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British Airways devalues American and Alaskan award redemptions with Avios

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One of the sweet spots of the Avios program has been using it to book flights on American or Alaska within the US. It’s a great deal because every single transferrable bank currency has access to at least one of the Avios programs, and since you can transfer between the Avios programs, you de facto have access to them all. Years ago it cost just 4500 Avios to fly up to 650 miles, and over time that rates has gone up and up. Sadly, on July 4th, British Airways decided to devalue these redemptions even further and without notice. Honestly, it’s at the price now that the value once hidden in the program has been eliminated for domestic partner flights.

Is it all bad news?

No…you can book American and Alaska with various Avios partners. The Qatar Airways Avios award pricing is still in tact and since you can move between Avios programs quite easily, you can still utilize the Qatar advantageous award rates to book American and Alaska.

British Airways Avios bookings on American and Alaska:


Flight Distance Old Rates New Rate post July 4th
1 – 650 miles 8,250 12,000
651 – 1,150 miles 11,000 16,000
1,151 – 2,000 miles 14,500 18,000
2,001 – 3,000 miles 16,000 20,000


Flight Distance Old Rates New Rate post July 4th
1 – 650 miles 16,500 24,000
651 – 1,150 miles 20,500 32,000
1,151 – 2,000 miles 29,000 40,000
2,001 – 3,000 miles 42,000 50,000

Qatar Airways Avios rates on American or Alaska


Flight Distance Rate
1 – 650 miles 6,000 Avios
651 – 1,150 miles 9,000 Avios
1,151 – 2,000 miles 11,000 Avios
2,001 – 3,000 miles 13,000 Avios


Flight Distance Rate
1 – 650 miles 12,500 Avios
651 – 1,150 miles 16,500 Avios
1,151 – 2,000 miles 22,000 Avios
2,001 – 3,000 miles 38,750 Avios


Flight Distance Rate
1 – 650 miles 24,000 Avios
651 – 1,150 miles 33,000 Avios
1,151 – 2,000 miles 44,000 Avios
2,001 – 3,000 miles 51,500 Avios


Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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1 Comment

  • AlaskaNOTAlaskan July 9, 2024

    Alaska, not Alaskan….

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