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Here is the Avios award chart (which is no longer on ba.com!)

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What is the Avios award chart?

On the face of it, this is an odd question – until you find out that you can no longer see a simple chart of how much an Avios redemption flight costs on ba.com.

Instead, you are expected to plug your route into this ba.com calculator.  This works fine but doesn’t give you a good overview.

Luckily we have a copy of the chart here. The basis of Avios pricing is this simple grid, which prices British Airways flights based on the one-way distance flown. This is the pricing chart introduced in April 2015:

British Airways one-way Avios reward flight prices (plus taxes, fees and charges)
Zone Distance Economy Premium Economy Business Class First Class
Offpeak Peak Offpeak Peak Offpeak Peak Offpeak Peak
1 1—650 miles 4,750 5,250 8,500 9,750
2 651—1,150 miles 7,250 8,250 13,500 15,750
3 1,150—2,000 miles 9,250 10,750 17,750 20,750
4 2,001—3,000 miles 10,000 12,500 20,000 25,000 31,250 37,500 42,500 50,000
5 3,001—4,000 miles 13,000 20,000 26,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 68,000 80,000
6 4,001—5,500 miles 16,250 25,000 32,500 50,000 62,500 75,000 85,000 100,000
7 5,501—6,500 miles 19,500 30,000 39,000 60,000 75,000 90,000 102,000 120,000
8 6,501—7,000 miles 22,750 35,000 45,500 70,000 87,500 105,000 119,000 140,000
9 7,001+ miles 32,500 50,000 65,000 100,000 125,000 150,000 170,000 200,000

There are exceptions to these zones, with some routes such as Cape Town being put into a cheaper zone than their distance would suggest.

Short domestic flights in the US are priced differently – see this article

If you want to find out the distance between two airports, the best route is Great Circle Mapper (gcmap.com). Type in the airport codes, eg LHR-JFK, and click ‘Distance’.

To make it easy, we put all the routes into a table for you

This article (click) lists EVERY British Airways route together with the number of Avios you need to fly it.  It is the only reference guide you need!

There is a link to this article in the footer of every Head for Points article, unless you are reading on mobile.

Avios award chart

What are the peak and off-peak Avios dates?

To make the most of the table above, you also need the peak and off-peak dates.

The list of British Airways peak and off-peak dates for 2021 can be found in this article.

Remember that Avios flights are priced by sector

Pricing is based on EACH individual flight, not the distance between origin and destination. This means that the Avios charged for a particular route can vary depending on how you fly there:

London to Muscat on British Airways is non-stop and 3600 miles, so costs 13,000 miles in Economy one-way off-peak and 20,000 miles on a peak day

London to Muscat on Qatar Airways (or a mix of BA and Qatar Airways) involves a change in Doha. London to Doha is 3,200 miles and Doha to Muscat is 437 miles. This means your flight will cost (13,000 or 20,000 + 4,500=) 17,500 / 24,500 Avios, one way depending on whether the BA flight is on a peak day.

The only exception is when booking a UK domestic connection to/from London to connect to a long-haul flight. No additional Avios are required for this.

Avios award chart

This is the second Avios award chart you may never have seen

There is a second British Airways Avios redemption pricing chart for trips which use two or more oneworld carriers apart from British Airways.

This chart is rarely used but you can find it here. A flight such as London – Doha (Qatar) – Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific) would price off this chart.

I discuss some uses of the Avios multi-partner reward chart in this article. There is real value in it if you are heading to Australasia for example.

Which airlines can I redeem Avios on?

A full list of the 30 (!) airlines which let you redeem Avios points can be found here.

This list has shrunk over the last year as airberlin and NIKI went into receivership and Monarch (also now in receivership), Aurigny and Air Malta were dropped as avios.com partners.  Flybe is leaving on 30th April 2019.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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Get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum! (April 2021 offer)

The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.

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You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:

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If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:

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The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.

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