Buy Oneworld Award Flights From $83 With This Offer

Nov 16, 2017

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Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one option for growing your account balance. While it’s increasingly harder to earn miles from cheap flights, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying — whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining rewards programs. If these methods leave you short of your travel goals, you can also purchase miles directly from an airline.

If you’re looking to stock up on Avios, you’re going to need to act fast. Now through 6:59pm ET on Friday November 17, British Airways is selling Avios with a 50% bonus. Maxed out, this 50% bonus drops the price down to just 1.84 cents apiece. Since the Avios awards chart starts at just 4,500 Avios, this means you can effectively buy Oneworld flights for as little as $83 before taxes and fees (more about those below).

The purchase rate depends on how many Avios you buy. The good news is that you don’t have to buy a huge amount to get a decent rate:

  • 5,000 + 2,500 bonus Avios for $163 total (2.17 cents per Avios)
  • 10,000 + 5,000 bonus Avios for $300 total (2 cents per Avios)
  • 20,000 + 10,000 bonus Avios for $575 total (1.92 cents per Avios)
  • 40,000 + 20,000 bonus Avios for $1,125 total (1.88 cents per Avios)
  • 60,000 + 30,000 bonus Avios for $1,675 total (1.86 cents per Avios)
  • 80,000 + 40,000 bonus Avios for $2,225 total (1.85 cents per Avios)
  • 100,000 + 50,000 bonus Avios for $2,775 total (1.85 cents per Avios)
  • 125,000 + 62,500 bonus Avios for $3,462 total (1.85 cents per Avios)
  • 150,000 + 75,000 bonus Avios for $4,149 total (1.84 cents per Avios)
  • 175,000 + 87,500 bonus Avios for $4,836 total (1.84 cents per Avios)
  • 200,000 + 100,000 bonus Avios for $5,523 total (1.84 cents per Avios)

Is It Worth It?

Of course, the overwhelming response we get each time we write about Avios is about British Airways’ high taxes and fees. Sure enough, the best redemption options for British Airways’ mileage currency isn’t on the airline itself — at least not for most of its routes. British Airways charges fuel surcharges on its own award flights, and these can make using Avios on BA flights a terrible redemption option.

However, Avios are far from worthless. TPG currently values Avios at 1.5 cents each, but there are plenty of excellent Avios award options that can make buying Avios at 1.84 make a lot of sense. Non-stop domestic economy American Airlines and Alaska Airlines flights under 1,151 miles will cost you just $144 (including taxes and fees) if you maximize this promotion. And there are routes around the world where you can get outsized value from your Avios.

One of my favorites is Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE). One-way flights on this route routinely cost HK$3,795 (US$486), but award availability is easy to find and costs just 4,500 Avios. And, you can buy those 4,500 Avios for as little as $83 through this promotion.

TPG‘s Richard Kerr scored a 10.4 cents per point redemption for flights in the Caribbean, and one TPG reader got almost 9 cents per Avios on a last-minute American Airlines redemption, avoiding AA’s close-in booking fee by booking through Avios instead.

Credit Card Alternatives

Whenever we consider whether or not to buy points and miles, we think about if there are credit card alternatives that could let you rack up points for a lot cheaper. And, there are definitely some good options here.

First, you can collect 75,000 Avios from signing up from the British Airways Visa Signature Card and spending $3,000 in the first three months and then $10,000 total in the first year. If you were going to buy those 75,000 Avios through this promotion, that’d cost $1,400.

British Airways Avios is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points. If you need to resupply, you can sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to get 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. The same offer is valid for the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Thanks to a recent change, American Express Membership Rewards points also transfer to British Airways Avios at 1:1. You can stock up on Membership Rewards points through the 60,000 point welcome bonus for the The Platinum Card® from American Express, up to 75,000 point welcome bonus from The Business Platinum Card® from American Express or the 50,000 point welcome bonus from the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express Open.

Purchasing Avios

If you’re planning to utilize this promotion, here’s how to do so:

  1. Visit British Airways’ Buy Miles page.
  2. Log in with your British Airways account details.
  3. Select the number of Avios you want to buy and fill in the required information to finalize your purchase.

The following restrictions for purchasing Avios apply to this promotion:

  • Any member can purchase/receive a maximum of 200,000 Avios in their individual account per calendar year. Bonus Avios do not count towards your annual limit.
  • Members can receive up to 200,000 gifted Avios. The recipient will receive 50% bonus Avios.
  • Purchased or gifted miles do not count toward elite status.

Note that the purchase is processed by Points.com, so you won’t get any travel category bonuses from this purchase. Make sure to use the best non-bonus category credit card for your situation. Based on TPG’s valuations, the Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express’s 2x Membership Rewards on the first $50,000 per year; then 1x thereafter, or Chase Freedom Unlimited’s 1.5% cash back would be the most rewarding choice.

Are you going to buy Avios through this promotion?

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