British Airways Boeing 777-300ER at Heathrow Airport
Avios is the currency of the British Airways Executive Club program. Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways.

Avios is the currency of the British Airways Executive Club program. With Avios, short-haul redemptions on Qantas are great value. For example, it costs just 6,000 Avios in Economy or 12,500 Avios in Business to fly from Sydney to Melbourne.

Avios are somewhat difficult to earn in Australia. But you can buy Avios directly from British Airways, and at the moment you can even earn up to 50% bonus Avios on purchases! Buying Avios can be a clever way to save significant money on Qantas Business Class flights.

How to Buy Avios

You can buy Avios on the British Airways website. There is a minimum purchase amount of 1,000 Avios, and purchases can be made in various increments as specified on the British Airways website. For example, purchases between 10,000 and 50,000 Avios must be in increments of 5,000 Avios. Purchases above 50,000 Avios must be in increments of 10,000 Avios.

There is normally an annual purchase limit of 100,000 Avios, excluding bonuses – but this limit is being increased to 200,000 Avios during the current promotion.

The price will depend on the number of Avios being purchased and the country that your Executive Club account is registered in. The minimum amount of 1,000 Avios costs around €36 (~AU$57). But if you purchase 10,000 Avios, the price drops to just over €20 (~AU$32) per thousand.

You’ll be eligible to purchase Avios if you’re over 18 years old and already have at least one Avios point in your account. (If you don’t have any Avios in your account yet, an easy way to earn some Avios is to fly with any Oneworld airline or book a hotel with Agoda and credit the points to your British Airways Executive Club account.)

Special Deals on Buying British Airways Avios

British Airways typically runs promotions on buying Avios a few times per year. The current offer is running until 4 July 2021 (GMT) and the amount of bonus British Airways Avios will depend on the size of the purchase:

  • Buy 1,000-8,000 Avios to receive 30% bonus Avios
  • Buy 10,000-90,000 Avios to receive 40% bonus Avios
  • Buy 100,000-200,000 Avios to receive 50% bonus Avios

50% is the highest bonus Avios amount typically offered by British Airways. But this offer is not quite as generous as the previous offer in March-April 2021, which came with 50% bonus Avios on purchases of any amount.

Redeeming British Airways Avios

As British Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance, you can redeem Avios to fly on any of these Oneworld airlines:

Oneworld member airlines as of April 2021

British Airways Executive Club also partners with Aer Lingus and Vueling.

With British Airways Executive Club, most redemptions for long-haul flights are poor value. But short-haul flights under 2,000 miles in length can be good value.

Avios are best used for short-haul flights on Oneworld airlines including Qantas, Japan Airlines and, of course, British Airways. Qantas domestic and short-haul international flights can be especially good value as the cash fares are normally high, but the amount of Avios required is low. Plus, award availability on most Qantas short-haul routes is typically good – even when booking at the last minute.

Here are the award charts for short-haul redemptions on Qantas and other Oneworld airlines:

Distance Avios (Economy) Avios (Business)
0-650 miles 6,000 12,500
651-1,150 miles 9,000 16,500
1,151-2,000 miles 11,000 22,000

Routes under 650 miles include:

  • Sydney-Melbourne
  • Sydney-Brisbane
  • Melbourne-Adelaide
  • Canberra-Adelaide
  • Sydney-Hobart
  • Brisbane-Canberra

Routes between 651 and 1,150 miles include:

  • Brisbane-Melbourne
  • Brisbane-Adelaide
  • Brisbane-Mount Isa
  • Perth-Broome
  • Brisbane-Noumea

Routes between 1,151 and 2,000 miles include:

  • Melbourne-Perth
  • Sydney-Darwin
  • All trans-Tasman routes (except Perth-Auckland)

Most British Airways Executive Club awards can be redeemed on the British Airways website. Award flights are charged on a per-sector basis. So, if there is a connecting flight required, the price will be based on the sum of all individual sectors.

You can discuss the British Airways Executive Club program on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: British Airways Executive Club

 

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Rick Warnecke

In August, my wife and I came back from LHR to Singapore on BA Club World (Business) using Qantas points and money. It was the worst business flight we have ever taken, with no video for me the whole trip. And as we are in our sixties we found the seating configuration verging on unsafe for the near 14 hour flight. My wife , after a knee replacement had a passenger stepping over her during the night flight. As a male who is currently in treatment for a prostate problem, I also had a problem stepping over a passenger several… Read more »

Nick J

Just running the numbers. Let’s say you want 22,000 Avios for Melbourne to Perth return economy (11K in each direction), so you have to buy 16,000 avios, and get the 40% bonus, which gives 22,400 Avios. Point cost would be AUD$32 * 16 = AUD $512 I don’t have an Avios account, so I’m going to assume that taxes & surcharges are the same as Qantas rewards, which is $31 in each direction. So total cost = 512 + 31*2 = 574 Then I searched the same route on the same dates on Google Flights, and I could buy the… Read more »