Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Etihad Airways
Part 3: British Airways
Part 3.1: Depositing British Airways travel to American Airlines and Alaska
Part 4: Emirates
Part 5: Air India
Part 6: Cathay Pacific
Part 7: Jet Airways
Part 8: Singapore Airlines
Part 9: Qatar Airways
Part 10: Lufthansa
Part 11: Malaysian Airlines
In part 1, we have seen the overview of claiming the miles for your travel, and learned that these miles can be used for future travel. In this post, we will go through the several choices of claiming miles for travel with British Airways.
British Airways frequent flyer program is called Executive Club and its currency is called Avios. British Airways is a part of the Oneworld Alliance, which makes British Airways Avios more flexible and valuable.
Let us take a example and understand what you can get and how you can use them, if you travel a round trip between Los Angeles -> Hyderabad in Economy Class (Lowest).
you have a choice of 22 frequent flyer programs to credit your travel with British Airways. We will go through some of the sweet spots with the miles you earn for travelling between Los Angeles and Hyderabad.
If you are travelling with British Airways, I would recommend depositing your miles to anyone of these 4 frequent flyer programs – British Airways Executive Club, Alaska Mileage plan, American AAdvantage or US Airways Dividend miles.
You can earn 20,478 Avios/miles with only one of these 4 programs (BA, Alaska, AA or US Airways) for a round trip between Los Angeles & Hyderabad based on the 100% mileage earning
We will go through the best uses of the miles in these 4 programs.
1. British Airways
If you choose to deposit your miles to British Airways Executive Club program, you will earn a minimum of 20,478 Avios for a round trip travel between Los Angeles and Hyderabad. You can estimate the miles you can earn for other routes using the Mileage Calculator.
British Airways offers Household Accounts, where you can pool all the miles earned across your family which provides greater flexibility while redeeming. you need to decide who is the head of the household, before you can create a Household Account . Your Household Account can include up to 6 members.
If you travel with a family of 4 between Los Angeles and Hyderabad (round trip), your household account can earn a total of 81,912 Avios.
British Airways charges Fuel Surcharges on award tickets, these fuel surcharges are especially high if you are connecting through London.
Let us see how we can use these Avios.
1. Award ticket from Los Angeles to Hyderabad:
You can see the Fuel surcharges for using British Airways (BA) Avios. BA charges 50,000 Avios and $328 for an economy class one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Hyderabad with British Airways.
If you would like to fly in Business Class instead of economy, if will cost you 100,000 Avios plus $783.
Can we minimize the fuel Surcharges?
Yes, since British Airways is a part of Oneworld Alliance, we can redeem BA-Avios with Oneworld partners like Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines
Here are a few examples: if you use Cathay Pacific , you need 47,500 Avios and $221 for a one- way Economy ticket from Los Angeles and Hyderabad.
If you like to try Business class, it will cost you 95,000 Avios and $221 for a one-way business class ticket from Los Angeles to Hyderabad with Cathay Pacific, lower than the British Airways business class award ($100,000 and $783)
Since, Qatar Airways is also a part of Oneworld, you can use Avios for the travel with Qatar Airways.
British Airways uses a distance based award chart and adds fuel surcharges. If you need to connect through another city to reach your destination, you can do a stop over at that city for as many days as you like without any additional cost.
What else can we do with your travel with BA?
you can travel with American Airlines and Alaska airlines. using British Airways Avios. Here are a few examples of redemption on these airlines
Using BA Avios for short distance routes on American Airlines gives an excellent return on your Avios. One round trip between Los Angeles to Hyderabad with British Airways can yield you 2 round trip tickets between Los Angeles and SFO with American Airlines.
If you are looking for options from India, you can treat yourself to a trip to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong or Sri Lanka.
You can also use BA Avios for travel with Alaska Airlines with the same pricing structure, You need 12,500 Avios + $5 for a one way ticket from San Diego to Honolulu with Alaska Airlines. These awards cannot be booked online and needs to be booked through the BA call center
British Airways has a great frequent flyer Program except the high fuel surcharges on award tickets, you can pool your miles using BA Household Account .
BA Avios can be used across Oneworld partners and most of these awards can be booked online. BA Avios are especially great for short distance travel with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines
which program to choose ( British Airways Executive Club, Alaska Mileage plan, American AAdvantage or US Airways Dividend miles) depend on many factors like mileage balance, elite status and your future travel.
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