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In case you missed it in our ultimate guide to Avios, the term Avios refers to British Airways’ point currency. And it doesn’t just belong to BA. Avios is also the points currency of Iberia (Plus) and Aer Lingus (AerClub).
Although Avios can be moved from one programme to another, at a rate of 1:1, so one Avios in Executive Cub is theoretically worth the same as one Avios in Iberia Plus. However, the redemption rates are slightly different from one programme to another, so here is a complete list of redemption rates for each programme.
British Airways Executive Club
(distance in miles)
** These Zone 1 Avios awards are not available for flights to, from or within the US.
Redemptions are charged one-way, on a per flight basis, according to the distances above. So two short flights of 250 miles each would be charged as 2 x 4,000/4,500 Avios. Similarly, a return is charged at twice the cost of a one-way. You can use a resource like Great Circle Mapper to calculate the distance of each flight you wish to take to determine the zone it would fall into.
Note that this award chart applies only for travel with British Airways. In April, BA let Executive Club members know that it would be changing the award chart rates for travel with its partners. While BA hasn’t yet released the full chart of changes, TPG was able to piece together what we might see by phoning booking agents.
There is also a separate award chart for redemptions on two more partner airlines. The multi-carrier reward chart shows the prices for an economy redemptions. For premium cabins, you will need to multiply the amounts below as follows:
- Premium economy is 1.5x
- Business class is 2.0x
- First class is 3.0x
Note that if you are doing a mixed-cabin redemption, the number of Avios payable will also be the highest fare class amount.
You can find more information about booking multi-carrier awards and the value to be had from doing so here.
Iberia uses different redemption amounts for redemptions made through its Iberia Plus — still with a peak and off-peak system.
Though the amounts may be similar to Executive Club for some redemptions, you may find that you are paying less in fees and taxes when redeeming through Iberia Plus than Executive Club.
You cannot cancel or change redemptions made through Iberia Plus, except those on British Airways.
A downside of Iberia Plus versus Executive Club is that you can only book flights on Iberia and British Airways as one-way redemptions. Redemptions on all other partner airlines, such as Qantas and Cathay Pacific, must be booked as a return trip.
That being said, rather than the cost a return trip being two separate redemptions from the above table, Iberia Plus calculates the cost as the total distance and applies it to the redemption table. For example, a return ticket of 900 flown miles in each direction would fall into Band 3, rather than being being 2 x Band 2.
Iberia Plus has some unique rules for travel on American Airlines, which you can read all about here.
Aer Lingus AerClub
If you are redeeming your Avios via AerClub, the loyalty programme of Aer Lingus, know that it uses the same award chart as British Airways.
Aer Lingus also publishes a handy list of all the routes it flies itself.
You can check which airlines you can redeem AerClub Avios with here.
The ability to move Avios around between three different programmes is very valuable.
No one programme has outsized value compared to the others, but each programme has its own sweet spots. We’ll be discussing the very best uses of Avios in each programme in detail at TPG UK over the coming months.
Featured image by Nick Morrish / British Airways.
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