Ever dreamed of flying to New York? But your budget doesn’t spread far enough to fly in comfort with Business Class? Well, using Avios points that could well be in reach! Let’s take a look at the Avios points needed for New York flights with British Airways.
Avios points needed for New York
For all these examples I am using peak pricing and looking at dates 11 months in advance. If you are travelling off-peak or at times when cash rates are high you may find you get a better return on your Avios points. To work it compare the cash rate to the price per Avios (take the cash rate from the ‘taxes and fees’ then divide balance by the Avios cost. If you are under 0.9/1p per point I would say paying cash is preferable.
First of all, I would never recommend using Avios points for economy flights outside of Europe due to the poor value you get! If you want to travel economy you are better off paying cash or flying an alternative airline for a cheaper rate… But nevertheless here is what is required per person.
A fairer comparison would be an economy seat with luggage (as Avios tickets include luggage) that would cost you around £360. That means 40,000 Avios gets you around £50 off at 0.125p per point value (very poor!)
(And remember on Avios redemptions you don’t earn any Avios or tier points)
You will need to pay £494.49 per person return in ‘taxes and fees’ per ticket. A return premium economy flight would set you back in the region of £600. That means 80,000 Avios gets you around £100 off at 0.125p per point value (very poor!)
(Don’t forget on Avios redemptions you don’t earn any Avios or tier points)
You will need to pay £684.95 per person return in ‘taxes and fees’ per ticket. Here are where you will start to see a better return on your pence per Avios points! A Business Class return flight to New York will cost you around £1300. That means 120,000 Avios points will save you around £600 at 0.5p per Avios point.
You will need to pay £684.95 per person return in ‘taxes and fees’ per ticket. A First Class return flight to New York will cost you around £2400. That means 160,000 Avios points will save you around £1700 at just 1p per an Avios point.
American Express Companion Voucher
Don’t forget if you have a British Airways American Express® Credit Card or British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card you can earn a companion voucher (which is basically a 2-4-1 Avios voucher) when you spend £20,000 on free BA Amex & £10,000 on the premium BA Amex within a year. This voucher will allow you to book 2 seats for the cost of 1 seat in Avios. You will need to pay the ‘taxes & fees’ for both seats, however.
Using the sign up bonuses on American Express cards can be a lucrative way to get Avios quickly but make sure you are eligible for any bonus you sign up for and take independent advise.
This is my experience using the points system and is not a recommendation of any financial product. There are other credit cards which can earn you travel points including IHG credit card, Tesco Credit Cards (by exchanging Clubcard points for avios, hotel stays and more) & Virgin Atlantic credit card. If you use my link for a referral to an American Express card upon you being accepted I will receive points, this varies between 9,000 – 18,000 depending on the card I refer you from.
As well as collecting Avios points from credit cards you can collect Avios points from:
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