Best Uses of Avios (British Airways, Iberia, Qatar, and Aer Lingus)

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“Avios” is the name of the points currency shared by several airline frequent flyer programs: British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Qatar Airways. Points earned through one of those programs can be moved around to any of the others. That provides quite a bit of flexibility, but also creates some complexity as well.

Each of these Avios programs have slightly different rules and pricing for booking awards. In some cases British Airways (BA) is the best choice. Other times, it might be Iberia or Qatar. This post explains the best uses of Avios across all programs.

In March 2024, Finnair also adopted Avios as its award currency. However, it’s not yet possible to transfer between the other four Avios programs and Finnair. Because of this, it isn’t included in this guide. We’ll update accordingly once that changes.

Avios sweet spots
Iberia business class can be a fantastic use of Avios and a decent way to get between the US and Europe.

Avios Redemption Tips

Avios can provide great value with short flights

One key sweet spot for Avios is short flights on oneworld airlines. Since the various Avios programs use distance-based award charts, you’ll pay fewer points for shorter flights. You may only need a small number of Avios to fly to a nearby city or country and that can be very useful when moving between nearby countries on the borders of different award pricing “zones.”

Many of the best uses highlighted below focus on the best values to/from North America in economy class and business class, but keep in mind that Avios can come in handy when you’re looking to take a short hop on Japan Airlines from Tokyo to Seoul or to fly between Melbourne and Sydney on Qantas or between the Maldives and Sri Lanka on Sri Lankan. In some cases, flights like those can be quite expensive when paying with cash, making them excellent value when using Avios instead.

Lap infant awards are a sweet spot with British Airways

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Nick taking advantage of BA’s lap infant policy.

For those traveling with a lap infant, British Airways is one of the few programs to charge a percentage of the award cost rather than a percentage of the cash cost. Lap infant award tickets booked via British Airways Executive Club cost 10% of the Avios for an adult ticket. In other words, if an adult ticket costs 60,000 Avios, the lap infant ticket costs 6,000 Avios.

Unfortunately, Iberia follows the more common pricing model of 10% of the cash fare and Qatar Privilege Club charges 15% of the cost of a revenue fare (and the process sounds difficult). If you’re traveling with a lap infant, you probably want to book via British Airways in most cases.

Taxes and fees can vary dramatically between programs

British Airways is well known for having very high carrier-imposed surcharges on its own flights; if you must fly British Airways you could easily be on the hook for over a thousand dollars round trip in premium cabins.

That said, British Airways has now made it easier to pay more Avios to reduce those surcharges. For instance, an off-peak Business Class award from New York to London was long advertised as costing 50,000 Avios one-way — and $950. These days, while you can still pay that amount, the default option when I search on an off-peak date is 80,000 Avios and $350. One still has the option to pay 50K + $950, but the alternative of paying an additional 30K Avios to avoid $600 in fees yields a reasonable value of $0.02 per Avios for the extra points:

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New York – London business class pricing on British Airways

By contrast, using Iberia Avios to fly on British Airways is not as good a deal as booking with British Airways Avios. The same British Airways business class flight from New York to London shown above via British Airways Avios would cost 80,000 Avios and $981 via Iberia Plus Avios:

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The same New York – London business class flight on Iberia costs an additional $600+ in fees.

Iberia charges much more reasonable fuel surcharges on its own flights when they are booked via Iberia Plus Avios. For instance, on the same off-peak date used above for the British Airways flight from New York to London, one could instead fly from New York to Madrid on Iberia in business class for 34,000 Avios and $117.10:

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In that particular instance, British Airways charges the same 34,000 Avios and $117.10 one-way on Iberia. If you’re a parent traveling with a lap infant, you’d be better off booking via BA since they will charge 10% of the adult price for a lap infant ticket.

Avios award cancellation policies vary between programs

There are significant differences in the award cancellation policies of the various Avios programs:

Aer Lingus AerClub

Changes or cancellations on an award are allowed up to 24 hours before departure for a €42.50 fee by contacting Aer Lingus.

British Airways

For accounts that are registered in the US, there is a fee to change or cancel an award ticket that is equal to the total taxes and fees or $55, whichever is less. That fee goes up by $25 if it’s done via a call center.

Iberia Plus

For travel on Iberia, you can change or cancel an award up to 24 hours before departure for a €25 fee. Within 24 hours, awards can’t be changed or cancelled for a refund. Partner awards are non-refundable.

Qatar Airways

You can change or cancel an award up to 24 hours before departure by paying a $25 fee. Between 3 and 24 hours of departure, that fee goes up to $100. Within 3 hours of departure, there is no refund for changes or cancellations.

How to Earn Avios

Credit Cards

One of the easiest and quickest way to earn Avios is through credit card welcome offers.  Below are the current cards that earn Avios directly:

Transfer from Partners

The following transfer currencies can be converted to Avios:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBilt
Aer Lingus Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA1 to 1 via BA1 to 1
British Airways Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar1 to 11 to 1
Iberia Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA1 to 1 via BA1 to 1
Qatar Privilege Club Avios1 to 11 to 1 via BA1 to 11 to 1 via BA1 to 1 via BA

In some cases, a transferable currency might only directly transfer to one Avios program. For instance, Citi ThankYou Rewards can only be transferred to Qatar Airways, but once you’ve done that, you can then move the Avios to your British Airways, Iberia, or Aer Lingus account.

Marriott Bonvoy transfers to to Avios at a rate of 60,000 Marriott points to 25,000 Avios and is the only hotel points currency whose transfer ratio makes it worth considering. See here for more details.

How to combine Avios across programs

Avios can be freely moved across BA, Iberia, Qatar and Aer Lingus. To do so, you must have an account with each program.

It’s very important to ensure that all of your personal information (name, email, birth date, address, phone number) is exactly the same with each program.

If you want to move points to/from Iberia, note these additional requirements:

  • You cannot move points to/from Iberia within 90 days of joining the Iberia Plus program.  So, this is a good reason to enroll in Iberia Plus now, even if you don’t have any immediate need for it.
  • Your Iberia account must have had some activity within the past 36 months (points earned or redeemed). An easy option is to transfer 1,000 points from Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • If moving points from Iberia to British Airways, your British Airways account cannot be a household account (but you may be able to get around this by transferring points first to Aer Lingus and then to British Airways).

Interestingly, you may be able to book Qatar Airways flights using Avios in your British Airways Executive Club account without even moving them to Qatar Privilege Club. More detail can be found here: Finding Qatar availability and booking it without moving Avios.

How to share Avios with others

The best way to share Avios with others is via a Household Account, which allows to pool together Avios that were previously held previously in separate accounts. Full details about Household Accounts can be found on BA’s website here.

Avios Award Charts

When booking an award on British Airways or Iberia-operated flights, the number of Avios required depends on which airline you want to fly. Whether you book the award from your BA account or your Iberia account, the number of required Avios will be the same.  Strangely, the taxes and fees often vary between the two, so it makes sense to look up award prices on both websites in order to find the cheapest option.

British Airways is notorious for the high surcharges that it imposes on its award flights. In addition to the charts listed below, it has now implemented an additional redemption option called “Reward Flight Saver.” This effectively allows you to pay additional Avios in exchange for lower fees. It can sometimes be a much better deal than paying those fees directly in cash.

Award chart for travel on British Airways, Iberia or Qatar

The British Airways (BA) and Iberia (IB) award charts for travel on their own metal are similar but not identical. Both offer peak and off-peak pricing based on the date flown.

Here is the award chart for British Airways:

Distance (in miles) Economy Off-Peak/Peak Premium Economy Off-Peak/Peak Business Off-Peak/Peak First Class Off-Peak/Peak
1-650  4,000 / 4,500 5,750 / 6,750 7,750 / 9,000 15,500 / 18,000
651-1150 6,500 / 7,500 9,500 / 11,250 12,750 / 15,000 25,500 / 30,000
1151-2000 8,500 / 10,000 12,750 / 15,000 17,000 / 20,000 34,000 / 40,000
2001-3000 10,000 / 12,500 20,000 / 25,000 31,250 / 37,500 42,500 / 50,000
3001-4000 13,000 / 20,000 26,000 / 40,000 50,000 / 60,000 68,000 / 80,000
4001-5500 16,250 / 25,000 32,500 / 50,000 62,500 / 75,000 85,000 / 100,000
5501-6500 19,500 / 30,000 39,000 / 60,000 75,000 / 90,000 102,000 / 120,000
6501-7000 22,750 / 35,000 45,000 / 75,000 87,500 / 105,000 119,000 / 140,000
7001+ 32,500 / 50,000 65,000 / 100,000 125,000 / 150,000 170,000 / 200,000

Here is Iberia’s award chart (which also applies to Vueling flights):

Distance (in miles) Economy Off-Peak/Peak Premium Economy Off-Peak/Peak Business Off-Peak/Peak
1-650  4,500 / 5,000 9,000 / 10,000
651-1150 7,500 / 8,250 15,000 / 16,500
1151-2000 10,000/ 11,000 20,000 / 22,000
2001-3000 11,000 / 12,500 21,250 / 31,250
3001-4000 17,000 / 20,000 25,500 / 35,000 34,000 / 50,000
4001-5500 21,250 / 25,000 31,750 / 43,750 42,500 / 62,500
5501-6500 25,500 / 30,000 38,250 / 52,500 51,000 / 75,000
6501-7000 29,750 / 35,000 44,250 / 61,250 59,500 / 87,500
7001+ 42,500 / 50,000 63,750 / 87,500 85,000 / 125,000

As you can see above, during off-peak dates, it is almost always a bit cheaper to fly BA economy vs. Iberia economy.  However, to fly business class, BA is only cheaper for short flights whereas Iberia is much cheaper for long flights. Peak dates follow a similar pattern, but the award price differences are more modest.

Qatar Airways doesn’t publish a chart for its own flights, instead offering an online calculator tool, which allows you to search the amount of Avios that are required for various redemptions. Even though there’s no published chart, Qatar still prices its awards by geographic zone and utilizes peak and off-peak pricing. All cities in the US and Canada belong to the same zone. In general, a saver flight between Doha and North America cost 35,000-47,500 in economy, 70,000-94,500K in business and 105,000-142,000 in First Class (depending on whether the pricing is peak or off-peak).

Award chart for travel on a single Avios partner

If you intend to fly another airlines using British Airways, Iberia or Qatar Avios, then the following chart is in effect for most partners:

Distance (in miles) Economy Class Premium Economy Business Class First Class
0-650 6,000 9,000 12,500 24,000
651-1151 9,000 12,500 16,500 33,000
1152-2000 11,000 16,500 22,000 44,000
2001-3000 13,000 25,750 38,750 51,500
3001-4000 20,750 41,250 62,000 82,500
4001-5500 25,750 51,500 77,250 103,000
5501-6500 31,000 62,000 92,750 123,750
6501-7000 36,250 72,250 108,250 144,250
7001+ 51,500 103,000 154,500 206,000

Not all partner airlines follow this chart completely and there are numerous exceptions, as outlined below.

British Airways

Starting in 2021, British Airways began introducing slightly different pricing for flights in certain zones on specific partner airlines. The following partners are affected in the listed zones:

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines (inter-North America flights only)

  • Zone 1 (0-650 miles): 12,000 economy / 24,000 business
  • Zone 2 (651-1151 miles flown): 16,000 economy / 32,000 business
  • Zone 3 (1151-2000 miles flown): 18,000 economy / 40,000 business
  • Zone 4 (2001-3000 miles flown): 20,000 economy / 50,000 business

Cathay Pacific

  • Zone 1 (0-650 miles): 7,500 economy / 16,000 business
  • Zone 2 (651-1151 miles flown): 10,000 economy / 25,000 business
  • Zone 3 (1152-2000 miles flown): 11,000 economy / 25,000 business

Japan Airlines

  • Zone 1 (0-650 miles): 7,500 economy / 12,500 business
  • Zone 2 (651-1151 miles flown): 10,000 economy / 24,000 business
  • Zone 3 (1152-2000 miles flown): 11,000 economy / 24,000 business

Qatar Airways

  • Zone 1 (0-650 miles): 7,000 economy / 16,000 business / 21,000 first
  • Zone 2 (651-1151 miles flown): 10,000 economy / 24,000 business / 39,000 first

Iberia

For years, Iberia had a different award chart for each partner that they had (and still posts a separate chart for each one). That said, most are identical now, and follow the same pricing as BA for single partners.

The only redemption partner that still has a different award chart is LEVEL, Iberia’s low-cost carrier. Those awards are priced based on the following tiers:

Off-Peak LEVEL awards

  • Zone 6 (4001-5500 miles): 21,250 economy / 31,750 premium economy
  • Zone 7 (5501-6500 miles flown): 25,500 economy / 38,250 premium economy
  • Zone 8 (6501-7000 miles flown): 29,750 economy / 44,250 premium economy

Peak LEVEL awards

  • Zone 6 (4001-5500 miles): 25,000 economy / 43,750 premium economy
  • Zone 7 (5501-6500 miles flown): 30,000 economy / 52,500 premium economy
  • Zone 8 (6501-7000 miles flown): 35,000 economy / 61,250 premium economy

Qatar Airways

Qatar uses the same partner award chart as BA. Unlike BA, it still uses Zone 1 pricing for AA and Alaska inter-North American awards. Qatar only allows partner awards with a single partner airline, doesn’t allow stopovers, but will permit open-jaws.

Qatar also has a partnership with JetBlue, and this can be a surprisingly good use of Avios.

Best uses of Avios for Economy Class

Domestic US from 6K one way on JetBlue

  • The short story: Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers distance-based award pricing on JetBlue, which can be a decent value for economy class in some instances.
  • Miles required: From 8.5K for the shortest domestic flights to 25K in economy class on transcontinental flights.
  • How to find awards: You search for space via QatarAirways.com, but to see a calendar of availability, you'll need to find "P" class space for business class awards. You can find this via a paid tool like ExpertFlyer or with advanced routing codes via ITA Matrix.
  • How to book awards: Book online at QatarAirways.com.
  • Change and cancellation fees: $25 more than 24 hours in advance / $100 Between 3-24 hours in advance / Nonrefundable within 3 hours or after departure
  • Key warnings: The Qatar Airways website sometimes can not find major airports. We hope this is a temporary glitch.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Citi. Also transfer to BA and then to Qatar with: Bilt, Capital One, Chase, Wells Fargo

North America to Europe from 13K one-way

  • The short story: You can use British Airways, Iberia or Aer Lingus Avios to fly on those airlines for low mileage prices on nonstop routes.
  • How to find awards: Search for British Airways available space at britishairways.com for Aer Lingus at United.com, Avios.com or using the award search tool. For Iberia, use the Advanced Avios tool. It's always best to search before transferring.
  • How to book awards: Book British Airways flights online at britishairways.com or over the phone at 800-452-1201. You can book Aer Lingus over the phone with British Airways, use Avios.com or use this award search tool.
  • Key warnings: Note that it may be worth checking all 3 booking options (Avios.com, BritishAirways.com, and Iberia.com) to determine your best deal, though keep in mind that things like cancellation policies differ (note that Iberia offers no changes or refunds at all on most partner flights whereas British Airways offers cheap cancellation). Aer Lingus and British Airways charge for each segment separately, so multi-segment trips can get expensive quickly (Iberia charges based on cumulative distance each way, which can be cheaper on connecting itineraries).
  • Transfer fromAmexBiltCapital OneChaseWells Fargo. Also transfer to Qatar and then to BA with: Citi.

Hawaii for 13K from the US west coast

  • The short story: Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers a distance-based chart that offers the best deal for economy class flights between the west coast of the US and Hawaii.
  • Miles required: 13K Avios + $5.60 each way in economy class on Alaska or American Airlines for flights covering a distance of 2,000-3,000 miles.
  • How to find awards: Search and book at QatarAirways.com or use Qantas.com to see an availability calendar.
  • How to book awards: Book online at QatarAirways.com
  • Change and cancellation fees: $25 more than 24 hours in advance / $100 Between 3-24 hours in advance / Nonrefundable within 3 hours or after departure
  • Key warnings: Awards become expensive or nonrefundable to cancel close to departure, so this is not a good option for booking backup flights.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Citi. Also transfer to BA and then to Qatar with: Bilt, Capital One, Chase, Wells Fargo

Hawaii for 13.5K – 15K from the US east Coast

  • The short story: Finnair offers a zone-based award chart, so flights from the East Coast of the USA on Alaska Airlines or American Airlines can be a great value.
  • Miles required: 13,500 Avios each way on Alaska or 15K on AA plus $5.60 for economy-class between North America (including east coast cities) and Hawaii. 38K Avios each way in business class on American Airlines or 50.5K each way in first class on Alaska.
  • How to find awards: Search for available Alaska space at britishairways.com.
  • How to book awards: Book via chat at finnair.com or over the phone at 929-474-6049 or 323-694-7646 (Mon–Fri 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat–Sun 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • Key warnings: The British Airways site sometimes shows phantom award space for AA (see: Phantom menace: an award search time suck). You may want to double-check Qantas.com for availability before transferring points.
  • Transfer fromCapital One. Also transfer to BA  and then to Finnair with AmexBiltChase, Wells Fargo or to Qatar and then to Finnair with Citi.

South America from 17K one-way via Iberia

  • The short story: Iberia Plus offers a distance-based award chart that matches British Airways. However, since they don't allow changes or cancellations on American Airlines awards, you're probably better off booking via British Airways
  • Miles required: From 11K miles each way depending on distance. No fuel surcharges on American Airlines. See our Avios Complete Guide for a full award chart.
  • How to find awards: Search for available space at iberia.com. Use the Advanced Avios Search tool.
  • How to book awards: Book online at iberia.com. Use the Advanced Avios Search tool.
  • Key warnings: Most Iberia partner bookings, including those on American Airlines, are completely nonrefundable and can not be changed. Because of that policy and the fact that Iberia's chart for American Airlines flights now matches the British Airways chart for the same flights, you're probably better off booking via BA. Only book AA flights with Iberia if plans are certain.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Bilt, Chase, Wells Fargo. Also transfer to BA and then to Iberia with: Capital One, Citi

Best uses of Avios for Business Class and First Class

South America from 22K one-way via British Airways

  • The short story: British Airways has decent award pricing for longer-distance American Airlines award flights, whereas you're better off booking with another program if you need connections (since British Airways prices each segment separately).
  • Miles required: The best deals will be from Miami to central and southern South America for 62K or 77,250 miles one way depending on distance (and assuming direct flights). No fuel surcharges on American Airlines.
  • How to find awards: Search for available space at BritishAirways.com
  • How to book awards: Book online at BritishAirways.com
  • Key warnings: Note that British Airways periodically stops showing American Airlines award availability. When this happens, phone agents are generally unable to book the space either and your best bet is to keep searching or book through another partner.
  • Transfer fromAmex, BiltCapital One, ChaseWells Fargo. Also transfer to Qatar and then to BA with: Citi.

Europe from 34K one-way via Iberia

  • The short story: Iberia charges as few as 34K miles one-way in business class on its own flights from New York, Boston, Chicago, or DC to Madrid during off-peak season. Sometimes they run a winter travel promotion for even less.
  • Miles required: Varies by distance. Best deal are the cities above to Madrid: 34K during off-peak dates or 50K during peak dates on Iberia metal. Fuel surcharges are very mild (Around $175 in total taxes & fees round trip. If booking one-way, surcharges are higher leaving Europe than flying to Europe.)
  • How to find awards: Search Iberia.com using the Advanced Avios Search Tool
  • How to book awards: Book at Iberia.com after using the Advanced Avios Search Tool.
  • Key warnings: Iberia's website can be challenging to navigate and availability can be challenging to find. There are some surcharges, but at under a hundred bucks from the US to Europe, they are much milder than when using British Airways Avios. Note that Iberia's award chart is distance-based, so itineraries with connections will require more miles. Note also that sometimes connecting itineraries will have availability even when the nonstop legs between the US and Spain are not available on their own.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Bilt, Chase, Wells Fargo. Also transfer to BA and then to Iberia with: Capital One, Citi

Domestic US Transcontinental JetBlue Mint class for 38,750 Avios one-way

  • The short story: Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers distance-based award pricing on JetBlue, which can be an OK value for Mint class in situations where cash prices are high.
  • Miles required: 74K for a transcontinental Mint class award.
  • How to find awards: You search for space via QatarAirways.com, but to see a calendar of availability, you'll need to find "I" class space for business class awards. You can find this via a paid tool like ExpertFlyer or with advanced routing codes via ITA Matrix. See more detail in this post.
  • How to book awards: Book online at QatarAirways.com
  • Change and cancellation fees: $25 more than 24 hours in advance / $100 Between 3-24 hours in advance / Nonrefundable within 3 hours or after departure
  • Key warnings: The Qatar Airways website sometimes can not find major airports. We hope this is a temporary glitch.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Citi. Also transfer to BA and then to Qatar with: Bilt, Capital One, Chase, Wells Fargo

North America to Europe from 78,000 Avios one-way on JetBlue

  • The short story: Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers reasonable award pricing on JetBlue, which can be a great way to book Mint (business) class to Europe.
  • Miles required: 78K each way. Taxes & fees departing the US are $10.10.
  • How to find awards: You can search for space via QatarAirways.com, but it is easier to start by finding "I" class space for business class awards. You can find this via a paid tool like ExpertFlyer or with advanced routing codes via ITA Matrix. See the video instructions in this post for detailed instructions about how to find and book space.
  • How to book awards: Book on QatarAirways.com
  • Change and cancellation fees: $25 to change or cancel more than 24 hours in advance, $100 between 3-24hrs in advance, nonrefundable within 3 hours of departure. See more in this post.
  • Key warnings: Note that Qatar only charges mandatory taxes ($10.10 departing the US and between ~$40-$100 departing Europe) with no additional carrier-imposed surcharges on JetBlue awards.
  • Transfer from: Amex, Citi. Also transfer to BA and then to Qatar with: Bilt, Capital One, Chase, Wells Fargo

Fly Qatar Airways to Doha for 70K one-way

  • The short story: British Airways normally offers a distance-based award chart, in what is an exception they charge 70K Avios each way for business class between the US and Doha on Qatar Airways (these flights do not follow the distance band).
  • Miles required: 70K miles each way in business class between the US and Doha. Taxes and fees add around $250 round trip.
  • How to find awards: Search for available space at britishairways.com. It's always best to search before transferring.
  • How to book awards: Book American flights online at britishaiways.com or over the phone at 1 800 452 1201.
  • Change and cancellation fees: $55
  • Key warnings: British Airways charges for each segment separately, so multi-segment trips can get expensive quickly. Taxes & fees also increase substantially with further segments on Qatar.
  • Transfer fromAmex, BiltCapital One, ChaseWells Fargo. Also transfer to Qatar and then to BA with: Citi.

Oceania / Multiple Carrier tickets (build-your-own-round-the-world)

  • The short story: British Airways offers an award chart for travel on a single partner and a lesser-known chart for travel on two partners. That second chart could save you some Avios if you were to mix AA and Qantas for example.
  • Miles required: From around 200K "round trip" in business class from most US cities (can vary based on distance). See the mixed partner chart along with an excellent explanation for how to leverage it here. In short, you could turn this into a multi-stop, multi-carrier journey and the number of miles required will vary some but be less than booking separately via British Airways
  • How to find awards: Search for available space on each segment separately at britishairways.com.
  • How to book awards: Book over the phone at 1 800 452 1201. According to Head for Points, there isn’t a clear methodology for pricing mixed-cabin awards. I suspect some agents may be less well versed in this mixed chart.
  • Key warnings: This secondary chart would save miles over the single-carrier chart, which would price a one-way to Australia at 154K one-way assuming a single carrier and single segment (add more for additional segments). However, as this is a lesser-known chart, some agents may not be well versed in using it. Be prepared to hang up and call again. Furthermore, the British Airways site sometimes shows phantom award space for AA (see: Phantom menace: an award search time suck). You may want to double-check Qantas.com for availability before transferring to British Airways Executive Club for American flights.
  • Transfer fromAmex, BiltCapital One, ChaseWells Fargo. Also transfer to Qatar and then to BA with: Citi.

Bottom line

Avios can be a helpful currency to keep in your tool belt for great deals on Iberia business class and for short oneworld award flights all around the world. The ability to move your miles freely between British Airways, Iberia, Qatar and Aer Lingus gives you the ability to pivot as necessary to easily take advantage of all of the various Avios sweet spots.

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Pan

Is there another devaluation for Cathay redemption with BA Avios, I am seeing 9750 /20800 for zone 1 (tried HKG-TPE, HKG-WNZ) instead of what you have listed here, any idea why
Cathay Pacific

  • Zone 1 (0-650 miles): 7,500 economy / 16,000 business
David

There was a devaluation earlier this year but if you book award flight via Qatar it’s still the same old price. Who knows for how long.

Anna

The Qatar Avios calculator had not worked for me in months. I cannot enter a date. Any suggestions?

Greg The Frequent Miler

I’ve had the same problem. A reader from Qatar said that it works fine for him, so I tried setting my VPN to Qatar but that didn’t fix it.

DT123

Does anyone know what type of fare (blue basic, blue, or blue extra) does Qatar Avios books into for Jetblue flights?

Robert

What about Finnair. They are using Avios now. Just did a trip booked via Iberia on Finnair.

Lee

The third paragraph of the article stated:

In March 2024, Finnair also adopted Avios as its award currency. However, it’s not yet possible to transfer between the other four Avios programs and Finnair. Because of this, it isn’t included in this guide. We’ll update accordingly once that changes.

Robert

Thanks for the update!

José

Did I miss it? Nothing about when Avios expire? Or how to keep them alive?

Lee

36 months of inactivity. Any points activity resets the clock. Any.

Grant

My Qatar Airways transfer from AMEX MR last night is still processing (~10 hours later), so definitely not instant. I’ve read the best approach is instant transfers to British Airways and the move the Avios to Qatar. Has anyone done this recently?

Frahan

My transfer from Chase last year was instant. Just another datapoint

Grant

I just checked my AMEX MR account and it said that my transfer was returned / refunded. I didn’t request that nor did I receive an email. I decided to transfer points to BA (instant) and then move them to Qatar (instant).

Kent

For the section on Iberia’s change/cancellation policy:

Partner awards are non-refundable.

I’d sugest “partner” is too vague here and that this could be more clearly stated, like FM has here:

Iberia Avios bookings on most airlines are totally nonrefundable. You can only change or cancel if your flight is operated by by Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Nostrum, and British Airways (except for flight series 5xxx).

Avi Kerendian

Something you need to clarify is BA’s cancellation policy. While you can get a refund/miles reinstated for cancelling with the $55 fee, it is only before 24 hours of departure. Within 24 hours of departure, you won’t get anything back. Confirmed over the phone with BA last week (also in their T&C’s).

Cheers,
Avi

Lee

Good luck with Aer Lingus long-haul business class redemptions. I’ve given up.

David

Find it via their new AerClub search engine. Much much easier than before.

Matt

Fantastic article! Thanks – really useful all the way around

Lantean

For most short flights Alaska is now better… EWR-ORD in AA F for 9k, Avios is more than double at 20.5k. In coach Alaska is 4.5k, Avios again more than double at 11k.
Same for international: KUL-DPS in Malaysia biz is 15k Alaska but 22k Avios. Coach is 7.5k Alaska but 11k Avios.

Lee

For many, Alaska points are harder to acquire whereas Avios are easier to acquire.