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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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  • Jack says:

    What about Fiji Airways? Supposedly a one world connect member and you can see redemption availability on AA/Qantas but not possible to book via BA using avios.

    • QFFlyer says:

      AA & QF have had partnerships with FJ before Oneworld Connect existed. Oneworld Connect is a bit of a clunky arrangement at best.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Qatar partners can only be booked on request with points being held but apparently no indication of taxes only the points required, or is it included and just ticketed? Looking at Bangkok Airways in particular.

  • Kipto says:

    Good luck to anyone trying to contact Iberia plus or Vueling. Their customer service is appalling.

  • meta says:

    LATAM can be booked with BA, but only over the phone.

    • QFFlyer says:

      Unless something’s changed recently, this isn’t always the case – I’ve made online bookings with LA using Avios.

  • Alex M says:

    S7 redemption using avios are NOT suspended even though S7 membership in oneworld is. I was surprised to learn about that too.

  • WorldFlyer says:

    Does anyone know if I use Avios for a return Avianca flight from Heathrow to Colombia (Bogota) then by calling Iberia, how many miles and taxes that would circa be in economy. Is that info online somewhere and is it fixed or dynamic pricing?
    Avianca seem new then too, to use Avios with?

    • meta says:

      Be aware that ticket will completely non-refundable. This is the case for all partner awards other than BA. You get absolutely nothing back.

      • John says:

        @meta

        (From my dummy search above)

        Change and refund conditions

        Outbound Flight
        Heathrow (London) to Madrid
        Madrid to BOGOTA

        Time/date changes permitted up to 24 hours before your first flight, subject to availability, for a service fee.

        Cancellations: You can cancel this booking at any time up to 24 hours before outbound departure and receive a full refund, minus a service fee.

        • KK says:

          The question is about an AV BOG-LHR direct flight. It could be booked as an award via IB. IB partner rewards are unchangeable and nonrefundable after booking. For IB that applies to everyone but BA.

    • John says:

      Approximately 33k + £211 on 12 Sept (off peak). Business 63k + £352.

      • meta says:

        Are you searching on iberia.com?

        Only your first flight segment is refundable because LHR-MAD is on either Iberia or BA. Your second leg MAD-BOG isn’t although what you’re seeing might be due to mixed the airlines. The following is from full ticketing rules.

        “Refunds only permitted on flights with codes IB, YW, I2 and BA, unless the code for one leg is IB and the code for another leg belongs to another partner in the programme.”

        However, you are also paying higher taxes due to starting in London. You should book outbound separately to avoid APD and fly a day earlier to Madrid.

  • Morris says:

    Can I book AA to/from MEX in business class with Avíos. What restrictions if any?

    • Rob says:

      No restrictions – usual rules apply, cancel for a £35 fee up to 24 hours before departure.

      • Morris says:

        Is this true for flights from MEX to US too? I can’t find any availability, perhaps because inventory is so limited?

        • KK says:

          Any AA flight with general award inventory can be booked with Avios. By general I mean inventory available to partners. AA has special award for their own members that cost more than standard awards and come out of different booking classes

    • meta says:

      Are you searching on iberia.com?

      Only your first flight segment is refundable because LHR-MAD is on either Iberia or BA. Your second leg MAD-BOG isn’t although what you’re seeing might be due to mixed the airlines. The following is from full ticketing rules.

      “Refunds only permitted on flights with codes IB, YW, I2 and BA, unless the code for one leg is IB and the code for another leg belongs to another partner in the programme.”

      However, you are also paying higher taxes due to starting in London. You should book outbound separately to avoid APD and fly a day earlier to Madrid.

  • Luke B says:

    I have 2 tickets going for the Hfp party… unfortunately something has come up and I can’t attend.

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