Last week I wrote about an issue whereby US Airways awards weren’t bookable using Avios through British Airways’ website.
For the most part US Airways awards continued to be bookable through British Airways’ call center, though given their outrageously hold long times, that wasn’t much of a consolation prize. My guess was that the glitch had something to do with US Airways aligning fare classes with American a couple of weeks back, and problems stemming from that.
Anyway, it looks like this glitch has finally been fixed, because as of yesterday US Airways awards are once again bookable through British Airways’ website.
As a reminder, British Airways Avios are especially compelling for shorthaul redemptions, given their distance based award chart:
|Distance in Air Miles||Avios Cost in Economy||Avios Cost in Business||Avios Cost in First|
British Airways did announce a major devaluation to their Executive Club program, though the good news is that the three single best shorthaul economy redemption values remain the same:
- 4,500 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 1-650 miles
- 7,500 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 651-1,151 miles
- 10,000 Avios for a one-way economy flight of 1,152-2,000 miles
I’m happy this glitch is finally fixed. While I’m frustrated by the British Airways devaluation, I’ll continue to get a lot of value out of shorthaul redemptions on Alaska, American, and US Airways.