What’s the Value of British Airways Avios?

Avios are worth about 0.8 cent each when used for award travel.
JT Genter
By JT Genter 
Edited by Kevin Berry

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Nerdy takeaways
  • The value of British Airways Avios is 0.8 cent each.

  • As a member of the Oneworld Alliance, you can redeem Avios for award flights on any of the alliance's 14 members.

  • According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 10,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $80.

British Airways points are known as Avios and can be a versatile frequent flyer currency to have. The U.K.-based airline is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, which includes American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

How much are Avios worth?

Based on our analysis, the short answer is: 0.8 cent each.

This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data on hundreds of economy routes, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 0.8 cent or more in value from your Avios.

What does this value mean?

Our estimated value of 0.8 cent per Avios provides a lower-end value you can use to determine the relative value of your own redemptions. It is based on comparing main cabin fares using both cash and miles, across several dates and destinations.

In other words, this is the value you can expect to get from your British Airways Avios without seeking particularly high-value redemptions. This means you can get more value by looking for sweet spots and using more advanced award techniques. It also means you can end up getting lower value than this if you’re not careful.

How much are Avios worth in dollars?

With the calculator below, you can figure out how much your British Airways Avios are worth in dollars based on this value.

When is the best time to use Avios?

British Airways Avios are a bit more valuable when you book in advance. We looked at redemption rates for awards booked 15 days before departure, 180 days before departure and award flights during peak winter holiday times.

For economy awards

For economy redemptions, the redemption rate was the same 0.8 cents per Avios rate for both close-in and advanced purchase bookings. However, for holiday economy award flights, we found an abysmal average redemption rate of 0.4 cents per Avios.

How flexible are British Airways Avios?

As a member of the Oneworld Alliance, you can redeem Avios for award flights on any of the alliance's 14 members. This includes the ability to move your Avios between the other two Avios-earning airlines, Iberia and Aer Lingus.

While British Airways Avios aren't very valuable for awards on its own flights, there are some lucrative redemptions available on its partners. British Airways Avios sweet spots include routes between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii for 26,000 Avios round-trip, flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cancun, Mexico, for 18,000 Avios round-trip or flights to Japan for just 25,750 miles each way.

How did we determine the Avios points value?

We collected hundreds of data points comparing the cash value with award (Avios) value for the same routes and dates. That is, we compared the cost of a given ticket in either cash or Avios, across many tickets.

This method differs from others in that it looks at actual redemptions rather than hypothetical, maximized redemptions. The advantage of this approach is that it provides a real-world indication of how much these Avios are worth, on average. That said, it doesn’t take into account the high-value redemptions that points enthusiasts seek.

Frequently asked questions

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 10,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $80.

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 25,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $200.

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 50,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $400.

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 80,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $640.

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, 100,000 British Airways Avios are worth about $800.


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