Which 30 airlines can you book with Avios points?
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Today I want to look at which airlines you can book with Avios points.
You know about British Airways, of course. But there are actually 30 airlines which let you use Avios for some or all of their flights.
This list has got bigger recently, because Qatar Airways has adopted Avios as its loyalty currency. This means that you can now redeem via a number of Qatar Airways airline partners which were not already partners with British Airways, Iberia or Aer Lingus.
You won’t find the information in this article in one place on any of the Avios websites – iberia.com, ba.com, aerlingus.com, qatarairways.com etc – but we have pulled it all together for you.
What flights can you book with Avios?
I have listed all of the airlines below which accept Avios redemptions.
The ones marked ‘(BA)’ can be booked on ba.com. This means that the process is the same as booking British Airways redemptions.
An airline marked ‘(AC)’ can be booked via the avios.com platform. You can open an avios.com account via the Aer Lingus AerClub website and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ on ba.com or avios.com to move your points across.
An airline marked ‘(IB)’ means that you can only book it from an Iberia Plus account. To transfer to or from an Iberia Plus account, the Iberia account must have been open for 90 days and have ‘earned’ at least 1 Avios. The easiest way to ‘earn’ an Avios in Iberia Plus is to transfer 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points.
An airline marked ‘(QR)’ means that you can only book it from a Qatar Privilege Club account. You can use your British Airways Avios balance on the Qatar Airways website by following the instructions here.
Which airlines can you book with Avios points?
This list is alphabetical. In brackets, I have added the programmes which let you redeem Avios for that airline – BA for British Airways Executive Club, IB for Iberia Plus, AC for avios.com / AerClub / Vueling Club and QR for Qatar Privilege Club.
Some partners can only be booked by telephone via the service centre of the relevant programme, eg Avianca. You cannot necessarily book all routes operated by a particular airline.
Aer Lingus (AC, BA)
Air Nostrum / Iberia Regional (IB, BA)
Alaska Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
American Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
Bangkok Airways (QR)
Binter Canarias (IB)
British Airways (AC, BA, IB, QR)
Cathay Pacific (BA, IB, QR)
Finnair (BA, IB, QR)
Iberia (AC, BA, IB, QR)
Iberia Express (AC, BA, IB)
Interjet (IB, only valid when linked to an Iberia flight to/from Mexico)
Japan Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
LATAM (IB, QR)
Malaysia Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
Middle East Airlines (QR)
Oman Air (QR, Doha to Muscat route only)
Qantas (BA, IB, QR)
QantasLink (BA – telephone only, read here)
Qatar Airways (BA, IB, QR)
Royal Air Maroc (BA, IB, QR)
Royal Jordanian (BA, IB, QR)
S7 Airlines (BA, IB, QR but currently suspended)
SriLankan Airlines (BA, IB, QR)
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia (BA)
Virgin Australia (QR)
Vueling (AC, IB)
Oman Air has recently announced plans to join the oneworld alliance, so you will be able to redeem Avios with them from 2024.
Details on British Airways Executive Club partners can be found on ba.com here.
Details of Iberia Plus partners can be found on iberia.com here.
Details of Qatar Privilege Club partners can be found on qatarairways.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.