The Best Ways to use British Airways Avios for Multi-Continent trips with LOW Fees!

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British Airways Avios are know for their ridiculous fees and taxes and it usually doesn’t make sense to redeem them for coach trips.  For example, you will pay $500 in fees for a coach award to Europe from the US on British Airways.

However, there are 3 types of long distance flights for which you will pay NO or LOW fees.

And all but 1 of these routes below cost less then $500 or 1 transatlantic redemption from the US to Euope in coach.

All the itineraries in this post are priced in coach to show how you can have lots of travel across 3 to 4 continents in coach for only a few hundred dollars in fees using British Airways Avios.  The conventional wisdom is that Avios is not a good choice for long distance coach itineraries, but that is not always true.

Some of you don’t want to travel 30+ hours in coach, and that’s fine.  But lots of other folks will think it great to be able to visit Brazil, the UK, and Ireland for 67,500 Avios + ~$175!

That’s only 45,000 American Express Membership Rewards points in coach and 90,000 Membership Rewards Points in Business Class if you take advantage of the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways until May 31, 2012.

Wouldn’t that be a great 2 week (or month!) vacation?

1.  Flights from the US to South America.

Many folks know that you don’t pay fuel surcharges when using British Airways flights from the US to South America on American Airlines or LAN.  For example, it costs only 25,000 Avios and $23.70 to fly from New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio on American Airlines.

Cheap Avios Redemptions 2

Dallas to Rio de Janerio for 25,000 Avios & $23 in coach

But you will have to pay more Avios to get from your airport to the departure city or use a different routing since each extra Avios segment costs more based on the distance flown.

2.   Flights from the US to Ireland on Aer Lingus

What is much less know, is that you pay very little fuel surcharges (~$150 roundtrip) for flights on Aer Lingus, a British Airways partner airline, from the US to Dublin and back.

Even better, there are often 9 or more seats available in coach on the Boston and New York JFK flights.  It was harder finding award seats on the  Chicago and Orlando flights.

One Mile at a Time has a nice post on how to find availability using either the Qantas website (free) or ExpertFlyer (paid service).

  • Boston to Dublin or Shanon – 12,500 Avios + $30
  • New York JFK to Dublin or Shanon – 20,000 Avios + $30
  • Chicago to Dublin – 20,000 Avios + $30
  • Orlando to Dublin – 25,000 Avios + $30

The fees are a bit higher returning, but still much less than what you’ll pay on a British Airways flight.  You can’t book these online so you’ll have to pay a $25 telephone booking fee.

  • Dublin or Shannon to Boston – 12,500 Avios + $90
  • Dublin or Shanon to New York JFK – 20,000 Avios +$91
  • Dublin to Chicago – 20,000 Avios + $90
  • Dublin to Orlando – 20,000 Avios + $90

Lucky also reports finding lots of business class seats when using the United website to search for Aer Lingus award availability.

These flights are perhaps one of the best ways to visit Europe using Avios points because of the low fees.  25,000 Avios roundtrip in coach or 50,000 points roundtrip in business + $150 is a steal for travel to Europe!

3.   Flights departing from Brazil

What is even less known is that you don’t pay ANY fuel surcharges when you use Avios for flights leaving Brazil on Iberia or British Airways thanks to Brazilian law.

This means that 1-way or return trips originating from Brazil have virtually no fees.

For example, you can fly from Brazil to London for only 30,000 Avios & $36 in fees.

Cheap Avios Redemptions 2

Sao Paulo to London for only 30,000 Avios & $36 in fees

Compare this to the $242 in fees it costs to fly from Seattle to London.

Brazil to Hong Kong via London for 60,000 Avios & $77 (or $219 with a stopover)

Cheap Avios Redemptions 2

Rio de Janerio to Hong Kong for only 60,000 Avios & $77 in fees

Brazil to Nairobi or Mumbai via London for 60,000 Avios & $77 (or $219 with a stopover)

Cheap Avios Redemptions 2

Sao Paulo to Mumbai for only 60,000 Avios & $77 in fees

British Airways flies to London from the following Brazilian cities and has good availability from both cities.

  • Rio de Janerio
  • Sao Paulo

Iberia flies to Madrid and Barcelona from the following cities, but doesn’t have such great award availability:

  • Rio de Janerio
  • Sao Paulo

At first, this seems useful only to folks based in Brazil or for US readers with family in Brazil.

Putting it together

But piecing together all 3 types of long-haul flights with no or low fuel surcharges you can use British Airways Avios to have Big Travel with Small Money across multiple continents!

Multiply the coach Avios by:

  • 1.5 for travel in Premium Economy
  • 2.0 for travel in Business and
  • 3.0 for travel in First Class

The taxes and fees will remain about the same in Business or First Class unless you have a stopover in London, in which case add on ~$300 for the premium departure tax from London.

Note that you will have to get to the origin city on your own or by spending Avios and for some of the longer itineraries, you will have to either buy a 1-way cash ticket back or use miles on United or American Airlines  for a 1-way award ticket to return to the US.

British Airways Avios doesn’t give you any routing flexibility (i.e. the best value flights are out of only certain cities), and unless you’re willing to pay more points, these itineraries won’t be perfect.

Avios, more than any other mile and points currency, requires flexibility.  And the itineries below are creative ways to squeeze value out of your Avios.

You can book the itineraries below as separate 1-way awards and all awards except for Aer Lingus awards can be booked online.

Also note that US Citizens have to pay ~$160 for a 10 year Brazilian visa.  You also CANNOT use the Travel Together companion pass after spending $30,000 on the Chase British Airways credit card for these itineraries.  That’s because you have to fly only on British Airways planes AND leave and return from the US.

Visiting 2 different continents

1)   US to Brazil to London & Dublin to US for 67,500 Avios & ~$175

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24 on American Airlines
  • Brazil to London for 30,000 Avios & $36 on British Airways
  • Dublin or Shannon to Boston on Aer Lingus for 12,500 Avios & ~$90 +$25 telephone booking fee
  • OR Dublin or Shannon back to New York or Chicago  for 20,000 Avios & ~$90 & Orlando for 25,000 Avios

By traveling back to the US from Dublin, you save on the London departure tax and you don’t pay high surcharges on British Airways flights.  However, you’ll have to buy a cheap ~$150 ticket from London to Dublin or Shannon.

Rio de Janerio, London & Dublin for 67,500 Avios & $175

But you’ll visit Brazil and Europe for only 67,500 Avios and $175!

Note that you may have to pay more to get from the departure and arrival cities to your home airport since you pay more for each extra segment when using Avios points.

2)   US –> Brazil –> London –> US for 75,000 Avios & ~$422

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to London for 30,000 Avios & $36 on British Airways
  • London to New York for 20,000 Avios & $362 on British Airways

Flying back to the US from London on British Airways increases the cost of the trip because of BA surcharges and the departure tax from London.  But you’ll get a lot more award availability on British Airways flights and can fly back to over 22 US cities.

This will cost you only 50,000 Membership Rewards points in coach or 100,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class if you take advantage of the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways until May 31, 2012.

14,000 flown miles, 75,000 Avios & $421 in fees

To put this in perspective it costs 60,000 United, US Air, or American Airlines miles to fly to Europe.  For just 15,000 more Avios (and a few hundred dollars more), you can also visit Brazil!

Note that you may have to pay more to get from the departure and arrival cities to your home airport since you pay more for each extra segment when using Avios points, but this may be less because British Airways flies to so many US cities.

3)   US –> Brazil –> Paris & Dublin –> US for 72,000 Avios & ~$179

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Paris (via London) for 34,500 Avios & $65 on British Airways
  • Dublin or Shanon to Boston for 12,500 Avios & ~$90
  • OR Dublin or Shannon back to New York or Chicago  for 20,000 Avios & ~$90 & Orlando for 25,000 Avios

You can use this itinery to visit any city in Europe (Paris in the above example) by connecting via London, and can also have a stopover in London.  Substitute Paris in the above example with any other European city.  Note that you may pay more Avios depending on which European city you visit.

However, you will have to buy a ticket from that European city (Paris in the above example) back to Dublin or Shannon to return to the US.

This costs only 48,000 Membership Rewards points in coach or 96,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class if you take advantage of the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways until May 31, 2012.

4)   US –> Brazil –> Paris & Paris –> US for 84,000 Avios & ~$379

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Paris (via London) for 34,500 Avios & $65 on British Airways
  • Paris to Chicago (or other US cities) via London for  24,500 Avios & $290

In this example, we fly on British Airways from the European city (Paris, in this example) back to the US.  Since we’re flying back to the US on British Airways, we’re paying extra fuel surcharges, but save on the cost of the ticket to Dublin (in #3 option)

This costs only 56,000 Membership Rewards points in coach or 112,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class if you take advantage of the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways until May 31, 2012.

5)   US –> Brazil –> Paris –> London –> US for 84,000 Avios & ~$471

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Paris (via London) for 34,500 Avios & $65 on British Airways
  • Paris to London for 4,500 Avios & $20 on British Airways
  • London to Chicago for 20,000 Avios & $362 on British Airways

In this example you get a stop-over in Paris AND in London.

You can fly from Brazil to any European city (Paris in this example) via London.  You may pay more Avios depending on which city you visit.

This costs only 48,000 Membership Rewards points in coach or 112,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class if you take advantage of the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways until May 31, 2012.

6)   US –> Brazil –> Madrid & Dublin –> US for 62,500 Avios & ~$163

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Madrid on Iberia for 25,000 Avios & $49
  • Dublin or Shanon to Boston for 12,500 Avios & ~$90
  • OR Dublin or Shannon back to New York or Chicago  for 20,000 Avios & ~$90 & Orlando for 25,000 Avios

Visiting 3 different continents

The itineraries below will let you visit at least 3 different continents for very little cash outlay.

However, you will need to either buy a separate 1-way ticket to return to the US, or use United or American Airlines miles for a coach award ticket back to the US (less than 40,000 miles United or American Airlines miles).  You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United and Starwood points to American Airlines.

7)   US –> Brazil –> London –> Hong Kong for 85,000 Avios + $244

  • New York, Dallas, Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Hong Kong (via London with no stopover) for 60,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways

You don’t necessarily need to visit Hong Kong, but could visit any of British Airways’ Far East destinations using this itinerary.

That’s 3 continents and 16,000 miles of flying for only 85,000 Avios!  In this example, you travel to Brazil, and have stop overs in London and Hong Kong.

That’s only 56,666 Membership Reward points in coach and 113,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class using the 50% transfer bonus.

Cheap Avios Redemptions 117

17,000 miles flown, $244 in fees, 85,000 Avios

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Hong Kong, but you’re better of using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.

8 ) US –> Brazil –> London –> Beijing –> Tokyo for 90,000 Avios or $337

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Beijing (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77.12 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways
  • Beijing to Tokyo for 10,000 Avios and $93 on Japan Airlines

In this example, you travel to Brazil, and have stop overs in London, Beijing and Tokyo for ~17,000 miles of flying.

17,000 miles flown, $337 in fees, 90,000 Avios

This will cost 60,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points in coach and 120,000  points in Business Class after taking advantage of the 50% transfer bonus.

9) US –> Brazil –> London –> Beijing –> Hong Kong for 90,000 Avios & $290

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Beijing (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways
  • Beijing to Hong Kong for 10,000 Avios and $46 on Cathay Pacific

In this example, you travel to Brazil, and have stop overs in London, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Hong Kong, but you’re better off using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.

That’s only 60,000 Membership Reward points in coach and 120,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class using the 50% transfer bonus.

10 ) US –>Brazil –>London –>Dubai –>Hong Kong for 95,000 Avios & $384

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Dubai (via London with no stopover) for 50,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $194 on British Airways
  • Dubai to Hong Kong for 20,000 Avios and $166 on Cathay Pacific

In this example, you travel to Brazil, and have stop overs in London, Dubai (substitute for other British Airways Middle East destinations) and Hong Kong.

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Hong Kong, but you’re better off using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.

Cheap Avios Redemptions 10-001

18,000 miles flown, $384 in fees, 95,000 Avios

That’s only 63,333 Membership Reward points in coach and 126,000 Membership Rewards points in Business Class using the 50% transfer bonus.

11)  US –> Brazil –> London –> Africa for 80,000 Avios & $244

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Nairobi (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways

In this itinerary you can have stop overs in Brazil, London, and Nairobi (substitute for other British Airways African destinations).

That’s only 53,333 AMEX Membership Rewards points in coach and 106,000 points in Business Class after taking advantage of the 50% transfer bonus.

15,000 miles flown, $243 in fees, 80,000 Avios

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Africa, but you’re better off using 40,000 United or 37,500 American Airline miles for a 1-way award back to the US from Africa to avoid paying fuel surcharges when using Avios points.

If you do use American Airlines miles, you may have to travel via London and can’t avoid paying $250 on at least 1 segment on British Airways.  Or you could buy a 1-way ticket back.

12)  US –> Brazil –> London –> India for 80,000 Avios & $243

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Mumbai (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways

In this itinerary you can have stop overs in Brazil, London, and Mumbai (substitute for other British Airways Indian destinations).

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from India, but you’re better off using 40,000 United or 45,000 American Airline miles for a 1-way award back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges when using Avios points.  Or you could buy a 1-way ticket back.

That’s only 53,333 Membership Reward points in coach and 106,666 Membership Rewards points in Business Class using the 50% transfer bonus.

13)  US –> Brazil –> London –> India –> Bangkok for 90,000 Avios & $283

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Mumbai (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways
  • Mumbai to Bangkok for 10,000 Avios or $39

In this itinerary you can have stop overs in Brazil, London, Mumbai and Bangkok (substitute for other British Airways African destinations).

This will cost 60,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points in coach and 120,000  points in Business Class after taking advantage of the 50% transfer bonus.

17,000 miles flown, $282 in fees, 90,000 Avios

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Bangkok, but you’re better off using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.  Or you could buy a 1-way ticket back.

14)  US –> Brazil –> London –> India –> Hong Kong for 92,500 Avios & $395

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Mumbai (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways
  • Mumbai to Hong Kong for 12,500 Avios or $151

In this itinerary you can have stop overs in Brazil, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong (substitute for other British Airways African destinations).

This will cost 61,666 AMEX Membership Rewards points in coach and 123,000 points in Business Class after taking advantage of the 50% transfer bonus.

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Hong Kong, but you’re better off using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.  Or you could buy a 1-way ticket back.

Visiting 4 different continents

15)  US –> Brazil –> London –> India –> Hong Kong –> Sydney for 117,500 Avios & $582

  • New York, Dallas, or Miami to Rio de Janerio or Sao Paulo, Brazil for 25,000 Avios & $24
  • Brazil to Mumbai (via London with no stopover) for 55,000 Avios & $77 or with a stopover in London for $220 on British Airways
  • Mumbai to Hong Kong for 12,500 Avios & $151 on Cathay Pacific
  • Hong Kong to Sydney for 25,000 Avios & $187 on Cathay Pacific

In this itinerary you can have stop overs in Brazil, London, India  (substitute for other British Airways Indian destinations), Hong Kong, and Sydney (substitute for other Cathay Pacific Australian & New Zealand destinations)

Cheap Avios Redemptions 15

22,000 miles flown, $581 in fees, 117,500 Avios

This will cost 78,333 AMEX Membership Rewards points in coach and 156,666 points in Business Class after taking advantage of the 50% transfer bonus.

Of course, you’ll have to get back to the US from Hong Kong, but you’re better off using 32,500 United or 35,000 American Airline miles to get back to the US from Hong Kong to avoid paying fuel surcharges if you use your Avios points.  Or you could buy a 1-way ticket back.

Bottom Line:  There are ways to use Avios for travel in long-distance coach and business class for very little in taxes and fees!

Please comment if you have any questions and I’ll either reply or write another post on the topic.

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138 responses to “The Best Ways to use British Airways Avios for Multi-Continent trips with LOW Fees!

  1. @Michael – You got it! You just use Qantas to check for award seats, but will actually book on the BA website or by calling BA at the rate which BA charges.

  2. Hi, your knowledge is excellent. I have 370,000 avois and I am looking to travel from Scotland to Orlando in June 2013. Do you have any tips? Currently I can see £2700 + 360000 Avios as my best option to travel business. As an aside, when I looked for a hotel, i found that i can stay on Disney at the Hilton for £700+230000 Avios, but the interesting bit is when i opt to add a car for 14 days it was practically free (it was +20,000 Avois for a luxury car). Thanks in advance if you can share your tips? Graeme

  3. Hi, I have 370K Avios and want to visit Orlando next year (family of 4). I’ve seen business flights for 360,000 Avios plus £2700. I wonder if you have any better ideas?

    As a note for other users, when i searched for hotels, i found the Disney Hilton for 230,000 Avios plus £700 for 14 night, but interesting when i added a car, a basic car was free and a luxury car was only 20,000 Avois for the 14 days.

    If you have any better ideas on how to use these miles to visit Orlando, i’d be very pleased to hear them.

    Thanks

  4. @Graeme Young – If you had credited your Avios to American Airlines, you could have flown on AA without the high fuel surcharges. That said, I don’t believe that Air Berlin currently charges fuel surcharges if you redeem BA Avios to fly Air Berlin. However, they don’t fly to Orlando, but to Miami & Fort Myers, and you will have to connect through Berlin or Dusseldorf. Another option could be to buy a World Traveler Plus ticket on the flights you found and then upgrade using Avios to Business class. Thanks for the tips on Avios with rental cards and hotels!

  5. Thanks to you, I have a bunch of Avios from two credit cards. I used 40,000 Avios, 20,000 American miles, and $1,000 (through the Avios cash plus points option) to get well over $4,000 worth of flights for a coach trip to and throughout South America (and even Easter Island) on LAN. I got a value of over 5 cents per Avios point in coach! Thanks again, Daraius.

  6. @Victor M - That sounds like a great trip. Safe travels!

  7. I want to do a round-the-world using Avios starting from the UK but flights departing London charge high fees and taxes. Is it better to start the RTW from somewhere else (Dublin, Berlin, Madrid) and get a cheap low-cost flight to the starting point? What do you suggest for a RTW in business using Avios that takes in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Asia (going either east or west)? Thanks

  8. @David – It is extremely hard to avoid paying surcharges using Avios. You could either transfer Avios to Iberia and fly on Iberia. Or redeem for Aer Lingus flights to the US and then American Airlines for flights within the US and LAN or AA for flights to South America. Air Berlin also doesn’t charge fuel surcharges, so that could be another option.

  9. Hi,

    It looks like that BA is starting charging higher taxes even on flight from Brazil. Have you noticed the change?

    Thanks,

    Charlie

    P.S. A booking detail:
    Avios price options
    62500 Avios + $ 317.78
    56250 Avios + $ 402.78
    50000 Avios + $ 482.78
    43750 Avios + $ 567.78
    37500 Avios + $ 642.78
    31250 Avios + $ 722.78
    Price breakdown
    Avios per person Price per person Taxes, fees and carrier charges* per person Inclusive total
    1Adult 62500 $ 0.00 $ 317.78View taxes, fees and surcharges $ 317.78
    Total 62500 Avios + $ 317.78

    * The price of your ticket may include a fuel surcharge per flight levied by the carrier.

    More details

    Conditions of carriage

    Details of your baggage allowance and any applicable charges are lower down this page
    About your flights
    Your flights
    Outbound – Saturday 1 June 2013
    Flight 20:40

    1 Jun
    10:35

    2 Jun
    Guarulhos Intl (Guarulhos) Madrid IB6820

    Iberia
    Economy
    17:25

    2 Jun
    18:45

    2 Jun
    Madrid Heathrow (London) IB3180

    Iberia
    Economy
    21:55

    2 Jun
    16:40

    3 Jun
    Heathrow (London) Hong Kong BA0027

    British Airways
    World Traveller

  10. @Charlie L - Thanks for letting me know. I’ll look into it!

  11. I guess BA reads your postings too….
    now to book a flight with avios (Rio-london) sets you back 30.000 Avios PLUS 186,33 euros:

    Government, authority and airport charges Per adult
    International Embarkation Tax – Brazil
    EUR
    27.96
    Total government, authority and airport charges*
    EUR
    27.96
    More information
    British Airways fees and surcharges Per adult
    Fuel Surcharge**
    EUR
    158.57
    Total British Airways fees and surcharges
    EUR
    158.57
    More information
    Total taxes, fees and surcharges per person
    EUR
    186.53

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  13. My family (2 adults, 2 children 10 and 12 yrs) have 280,000 avios miles. Want to travel from N.Y. to London in August 2013. Taxes and fees make it impossible with B.A. Can anyone suggest the best way to use these miles via other airlines.

  14. @pat roettger – You could fly on Aer Lingus to Ireland or Air Berlin to Europe without the high fuel surcharges.

  15. Thanks for your help. Would like to travel from East Coast U.S. to London, UK with avios points. Is this possible without paying the exhorbitant fuel surcharges?

  16. @pat roettger – You could try flying to Germany on Air Berlin and then connection to London. Or transfer the points to Iberia and book an Iberia flight to the UK.

  17. I intend to travel through Dublin on my way to London. Do I need an Irish visiting visa / Transit Visa. My flight booking is from Boston to Dublin via Aer Lingus and I intend to take my flight to London from Dublin via British Airways a couple of hours later from the same airport. However I am confused if I need a transit visa/visit visa for Ireland especially given the fact that the terminals for British Airways and Are Lingus flights may be different. In addition my travel itenary will include two separate bookings which I’m guessing will require me to collect my bags after my first flight and check in again for my second flight via British Airways to London.

  18. @rishab - I suspect you do require an EU visa to enter Ireland (if you require one for the UK), but check with the Irish embassy.

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  20. I tried searching BA for flights through Brazil and it seemed to have high surcharges, just like other locations. Is that no longer working, or am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks for the ideas!!

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  25. Quick question. I used your trick to book BOS-DUBLIN via AirLingus

    However, I still needed to get a cheap flight to get to Boston and so booked on AirTran. Is it possible to check in luggage all the way to Dublin by showing Air Tran counter in Baltimore the BOS-DUB itinerary? I understand Airtran and Lingus aren’t part of an alliance, but it would be such a pain to get luggage out, recheck it and clear security again.

  26. I’m new to using Avios points, and currently have 50,000. I’m trying to get the best deal on tickets from Seoul ICN to Hong Kong HKG. I’m not sure what airline to go through or if I need to transfer the points. I earned the points through BA, if that makes any difference.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

  27. @Stacy Smith - Air Tran won’t check your bags all the way.

    @Noël – You can redeem BA Avios for flights on Cathay Pacific from Seoul to Hong Kong. You can book them online at the BA website.

  28. Hello! I hope you can help me :)
    I’m located in Los Angeles and want to fly from LA to Boston or New York.
    Is there anyway I can use my Avios to get to from LA -> Boston/New York -> Iceland -> London -> Austria

    I really want to take advantage of Iceland free stopover and was wondering if it can get booked with Avios?

  29. @Audrey - You pay extra for each segment with Avios, so there is no free stopover in Iceland. You can use Avios for your trip, but will have to stopover in London before going to Iceland. You can book these flights on the British Airways website.

  30. Hello Hope you can help me on this one.
    How much Avios would i need to fly Mumbai – chicago – mumbai

    Thanks

  31. Hi
    We need to fly from Scotland to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. What is the best way to use our avios? Should we break up our journey via Dubai or India or fly from Scotland to another European airport rather than from London. Or is it better to use the Avios to upgrade? Looking to travel mid Oct 14.

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  33. mahendra khandhedia

    I am having 17000 Avios to my credit and the same number are credit on my wife’s name.
    I would like to use this for my travel from Mumbai to London and return by British Airways.
    Where can I get Avios calculation for my trips ? How much I have to pay in cash after redeeming my Avios ?

  34. AVIOS points: 109,000
    Depart: Seattle

    What is my best routing/cost for the following options:
    1. SEA-Europe-SEA (Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, etc) all options
    2. SEA-RIO-CHina-SEA
    3. SEA-BKK-SEA
    4. SEA_Japan-SEA
    5. SEA-Australia-SEA

    Can I book it via BA on phone for only $25 versus online?
    $160 Rio VISA is a bummer.

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  37. My husband has 150,000 Avios and I have 109,000 AA miles. We want to take our daughter to Australia (Adelaide) in December/January 2015. We can’t seem to find the information that tells us the best route to use for the least amount of points. What do you think?

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