You may not know this, but taxes and charges on British Airways flights booked using Avios are substantially higher if you start your trip in the United States.
If you thought charges from the UK were high, you really haven’t seen anything.
British Airways has recently increased the surcharges on First Class flights out of the US. To be honest, it is now getting silly.
As the screenshot below shows, a First Class redemption using Avios from New York JFK to London Heathrow now costs a ludicrous £1,395 in taxes and charges. Per person.
See the screenshot below.
Doing the same trip in reverse, from the UK, ‘only’ costs £598 return.
I have absolutely no idea what the grounds are for charging US residents more than twice as much, but it makes no sense at all. To be fair, this is good news for UK residents as it means US residents are unlikely to be taking all of the Avios seats.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)