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

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!

(This article in our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series looks at how Avios Reward Flight Saver works on short-haul British Airways flights.)

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.

DestinationHrsMinsIn MinsOff-peak CW
return
Avios per
minute return
Direct?
Moscow35023034,000148 
Grand Cayman1225745125,000168Stops
Abuja61037062,500169 
Kuwait61037062,500169 
Jeddah55535562,500176 
Mexico City1150710125,000176 
Turks and Caicos1150710125,000176Stops
San Jose (CR)1140700125,000179 
Cape Town1135695125,000180 
San Francisco1120680125,000184 
Tobago1115675125,000185Stops
Los Angeles1110670125,000187 
Cancun1105665125,000188 
Johannesburg1105665125,000188 
San Diego1105665125,000188 
Chicago850530100,000189 
Sydney22001320250,000189Stops
Port of Spain1055655125,000191Stops
San Jose (CA)1055655125,000191 
Phoenix1050650125,000192 
Austin1045645125,000194 
Dammam835515100,000194Stops
Grenada1045645125,000194Stops
Las Vegas1040640125,000195 
Baltimore825505100,000198 
Lima1235755150,000198 
Washington DC825505100,000198 
Houston1030630125,000198 
St Kitts1030630125,000198Stops
Santiago1440880175,000199 
Philadelphia820500100,000200 
Male1020620125,000202 
Islamabad810490100,000204 
Pittsburgh810490100,000204 
Amman50530562,500205 
Dallas1010610125,000205 
Sao Paulo1210730150,000205 
Toronto805485100,000206 
Beijing1005605125,000207 
Kingston1005605125,000207 
Seychelles (Mahe)1005605125,000207 
Tampa1005605125,000207 
New Orleans1000600125,000208 
New York800480100,000208 
Hong Kong1155715150,000210 
Mauritius1155715150,000210 
Osaka1155715150,000210 
Buenos Aires1350830175,000211 
Miami950590125,000212 
Seattle950590125,000212 
Bermuda750470100,000213 
Tokyo1145705150,000213 
Chennai945585125,000214 
Orlando945585125,000214 
Durban1135695150,000215 
Atlanta940580125,000216 
Beirut45029062,500216 
Cairo45029062,500216 
Tel Aviv45029062,500216 
Vancouver940580125,000216 
Rio de Janeiro1135695150,000216 
Boston740460100,000217 
Bangalore930570125,000219 
Bangkok1120680150,000221 
Montreal730450100,000222 
Shanghai1115675150,000222 
Calgary920560125,000223 
Nassau920560125,000223 
Abu Dhabi720440100,000227 
Hyderabad910550125,000227 
Punta Cana910550125,000227 
Singapore1250770175,000227 
Nashville905545125,000229 
Seoul1055655150,000229 
Muscat715435100,000230 
Charleston900540125,000231 
Dubai710430100,000233 
Bridgetown855535125,000234 
Mumbai855535125,000234 
St Lucia855535125,000234 
Kuala Lumpur1225745175,000235 
Antigua845525125,000238 
Nairobi835515125,000243 
Doha650410100,000244 
New Delhi830510125,000245 
Lagos640400100,000250 
Accra635395100,000253 
Bahrain635395100,000253 
Riyadh625385100,000260 

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

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 (109)

  • 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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