Welcome to another edition of my Guide to BA Avios Points in this third edition we will cover everything you need to know about long-haul award flights redemption value.
Previous Editions Were:
Guide to BA Avios Points Part I: Partner Award Flights
Guide to BA Avios Points Part II: Short-Haul Award Flights
Guide to BA Avios Points Part III: Long-Haul Award Flights
Guide to Avios Part IV
A feature that I personally LOVE about the Avios Points is the Avios & Money payment options. You can select from one of six combinations that allow you to choose how to maximize your Avios Points.
I love to use this option to the max when I buy my Avios Award Flights JFK-EZE on American Airlines.
This Avios & Money option is available on one-way and return itineraries on British Airways and franchise operated flights:
Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Finnair, Kingfisher Airlines and LAN Airlines only. Codeshare flights are excluded.
There is also no class of service restriction; Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First are all eligible.
I will run through some examples of the Avios & Money options for an International flight on British Airways for all four class of service.
The Roundtrip flight route will be DFW-LHR-CDG .
I picked it because it is a central US departure from oneworld hub and Paris is a frequent destination for Americans.
The taxes & fees are very high for flights to the Euro Area from the U.S. on British Airways, American Airlines and other oneworld alliance carriers.
But remember this is an analysis of the Avios & Money payment options and the analysis of the taxes/fees associated with Avios Point redemption is the subject of the next Part in this “Guide to Avios” series.
I will start with economy and work my way to a First class Avios & Money options as well. Read it all or only the type of award you are interested in booking. It is your choice.
This is meant to paint a picture of how the Avios & Money option works for all flights.
Now we can compare the standard Avios Point redemption to the other options to see which provides the best return per Avios Point value. To do this we take the difference in taxes/fees and divide that by the difference in Avios Points.