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, 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
|Reward flight prices on BA partner airlines (plus taxes, fees and carrier charges)|
|Zone||Distance||Economy||Premium Economy||Business Class||First Class|
|* zone 1 does not apply to internal flights in North America|
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.
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.)