Today I wanted to look at which airlines you can book with Avios points.
You know about British Airways, of course. But there are actually 25 airlines which let you use Avios for some or all of their flights.
You won’t find this information in one place on any of the Avios websites – iberia.com, ba.com, aerlingus.com etc – but I have pulled it all together here.
I have listed all of the airlines below.
The ones marked ‘(BA)’ can be booked on ba.com unless it says otherwise. This means that the process is the same as booking British Airways redemptions.
An airline marked ‘(IB)’ means that you can only book it from an Iberia Plus account. Remember that you can transfer Avios points between the main Avios schemes using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function in whichever programme you are using.
This article will help you move your Avios between BA and Iberia now that Avios Travel Rewards Programme accounts have been closed.
To transfer to or from an Iberia Plus account, the Iberia account must have been open for 90 days and have ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios. The easiest way to ‘earn’ an Avios in Iberia Plus is to transfer 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points.
An airline marked ‘(AC)’ can be booked via the avios.com platform. You can open an avios.com account via the Aer Lingus AerClub website and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ on ba.com or avios.com to move your points across.
Which airlines can you book with Avios?
This list is alphabetical. In brackets, I have added the programmes which let you redeem Avios for that airline – BA for British Airways Executive Club, IB for Iberia Plus and AC for avios.com / AerClub / Vueling Club.
Some partners can only be booked by telephone via the service centre of the relevant programme, eg Avianca. You cannot necessarily book all routes operated by a particular airline.
Aer Lingus (AC – online and BA – telephone)
Air Nostrum / Iberia Regional (IB, BA)
Alaska Airlines (BA, IB)
American Airlines (BA, IB)
Binter Canarias (IB)
British Airways (AC, BA, IB)
Cathay Pacific (BA, IB)
Comair (BA, Southern Africa franchise)
Finnair (BA, IB)
Iberia (AC, BA, IB)
Iberia Express (AC, BA, IB)
Interjet (IB, only valid when linked to an Iberia flight to/from Mexico)
Japan Airlines (BA, IB)
Malaysia Airlines (BA, IB)
Qantas (BA, IB)
QantasLink (BA – telephone only, read here)
Qatar Airways (BA, IB)
Royal Air Maroc (BA, IB)
Royal Jordanian (BA, IB)
S7 Airlines (BA, IB)
SriLankan Airlines (BA, IB)
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia (BA)
Vueling (AC, IB)
(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 60,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (September 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 60,000 Avios.
60,000 points on The Platinum Card is a special offer which ends on 2nd November 2021. 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 should also look at the British Airways Accelerating Business card, because it currently has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.