I wrote that British Airways will be eliminating 1 of their best award deals by increasing the cost of short-haul (under 650 miles) partner flights in North America.
Currently it costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points for a 1-way, short-haul coach award flight on Alaska Airlines and American Airlines in the US.
After February 2, 2016, this will increase to 7,500 British Airways Avios points each way. Many folks are looking for an affordable substitute for award travel on flights under 650 miles.
While British Airways Avios points are still a good deal, there’s an alternative! By transferring British Airways Avios points to their partner, Iberia, you can book short-haul, round-trip coach award flights in the US for fewer points!
Hooray! There’s Still a Way to Get a Cheaper Deal on Short-Haul Award Flights in the US Using British Airways Avios Points!
I’ll show you how to move your British Airways Avios points to Iberia to book cheaper award flights!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Robert, commented:
Hello Daraius! Could you do a post or list here all of the airlines that don’t assess fuel surcharges for award tickets? Thanks for all that you do.
Hi Robert! That sounds like a good idea!
Some airlines add fuel charges to their award tickets. These extra charges can add hundreds of dollars to your “free” award seat!
Fuel Surcharges Are Money Down the Drain! I’ll Tell You Which Airlines Have NO (or Low) Fuel Surcharges!
But some airlines have NO (or low) fuel surcharges. Let’s take a look at the programs that save you money!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, airgypsy, commented:
Thanks for the reminder about how to save American Airlines miles to Europe during the off-peak period. Can you recommend what city pairings I can search from the West Coast to Europe, so I don’t get too many British Airways search results on the American Airlines website?
Thanks for the question!
Airgypsy wants to avoid British Airways flights to Europe because of the huge fuel surcharges they add to their flights (including award tickets!).
I’ll show you how to do this no matter which part of the country you’re flying from.
Want to Visit Europe Using American Airlines Miles? Here’s How to Avoid British Airways to Get the Best Deal!
I’ll show you a couple of tricks to get the best flights in your search results!
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Now through May 15, 2016, you can fly to Europe with American Airlines miles for 10,000 fewer miles each way, including on partner airlines!
Save 20,000 American Airlines miles on a round-trip coach award flight to Europe with off-peak awards!
Visit Budapest (or Any City in Europe) With Fewer American Airlines Miles Through May 15, 2016!
I’ll show you how it works!
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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.
If you’re new to our hobby, British Airways Avios points might not be your 1st pick for airline miles to collect, especially if you’re not planning travel to Europe.
But British Airways Avios points are actually terrific for Big Travel with Small Money within the US and abroad!
That’s because you can use them for award flights on oneworld partner airlines like American Airlines and Air Berlin, or other partners like Aer Lingus or Alaska Airlines!
Not Just for UK Flights! Collect British Airways Avios Points for Big Travel at Home and Overseas!
Let’s look at all the ways to earn British Airways Avios points!
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