Can you spend your Avios points on flights on Alaska Airlines?
In this article I want to look at how you can use your Avios to fly with partner airlines like Alaska Airlines.
The good news is that you are not restricted to spending Avios points on British Airways. BA is part of a global airline alliance called oneworld, and this allows you to redeem Avios for flights with all of the member airlines.
This means that you can book Avios flights on:
- American Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- LATAM (Latin America)
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines (Russia)
- SriLankan Airlines
British Airways also has additional partnerships with Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines and Air Italy. Fiji Airways and Royal Air Maroc will be added during 2019/20.
How do you book Alaska Airlines flights with Avios?
The only way to book is by calling British Airways Executive Club. You cannot book online.
You can search availibility with miles on the Alaska homepage, here. You can only redeem when Alaska is showing tickets at the lowest level of pricing. You are looking for Alaska to show you one-way Economy flights at the lowest price level (5,000 miles for a ‘Hop’ flight through to 12,500 miles for a ‘Leap’).
Remember that you will NOT pay these prices when you book using Avios. These are the prices using Alaska miles. The price you pay will be based on the Avios redemption chart, below.
What are the cancellation rules on Alaska Airlines flights booked with Avios?
The cancellation and change fee rules are the same as if you had booked a BA flight. You can cancel your flight up to 24 hours before departure, either online or by calling BA.
100% of your Avios will be refunded.
Your taxes and charges payment will also be refunded, less a £35 cancellation fee per person. If the taxes and charges were less than £35 per person, you do not need to pay any extra.
In addition, Alaska lets you switch your flight to another one for just $50 – even if no award space is available. You must keep the same routing and travel on the same day. This can only be done within six hours of your original departure time – it is handy if you wake up in Hawaii on your last morning and decide you can’t bear to leave for a few more hours!
How many Avios will I need to book on Alaska Airlines?
British Airways has a separate pricing chart for reward flights on partner airlines. Here is the table:
For flights under 651 miles, British Airways has separate pricing for North American flights. This is 7,500 Avios in economy and 15,000 in business, one way. Ignore the Zone 1 pricing shown above.
There is one ‘tweak’ to remember. On two-class planes, Alaska calls their cabins First Class and Economy Class. Because of this, a redemption ‘up front’ costs FOUR TIMES the standard number of Avios rather than triple because British Airways applies the First Class redemption rate.
As you can see, it is very easy to book Alaska Airlines flights with Avios points and it opens up a large number of new travel destinations for you.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (July 2021 offer)
The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.
You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:
If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.