British Airways’ Award Chart: What You Need to Know

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British Airways made a bit of a change to its frequent flyer program, Executive Club, since 2018. So if you’re still not sure how many Avios, its mile currency, you’ll need to book a flight on the airline, check out our guide to the British Airways award chart.

Award types

There are several different award types for which you can redeem Avios: economy, premium economy, business and first class. Miles required depend on distance. Various price factors like Reward Flight Saver, peak and off-peak travel dates also come into play.

Reward Flight Saver

Reward Flight Saver awards function a little differently than the other two. First, they are available only on return flights within Europe and southern Africa. The redemption rate on these rates may be lower, but instead of taxes and fees, a flat fee will be required. Those fees, from the British Airways website:

  • British Airways flights in Europe — £35/€42 return in economy (Euro Traveller) and £50/€60 return in business (Club Europe).

  • Comair flights in southern Africa — £80/ZAR1000 return in economy (Traveller) and £140/ZAR1800 in business (Club).

If a Reward Flight Saver fare is available for purchase, you should expect to see a symbol like this blue star and money bill featured prominently next to the fare price.

Peak and off-peak awards

Points required for peak or off-peak awards depend on the dates you plan to travel. According to British Airways, two-thirds of the year is off-peak, but which two-thirds will depend on your destination. Fortunately, if your travel dates are flexible, you can search for only off-peak fares if your goal is to stretch your Avios further.

The difference between the fares will vary depending on your destination. In one search, a flight from London to Amsterdam cost 8,000 Avios for a round-trip off-peak award flight and 9,000 for a peak award flight.

There are also business and first class awards available for most flights in addition to economy.

Things to know about the British Airways award chart

Price fluctuations

British Airways states on their website that the price you pay for award flights is based on date, destination and class of travel. They don’t publish any sort of award chart. Based on some sample searches, the farther you fly, the more Avios are generally required for award travel.

Shorter distances, such as flights from London to Manchester, start at 8,000 Avios for off-peak economy round-trip travel. Keep in mind, too, that this airline is notorious for large fuel surcharges on international flights.

Avoiding fuel surcharges

You can get around these fuel surcharges by flying on British Airways with Avios, but their partners, too. These include Iberia, American Airlines and other Oneworld alliance members. The amount of Avios required may differ from award travel on British Airways, though.

Pay with points and cash

Don’t have quite enough Avios for the flight you want? You also have the option to book with a combination of Avios and cash. Or you can transfer Avios between accounts so you can help friends or family (or they can help you) book award travel. There are a few rules, though:

  • You can pay to transfer up to 162,000 Avios per calendar year, with a maximum of 27,000 Avios to any member.

  • Gold elite members can transfer 162,000 Avios per year for free to members on their Family and Friends List. Gold elites can transfer another 162,000 for a fee.

  • Members can receive up to 27,000 Avios free of charge and another 27,000 for a fee.

  • You need to provide the full name, email address and Executive Club number to transfer Avios to another member.

  • Transfer recipients need to have a balance of one or more Avios in their accounts.

  • Avios can only be transferred online, in 1,000 Avios increments.

  • Transfers are immediate.

  • You will incur a nonrefundable fee, depending on the number of Avios transferred.

  • You must be over 18 years old to transfer Avios.

Transferring Avios

You’ll pay a fee for transferring Avios to those not listed on your Friends and Family List. The amount will depend on how many you’re transferring, as per the chart below:

Elite status

You’ll start as a Blue Member when you join the British Airways Executive Club. It’s a no-frills, no-perks base level, though you may occasionally receive members-only offers. Here are the benefits for Bronze, Silver and Gold elite members:

Bronze (requires 300 tier points):

  • Priority check-in and boarding.

  • Free seat selection seven days before departure.

  • 25% bonus Avios.

  • Members-only offers.

Silver (requires 600 tier points):

  • Priority boarding.

  • Free seat selection at booking.

  • Access to business lounges.

  • Extra baggage allowance.

  • 50% bonus Avios.

  • Members-only offers.

Gold (requires 1,500 tier points):

  • First class check-in and boarding.

  • Free seat selection at booking.

  • Access to First lounges.

  • Extra baggage allowance.

  • Additional reward flight availability.

  • 100% bonus Avios.

  • Members-only offers.

Elite-qualifying tier points reset to zero every year. You’ll have to re-earn your status every 12 months.

Earn rewards with British Airways

You can earn Avios on more than just flights. British Airways also allows Executive Club members to earn Avios by staying at partner hotels, booking rental cars and hotel packages. You can also earn Avios through their online shopping portal.

The fastest way to accrue Avios is with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card:

  • Earn 75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

  • Earn 3 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and LEVEL.

  • Earn 2 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.

  • Plus earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • $95 annual fee.

Also good to know: If you redeem Avios for an award flight in business class (World Club) or first, you’ll get a $200 statement credit. Prefer economy? The credit will be $100.

You can also transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards® and American Express Membership Rewards on a 1:1 ratio. Terms apply.

Final thoughts on the British Airways award chart

British Airways makes redemption rates difficult to figure out, but if you know how to work it, Avios are easy to redeem and can be used to book award travel on a number of quality airlines. Fuel surcharges can be prohibitively expensive, so look for partner awards and keep an eye out for those Reward Flight Savers for the best bang for your Avios buck.

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