Here is the NEW British Airways partner airlines Avios redemption pricing

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Here is the new Avios redemption pricing chart for flight bookings on British Airways partner airlines.

Our original plan for Thursday was to run a ‘last call’ post about the impending changes for Avios reward flight pricing with British Airways partners. You may even have had an email from us with the now-defunct article, followed swiftly by an apology.

Despite British Airways claiming that “Our new Avios prices will apply to any changes or new bookings you make after 30 May 2019” (which we thought very clearly meant 23:59 on Thursday!) the changes occurred at midnight on Thursday morning – catching us off guard.

The new Avios redemption pricing chart for British Airways partners

Now that the new pricing scheme is out we have more clarity on Avios partner redemptions. Annoyingly, British Airways has not released a full chart with the new pricing, leaving it up to users to uncover it flight-by-flight.

As a reminder, this chart applies only to flights booked with British Airways partners Alaska Airlines, Air Italy, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, Sri Lankan and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Flyertalk managed to compile most of the chart (thanks!) and we filled in the gaps.  Remember that:

  • this is one-way pricing
  • BA charges by leg, so for connecting flights you need to price each leg separately and
  • ‘taxes and charges’ are due on top

BA reward flight avios redemption prices on partner airlines table

These changes are roughly (though not exactly) what we predicted from the leaked economy numbers we published earlier this month.

Shorter routes have a higher percentage increase than longer journeys.  An Economy flight on the shortest sector (0-650 miles) is now 30% more expensive.  A First Class ticket on the longest routes (7,001+ miles) has only increased by 3%.

If you want to find out the cost of a new segment we recommend you use the British Airways reward flight calculator. Make sure to scroll past the British Airways fares to its partner pricing.

Bizarrely, British Airways appears to have moved away from a multiplication system for Premium Economy, Business and First Class Avios redemptions. Previously, First Class was always four times the Economy fare, and Business Class 2-3 times depending on the mileage.

Now, however, the multipliers vary and often run to multiple decimal places. On average, it has become fractionally cheaper (as a multiple of economy pricing) in premium cabins.

There has been no change to short domestic flights under 650 miles in the United States. These remain at 7,500 Avios in Economy, 15,000 in Business and 18,000 in First. You can read more about why short domestic USA flights are priced separately here.

We will update our ‘Avios Redemption University’ articles (click here) over the next few days.

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Comments

  1. Justin says:

    Why has all JAL domestic award availability has been removed.

    • Still there. I’m seeing availability for July/August. Since a year or so ago, you can’t book JAL flights until 2-3 months out. You might get lucky and see 1 ticket available a year out, but very rarely.

    • Marcw says:

      JAL only releases domestic redemptions 2 months out. The info is on the JAL Mileage Club page.

  2. With the relatively high increases for zones 1-3, regional passengers hit hardest as usual. The Finnair alternative to BA from the regions now becomes 97250(+) one way in business. Qatar alternative from the regions to the Far East also jumps from 80,000 to 124,000 one way in business in most cases. Changes such as these will put even more pressure on BA award availability so inevitably impact passengers exLHR/LGW too. The change in zone 1/2 business pricing effectively kills the sweet spots of short regional business class flights in Asia, for example KUL-HKT jumps from 7500 to 12500. At such prices I would advise people to pay cash for the likes of Air Asia every time.

    • It may put pressure on ex LHR flights but with the imminent KL/AF tie up with VS surely it means people will look elsewhere. I have never flown VS but since the start of 20119 has exclusively used their cards and my wife and I have a nice little stash of VS miles to be used as an alternative to Avois.
      In truth though Avios have for sometime lost a lot of value and chasing them via expensive, poor quality flights on BA has lost its appeal. Too many other airlines offer better experiences for far less

      • Just an educated guess, but I think people expecting way too much from AF/KLM for their FC miles.

        • Marcw says:

          I know. Af/KLM availability for partners is close to 0. anyway, to fly with them the best option is Flying Blue miles: there are some good deals around.

    • Marcw says:

      Flights within Southeast Asia are pointless with Avios: so many cheap options available. in Japan, take the Japan explorer. In South America, depending on the route, you’re better off paying the fare. The same in North Am. The exception is probably Australia, where Avios still remain a lucrative portion for domestic flights.

      • Lady London says:

        If you have to book close in to your flying date though, some of those internal flights can get very pricey.

    • Polly says:

      Agree, we had booked our 4 legs hkt, kul, dps, kul-hkt for next Feb, a while ago. Really good value with avios then. That was before amex pulled the bonus.. so will look at MAS cash prices and air Asia in future. Will have to ration the old avios from now on.
      Saying that, had to fly in J tonight from Dub as it’s an Irish BH, and ow flights were up to 200 tonight, so hope they loaded some extra champagne…needs must.
      Mind you, the DAA lounge serves nice Prosecco so having a glass or two now.

  3. HonestSausage says:

    OT: anyone heard anything about BA doing the kids fly for free promo this year?

  4. OT: BAPP 241 Amex.

    Once you hit the first £10k spend and get a certificate, can you spend another £10k and get a second before using the first?

    • Not in the same membership year. You can earn another in Year 2 without having spent the first.

      • Does the spend rollover to qualify or does the whole extra £10k need to be spent in the 2nd year?

        • Doesn’t roll over. Have to spend £10k in the second year

        • Tilly71 says:

          Your spend calculator may also state you only need to spend another 10k to get another 2-4-1 but this is an IT glitch, you won’t get another until Y2

      • Polly says:

        Rob, did you see those Etihad J to AD for just over 1K?

  5. Jason says:

    Household related question…. We have a BA household account with my wife with 100k miles combined. BA system says that I have 40k and she has 60k. When I try to transfer to my Iberia account (via Combine my avios) the maximum that system allows me to transfer is 40k and NOT household’s 100k miles. Is this how it is supposed to be or I have to give them a call to manually move all 100k to my Iberia account?

    • Genghis says:

      That’s correct. You can only transfer your own personal avios to Iberia.

      • Jason says:

        ah… that’s not good then. Is there a workaround?

        • Genghis says:

          Not that I know since the closing of avios.com (though I may be proven wrong).

          • Yes, don’t think there is a workaround. However, what are you trying to do? You might be able to do separate redemptions on Iberia. So transfer your wife’s ones to her Iberia account and yours to your Iberia account. You can also book one ways or use cash plus points. I’d suggest playing around with those options and see if it makes sense for you.

          • Charlieface says:

            What happened to Avios.com households who also had Aer Club or Vueling membership? Is it still possible to combine with Aer Club?

  6. I’m still confused or perhaps I’m over thinking this; why the secrecy over such a small rise in partner awards and why such a small rise? Not complaining just don’t understand it. I suppose BA and associated airlines are now cheaper than partner redemptions but the difference is hardly enough to make people switch airline.

  7. certain domestic US routes like LGA-DCA are untouched at 7,500 avios each way…

  8. Hi,
    I recently tried to book qatar airways via BA so I can make use of my avios for an upgrade. The root was SOF-SEZ (Bulgaria – Seychelles). When I phoned up BA, they refused to do it as there is no BA leg in the trip… Is that genuine, is it not possible to book a partner airline if BA is not part of the itinerary?
    Thanks in advance

    • Lady London says:

      I would have done a HUACA. I don’t believe they impose any such rule.
      Had you found availability first before calling them?

      • Lady London says:

        Or, were you trying to do a cash booking?

        In the case of cash booking there might be a rule that to ticket it on BA ‘ticket stock’, first sector has to have a BA flight code – either BA flight operated by BA, or codeshare flight (operated by someone else but with a BA flight number).

        • Yes, it was a cash booking… So it needs to be booked entirely with avios, in order to do it?

          P.s. whats is a HUACA?
          Thanks

          • Peter K says:

            Hang up and call again.
            Basically, to get a different agent who might achieve what you want.

  9. ALlan says:

    Does Iberia let you book partner redemptions? I can’t get it to price up an AA flight that shows on BA.

    • Yes, but all partner redemptions are non-refundable except BA flights. It might not show up as they have a different award inventory to BA.

      • Don’t you also need to buy return only for partner via IB?

      • i dont really understand why iberia is so strict with partner awards. roundtrip only AND nonrefundable? imo they need to lighten up on this

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