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Here is the NEW British Airways partner airlines Avios flight 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.

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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
1* 1—650 miles 6,000 9,000 12,500 24,000
2 651—1,150 miles 9,000 12,500 16,500 33,000
3 1,150—2,000 miles 11,000 16,500 22,000 44,000
4 2,001—3,000 miles 13,000 25,750 38,750 51,500
5 3,001—4,000 miles 20,750 41,250 61,000 82,500
6 4,001—5,500 miles 25,750 51,500 77,250 103,000
7 5,501—6,500 miles 31,000 62,000 92,750 123,750
8 6,501—7,000 miles 36,250 72,250 108,250 144,250
9 7,001+ miles 51,500 103,000 154,500 206,000
* zone 1 does not apply to internal flights in North America
North America 1—650miles 7,500 15,000 30,000

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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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(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.)

Comments (82)

  • Alex W says:

    So do these prices apply to changes to bookings now, or only after midnight? Legally speaking, “after 30 May” surely should mean after midnight tonight?

    Has anyone got a link to the old chart to compare? Thanks.

    • Stu N says:

      Old chart was BA Peak pricing.

      While clearly a devaluation, this really isn’t so bad.

    • Rhys says:

      They apply now.

      And that’s what we thought too!

      • daftboy says:

        The email I received is (annoyingly) ambiguous – at first it says “from 30 May”, and then later in the email “after 30 May”

  • Prins Polo says:

    “After 30 May” is clearly not “on 30 May” – this unfortunately once again shows that people who run this stuff at BA are not the brightest crayons in the box. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a BA email that was properly worded and not self-contradictory.

  • Simon says:

    I though Helsinki was zone 2?

  • Justin says:

    Why has all JAL domestic award availability has been removed.

    • meta says:

      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.

  • BJ says:

    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.

    • Paul says:

      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

      • BJ says:

        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.

  • HonestSausage says:

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

  • TripRep says:

    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?

    • Rob says:

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

      • TripRep says:

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

        • Dave says:

          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?

  • 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 (though I may be proven wrong).

          • meta says:

            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 households who also had Aer Club or Vueling membership? Is it still possible to combine with Aer Club?

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