Can you book Reward Flight Savers outside of Europe?
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Reward Flight Saver redemptions are one of our favourite uses of Avios. You can book short-haul European flights operated by British Airways for a few as 4,000 Avios plus fixed fees and taxes of £17.50. This has saved me significant money numerous times, especially when cash rates have been sky high.
You can use Reward Flight Savers on British Airways short-haul flights to and from Europe, but what about in other areas?
Fifth-freedom routes in the Caribbean
British Airways operates some interesting fifth-freedom routes.
Fifth-freedom flights are where an airline registered in one country operates a flight from a second country to a third country — in neither of which the airline is registered. Passengers can choose to just book the first leg from country one to country two, the entire journey from one to three, or just from country two to country three.
Emirates does this with its Milan (MXP) to New York (JFK) and Athens (ATH) to Newark (EWR) flights that start in Dubai (DXB), fly to Europe and then continue on as fifth freedoms to the U.S.
British Airways operates three sets of fifth-freedom routes around the Caribbean. The London (LHR) to Nassau (NAS) flight continues on to Grand Cayman (CGM). Its flight from London (LGW) to St Lucia (UVF) continues on to both Grenada (GND) or Port of Spain (POS), depending on the day of the week. Finally, Antigua (ANU) is almost a mini-hub for British Airways, with the flight from London (LGW) to Antigua (ANU) continuing on to either St Kitts (SKB), Turks and Caicos (PLS) or Tobago (TOB), depending on the day of the week.
These legs can be booked as Reward Flight Savers with fixed Avios and fees and taxes. If you find yourself in the Caribbean, want to island hop and have never experienced Club World, this can be an amazingly affordable way to do so.
As a reminder, here’s how the Reward Flight Saver chart breaks down:
|Distance flown, per flight||Off-peak economy class||Peak economy class||Off-peak business class||Peak business class|
|0 – 650 miles||4,000 Avios||4,500 Avios||7,500 Avios||9,000 Avios|
|651 – 1,150 miles||6,500 Avios||7,500 Avios||12,750 Avios||15,000 Avios|
|1,151 – 2,000 miles||8,500 Avios||10,000 Avios||17,000 Avios||20,000 Avios|
British Airways subsidiaries
You might have noticed some narrow-body aircraft with some familiar British Airways markings operating flights that may not touch the U.K. This is because BA operates some subsidiaries around the world, noticeably Comair in South Africa and Sun-Air in Scandinavia.
Flights operated by both these subsidiaries can be booked as Rewards Flight Savers, though you can expect higher taxes on Comair flights than you would expect for Rewards Flight Savers operated by British Airways. These can be booked on British Airways website as you would with a normal Reward Flight Saver operated by British Airways.
Featured photo courtesy of Blue Water Resort and Spa, Antigua