What is the Avios award chart?
On the face of it, this is an odd question – until you find out that you can no longer see a simple chart of how much an Avios redemption flight costs on ba.com.
Instead, you are expected to plug your route into this ba.com calculator. This works fine but doesn’t give you a good overview.
Luckily we have a copy of the chart here:
The basis of Avios pricing is this simple grid, which prices British Airways flights based on the one-way distance flown.
There are exceptions to these zones, with some routes such as Cape Town being put into a cheaper zone than their distance would suggest.
Short domestic flights in the US are priced differently – see this article
If you want to find out the distance between two airports, the best route is Great Circle Mapper (gcmap.com). Type in the airport codes, eg LHR-JFK, and click ‘Distance’.
What about partner airlines?
There is a separate chart for Avios flights on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways and American Airlines. Here it is:
Note that there is no off-peak pricing for partner redemptions.
To make it easy, we put all the routes into a table for you
This article (click) lists EVERY British Airways route together with the number of Avios you need to fly it. It is the only reference guide you need.
What are the peak and off-peak Avios dates?
To make the most of the table above, you also need the peak and off-peak dates.
Remember that Avios flights are priced by sector
Pricing is based on EACH individual flight, not the distance between origin and destination. This means that the Avios charged for a particular route can vary depending on how you fly there:
- London to Muscat on British Airways is non-stop and 3600 miles, so costs 13,000 miles in Economy one-way off-peak and 20,000 miles on a peak day
- London to Muscat on a mix of BA and Qatar Airways involves a change in Doha. London to Doha is 3,200 miles and Doha to Muscat is 437 miles. This means your flight will cost (13,000 or 20,000 + 6,000=) 19,000 / 26,000 Avios, one way depending on whether the BA flight is on a peak day. Note that the Qatar Airways leg is priced from the partner chart above.
The only exception is when booking a UK domestic connection to/from London to connect to a long-haul flight. No additional Avios are required for this.
This is the Avios award chart you may never have seen
There is a another British Airways Avios redemption pricing chart for trips which use two or more oneworld carriers apart from British Airways.
This chart is rarely used but you can find it here. A flight such as London – Doha (Qatar) – Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific) would price off this chart.
I discuss some uses of the Avios multi-partner reward chart in this article. There is real value in it if you are heading to Australasia for example.
Which airlines can I redeem Avios on?
(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 earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.