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What is the best value Avios redemption per minute of flying time?!

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I often get emails from readers asking what the ‘best value’ Avios redemption is.  The honest answer, of course, is ‘one that takes you somewhere that you really want to go’.

There is a more scientific way of looking at this question.  The question is: “What is the cheapest route per minute of flying time for Club World Avios redemptions?‘.

With the help of a HFP reader who did some of the groundwork, we have put together this list of the flying time of British Airways long-haul routes compared with the Avios required for a Club World off-peak redemption.

The results were a little surprising, with the winners being the mid-haul routes.

What is the best value Avios redemption?

Cape Town is known to be a great deal because it should, technically, be in a higher pricing zone than it is based on distance.  The San Jose (Costa Rica) route is up there too.  Similarly, Las Vegas and other US West Coast cities are pushing the boundaries of their zones and so offer good value.

The ‘best value’ winner is Moscow.  This is not surprising as it is operated – on some flights – by long-haul aircraft but is priced off the short-haul list.  It is Reward Flight Saver as well!

Note that some of the ‘best value’ routes are only on the list because the flight has a stopover.  In theory you should discount the time spent on the ground, especially as you usually need to get off the plane.

The ‘worst value’ routes also came as a bit of a shock.  I would have gone for Boston, given that it is the nearest US East Coast city to London, but there are actually plenty of long-haul routes which are even worse, mainly to the Middle East.

Flight times are based on flights FROM London.  This overstates the average North American flying time, due to the quicker return trip, and vice versa.  Some flights are also slower than others due to the aircraft type or to fit in with airport opening times – I used the first BA flight of the day in all cases.

Take a look and see what you think. This chart shows you the Avios you need to redeem to get 1 minute each-way of Club World flying time.

Destination Hrs Mins In Mins Off Peak CW return Avios per Minute return Direct?
Moscow 3 50 230 34,000 148
Grand Cayman 12 25 745 125,000 168 Stops
Abuja 6 10 370 62,500 169
Kuwait 6 10 370 62,500 169
Jeddah 5 55 355 62,500 176
Mexico City 11 50 710 125,000 176
Turks and Caicos 11 50 710 125,000 176 Stops
San Jose (CR) 11 40 700 125,000 179
Cape Town 11 35 695 125,000 180
San Francisco 11 20 680 125,000 184
Tobago 11 15 675 125,000 185 Stops
Los Angeles 11 10 670 125,000 187
Cancun 11 5 665 125,000 188
Johannesburg 11 5 665 125,000 188
San Diego 11 5 665 125,000 188
Chicago 8 50 530 100,000 189
Sydney 22 0 1320 250,000 189 Stops
Port of Spain 10 55 655 125,000 191 Stops
San Jose (CA) 10 55 655 125,000 191
Phoenix 10 50 650 125,000 192
Austin 10 45 645 125,000 194
Dammam 8 35 515 100,000 194 Stops
Grenada 10 45 645 125,000 194 Stops
Las Vegas 10 40 640 125,000 195
Baltimore 8 25 505 100,000 198
Lima 12 35 755 150,000 198
Washington DC 8 25 505 100,000 198
Houston 10 30 630 125,000 198
St Kitts 10 30 630 125,000 198 Stops
Santiago 14 40 880 175,000 199
Philadelphia 8 20 500 100,000 200
Male 10 20 620 125,000 202
Islamabad 8 10 490 100,000 204
Pittsburgh 8 10 490 100,000 204
Amman 5 5 305 62,500 205
Dallas 10 10 610 125,000 205
Sao Paulo 12 10 730 150,000 205
Toronto 8 5 485 100,000 206
Beijing 10 5 605 125,000 207
Kingston 10 5 605 125,000 207
Seychelles (Mahe) 10 5 605 125,000 207
Tampa 10 5 605 125,000 207
New Orleans 10 0 600 125,000 208
New York 8 0 480 100,000 208
Hong Kong 11 55 715 150,000 210
Mauritius 11 55 715 150,000 210
Osaka 11 55 715 150,000 210
Buenos Aires 13 50 830 175,000 211
Miami 9 50 590 125,000 212
Seattle 9 50 590 125,000 212
Bermuda 7 50 470 100,000 213
Tokyo 11 45 705 150,000 213
Chennai 9 45 585 125,000 214
Orlando 9 45 585 125,000 214
Durban 11 35 695 150,000 215
Atlanta 9 40 580 125,000 216
Beirut 4 50 290 62,500 216
Cairo 4 50 290 62,500 216
Tel Aviv 4 50 290 62,500 216
Vancouver 9 40 580 125,000 216
Rio de Janeiro 11 35 695 150,000 216
Boston 7 40 460 100,000 217
Bangalore 9 30 570 125,000 219
Bangkok 11 20 680 150,000 221
Montreal 7 30 450 100,000 222
Shanghai 11 15 675 150,000 222
Calgary 9 20 560 125,000 223
Nassau 9 20 560 125,000 223
Abu Dhabi 7 20 440 100,000 227
Hyderabad 9 10 550 125,000 227
Punta Cana 9 10 550 125,000 227
Singapore 12 50 770 175,000 227
Nashville 9 5 545 125,000 229
Seoul 10 55 655 150,000 229
Muscat 7 15 435 100,000 230
Charleston 9 0 540 125,000 231
Dubai 7 10 430 100,000 233
Bridgetown 8 55 535 125,000 234
Mumbai 8 55 535 125,000 234
St Lucia 8 55 535 125,000 234
Kuala Lumpur 12 25 745 175,000 235
Antigua 8 45 525 125,000 238
Nairobi 8 35 515 125,000 243
Doha 6 50 410 100,000 244
New Delhi 8 30 510 125,000 245
Lagos 6 40 400 100,000 250
Accra 6 35 395 100,000 253
Bahrain 6 35 395 100,000 253
Riyadh 6 25 385 100,000 260

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Comments

  1. Jill (Kinkell) says:

    OT/Bits: my 0705 flight to LHR tomorrow morning was cancelled today at 14.26. Subsequent email states due to adverse weather….That’s because Inverness is shrouded in fog and today’s flights can’t land/diverted or cancelled. However, that means no plane at Dalcross for 0705 and therefore cancelled. ( am now on the 16.45 tomorrow). Can BA claim weather 18 hours before a flight ? Weather is a knock on effect putting planes out of position. Is this a reason t refuse compensation!
    Fed up….second cancelled flight, not to mention a delayed flight in the last 7 weeks.

    • Scallder says:

      No they can’t. Take screenshots of weather websites tomorrow morning, take screenshots of the departures board showing other planes taking off and landing and you should be good to go.

      • Jill (Kinkell) says:

        Thanks. Visibility is good, EasyJet and Loganair both departed around 7 am, so no excuse. ( just no BA plane on stand!) screenshots taken.

    • Easyjet just lost a case in court in Portugal (with a €125k fine going with it) because they also claimed that a flight in Lisbon was cancelled because several hours earlier there was bad weather in Madrid (or something like that), so the plane couldn’t be in Lisbon in time to make the flight.
      Like in many cases throughout Europe, the court said that was bogus and that it’s on the airline to find a replacement flight for the passengers that were on the flight cancelled.
      So, yeah, pressure BA for compensation.

      • Lady London says:

        Hi Rui, what did the court stage as the reason for thé extra 125,000 EUR fine on BA?

        Thinking this might set a précédent for fining airlines extra amounts if they persist in denying compensation in cases where it’s clearly due…

        At the moment, airlines have no disincentive for denying or delaying clearly payable EU,261 claims. So they do it and many people give up. So would be nice if a précédent has been set punishing this.

        • Jill (Kinkell) says:

          I’ll keep folk posted on how I get on with my comp. claims . This will be my third claim in 2 months.

  2. I see Fort Lauderdale is still on the list as a direct flight but it’s been discontinued apparently.

  3. guesswho2000 says:

    OT email from BAEC. Lol, nice thought.

    We know how important it is for you, as an Executive Club Member, to use your Avios to explore the world.

    Simply register, book and fly four return trips in Club World or First by 12 February 2020, and you’ll unlock exclusive reward flight access.

    We’ll give you the ability to convert any available seat* into an Avios reward seat. So start exploring now, and see where your Avios could take you.

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