British Airways Avios: Award Efficiency Rating

"Drew, what in the world is an award efficiency rating, and how does British Airways Avios have one? Did you just make this up?"

Yes, I did. But get used to it! Because I'm going to be doing posts with efficiency ratings more often!

And not just British Airways Avios, but for many programs. In fact, I got the idea working on an upcoming JAL post.

So this post is really just to introduce the concept of an "award efficiency rating".

Let me explain what it is, and what cool things you can discover from it (using Avios)...

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Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

Right now I'm digging into JAL Miles and before I do a post on the best uses, I wanted to give an overview of their four award charts.

I have made condensed, easier to read charts and a map for JAL flights, and will generally explain which award chart you use for which redemption.

I also made a chart showing which chart is better under which distance range, the JAL Miles "OneWorld Award Chart" or the "Partner Award Chart".

I'll give a list of partners, and a brief overview of the rules.

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About Drew Macomber

I've got a big announcement... And I'm going to tell you about it, and I'm going to do it in my typical overly-honest way.


In 2010 I started a wordpress blog. In 2011 Carrie and I took our millions of miles (and little else) and booked a oneway ticket to Asia.

We really had no idea where that journey would take us. If you've followed along, you know that it took us all over the world. That journey - of full-time globetrotting and living in hotels for years - was nothing short of fantastic!

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Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic 2019]

Carrie and I both wanted to redo our Hotel Rewards Program infographic and my post on the best rewards program.

The infographic does a good job of giving a visual display for the following areas:

  • Number of hotels
  • Which brands have the most 4/5 star hotels
  • Which loyalty programs earn free nights most quickly
  • Status benefits
  • Best credit cards

The rest of the post will discuss some of the things not included in the infographic and more details...

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