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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

by on January 19, 2014 · 16 comments

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TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following:

“Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?”

Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out if if you could use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights now that American and US Airways’ partnership extends to mileage earning/redeeming on both airlines.

US Airways

US Airways will join Oneworld in March, but you won’t be able to redeem Avios for awards until then.

Unfortunately, you cannot redeem miles from Oneworld alliance airlines (except for American Airlines) for US Airways flight just yet. US Airways is still part of Star Alliance until March 30, 2014. However, starting March 31, 2014 they will be a member of the Oneworld alliance and then you will be able use your British Airways Avios to redeem for US Airways flights.

This could come in handy for people who live on the East Coast, as US Airways has many short-haul flights out of airports such as Washington National DCA that can be quite expensive. Avios are amazing for short- and medium-haul flights since the program’s awards are calculated based on distance, and there are no last-minute award ticketing fees. So, for instance, this roundtrip ticket from DCA to Raleigh Durham that would cost over $426, would only require 9,000 Avios for a roundtrip award.

Screen shot 2014-01-17 at 10.37.05 AMThat’s a good 4.7 cent-per-Avios value, and I’m sure there are some even better redemptions in store once US Airways’ entire route map is opened up to Oneworld redemptions.

So, in conclusion you will have to wait until March 31, 2014, but hopefully it will be worth the wait and you will have a lot more options when you do redeem those Avios.

Let me know if you have any other questions by messaging me on Facebook, Tweeting me or emailing me at [email protected]

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  • Faye

    Has anyone else noticed a huge drop in availability of domestic (AA) flights on Avios?

  • Sean

    You can use AA miles though to book US Airways – I did it last week!

  • choi

    when will the devaluation come ?

  • trey

    are they not matching the availability shown on the AA site (at saver levels)?

  • scott

    I just checked and found no difference. I think 7 seats is the max they open for awards. Sometimes you need to look at least a couple of months in advance.

  • Faye

    From ORD to RIC I’ve never had a problem. Now, every seat is available for purchase (ie, no tickets sold yet) but AA wants 25k each way and BA just shows no availability. This is for April on out thru November. Really really hoping this is temporary, due to the merger….

  • Juno

    I also found almost impossibility in looking for domestic short haul trips on BA.com. All I get is that BA is not authorized to fly between those two airports. Well, I was hoping for AA flights. what’s the secret to get AA flights through BA.com using AVIOS points?

  • thepointsguy

    AA flights show up, but sometimes not if there are multiple degments. Just search aa.com for MileSaaver awards and if they dont show on BA.com, then call to book them and ask to waive the phone booking fee

  • thepointsguy

    I’m guessing when the US program officially becomes AA they’ll gut the award chart…

  • thepointsguy

    Correct.. but you cannot use British Airways miles to book US Airways flights until March 31, 2014

  • Izzy

    Here’s hoping for DCA to YUL for 9000 Avios….

  • Greenjeans1

    We have unsuccessfully attempted to redeem Avios points on international and domestic flights for more than a year. In frustration we recently used a substantial number of points to book a hotel stay at a very low rate of return. I really could not be more disappointed in Avios/British AIr.

  • Liberty

    I have to fly down to Tampa, FL for a July 11th wedding. I live in Jersey so my 2 airports are Philly and Newark. I was originally going to use United miles to book a flight on US out of Philly to Tampa.. but should I wait till the US merger and use my American Express points, transfer them to British Airways and book the US flight that way? From what I understand, since it’s a shorter distance, I’ll be able to book a round-trip flight for me and my wife for 30,000 avios instead of 50,000 United miles. Thanks!

  • GOFORIT5

    Yes, I’m searching today for LAX-JFK and there are saver awards in C and Y on AA.com but they are not showing BA.com for my dates 4/24-28. I’ve never experienced that before?!?!

  • William Y.

    I noticed this today too…does anyone have any new insights on this problem?

  • Rae

    I have an offer from RBC Royal Bank Rewards Visa card to transfer convert points for a 50% Avios Bonus with British Airways.
    I am not certain the benefit as when I try to say get a flight to PPT from LAX I cannot for the life of me get a seat. Need two.
    So asking if it is worth tossing these points to the BA Avios program for benefits that I haven’t known about as yet?
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
    They comment that BA and one world partners fly to 800 destinations, but I wonder what the catch is here?

    Thank you

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