Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro: Part 10 – The Best International Awards Using British Airways Avios Points

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Update: Beginning February 2, 2016, British Airways will no longer offer 1-way, short-haul (under 650 miles) coach award tickets on partner airlines in North America for 4,500 British Airways Avios points.  Instead these flights will cost 7,500 British Airways Avios points.

I get a lot of questions on British Airways Avios points, and started a series on how to use British Airways Avios points 2 years ago and finally finished writing it.

The best international awards using British Airways Avios points are ones that either cost fewer British Airways Avios points than other program’s miles or have low taxes, or have both!

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You Can Use British Airways Avios Points to Visit Doonagore Castle in Ireland

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The Best International Awards Using British Airways Avios Points

1.   Aer Lingus to Ireland and the Rest of Europe

You pay very low fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus flights.  Because Ireland is closer to the United States than most of Europe, you can pay fewer British Airways Avios points for a flight.

You can book 1-way coach flights from the US to Ireland on these routes:

  • Boston to Dublin or Shannon – 12,500 British Airways Avios points + $30 taxes
  • Chicago to Dublin – 20,000 British Airways Avios points + $30 taxes
  • New York (JFK) to Dublin or Shannon – 20,000 British Airways Avios points + $30 taxes
  • Orlando to Dublin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + $30 taxes
  • San Francisco to Dublin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + $30 tax 

You need twice the amount of British Airways Avios points to book Business Class instead of coach.

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You Can Fly From 5 US Cities to Ireland Using British Airways Avios Points

You’ll pay more fees for your return flight because of Ireland airport taxes:

  • Dublin or Shannon to Boston – 12,500 British Airways Avios points + $90
  • Dublin to Chicago – 20,000 British Airways Avios points + $90
  • Dublin or Shannon to New York (JFK) – 20,000 British Airways Avios points +$91
  • Dublin to Orlando – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + $90
  • Dublin to San Francisco – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + $90

So spending 25,000 British Airways Avios points for a round-trip coach ticket between Boston and Ireland, or 50,000 British Airways Avios points round-trip in Business Class, and less than $150 in taxes and fees is a fantastic deal!

If you do not live in Boston, you can use additional British Airways Avios points to fly there.  Or you can use your Southwest Airlines Companion Pass!

2.   Air Berlin to Germany

Air Berlin does not charge fuel surcharges and can be a fantastic way to get to Europe.

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Fly on Air Berlin to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany Without Paying Fuel Surcharges!

You can book 1-way flights from these US cities to Germany in coach:

  • New York (JFK) to Berlin or Düsseldorf – 20,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$6
  • Chicago to Berlin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$6
  • Fort Myers, FL to Düsseldorf  – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$6
  • Miami to Berlin or Düsseldorf – 25,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$6
  • Los Angeles to Düsseldorf – 30,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$6

You’ll pay 2X the British Airways Avios points to fly Business Class.

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You Can Use British Airways Avios Points to Fly From the US to Berlin and Dusseldorf

Because of German airport taxes, you’ll pay more fees for your return flight:

  • Berlin or Düsseldorf to New York (JFK) – 20,000 Avios + ~$100
  • Berlin to Chicago – 25,000 Avios + ~$100
  • Düsseldorf to Fort Myers, FL  – 25,000 Avios + ~$100
  • Berlin or Düsseldorf to Miami – 25,000 Avios + ~$100
  • Düsseldorf to Los Angeles – 30,000 Avios + ~$100

So a coach round-trip ticket from New York to Germany would cost 40,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$105, or 80,000 British Airways Avios points + ~$105 round-trip in Business Class.

3.   American Airlines to Caribbean

You can use British Airways Avios points on American Airlines international flights (except to Europe and Asia), including flights to the Caribbean and pay NO fuel surcharges!

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A.  New York (JFK):

You can fly 1-way coach on American Airlines from New York (JFK) to the following Caribbean cities:

  • Bermuda – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Basseterre – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Antigua – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Cancún – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Charlotte Amalie – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Philipsburg – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Port-au-Prince – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Punta Cana – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Juan – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San José, Costa Rica – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
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10 Caribbean Cities You Can Fly to From New York

B.   Dallas:

You can fly from Dallas 1-way coach to these Caribbean cities:

  • Cancún – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Cozumel – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Puerto Vallarta – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • San José del Cabo – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Belize – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Liberia, Costa Rica – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Montego Bay – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Nassau – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Roatan – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San José, Costa Rica – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Juan – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Fly From Dallas to 11 Different Caribbean Cities

C.   Miami:

You can use 4,500 British Airways Avios points to fly 1-way coach from Miami to:

  • Cancún
  • Cozumel
  • Grand Cayman
  • George Town
  • Kingston
  • Marsh Harbor
  • Montego Bay
  • Nassau
  • North Eleuthera
  • Providenciales
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You Can Fly From Miami to 10 Caribbean Cities For 4,500 British Airways Avios Points

For 7,500 British Airways Avios points, you can fly from Miami to:

  • Aruba
  • Belize City
  • Bermuda
  • Charlotte Amalie
  • Christiansted
  • La Romana
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Port-au-Prince
  • Puerto Plata
  • Punta Cana
  • Roatan
  • San José, Costa Rica (not shown on map)
  • San Juan (not shown on map)
  • Santo Domingo
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7,500 British Airways Avios Points Gets You From Miami to 14 Caribbean Cities

You can use 10,000 British Airways Avios points to fly 1-way coach from Miami to:

  • Antigua
  • Basseterre
  • Bridgetown
  • Fort-de-France
  • Grenada (not shown on map)
  • Philipsburg
  • Pointe-a-Pitre
  • Port of Spain
  • St. George’s
  • St. Lucia
  • Willemstad
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Fly to 11 Caribbean Cities From Miami for 10,000 British Airways Avios Points

4.   US Airways to Caribbean

You can use British Airways Avios points on US Airways flights to the Caribbean, Central America, and Brazil with NO fuel surcharges!

Note:  For some cities the rates vary depending on which city you connect through.  You can use the Wandering Aramean Avios Redemption Calculator tool to get exact rates.

A.   Boston:

You can fly 1-way coach on US Airways from Boston to the following Caribbean cities:

  • Boston to Grand Cayman – 12,000 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Boston to Montego Bay – 14,500 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Boston (seasonal) to Providenciales – 12,000 to 30,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Boston (seasonal) to Punta Cana – 14,500 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
B.   Charlotte:

You can fly from Charlotte 1-way coach to:

  • Grand Cayman – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Bermuda (seasonal) – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Nassau – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Providenciales – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Antigua – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Aruba – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Montego Bay – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Punta Cana – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Juan – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Lucia – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Maarten – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Thomas – 10,000 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
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7,500 British Airways Avios Points Gets You a 1-Way Coach Ticket From Charlotte to Grand Cayman

C.   Philadelphia:

You can fly 1-way coach on US Airways from Philadelphia to:

  • Bermuda or Nassau – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Grand Cayman (seasonal) – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Aruba – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Montego Bay – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Providenciales (seasonal) – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Punta Cana – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Juan – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Santo Domingo – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Maarten – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Lucia – 14,500 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
  • St. Thomas (seasonal) – 10,000 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Use British Airways Avios Points on US Airways to Fly to Many Caribbean Cities

5.   US Airways to Central America

You can fly 1-way coach from the US to Central America on these routes:

  • Charlotte to Cancun or Cozumel – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Phoenix to Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Boston to Cancun – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Charlotte to Belize City, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico City, or San Jose, Costa Rica – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Philadelphia to Cancun – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Phoenix to Cancun, Ixtapa, or Mexico City – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Philadelphia to San Jose, Costa Rica – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Phoenix to San Jose, Costa Rica – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Charlotte to Liberia, Costa Rica – 10,000 to 35,000 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Fly to Central America on US Airways Using British Airways Avios Points

6.   US Airways to Brazil

You can fly 1-way coach from Charlotte to:

  • Rio de Janeiro – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Sao Paulo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
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25,000 British Airways Avios Points Gets You From Charlotte to Brazil

7.   Alaska Airlines to Mexico

Despite its name, Alaska Airlines has a number of flights to Mexico from West Coast cities.  And you can book these flights with British Airways Avios points.

The best way to search for Alaska Airlines is to use the American Airlines website to find available award seats.  However, you have to call British Airways at 800-247-9297 to book.

You can fly 1-way coach from the US to Mexico:

  • Los Angeles to Mazatlan or Los Cabos – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • San Diego to Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos – 7,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Los Angeles to Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Manzanillo, Mexico City, or Puerto Vallarta – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Jose to Guadalajara or Los Cabos – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Seattle to Mazatlan or Los Cabos – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Seattle to Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Fly From the West Coast to Mexico on Alaska Airlines Using British Airways Avios Points

You will pay ~$25 in taxes for flights to Mexico, and ~$40 in taxes on flights returning from Mexico.

8.   American Airlines to South America

You can use British Airways Avios points to fly on American Airlines to South America.

A.  Miami

American Airlines flies from Miami to:

  • Asuncion – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Belo Horizonte – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Bogotá – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Brasîlia – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Buenos Aires – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Cali – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Caracas – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Curitaba – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Guayaquil – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • La Paz – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Lima – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Manaus – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Maracaibo – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Medellín – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Montevideo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Porto Alegre – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Quito – 10,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Recife – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Rio de Janiero – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Rio Negro – 10,000 to 30,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Salvador – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Santa Cruz – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Santiago de Chile – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • São Paulo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Use British Airways Avios Points on American Airlines to Fly From Miami to 23 Cities in South America

B.   Dallas, New York, or Los Angeles

You can also fly from Dallas, New York, or Los Angeles to:

  • Bogotá – 12,500 British Airways Avios points from Dallas
  • Buenos Aires – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Dallas and New York
  • Lima – 20,000 British Airways Avios points from Dallas and New York and 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Los Angeles
  • Rio de Janeiro – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Dallas and New York
  • Santiago – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Dallas and New York and 30,000 British Airways Avios points from Los Angeles
  • São Paulo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Dallas and New York and 30,000 British Airways Avios points from Los Angeles
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You Can Fly to 6 South American Cities From Dallas, Los Angeles, or New York

9.   LAN to South America

You can also fly LAN from Miami, New York, or Los Angeles to South America.

  • Bogotá – 10,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Buenos Aires – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Caracas – 10,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Guayaquil – 10,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Lima – 12,500 British Airways Avios points from Miami, 20,000 British Airways Avios points from New York, and 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Los Angeles
  • Punta Cana – 7,500 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Quito – 10,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami
  • Santiago – 25,000 British Airways Avios points from Miami, 25,000 British Airways Avios points from New York, and 30,000 British Airways Avios points from Los Angeles
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You Can Use British Airways Avios Points to Fly on LAN from the US to South America

10.   TAM to South America

You can fly TAM to South America with no fuel surcharges.

A.  Miami

You can fly from Miami 1-way coach to:

  • Belém – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Belo Horizonte – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Brasília – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Fortaleza – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Manaus – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Rio de Janeiro – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • São Paulo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
B.   New York

You can fly 1-way coach from New York to:

  • Rio de Janeiro – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • São Paulo – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
C.   Orlando

You can fly from Orlando 1-way in coach to

  • Sao Paulo for 25,000 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Fly on TAM from New York, Miami, and Orlando to South America

11.   Iberia to Spain and the rest of Europe (after transferring points to Iberia)

Iberia flies to Madrid from:

  • Boston – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Chicago – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Los Angeles – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Miami – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • New York (JFK) – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
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You Can Fly on Iberia From Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York to Madrid

Although you will pay some fuel surcharges when redeeming through Iberia Avios, it’s cheaper than redeeming through British Airways Avios.

However,

  • Your Iberia account must be at least 90 days old
  • Your Iberia account must be “active” (have earned at least 1 Iberia Avios point)

12.   LAN to Easter Island

You can only fly on LAN to Easter Island.  Most folks fly to Easter Island from Santiago, Chile or Lima, Peru.  To fly from Santiago, Chile or Lima, Peru, you will pay 12,500 British Airways Avios points + ~$12 in taxes 1-way in coach.

This is a great deal, because you would pay 37,500 American Airlines miles to fly from Santiago to Easter Island.  You will pay 40,000 American Airlines miles to fly from Lima to Easter Island, because American Airlines considers Easter Island in the South Pacific (even though it’s a part of Chile).

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You Can Fly to Easter Island for 12,500 British Airways Avios Points 1-Way coach

This is a great example of how British Airways Avios points are great for short flights that would cross regions on other airline charts, and cost more with other mileage programs.

13.   Departing Brazil

The Brazilian government does NOT allow airlines to include fuel surcharges on paid or award tickets.  This means you can fly British Airways without fuel surcharges if you leave from Brazil.  Although, you have to change your address with British Airways Avios to an address in Brazil to take advantage of this.

You can fly on American Airlines and LAN from the US to Brazil from the US and pay NO fuel surcharges.

So you could fly to Brazil (without fuel surcharges), then fly to Europe (without fuel surcharge), then return to the US on Aer Lingus or Air Berlin with minimal fees as a series of 1-way flights.  This could be a great way to combine 2 trips in 1.

For example, you could fly from Miami to Sao, Paulo, Brazil on TAM (with no fuel surcharges).  Then fly from Sao Paulo to London on British Airways and pay no fuel surcharges (because you are departing Brazil).  And then you can fly from Dusseldorf to Miami on Air Berlin and pay no fuel surcharges!

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You Could Fly Miami to Sao Paulo on TAM, Sao Paulo to London on British Airways, and Dusseldorf to Miami on Air Berlin With No Fuel Surcharges!

Bottom Line

You can use British Airways Avios points to fly internationally using fewer British Airways Avios points and pay low taxes!

You’ll pay low fuel surcharges and fewer British Airways Avios points on Aer Lingus flights.  But you’ll pay more fees for your return flight from Ireland because of Ireland airport taxes.

You do NOT pay fuel surcharges on Air Berlin, but will pay higher fees for your return flight because of German airport taxes.

You will NOT pay fuel surcharges on international flights (except to Europe and Asia) on American Airlines and US Airways.

You can also use British Airways Avios points on Alaska Airlines to Mexico.

You should transfer your British Airways Avios points to your Iberia Plus account because you’ll pay fewer British Airways Avios points when you fly on Iberia.

You can avoid fuel surcharges when you fly from Brazil, but you have to have a Brazilian address on your British Airways Avios account.

What international flights have you redeemed British Airways Avios points?
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13 responses to “Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro: Part 10 – The Best International Awards Using British Airways Avios Points

  1. I’d like to redeem on LAN and TAM but how do you find availability and how do you book it?

  2. I’ve got some unused Avios that have been looking for a good trip. Thanks for the suggestions that avoid fuel surcharges!

  3. Between DFW and Caribbean, it is not easy to find available flights with low avios points. Any recommendations?

  4. US to Montego Bay,Jamaica has taxes of $50 each way.We paid 9000 avios and $101 in taxes etc. for MIA-MBJ return. American charges more miles but only $5 in taxes.same flights go for $300 round trip.we used avios as I value my american miles more,but the taxes are annoying

  5. FLL-PAP is another fine 7500 Avios option with AA.
    Also, these are obviously domestic flights, but STT and STX are great Caribbean destinations which you will probably cover in the next article…

  6. Don’t see anything about booking flights to Asia with Avios points.

    It’s not a good deal?

  7. NRT-LAX/SFO on JAL

  8. You left out DFW (and other cities) to MEXicoCity and Cabo. Also, Avios on Aer Lingus from DUBlin to numerous Europe cities. Also, on BA from London to a number of Europe cities with a low flat fee. Also, within Europe and Asia. Example: Shanghai-Hong Kong.

  9. I don’t believe a 7,500 award exists between SAN and PVR. I checked and there are no direct routes with Alaska or American between the two airports.

  10. Have all the avios needed for these doubled now since all non-BA Avios redemptions are priced at PEAK ?

  11. Any chance of an update to this since the changes to BAEC and Avios ?

  12. Hi,

    Thanks for the helpful info. HOW do I book a flight on Air Berlin using Avios?? I went on the Air Berlin website, signed up, tried to book a flight, but nowhere I was asked to enter my avios….please advise! Thanks!

  13. I would like to book a flight on Air Berlin from Tel Aviv to Berlin and back. I went on line and when I tried to book the flight there was nowhere I was asked for my Avios account. I have 31,674 points and I have no idea how I can use them in order to book this flight for myself and for my husband. I realize that my husband will also have to pay for part of the ticket but I have no idea how to find out what we will owe. I would truly appreciate help in utilizing these points. Thank you!