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How many Avios do you need to fly Business Class?

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How many Avios points do you need for a Business Class flight?  The answer, I’m pleased to say, is far fewer than you think.  If you’ve never experienced Business Class then it could be nearer than you think.

You can no longer see a simple chart of how much an Avios redemption flight costs.  You are expected to plug your route into this calculator.

However, if you want a simple list of cities served by British Airways and the Avios needed, we have put one together.  Click here for our full list of Avios redemption pricing by destination.

How many Avios do you need to fly Business Class?

This chart is for one-way flights.  This means that the cheapest Business Class Avios redemption costs 15,000 points plus 50p in charges.

15,000 points is what you need for a one-way flight from London to a European city under 650 miles away.  This covers much of France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

However, you can pay less than 15,000 Avios. When you book, you will be shown six different permutations of Avios and cash. You can choose to use fewer Avios and more cash if you wish, and it will often make sense to do so.

For the purposes of this example, I will stick with the 15,000 Avios figure.

You might think it is extravagant to fly Business Class for such a short flight.  I disagree.  This is what you get for your 15,000 Avios plus 50p flight to Amsterdam:

  • use of priority check-in desks – no queueing!
  • a bigger luggage allowance – 32kg
  • use of ‘Fast Track’ security – less queuing than you would have otherwise
  • entry to the British Airways lounges, where you can eat and drink, entirely for free, to your hearts content before the flight.  You can also stock up on newspapers and magazines, use the business centre and generally just relax.  A handy tip is that champagne is not on display with the rest of the wine but is available (free, obviously!) if you ask.
How many Avios do you need to fly Business Class?
  • priority boarding – you are given ‘Group 1’ boarding
  • seating in the first 5-6 rows of the aircraft
  • an empty middle seat guaranteed
  • a free meal – and they are generally OK these days
  • free hot and cold drinks, including champagne

Doesn’t that sound better than heading to Luton or Stansted and dealing with the crowds before finding yourself on Ryanair?

Of course, if you want to a flat bed Business Class seat to a long-haul destination it will require more Avios.  Zone 5 is the cheapest long-haul zone which covers Dubai, New York etc.  This requires 80,000 Avios one-way off-peak and 90,000 Avios one-way peak.  This is a lot more points but, of course, it is a different experience. You can also reduce the number of Avios needed by paying more cash.

My personal view, however, is that it is well worth 15,000 Avios to fly Business Class inside Europe if you’ve never experienced it.  Once you have, you’ll be hooked.

(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 earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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