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 30 airlines which let you use Avios for some or all of their flights.
This list has got bigger recently, because Qatar Airways has adopted Avios as its loyalty currency. This means that you can now redeem via a number of Qatar Airways airline partners which were not already partners with British Airways, Iberia or Aer Lingus.
You won’t find the information in this article in one place on any of the Avios websites – iberia.com, ba.com, aerlingus.com, qatarairways.com etc – but we have pulled it all together for you.
I have listed all of the airlines below which accept Avios redemptions.
The ones marked ‘(BA)’ can be booked on ba.com. This means that the process is the same as booking British Airways redemptions.
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.
An airline marked ‘(IB)’ means that you can only book it from an Iberia Plus account. 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 ‘(QR)’ means that you can only book it from a Qatar Privilege Club account. You can use your British Airways Avios balance on the Qatar Airways website by following the instructions here.
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, AC for avios.com / AerClub / Vueling Club and QR for Qatar Privilege 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, BA)
Air Nostrum / Iberia Regional (IB, BA)
Alaska Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
American Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
Bangkok Airways (QR)
Binter Canarias (IB)
British Airways (AC, BA, IB, QR)
Cathay Pacific (BA, IB, QR)
Finnair (BA, IB, QR)
Iberia (AC, BA, IB, QR)
Iberia Express (AC, BA, IB)
Interjet (IB, only valid when linked to an Iberia flight to/from Mexico)
Japan Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
LATAM (IB, QR)
Malaysia Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
Middle East Airlines (QR)
Oman Air (QR, Doha to Muscat route only)
Qantas (BA, IB, QR)
QantasLink (BA – telephone only, read here)
Qatar Airways (BA, IB, QR)
Royal Air Maroc (BA, IB, QR)
Royal Jordanian (BA, IB, QR)
S7 Airlines (BA, IB, QR but currently suspended)
SriLankan Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia (BA)
Virgin Australia (QR from July 2022)
Vueling (AC, IB)
Oman Air has recently announced plans to join the oneworld alliance, so you will be able to redeem Avios with them from 2024.
Details on British Airways Executive Club partners can be found on ba.com here. Details of Iberia Plus partners can be found on iberia.com here. Details of Qatar Privilege Club partners can be found on qatarairways.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.