Can you spend your Avios points on flights on American Airlines?
In this article I want to look at how you can use your Avios to fly with partner airlines like American Airlines.
(I have done this myself – here is my review of American Airlines business class from Heathrow to New York.)
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 and Alaska Airlines. Fiji Airways and Royal Air Maroc will be added during 2019/20.
How do you book American Airlines flights with Avios?
It’s easy. You do it exactly the same way that you would when booking Avios redemption flights on British Airways.
Go to ba.com, log in to the British Airways Executive Club section and then go to the Avios booking page.
The process is identical to booking a BA flight with points.
Here’s a tip – remember that you don’t need to start your flight in the UK. You might find more seats by searching from a different departure city elsewhere in Europe and buying a cash flight to connect with it.
What are the cancellation rules on American 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.
How many Avios will I need to book on American Airlines?
British Airways has a separate pricing chart for reward flights on partner airlines. Here is the table:
American Airlines has one exception to this chart. Zone 1 pricing does not exist. All flights up to 1,150 miles long are priced separately: 7,500 Avios one way in economy and 15,000 in business.
As you can see, it is very easy to book American 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 (August 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.