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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

British Air Avios - How to Book AA Flights Using Fewer Miles

Did you know that you can book short to medium distance non-stop flights like NYC to Miami for as little as 15,000 miles round trip?  Or how about NYC to some of the islands in the Caribbean for 20,000 miles round trip? What about LAX to Honolulu for 25,000 miles?  You can if you know how to use British Airways Avios to book flights on American Airlines.

Here are a couple more example on how to use Avios to book travel on AA

DFW (Dallas)– MCO (Orlando) 15000 points RT for a Disney World vacation.
DFW – DEN/EGE (Denver, Vail) 9000 points RT for a ski vacation.

Both British Air and American Airlines (AA) are part of the One World Alliance.  British Airways flies from a multitude of US cities to destinations in Europe, The Middle East, and Africa through London (LHR),  however British Airways is not permitted to fly within the United States.  You can however book travel within the US using your British Airways miles (Avios) while flying on partner American Airlines.  Because British Airways uses a distanced based chart to determine how many miles are necessary to book award travel, you can find award flights to nearby destinations for as little as 9000 Avios RT.  Considering that American Airlines award chart starts at 25,000 miles, that's a really good deal! 

Here is British Airways One Way distance Based Chart:

Business class tickets are twice as many miles as Coach tickets and First class tickets are 3X coach awards.  In some markets, there is no true first class and you may be charged 3X miles for a business class seat.  It can still be a great deal. 

Here is the step by step directions for booking AA flights with Avios.

First you have to be logged into your British Air Account.  Once there, click on "Spending Avios"

Next Click on "Book Flights with Avios" .  Fill in your departure city and destination city and dates of travel.

You will get a message that British Air doesn't fly those routes.  Select "Include Partners"

Select your flights.

Voila! You can now book a flight for 15,000 Avios instead of 25,000 AA miles. You just saved 10,000 miles.

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The Points Doctor is Bruce J. Wilderman DDS of Artistic Expressions Dentistry.Dr. Wilderman has a practice limited to Cosmetic Dentistry, serving patients of the Philadelphia Area since 1986.He and wife of 30 years enjoy traveling the world for little or no money with the points and miles they have earned from the credit card companies. Dr. Wilderman would love to teach you how to do the same. You may reach him at

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