British Airways Avios can be one of the tougher and yet more rewarding programs. They pass on fuel surcharges but only with some partners. Some routes are cheaper than the other airlines and some routes more expensive. Luckily I’ve written a number of articles to make the process a lot easier.
Another reason to brush up on Avios is simply because everyone transfers to British Airways: Chase, SPG, Amex and there were rumors of Citi being able to transfer to Avios but I guess that never panned out. So taking a minute to understand Avios is extremely relevant to any points collector.
So let me quick outline the difficulties and advantages.
The first challenge, as I mentioned, is that they charge fuel surcharges. However, certain airlines don’t have any fuel surcharges to pass on so I highly recommend flying on those airlines.
Another trouble is that they charge per segment. This means that sometimes when there are no direct flights flown or available, you have to buy two tickets. This isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes it means that you pay quite a bit more.
And because it’s a distance-based program, meaning you are charged more for miles, it has it’s ups and downs. Really long direct flights tend to be over priced. However there are some advantages too.
I wrote a series on examples of using stopovers to save miles. The concept is based on noticing a kind of discrepancy in the award chart. So the following award chart is taking the distance of the flight you want to redeem to determine price. Flights under 650 miles cost 4,500 Avios, and so on.
Look at this. If you fly 5,501 miles you pay 30,000 Avios. Yet, if you fly 2,999 miles, you pay 12,500.
In other words, two 2,999 mile flights is cheaper (25,000 Avios) than one 5,501 mile flight.
I’ll take one example. LA to Sydney is 50,000 Avios. However, LA to Hawaii is 12,500 Avios and Hawaii to Sydney is 25,000 Avios.
Yes, by stopping in Hawaii (for as long as you want), you can save 12,500 each direction. Not a bad way to save Avios.
9 Articles of use.
If all these things are intriguing or something you’d like to learn more about, here are 9 articles that will set you on the right path.
And for those interested in maximizing your current Avios with stopovers, I highly recommend the must read series on Stopovers to Save Avios:
- Using Stopovers to Save Avios to South America
- Using Stopovers to Save Avios Across the Pacific
- Using Stopovers to Save Avios to Europe
- Using Stopovers to Save Avios to India
- Conclusions, tools to help and crazy plans
This is nearly everything you need to know about Avios. I hope this is a helpful resource for anyone in the community, as I’m very confident that there are tons of British Airways Avios floating around.
Basically I’m hoping this can help you learn to use your Avios well, cheaply and to see more places! And by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter, you might help someone else use their Avios well.