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Which 30 airlines can I book with Avios points?

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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.

Which 25 airlines can I book with Avios points?

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.

30 airlines you can fly with Avios points

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)

Avianca (IB)

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)

LEVEL (IB)

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)

RwandAir (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 points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (64)

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  • TimM says:

    What is the best tool that can tell me, ‘Where can I fly direct to from XXX using Avios?’? Is there one?

    • Olly says:

      Flightconnections.com will tell you all the destinations you can fly to by each airline in the alliance. I don’t think there is one which will allow you to view all at once

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      This is exactly what I need. There used to be one on the one world page but no longer appears available.

    • YC says:

      I found one called points dot me. Which isn’t the same as what you are asking but it apparently shows you all the ways u can get from x to y on various points. Subscription cost is very high but looks really handy

      • CarpalTravel says:

        They really need to work out a better way to market themselves. No way am I paying out $5 just to try and see what the results might look like. It might be a brilliant service, but I’ll never know.

  • Olly says:

    Looks like sun air aren’t flying at present:
    https://www.sun-air.dk/en/blog/coronavirus

  • Chris Miller says:

    Thanks Rob , everytime I go on BA.com to try and find AA , CX or QF flights. I can never ever find any flights at all . All I ever seem to get are a few JAL flights and possible the odd QR flight . Am I just unluckly or is there a trick here to finding the flights for the 18 airlines listed above that you can book via BA ?

    • Rob says:

      No trick, they should show – albeit not much happening with JAL and Cathay at present for obvious reasons. AA makes very little transatlantic available.

      • meta says:

        Remember partner airline rewards are not released 355 days in advance. They can be released at any time. For example, domestic JAL flights are only released 2 months before.

        • yorkieflyer says:

          Old news JAL domestic flights Avios redemptions can be booked at least 9 months in advance, I’ve done this year

    • QFFlyer says:

      QF flights are always available on BA.com, with the exception of some regional Qantaslink routes (which can be booked by phone). QF international reward availability is very tight, which might explain why you can’t see it, if that’s what you’re looking for, but domestic availability is pretty good.

  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Any sweet spots above that anyone knows of?

    • meta says:

      I just booked one-way business Tokyo to Manila on JAL for 13.2k and £191. Not bad for a 5hr flight. Cash prices were over £1.5k. Even economy is £350+.

  • Steve says:

    You can often book Vueling flights on BA.com but it usually packages the fares to include check in luggage and often large cabin bags. Also the flights tend to be 30% dearer than on Vueling.com ( even with extra luggage options ), I have several BA future travel vouchers ( e-vouchers ) to use prior to sept 23 and this has proven a good way to spend them, as BA can’t decide whether I can use them on ba holidays…or not…

  • Dougie Forde says:

    What about Emerald Airlines? It was only yesterday you had a feature on them.

  • Andy says:

    I take it you can only use a 2-4-1 voucher on the BA flights though?

    • Rob says:

      Yes ….. for now.

      • Mart says:

        Don’t let the Qat-ar out of the bag Rob (wishful thinking most likely)

      • Jamie says:

        Should I be holding off booking a trip?

      • Rob H not Rob says:

        Never haa two words intimated so much.

        • Chas says:

          Rob is possibly referring to a comment that he made when Qatar joined the Avios world, that their CEO (or similar) had said to him that they would like to be able to accept the 241 vouchers, but BA wouldn’t let them. Perhaps this desire might eventually make it through internal negotiations and governance, but it won’t happen overnight.

        • CarpalTravel says:

          Such a tease…

  • Mark says:

    Good morning, any help appreciated.

    On BA Amex premium just hit 10k spend and received voucher, now if I downgrade and spend another 2k will I get a second voucher?

    • Michael says:

      No

    • FFoxSake says:

      No. One voucher per year no matter what BA card you have.

      • Rob says:

        Seems you can get 2 Barclaycard vouchers per year if you upgrade / downgrade after triggering the first …..

        • Mark says:

          So it does work if I downgrade my card? Please confirm I am understanding correctly.
          That would be amazing

          • Rob says:

            I’m just saying that a HfP reader who did this and then bought a car (hence how he hit £20k so quickly on the free card) received a second voucher ….

      • meta says:

        You can get more than one voucher per year. Cancel the card and apply again, spend £10k and get another voucher.

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