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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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)

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  • Nick says:

    How many times do we have to tell you… Moscow is longhaul on *all* flights, not some! Yes there’s a (small) chance of substitution but on average this happens about once a year so it’s very unlikely.

    • Rhys says:

      It really isn’t! 2/3 are on A321s last I checked

      • pauldb says:

        But A321s with the midhaul 2-1 CW setup, no?

      • memesweeper says:

        BA call the ‘mid-haul’ A321 craft ‘long haul’. So you get Club World service and a decent seat in Club and Economy. Unless you are suggesting they routinely use short haul configured A321 on the Moscow route?

        • Rhys says:

          Didn’t realise you were referring to the product! Assumed you meant widebody 🙂

      • ADS says:

        looking at the flights over the course of the coming seven days … they’re all A321s

        maybe BA have stopped using longhaul planes for the winter ?
        or have just run out of them ?!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Going to Moscow next year with our 241 that I need to use up. Out premium on a 787 return business on a A321. Alerts setup for CW upgrade

  • JohnT says:

    Fun post! But annoying to see Charleston as one of highest 125k routes. Still delighted to have got a return next September 241 thanks to reward flight finder. Can’t believe how many hotels are sold out already though.

  • Simon says:

    Yeah, I always thought Accra was a rip off whenever I looked into it.

  • MattB says:

    OT – small shops offer on my gold amex….saw comments here last week saying only 10 uses per card. depending on how you read t&C’s it could be 10 per retailer per card?

    “One £5 statement credit per UK Card per merchant will be given up to 10 times.”

    • Rhys says:

      “Valid up to 10x once per participating location” – ie. once in 10 different places

      • Cal says:

        Shop Small hasn’t come up on my OH’s Gold Rewards card or my supplementary card. In fact I only have one offer for that Latin restaurant near Hyde Park at the moment.

        We have only had the cards for a couple of weeks though, could that be the issue?

      • GRIMZ says:

        If you have 4 supplementary cards will it show up on them all?

    • MattB says:

      Ignore me I’m still half asleep thanks to half term it is clearly 10 times per card.

    • Scallder says:

      I have it on my SPG card but weirdly it’s not on my BAPP yet…

  • Alex says:

    Small shop pop up on my BAPP this morning👌

  • JH says:

    Fascinating.

  • Ian says:

    OT – Is the glaring error in the article about Nectar DoubleUp on shopperpoints going to be corrected?

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