One of the awesome things about US Airways’ transition from Star Alliance to oneworld is that it’s now possible to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on US Airways.
British Airways has a distance based award chart, making it incredibly lucrative for shorthaul redemptions:
|Distance in Air Miles||Avios Cost in Economy||Avios Cost in Business||Avios Cost in First|
For example, a one way ticket spanning under 650 miles will cost you just 4,500 Avios.
Anyway, ordinarily you can search and book US Airways award seats using Avios directly on ba.com, though for whatever reason US Airways award space isn’t showing on ba.com at the moment.
That being said, you can use American’s website to search for award availability, and if there’s space then you should be able to call BA and book.
The downside is that it can take forever to get through on the phone with British Airways.
While British Airways does charge phone ticketing fees, they should be willing to waive them since the space isn’t showing online.
My guess is that this might have something to do with US Airways’ fare class adjustment we saw last weekend. I’ve reported the issue to British Airways, so hopefully they fix it soon.
Update: Some are reporting even not being able to book space by phone that shows through American’s website. I had no problem booking the flight I was looking at, for what it’s worth.