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The COVID pandemic wreaked havoc on all industries and perhaps the worst hit was the travel industry. People could not travel due to restrictions, but the situation has since improved.

If you had accumulated points balances via your credit cards, well, good news for you! It is possible to transfer Avios points to American Airlines and enjoy lower redemption rates.

British Avios is the name used for the points currency for the British Airways Executive Club loyalty program. You can transfer the Avios points yourself or rely on the world's first robot legal assistant to do the heavy lifting for you.

Points and miles serve as a currency you earn every time you shop or take a trip. These points later allow you to book free flights or book hotel stays by redeeming these points. You can swipe your credit cards and redeem the points and miles to exclude your purchase from your monthly credit card statement.

British Airways offers better value than American Airlines when you redeem for short flights. American Airlines asks for 7,500 AAdvantage miles for flights of up to 500 miles, so if you travel under 500 miles, you don't need to look for an alternative.

The lowest official AAdvantage redemption rate for over 500 miles is from 12,500 AAdvantage miles for domestic flights. You can get Avios points even without regularly flying these airlines.

Each program has a points-earning credit card for American-based travelers. You can transfer your points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Avios, Marriott Bonvoy, or American Express membership rewards.

The easiest way of racking up Avios is via the Avios-earning credit cards. Each of the program's credit cards has a welcome bonus:

If you have enough value and can justify three fees annually, you can get all three cards if you choose.

You can transfer Avios points to either of three airline loyalty programs with a separate award chart. It is never a great idea to transfer your points between hotel and airline programs as you end up losing value during the transfer process.

An exception is the transfer of Avios at a ratio of 1:1 between Aer Lingus AerClub, Iberia Plus, and the British Airways Executive Club. These three loyalty programs use Avios to represent their mileage currency. Still, each has a separate chart determining how many Avios make a particular flight.

You can transfer Avios between these programs to book flights where you feel you get the best value. You can collect all your points in a single program or top off a single account.

British Airways is a Oneworld Alliance member and has its partners, including but not limited to:

Here is how to transfer your Avios points to transfer partners:

An Avios point is worth 0.38p when you spend on a one-way economy flight and 0.89p when you spend it on a first-class return flight.

An Avios point on average is worth 0.045p depending on where you spend it. Of course, you get the best deals when dealing with partner airlines.

The transfer of Avios points needs you to be keen and pay attention to detail. You have to scour the internet, making comparisons to get the best deal.

Navigate to book a rewards flight on the British Airways website. Check for the available flights in the "Book with Avios" section and pick the flight you want. Flights operating as the site indicates partner airlines.

You can earn Avios in different ways, even on partner and alliance airlines flights. The rating depends on the airline flown, the trip length, cabin booked, and your tier level on the Executive Club.

The process can be pretty tedious and time-consuming, and you'd be better off using an app like DoNotPay to do it on your behalf.

DoNotPay can help you find the best options if you have airline points, depending on how much the points are worth and the available rewards program.

DoNotPay can help you find the best deal via third-party vendors if you wish to sell your points. We can also help you to check your points balance automatically.

Here's how to get started:

If you want to sell your points, we can help you find the best deal through third-party vendors. Lastly, we can also help you check your latest points balance automatically!

You are sure to find numerous testimonials from people who have used DoNotPay in the past. sing DoNotPay has several advantages:

DoNotPay is not limited to transferring Avios points to American Airlines. DoNotPay can help you transfer Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, and Chase Ultimate rewards points.

DoNotPay can also assist you in selling hotel rewards points and airline mileage such as Delta SkyMiles and United Miles

DoNotPay does not restrict you to solving one problem. It can also help to:

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Using British Airways Avios can seem challenging and even overwhelming to travel hacking beginners who are most familiar with U.S.-based airlines.

You might be wondering, “What can I use Avios points for if I’m not flying to London?”

But, in fact, the best ways to use British Airways Avios comes not necessarily on transatlantic flights, but for short-haul flights in many places around the globe.

In this beginner guide all about the British Airways frequent flyer program, you’ll learn:

British Airways is part of the Oneworld Alliance. Their partners include American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Japan Airline, and several others.

British Airways also partners with Aer Lingus. In fact, both Iberia and Aer Lingus use the Avios currency.

Knowing which airline alliances and partners an airline is connected to allows you to get more from your miles. In this case, you can use BA Avios to fly on any of their Oneworld partners, as well as their non-alliance partners.

So while you can’t transfer British Airways miles to American Airlines, you can use British Airways Avios to redeem for flights that are operated by American Airlines.

What’s more, using Avios to book award flights operated by American Airlines can sometimes be better than had you booked the flight with AA miles.

Instead of using geographic zones as part of the calculations to determine award pricing like with United or American, British Airways calculates the number of Avios needed for an award flight by distance.

This means the number of miles flown dictates how many Avios an award flight will cost.

There currently isn’t a published British Airways Avios award chart, but they do have peak and off-peak redemptions for British Airways award flights.

Their off-peak redemptions can deliver great value on your BA Avios, especially given you can find off-peak pricing for nearly 8 months of the year on flights operated by British Airways.

For award flights operated by a British Airways partner, like American Airlines or Qantas, there’s no off-peak pricing.

This award chart below shows the number of Avios you’ll need to book flights with your British Airways Avios that are flown by a partner airline. You’ll note that there is a specific Zone 1 with its own pricing for flights within the U.S.

The British Airways award calendar opens up just about a year ahead of time.

In general, it’s best to book flights using Avios points as far out as you know your travel plans. Although you won’t be charged a last-minute booking fee, British Airways reward flight availability is better the farther out you search.

Keep in mind, however, that all British Airways Avios partners don’t necessarily release their award space as far in advance as British Airways.

So, if you’re searching for partner flight availability on some of the calendar’s farthest dates, there could be a gap in which partners are showing award space and which are not.

For example, let’s say British Airways opens up its award calendar through September of the following year. But, a partner airline only has its award calendar open through August of the following year.

That month gap won’t accurately reflect the award space eventually available to all partners.

One of the major criticisms of British Airways is its tremendous surcharges on some of its flights. As a rule of thumb, you want to avoid these fees as much as possible.

Clearly, it doesn’t make sense to redeem an award for X number of Avios and also have to pay $600+ in fees, for example.

If you’re just getting started with travel hacking, you might not realize how to get Avios. In fact, there are quite a few ways to earn British Airways Avios!

While there’s no British Airways American Express card available in the United States, Chase offers a British Airways Visa Signature® Card.

Current Welcome Bonus: Earn 75,000 Avios after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months from opening opening your card.

Favorite Card Features:

Annual Fee: $95

If you’ve previously had the British Airways credit card but closed it at some point, you’re eligible to earn the welcome offer again after 24 months have passed since earning the previous one.

Luckily, British Airways also participates as a transfer partner in transferable points programs. Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to British Airways at a 1:1 transfer ratio.

Travel rewards credit cards like the:

earn Ultimate Rewards points which can be transferred to British Airways. They’re also great cards to start with if you’re new to miles and points.

American Express Membership Rewards points also transfer to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio. So, travel rewards cards that earn these points are also highly valued.

Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 ratio. When transferring points earned with your Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, transfer in 60k-point increments to receive a 5k Avios bonus with select airlines including British Airways, for a total of 25k Avios.

American Express occasionally runs transfer bonuses with British Airways, which allows you an even better return on transferring MR points to BA Avios.

In fact, at times these transfer bonuses have been as high as 40% when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Avios.

British Airways also has a shopping portal where you can earn Avios for the items you’re planning to buy anyways. You can book BA flights with Avios earned from shopping.

Lastly, the worst travel hacking mistake is to let your points expire.

British Airways Avios expire after 36 months with no activity to your account. To reset the expiration date, earn or spend a couple of Avios.

Even transferring the smallest amount of flexible points from Chase or American Express will help you reset the expiration date on your Avios.

British Airways has a decent search tool when it comes to searching for partner award flights.

In fact, the general rule of thumb is to use the BA or Qantas websites to search when you’re looking for Oneworld Alliance award flights.

You’ll need to log in with your British Airways membership number to search. If you don’t already have a British Airways number, it’s free to join.

Be sure to keep yourself organized by recording your member number and password for future searches.

From the British Airways homepage, hover over the “Book” option. Select “Book a flight with Avios” from the dropdown menu.

Because British Airways has a distance-based award pricing system, you’ll want to search for and book nonstop British Airways and partner award flights.

While BA doesn’t limit the number of stops you can take, each segment will price out individually. The result is usually an overpriced award flight.

So, after you enter your search details, British Airways will ask you if you want to break up your search into segments. Always click no.

Another award search basic tip is to look in one-way segments.

Let’s say you’re looking for a round-trip flight between New York and Montreal. Search the departing and returning flights separately. You might see additional availability that wouldn’t have come up in a round trip search, as well as reduce the chance your award flight search will result in an error.

British Airways does a pretty good job of displaying partner availability. However, if you’re hoping to use British Airways Avios for an Aer Lingus flight, search on United’s website for award availability.

Lastly, you can also use a British Airways Avios calculator to determine how many Avios you’ll need for the route you want to fly.

The Wandering Aramean tool Avios tool will calculate the number of Avios you’ll need for an award flight. I use the Wandering Aramean tool and it’s a great way to experiment with how to use Avios for your potential travel plans.

So, before going into some specific redemptions, let’s just quickly review the basics of airline alliances.

Even though we’re searching for award flights on British Airways and using British Airways currency, Avios, the actual flight booked might be flown by one of their partners if it’s a route that British Airlines doesn’t fly.

So while you can’t transfer your British Airways points to a non-Avios partner airline, using Avios for flights operated by their partners can be a fantastic value!

ProTip: Did you know that British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus (and recently Qatar Airways!) all use the Avios currency? As such, these are the only 3 airlines where it’s possible to transfer Avios among them. For example, Iberia Avios can transfer to my British Airways account, assuming I follow all the transfer rules.If you’re earning Avios with all of the Avios-earning airline credit cards, you can combine these Avios balances into a single account with whichever Avios airline you choose.

To maximize the value of your Avios, you also want to avoid those high BA surcharges we talked about earlier. The more premium class you want to fly, the higher the fees typically get.

British Airways doesn’t charge surcharges on flights operated by American Airlines and Alaska Airlines flights within the United States, to Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean.

Depending on your departure city, it could be cheaper to use Avios than to book with American Airlines using AA miles.

For example, you can fly from LAX to Vancouver for only 7.5k one-way, 15k round trip. Compare this with American Airlines, where you’d need at least 12.5k each way.

Similarly, I did the east coast version of this by flying from NYC to Montreal to ski at Mont Tremblant for just 15k Avios round trip!

Just as a comparison, here’s United’s round-trip pricing for NYC to Montreal:

Washington D.C.-Montreal, Toronto, or Miami

Chicago – Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, or Orlando

San Francisco – Portland, Los Angeles, or Salt Lake City

Miami – Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, or the Bahamas

Los Angeles – San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tucson, or Los Cabos

Using Avios to book flights intra-Europe costs just 4,750 one-way, off-peak with a flat fee of about $30.

This is perfect if you’ve used other miles to get to Europe or scored a cheap flight. Use BA, then, to position yourself in your intended destination.

For example, you found a cheap $300 one-way flight to Paris on a budget airline. But, you want to go to Prague. You might pay for the flight and then use 4,750 Avios to fly to Prague.

Intra-Japan flights are also great redemptions, as these short flights can be pricey! Compare just a few thousand Avios one-way between Tokyo and Osaka with the cash price of $200+ at peak times.

Similarly, using Avios on Qantas between Australian cities is an equally great value! Remember, Qantas is in the Oneworld Alliance and can be booked with BA Avios. You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne or the Gold Coast for just 6k Avios!

Short-haul value can also be found in Africa. Consider Johannesburg to Capetown for just 8,250 Avios one-way during peak dates and 7,250 off-peak!

Because BA is distance-based, there may be some situations where it would seem counter-intuitive to consider using Avios. (The world is actually a lot smaller than we think!)

Consider these 3 examples.

Their distance-based award chart can return a great value when maximized effectively and play a strategic role in achieving your travel goals.

What questions do you have about how to use British Airways Avios?

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Transferable points are a somewhat simple concept to understand in theory, but things get much more complicated in practice, as you have to navigate a web of different transfer options and remember that the program with which you're booking your ticket might not belong to the airline operating your flight. TPG reader Lisa wants to know if she can combine points between her British Airways and American Airlines accounts ...

I have a large number of British Airways Avios, and every time I try to search for American Airlines flights it says none available. Can I move these points to my AAdvantage account and book with American Airlines directly?

British Airways has been in the news a lot in the last few months, between a minor devaluation of its partner award chart, taking delivery of its first stunning A350 aircraft and an excellent 40% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards. Furthermore, Lisa is spot on that some of the best uses of Avios are for partner awards, especially short-haul domestic flights on American Airlines.

American Airlines and British Airways are both members of the Oneworld alliance, and the two carriers cooperate quite closely through a transatlantic joint venture. American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn and redeem miles on British Airways flights, while BA members can do the same on flights operated by American. However, you can't transfer miles between your AAdvantage account and your British Airways Executive Club account.

As an analogy, think of transferable points as stem cells, with the potential to turn into almost any type of cell (or mile) they want. The degree of flexibility depends on the program: American Express has 22 airline and hotel transfer partners, while Marriott has over 40 airlines to which you can transfer your Bonvoy points. However, once you earn points or miles in a specific airline's program — be it through transfers or normal earning activity — you usually can't transfer them laterally to a different airline. Similarly, once a stem cell differentiates into one type of cell, it can't just change its mind and morph into another type. While there are some airlines that allow this, the rates are so atrocious that you're better off not even knowing that this option exists.

So is Lisa entirely out of luck? Not at all. It's certainly still possible to book American Airlines awards using British Airways Avios, but it's important to address Lisa's frustrations. American Airlines is inching closer to dynamic pricing, and it can be challenging to find nonstop, saver-level award space. Only flights that have MileSAAver awards will be bookable through British Airways — or any American partner. And while the British Airways website can be a powerful tool for searching Oneworld award availability, it has had problems displaying American flights in the past. As a result, Lisa might want to start by using the full calendar view on the American Airlines website to find days/flights with saver award availability before heading over to British Airways to book.

If she finds a flight with a MileSAAver award available, it should absolutely be bookable using British Airways Avios. If it doesn't appear online, she should call Executive Club customer service at 1-800-452-1201 (open daily from 7:30am to 8pm Eastern Time) — and should ask that any phone booking fee to be waived if the flight isn't bookable online.

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Using British Airways Avios can seem challenging and even overwhelming to travel hacking beginners who are most familiar with U.S.-based airlines.

You might be wondering, “What can I use Avios points for if I’m not flying to London?”

But, in fact, the best ways to use British Airways Avios comes not necessarily on transatlantic flights, but for short-haul flights in many places around the globe.

In this beginner guide all about the British Airways frequent flyer program, you’ll learn:

British Airways is part of the Oneworld Alliance. Their partners include American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Japan Airline, and several others.

British Airways also partners with Aer Lingus. In fact, both Iberia and Aer Lingus use the Avios currency.

Knowing which airline alliances and partners an airline is connected to allows you to get more from your miles. In this case, you can use BA Avios to fly on any of their Oneworld partners, as well as their non-alliance partners.

So while you can’t transfer British Airways miles to American Airlines, you can use British Airways Avios to redeem for flights that are operated by American Airlines.

What’s more, using Avios to book award flights operated by American Airlines can sometimes be better than had you booked the flight with AA miles.

Instead of using geographic zones as part of the calculations to determine award pricing like with United or American, British Airways calculates the number of Avios needed for an award flight by distance.

This means the number of miles flown dictates how many Avios an award flight will cost.

There currently isn’t a published British Airways Avios award chart, but they do have peak and off-peak redemptions for British Airways award flights.

Their off-peak redemptions can deliver great value on your BA Avios, especially given you can find off-peak pricing for nearly 8 months of the year on flights operated by British Airways.

For award flights operated by a British Airways partner, like American Airlines or Qantas, there’s no off-peak pricing.

This award chart below shows the number of Avios you’ll need to book flights with your British Airways Avios that are flown by a partner airline. You’ll note that there is a specific Zone 1 with its own pricing for flights within the U.S.

The British Airways award calendar opens up just about a year ahead of time.

In general, it’s best to book flights using Avios points as far out as you know your travel plans. Although you won’t be charged a last-minute booking fee, British Airways reward flight availability is better the farther out you search.

Keep in mind, however, that all British Airways Avios partners don’t necessarily release their award space as far in advance as British Airways.

So, if you’re searching for partner flight availability on some of the calendar’s farthest dates, there could be a gap in which partners are showing award space and which are not.

For example, let’s say British Airways opens up its award calendar through September of the following year. But, a partner airline only has its award calendar open through August of the following year.

That month gap won’t accurately reflect the award space eventually available to all partners.

One of the major criticisms of British Airways is its tremendous surcharges on some of its flights. As a rule of thumb, you want to avoid these fees as much as possible.

Clearly, it doesn’t make sense to redeem an award for X number of Avios and also have to pay $600+ in fees, for example.

If you’re just getting started with travel hacking, you might not realize how to get Avios. In fact, there are quite a few ways to earn British Airways Avios!

While there’s no British Airways American Express card available in the United States, Chase offers a British Airways Visa Signature® Card.

Current Welcome Bonus: Earn 75,000 Avios after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months from opening opening your card.

Favorite Card Features:

Annual Fee: $95

If you’ve previously had the British Airways credit card but closed it at some point, you’re eligible to earn the welcome offer again after 24 months have passed since earning the previous one.

Luckily, British Airways also participates as a transfer partner in transferable points programs. Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to British Airways at a 1:1 transfer ratio.

Travel rewards credit cards like the:

earn Ultimate Rewards points which can be transferred to British Airways. They’re also great cards to start with if you’re new to miles and points.

American Express Membership Rewards points also transfer to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio. So, travel rewards cards that earn these points are also highly valued.

Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 ratio. When transferring points earned with your Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, transfer in 60k-point increments to receive a 5k Avios bonus with select airlines including British Airways, for a total of 25k Avios.

American Express occasionally runs transfer bonuses with British Airways, which allows you an even better return on transferring MR points to BA Avios.

In fact, at times these transfer bonuses have been as high as 40% when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Avios.

British Airways also has a shopping portal where you can earn Avios for the items you’re planning to buy anyways. You can book BA flights with Avios earned from shopping.

Lastly, the worst travel hacking mistake is to let your points expire.

British Airways Avios expire after 36 months with no activity to your account. To reset the expiration date, earn or spend a couple of Avios.

Even transferring the smallest amount of flexible points from Chase or American Express will help you reset the expiration date on your Avios.

British Airways has a decent search tool when it comes to searching for partner award flights.

In fact, the general rule of thumb is to use the BA or Qantas websites to search when you’re looking for Oneworld Alliance award flights.

You’ll need to log in with your British Airways membership number to search. If you don’t already have a British Airways number, it’s free to join.

Be sure to keep yourself organized by recording your member number and password for future searches.

From the British Airways homepage, hover over the “Book” option. Select “Book a flight with Avios” from the dropdown menu.

Because British Airways has a distance-based award pricing system, you’ll want to search for and book nonstop British Airways and partner award flights.

While BA doesn’t limit the number of stops you can take, each segment will price out individually. The result is usually an overpriced award flight.

So, after you enter your search details, British Airways will ask you if you want to break up your search into segments. Always click no.

Another award search basic tip is to look in one-way segments.

Let’s say you’re looking for a round-trip flight between New York and Montreal. Search the departing and returning flights separately. You might see additional availability that wouldn’t have come up in a round trip search, as well as reduce the chance your award flight search will result in an error.

British Airways does a pretty good job of displaying partner availability. However, if you’re hoping to use British Airways Avios for an Aer Lingus flight, search on United’s website for award availability.

Lastly, you can also use a British Airways Avios calculator to determine how many Avios you’ll need for the route you want to fly.

The Wandering Aramean tool Avios tool will calculate the number of Avios you’ll need for an award flight. I use the Wandering Aramean tool and it’s a great way to experiment with how to use Avios for your potential travel plans.

So, before going into some specific redemptions, let’s just quickly review the basics of airline alliances.

Even though we’re searching for award flights on British Airways and using British Airways currency, Avios, the actual flight booked might be flown by one of their partners if it’s a route that British Airlines doesn’t fly.

So while you can’t transfer your British Airways points to a non-Avios partner airline, using Avios for flights operated by their partners can be a fantastic value!

ProTip: Did you know that British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus (and recently Qatar Airways!) all use the Avios currency? As such, these are the only 3 airlines where it’s possible to transfer Avios among them. For example, Iberia Avios can transfer to my British Airways account, assuming I follow all the transfer rules.If you’re earning Avios with all of the Avios-earning airline credit cards, you can combine these Avios balances into a single account with whichever Avios airline you choose.

To maximize the value of your Avios, you also want to avoid those high BA surcharges we talked about earlier. The more premium class you want to fly, the higher the fees typically get.

British Airways doesn’t charge surcharges on flights operated by American Airlines and Alaska Airlines flights within the United States, to Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean.

Depending on your departure city, it could be cheaper to use Avios than to book with American Airlines using AA miles.

For example, you can fly from LAX to Vancouver for only 7.5k one-way, 15k round trip. Compare this with American Airlines, where you’d need at least 12.5k each way.

Similarly, I did the east coast version of this by flying from NYC to Montreal to ski at Mont Tremblant for just 15k Avios round trip!

Just as a comparison, here’s United’s round-trip pricing for NYC to Montreal:

Washington D.C.-Montreal, Toronto, or Miami

Chicago – Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, or Orlando

San Francisco – Portland, Los Angeles, or Salt Lake City

Miami – Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, or the Bahamas

Los Angeles – San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tucson, or Los Cabos

Using Avios to book flights intra-Europe costs just 4,750 one-way, off-peak with a flat fee of about $30.

This is perfect if you’ve used other miles to get to Europe or scored a cheap flight. Use BA, then, to position yourself in your intended destination.

For example, you found a cheap $300 one-way flight to Paris on a budget airline. But, you want to go to Prague. You might pay for the flight and then use 4,750 Avios to fly to Prague.

Intra-Japan flights are also great redemptions, as these short flights can be pricey! Compare just a few thousand Avios one-way between Tokyo and Osaka with the cash price of $200+ at peak times.

Similarly, using Avios on Qantas between Australian cities is an equally great value! Remember, Qantas is in the Oneworld Alliance and can be booked with BA Avios. You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne or the Gold Coast for just 6k Avios!

Short-haul value can also be found in Africa. Consider Johannesburg to Capetown for just 8,250 Avios one-way during peak dates and 7,250 off-peak!

Because BA is distance-based, there may be some situations where it would seem counter-intuitive to consider using Avios. (The world is actually a lot smaller than we think!)

Consider these 3 examples.

Their distance-based award chart can return a great value when maximized effectively and play a strategic role in achieving your travel goals.

What questions do you have about how to use British Airways Avios?

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