What is a British Airways On Business Point worth?

Oct 17, 2019

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In conjunction with British Airways, American Express has launched an interesting credit card product called the British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card. The card allows businesses that pay for flights with British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia to earn On Business Points as well as Avios. But what exactly is one On Business Point worth?

What are On Business Points worth?

The good news is that for just about all uses, On Business Points are worth significantly more than Avios.

TPG UK currently values Avios at 1.1p each. You can get all sorts of value from your Avios depending on how you use them, but we feel a good average is at the 1.1p mark, and we would recommend trying to get (at least) this value from each Avios you redeem.

On Business Points similarly have different values depending on how you redeem them. A big difference is that with Avios you can usually get more value by redeeming for premium cabin flights rather than economy. This is because it may cost three times the number of Avios for a business-class redemption than an economy redemption, while the cash price of a business-class ticket may be five or six times more expensive than an economy ticket on the same plane.

On Business Points are the opposite. The programme requires very few points for economy redemption but a comparably huge number for premium cabin redemptions. Because of that, you are likely to get better value from economy than business or first-class redemptions. For cabin upgrades, the numbers are a little different.

Iberia business class. (Photo by Benji Stawski / The Points Guy)

Redemptions

Here is an idea of how many Avios or On Business Points you would need for a redemption to some of the most popular British Airways destinations, one-way from London, off-peak:

Destination Economy Premium Economy Business Class First Class

Avios

On Business

Points

Avios On Business

Points

Avios On Business

Points

Avios

On Business

Points

Amsterdam 4,000 1,100 N/A N/A 7,750 5,200 N/A N/A
Madrid 6,500 1,600 N/A N/A 12,750 6,700 N/A N/A
Istanbul 8,500 2,000 N/A N/A 10,000 7,600 N/A N/A
New York 13,000 4,500 26,000 11,000 50,000 24,000 68,000 34,000
Los Angeles 16,500 5,000 32,500 12,000 62,500 29,000 85,000 34,000
Johannesburg 16,500 5,000 32,500 12,000 62,500 29,000 85,000 39,000
Singapore 22,750 5,500 45,500 13,000 87,500 31,000 119,000 41,000

Terms, taxes, fees and carrier charges apply.

Upgrades

And here is what you would need for a cabin upgrade to the same destinations, one-way from London, off-peak:

Destination Economy to Business Business to First
Avios On Business Avios On Business
Amsterdam 3,750 4,100 N/A N/A
Madrid 6,250 5,100 N/A N/A
Istanbul 8,500 5,600 N/A N/A
New York 18,000 10,000
Los Angeles 22,500 10,000
Johannesburg 22,500 10,000
Singapore 31,500 10,000

 

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
British Airways Club World Suite. (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

TPG UK’s valuations

As a rough guide, 1 On Business Point would be worth approximately 4 Avios when used for economy-class redemptions, 3 Avios for premium economy redemptions and, on average, 2 Avios for a business or first-class redemption.

For upgrades, 1 On Business Point would be worth, on average, around 2-3 Avios for economy to business upgrades (noting this varies hugely depending on destination), and around 2.5-3 Avios for business class to first-class upgrades.

Taking an average, noting that just like Avios you can obtain more or less than this depending on the exact type of redemption, TPG UK values On Business Points at 3 Avios each, so 3.3p each. This includes the value that On Business members have slightly better redemption availability than British Airways Executive Club Members when searching for the same flights using Avios.

We will be covering the best and worst uses of On Business Points, but as a quick guide, you will receive more value for redemptions in economy and premium economy than business or first class, and more value for long-haul upgrades than short-haul.

The card currently comes with a welcome bonus of 2,200 On Business Points after spending £3,000 or more on purchases on the card within the first three months. Representative Example: APR 81.6% variable with an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 22.9% p.a. variable. There’s an annual fee of £210.

You can apply for the British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card here.

Featured photo by Liam Spencer/The Points Guy.

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