Avios are loyalty points that you collect for frequent flyer programs - in this case, British Airways (BA) Executive Club - with travel-focused rewards.
Avios points can be collected when booking flights, hotel stays, car hire and more with British Airways and their partners. These points can then be exchanged to pay for flights, hotels and car hire via the BA Executive Club.
How to collect Avios points
To start collecting and spending Avios points, you'll need to be signed up to the British Airways Executive Club. It's easy and free to sign up, and you'll use your BA Executive Club membership number when making bookings and purchases with Avios partners to collect the points.
Avios points are most commonly associated with flights, but there are lots of ways to collect them, including:
- When purchasing flights (with British Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and 12 other oneworld® partner airlines),
- When purchasing car hire (e.g. with Avis and Budget) and hotel stays (e.g. with Airbnb, Booking.com and Hotels.com);
- Converting award points on the Reward Gateway platform to Avios via the Reward Marketplace! Watch our quick video below to see how easy it is to redeem award points for Avios on the Reward Marketplace.
How to spend Avios points
Avios points sit within your BA Executive Club account. From there, you can use your Avios points for the following:
Flights that you book using Avios are called reward flights. You can book to any worldwide destination, where there’s availability, with British Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and any of its oneworld® partners. You pay with your Avios plus a cash amount for taxes, fees and carrier charges.
❍ Example US (June 2022): 26,000 Avios + TFC (taxes, fees and carrier charge) is enough for an off-peak return economy flight for one from Boston to London*. 40,000 Avios + TFCs is enough for a peak return economy flight for one from New York to London.
Reward Flight Saver
Reward Flight Saver offers customers great value flights with a low, flat fee to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges and a fixed Avios amount. To be eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you need to have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. Read more about Reward Flight Saver.
Avios can be used to upgrade a regular cash booking to the next cabin, where there’s availability, on selected fares with British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia.
Avios Part Payment
Reduce the cash price of your flight by paying part of the price in Avios, with as little as 1,000 Avios points. The more Avios you use, the less cash you'll need to pay. Plus, you'll earn Avios back on the flight, too. Avios Part Payment can be used to save on British Airways flights and American Airlines flights between the UK and North America, and British Airways codeshare flights operated by Aer Lingus, Iberia, airBaltic, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Loganair, Qantas, Qatar and Vistara.
❍ Example US (June 2022): 2,000 Avios for $24 off any Economy return flight for bookings made in USD
Pay with Avios
Use your Avios to pay for seats and baggage.
Hotel stays and car rental
Use Avios to pay for hotel stays (powered by Expedia) and car rental (with Avis and Budget).