British Airways Avios have the best value when used for flights with British Airways and oneworld partners. Avios can also be used for upgrades, hotels, and car rentals.
Best ways to earn British Airways Avios
The best way to earn Avios is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across British Airways credit cards and transfer partner credit cards. You can also earn Avios using the TopCashback.co.uk portal.
Avios credit cards
There are five British Airways credit cards available between American Express and Barclaycard. If you're looking for the most direct way to earn Avios, these cards are the best options.
American Express Membership Rewards is another way to easily earn lots of Avios. Membership Rewards Points can be transferred directly to British Airways Avios (and Iberia Plus Avios) at a 1:1 ratio.
This is a great if you're looking to top off your account using the excellent intro bonuses American Express credit cards offer.
Another easy way to earn lots of British Airways Avios is by using TopCashback UK. TopCashback is a free and easy-to-use online shopping portal that pays you to shop online.
The quick rundown is that you go to the TopCashback UK site, find the store that you want to make a purchase with, and click on TopCashback's affiliate link to that store. You'll then be dropped off on that store's website to shop as normal, and once you make a purchase, TopCashback will share some of that commission with you, the user.
The TopCashback UK program allows you to pick between receiving cash back or British Airways Avios. If you frequently shop online, you'll want to heavily consider signing up for TopCashback as you'll be able to earn lots of Avios.
How much are British Airways Avios worth in pounds?
Avios are worth about 1p each for economy flights, but you can easily get as much as 2p or more for Business and First class flights. This means 10,000 Avios can be worth anywhere from £100 to £200 on average depending on how you use them.
British Airways Avios value
|Redemption option||Redemption value|
|Business and first class flights with British Airways and oneworld partners||2p|
|Standard flight redemptions with British Airways and oneworld partners||0.8p - 1.2p|
|Upgrades to Business class||1.5p - 2.5p|
|Transferring to Nectar Rewards||0.8p|
|Redeeming points for hotels and car rentals||0.5p - 0.7p|
Redeeming Avios for reward flights
Avios will have the best value when redeemed for reward flights with British Airways and oneworld partners. Your standard economy flights will get you anywhere from 1p to 1.4p per Avios on average while business class flights will be around 2p and higher.
Listed below are a few of the best ways to get the most value out of your flight redemptions.
One of the best way to use British Airways Avios is for short-haul flights on British Airways and partner flights. This is due to having a distance-based award chart.
Short-haul flights between most major European airports will cost you between 4,000 and 9,000 Avios depending on the airline.
For example, you can fly from Dublin to Manchester for 4,000 Avios using Aer Lingus.
Or Helsinki (HEL) to Stockholm (ARN) for 6,000 Avios using Finnair.
It's also useful for bouncing around Oneworld hubs in other places around the world. For example, you can fly from Hong Kong (HKG) to Taipei (TPE) on Cathay Pacific Airways, a oneworld partner, for 7,500 Avios plus taxes/fees.
In North America, you can jump between major cities using American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which are both one world partners.
New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS) would cost you 7,500 Avios.
You can also jump between Boston (BOS) and Toronto (YYZ) to visit Canada for 7,500 Avios.
British Airways Avios can be converted to Qatar Airways Avios at a 1:1 ratio which opens up all of the options for Qatar Airways. This can be done by linking your British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club accounts through the Combine my Avios option under Manage My Account.
Qatar doesn't have the best redemption options, but there are a few sweet spots in the program if you're looking to fly first or business class with Qatar.
- Qatar: Europe to Doha, 64,500 Avios in First Class, one-way
- Qatar: U.S. to Doha, 70,000 Avios in Business Class, one-way
British Airways Avios can be converted to Iberia Avios at a 1:1 ratio through the Combine my Avios option. This isn't necessarily a top-tier option, but it's worth mentioning if you find a good award redemption through Iberia Plus that you can't find booking through the British Airways website.
Upgrading flights with Avios
One of the best uses of British Airways Avios is to use them to upgrade a cash booking to the next cabin. This can be done on select fares with British Airways, Iberia, and American Airlines whenever there's availability.
You can upgrade an existing booking or upgrade at the time of booking and it doesn't matter if it's a one-way or round-trip.
The cost of the upgrade will vary, but it will be based on the Avios costs for reward flights in the cabins you are upgrading from and to. It will also depend on whether your flight is scheduled on a peak or off-peak date.
Basically, you can search your flight and look at the cost in Avios between the class you're in and the one you'll be upgraded to. That will give you an idea (if not the exact) cost of the upgrade.
Using Avios as part payment
When making a cash booking with British Airways, you'll be given the chance to use your Avios to reduce the price of your flight. This can be done on all British Airways flights, American Airlines flights between the UK and North America, and on British Airways codeshare flights with the following airlines:
- Air Baltic
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Bangkok Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- China Eastern
- China Southern
- Fiji Airways
- Japan Airlines
When booking your cash flight, you'll be able to choose the option you want (assuming you have enough Avios). The value you get out of this option will vary, but you will typically get more value when you choose to redeem less Avios.
British Airways Hotels and Cars
British Airways Avios can be used to book hotels and rent cars through the British Airways Hotels and Cars Portal. When pricing out options, hotels gave an average value of 0.5p in value while car rentals gave a slightly higher 0.6p.
When selecting a hotel through the portal, you'll be shown the average cost per night in Avios for the hotel along with a bunch of Avios & Money options. The majority of the Avios & Money options seem to give a lower value.
Some options that I tested gave me as low as 0.1p per Avios which is quite terrible. I was also able to find some that gave value as high as 0.7p per Avios which actually came out better than paying all Avios.
If you plan on using your British Airways Avios to book a hotel stay and you want the best value, you'll want to calculate the value of each option because you never know which one could be a winner.
Renting cars through the portal will behave the same as booking hotels. After doing a search, you'll be shown the cost of the rental in all Avios as well as be given several Avios & Money options to choose from.
With the car rental options, I found the Avios & Money options to still give around the same value as paying all Avios. Still... you'll want to calculate the value of the Avios & Money options one-by-one if you want to make sure you're getting a great deal.
You can use the Avios & Money Calculator to calculate the cash value you'll get out of these redemptions.
British Airways Avios can be used to book Experiences at least 72 hours in advance. This includes tours, museums, and many other experience across the globe.
The value you get out of redeeming Avios for experiences will heavily depend on the experience itself.
Nectar is the largest loyalty card scheme in the United Kingdom and is is owned by Sainsbury's. British Airways Avios can be transferred to the Nectar Rewards program at a rate of 250 Avios for 400 Nectar Points, and vice versa.
Points are worth £0.005 when redeemed with Sainsbury's, Argos, and many other retailers. This means that this transfer would make your Avios worth 0.8p.
Convert Avios to pounds
Use the Avios To Pounds Calculator to determine the average cash value of British Airways Avios. This will give you an idea of how much they are worth for each redemption.
|Business and first class flights with British Airways and oneworld partners||£0 - £0|
|Redeeming Avios for upgrades to Business/First class flights||£0 - £0+|
|Standard flight redemptions with British Airways and oneworld partners||£0 - £0|
|Value of points when transferred to Nectar Rewards||£0|
|Redeeming points for hotels and car rentals||£0 - £0|
Convert Avios To Nectar points
Use the Avios To Nectar points calculator to calculate the conversion of British Airways Avios to Nectar Points.
Avios & Money Calculator
When redeeming Avios for hotel, car rental, and flight options, you're given the option to pay with a mix of Avios and cash. Depending on the redemption, you'll usually get a better option when paying Avios & Money compared to paying all Avios.
If you know the full cost of the redemption in cash (including fees/taxes), you can enter in the Avios & Money amounts in the table and it will output the value of your Avios. This will help you easily calculate which redemption gives you the best value.
How much are British Airways Avios worth?
Avios are worth 1p each on average when used for economy flights and as much as 2p each when used for First and Business class flights.
How much is 1 Avios worth?
1 Avios has an average cash value of £0.01 for economy flights and as much as £0.02 for First and Business class flights.
How much are 5,000 Avios worth?
5,000 Avios are worth about £50 towards economy flights and as much as £100 towards First and Business class flights.
How much are 10,000 Avios worth?
10,000 Avios are worth about £100 towards economy flights and as much as £200 towards First and Business class flights.