks again.

        • Get out the Turkish reward chart and check the price in miles, then look up availability (if the Turish website doesn’t have Thai online, see if Singapore or Lufty does). If they have seats, work out the process for getting Turkish to issue tickets on a partner.

  9. O/T – Companion Voucher

    I have a 2-4-1 companion voucher booked for May ’19. Sadly I may need to cancel, I understand you get the CV back if cancelling, just want to double check the avios are returned as well? Oh and is the cancellation fee around £50? Many thanks in advance.

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