Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points – a handy resource for maximising your frequent flyer miles

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One of the things that is so fascinating about the frequent flyer space is that there are always tools popping up which fill a small but useful niche.

I often get emails from Head for Points readers asking about the best place to credit a particular flight when they do not want to open an account with that airline directly.

In theory it should be simple – just pick an airline in the same alliance (SkyTeam, Star Alliance, oneworld) where you do have an account.  If you are flying Finnair, you could credit it to your British Airways account as both are oneworld alliance members.

In reality, it isn’t that simple:

  • Most airlines have additional partnerships with airlines on top of their main alliance partners
  • Not all alliance partners treat other members equally.  Airline A may only give 100% of miles flown for a business class ticket on airline Z whilst Airline B may give 200%.
  • In the worse case scenarios, some airlines will give no credit at all for certain heavily discounted partner tickets – in which case you might as well credit elsewhere.  This is often an issue with heavily discount Lufthansa business class tickets, for example, which are issued in ‘P’ class and often earn nothing with partners.

What is

There is a website which can guide you around all this –

For ease of use it couldn’t be simpler.  Tell it which airline you are flying and, if known, the exact ticketing class (this should be on your eticket) and it will show you where you will get the best return for the flight.

Take a look at this example for an ‘H’ class economy ticket on Finnair:

Finnair credit flight to different frequent flyer schemes

The first thing to say is that this chart is not completely accurate. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance and so all of the oneworld members should be listed, but Iberia and a couple of others are missing. You should also double check the data you get.

In British Airways Executive Club, you earn 70% of miles flown.  However, credit the flight to Qatar Privilege Club and you will also earn Avios – at 100% of miles flown. You could transfer those Avios to British Airways Executive Club and be better off than if you had credited the flight to BA directly – although you miss out on BA tier points this way.

Finnair Plus, it turns out, will be even more generous.  You will receive 150% of miles flown.  Will you be able to use those miles though?  And does 1 Finnair Plus mile buy you as much as 1 Avios?

One thing to remember, of course, is that miles have no value if you can’t use them.  wheretocredit also doesn’t help with telling you where you will earn status most easily.

You may earn twice as many miles crediting an ‘H’ class Finnair flight to Finnair Plus instead of British Airways, but if you never spend those Finnair miles then you have wasted the lot.  You will also have lost out on the Britsh Airways tier points.  Bear this in mind before you pick an obscure partner.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2023)

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 American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (17)

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  • Greenpen says:

    A very useful tool to check. I had a cheap J flight from LHR to DXB out by LX and back LH. My *A collection is with A3 so out that number down.

    If I had not checked then I would have had 100% credit from LX but nothing from the LH return. Had to change the programme for return.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    S7 mentioned both on the screenshot and the picture of the oneworld tailfins. Is this an old screenshot or has it not been updated since S7 was kicked out of the alliance?

  • KJT says:

    I have a return trip to the USA next month flying Icelandair Saga class . I have choice of their own program or can credit to Jet Blue or Alaskan .
    I usually do one Far East trip and a couple of USA trips per year.
    I am leaning towards Jet Blue but am looking for any tips or suggestions . I can’t see myself doing many flights via Iceland in the future.
    Current enrolled in Skymiles , Advantage and Mileage Plus.

    • Lyn says:

      As usual it probably depends on both which airlines you usually use to fly to the USA / Far East when you are earning miles and which airlines / routes you would like to use for redemptions. Also whether it being part of the OneWorld alliance is important to you.

      I find Alaska’s frequent flyer programme particularly useful for partner awards such as Qantas and British Airways premium class redemptions, but you have to be able to earn enough of them and they don’t always have access to quite the same inventory as the underlying programme. It can also be used for American Airlines redemptions of course. The programme has a few quirks, with some advantages like free stopovers and connections, and some disadvantages like not being able to mix 2 different partner airlines on the same reward. Alaska makes it fairly easy to check how many miles are needed so you could take a look at their award charts and see if anything looks interesting. You could also check example availability using a monthly calendar without needing to be a member.

  • MarkSX says:

    Have an Air Canada flight in Z/P. Where should I be crediting them if the list isn’t the most accurate?

  • Neil says:

    I use this site. It’s good. I don’t know what code to look for for a flight with Austrian that just says Economy Light. I’d put in my Aegean account (simply because they last the longest). Any ideas?

  • memesweeper says:

    Ha! According to wheretocredit my upcoming OB redemption should earn in a number of other schemes. I’ll give AsiaMiles a try… nothing ventured…

  • Ruralite says:

    Anyone else had problems trying to get Mikes & More credits with Lufthansa? I flew UK to AUH via Frankfurt & AUH to UK via Munich in August. Etihad who flew the outward & return legs from/to Germany on behalf of LH with LH & their own flight number are not listed as LH partners so I could not choose them to allocate miles. Etihad have not credited miles (I was able to quote my rewards number with them on return flight only) & despite me contacting LH Miles & More twice quoting both flight numbers I have got nowhere, my account shows the legs flown with ‘incorrect flight number’ beside them. The journey was booked completely with LH, miles on the UK legs which were flown on LH aircraft, were awarded without a hitch.

    • Peter says:

      I had a similar situation once, flying Bangkok Airways booked through Austrian. Miles & More wouldn’t credit anything as the operating carrier was non-Star Alliance, and Etihad wouldn’t either as they were not the marketing carrier. I didn’t bother looking at crediting with Bangkok due to the hard expiry of their miles. So when the operating & marketing carrier are not in the same alliance, you’re sometimes left with no possibility of crediting anywhere.

  • Concerto says:

    It’s sometimes not accurate, though, in the sense that the data probably isn’t always updated. I was looking for where to credit flights on Condor (DE), but decided to not bother crediting anywhere. That is an airline you really want to avoid, by the way, along with all other German airlines at the moment (endless delays, cancellations, refusal to pay compensation, appalling airport experiences, etc).
    Another thing to really watch out for is O-class (business) on SkyTeam airlines. I have snookered myself with that at least 3 times. It will only earn on the programme of the airline concerned, not on partners.

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