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How to use the British Airways multi-partner chart to redeem Avios on multiple oneworld airlines

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We write a lot about how to book Avios redemptions on British Airways flights as well as BA’s oneworld partner airlines (full list here).

But what if you want to ‘mix and match’ and book a single trip on multiple different airlines, for example for a ‘round the world’ trip?

For that, British Airways has something called the ‘multi-carrier chart.’ You may not have heard of it because British Airways keeps it low key.

British Airways multi-partner Avios chart

What is the Avios ‘multi-carrier reward chart’?

This is the reward chart that British Airways uses to price redemptions which include two or more oneworld partner airlines, excluding British Airways:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Oman Air (coming in late 2024)
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • SriLankan Airlines

British Airways flights can be booked as part of a multi-partner redemption, but you need to have at least two other oneworld airlines involved as well.

If, for example, you flew from London to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and then caught a Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo, it would be priced using the multi-partner chart.

British Airways multi partner Avios redemptions

What do multi-partner Avios redemptions cost?

The chart below is for economy travel.  Multiply by two for Business Class and by three for First Class.

Take a moment to note what I just wrote.

Whilst a standard long haul Avios redemption in Business Class on British Airways costs 3x an Economy redemption, using the multi-partner chart only costs 2x.  This makes the multi-partner chart very good value for Business or First Class Avios tickets.

The only snag is that you can’t use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher or a Barclaycard upgrade voucher.

Here’s the pricing:

Miles in your journeyAvios required (economy)
0–1,50030,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
1,501–4,00035,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
4,001–9,00060,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
9,001–10,00070,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
10,001–14,00090,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
14,001–20,000100,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
20,001–25,000120,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
25,001–35,000140,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges
35,001–50,000160,000 + taxes, fees and carrier charges

You can see the original on BA.com here.

How to calculate the total distance of your trip

The above chart is priced in total miles travelled, but how do you know how long your trip is?

The best tool to use is Great Circle Mapper (gcmap.com). This is a free but very powerful website that lets you look up the most direct flight path between two cities.

Simply input the three-letter airport codes of your itinerary in the search box and hit enter. Great Circle Mapper will generate a map as well as the distances for each sector, as well as the total distance travelled. For example, Heathrow – Tokyo – Brisbane – Hong Kong – Heathrow (LHR-HND-BNE-HKG-LHR) returns:

LHRHND5,974 miles
HNDBNE4,415 miles
BNEHKG4,306 miles
HKGLHR5,994 miles
Total20,690 miles

At just a hair over 20,000 miles, this itinerary would price into the 120,000 Avios price band for economy, or 240,000 Avios band in Business Class.

It would be worth trying to optimise it so it drops just under 20,000 miles, saving you 20,000 Avios (in economy) and more in premium cabins.

Here’s an example for a ’round the world’ itinerary.

London – Delhi – Hong Kong – Tokyo – Los Angeles – New York – London is just under 20,000 miles.  Here’s the maths:

LHRDEL4,191 miles
DELHKG2,331 miles
HKGHND1,805 miles
HNDLAX5,487 miles
LAXJFK2,475 miles
JFKLHR3,451 miles
Total19,740 miles

This is a LOT of flying for just 200,000 Avios in Business Class.

What are the rules when using the multi-carrier reward chart?

It is worth noting that we have never seen a firm list of the rules for booking multi-partner reward tickets.  Because it is not widely publicised, most BA call centre agents will never have booked one.

  • In theory you are limited to eight sectors with just one overland sector – although we have seen examples where multiple overland sectors were ticketed
  • In theory you need to have every segment in the same class as just one in a higher class will reprice the entire itinerary.  However, some people have reportedly had agents charge based on the longest class flown, ie if 60% is economy and 40% First then they were charged economy!
  • In theory you can book a segment in economy – and the rest of the itinerary in business – and upgrade that segment later for free if availability in Business Class appears
  • In theory, there are no rules on backtracking although this may be down to badly trained agents.  One example I have seen was basically multiple holidays from London to somewhere, back to back, to get to eight sectors.  If the agent allows it you could book, say, London to Qatar and home, London to Hong Kong and home, London to Tokyo and home, London to Kuala Lumpur and home as one booking – as long as you are using at least two oneworld carriers – and save a huge number of Avios on booking four holidays separately.

In truth, nothing seems clear.  The ‘eight flights maximum’ rule does seem to be firm – but that still gives you a huge amount of flexibility to put together a great trip.

Conclusion

The multi-carrier reward chart can be a very useful tool, particularly if you are planning a longer trip or sabbatical.

It is perfect for flights to Australia – which can be cheaper than booking a direct British Airways Avios redemption, depending on route – or ’round the world’ itineraries.


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

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 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.

Comments (51)

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  • Roger C says:

    I will echo what others have said. We did an 8 segment trip last year with 5 segments in J, 1 day flight in PE and a couple of shorter flights in Economy. They charged us £2000 in charges, while the cash fares were around £20k. We used BA, Qatar, Cathay, Malaysian and Quantas. Only real mistake was flying back from Cairo on BA!

    I was pleasantly surprised that they priced the avios for PE, as the longest flight (DXB – HKG) was in that class – that saved us 120000 Avios from what I was expecting.

    In summary the whole trip (for both of us) was 360000 avios + £2000. I’ll never get that much value from avios again!

    It took three phone calls to BA – the first two were clueless, and the third knew exactly what she was doing. It took 2 (anxious) days for everything to be confirmed. I found all the flights on ba.com.

    • Vit says:

      Thanks for sharing this. Did you just look for availability of all the flights you took on ba.com based on the dates + preferred stop-overs, make a note and then call BA to price up (avios+charges)?

      • Zoe says:

        Yes, you definitely need to have checked the flights are available and have all dates / times/ flight numbers ready.

        • Vagabond says:

          But how do you check availability? Don’t the partner airline flights all need vacant Avios seats? How does one see this? And do they release 2/4/6 business seats per flight etc?

          • Rob says:

            No guaranteed availability with most carriers so can be really hard to stitch together.

          • Zoe says:

            You spend many hours on BA.com looking at different possibilities. We wanted Xmas 2022 for our trip but eventually threw in the towel and went in Feb 23. It is a considerable undertaking. Once I had everything lined up the first agent I called was very competent. It felt like a longer call when they read it all back and you actually pay. We didn’t have any issues with flights being cancelled or delayed so in terms of the travelling it all ran on rails.

      • Roger C says:

        That’s pretty much it. I didn’t have the problems that others have had with seats disappearing and needing alternative plans. I did plan pretty carefully though.

  • Stephen says:

    You can often view the full breakdown of taxes if you search the booking reference on one of the other partner airlines websites

  • Zoe says:

    We did the longest segment in PE which was back to London, we figured we might be tired afterwards but would be jet lagged anyway and heading for our own beds. I would do the same again

  • Mikeact says:

    My bit for what it’s worth. I answered this when this article was first published a few years back. Firstly, it is not necessarily for the feint hearted…you need a lot of patience and you need a back up plan if you are told seats have gone. The first hurdle is getting an agent who knows what you are talking about….if in doubt, don’t hesitate, politely decline and call back. Have your PC, tablet and phone all open, ready to quickly double check seats, other routings etc. (Don’t forget, alternative routings could mess up your mileage.) And paper and pens. Also,dependant on mileage ,don’t leave any on the table…having done this twice now, we have always managed to squeeze a short weekend away somewhere at the end. Regarding taxes, I feel that generally, you’re in the hands of BA, but it can be such fantastic value, I didn’t really feel like arguing as the charges felt more than fair. Our longest segment was in Business Class, with a couple of very short Economy hops, priced, nearly, at Business all the way. I was in touch with someone on here, who’s longest segment was Economy with shorter Business segments, and his charges were all based on Economy, so who knows . Anyway, good luck….you will be frustrated !

  • Mark W says:

    Doesn’t Fiji Air need to be added the list of included airlines?

    • Rob says:

      When we get a date for full access, yes. Not sure if they can be included in these tickets at the moment.

  • May Lim says:

    I presume I would still be able to collect tier points?

    • Rob says:

      Not on a redemption, no.

      • Zoe says:

        No, but on our 8 flight itinerary I scored one ‘bank error in your favour’ no luck for my husband.

    • Stephen says:

      Not unless you get a scheduled flight change, where they book you only a non redemption ticket

  • Hennebou says:

    It’s frequent that BA/QR don’t show availability for ex-LHR routes to Asia via DOH. Does using the multi-partner award chart enable to book together LHR-DOH & DOH-Asia without needing married segment availability?
    Or does DOH need to be a stop-over for that to work (i.e. more than 24hrs there)?

    Thanks!

    • ZoeB says:

      That’s an interesting question, maybe repeat it on the general forum as not many people will see it here now.

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