US Airways Flights Again Bookable via British Airways Site

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For the last few weeks US Airways operated flights have not been bookable on the British Airways website using Avios.  However, I wanted to update they are once again bookable online via the British Airways website!

US Airways flights with Avios

This is great news for several reasons, one is that booking US Airways flights via British Airways can be very smart and a good way to conserve miles on shorter routes since British Airways uses a distance based award chart.  For example, you can fly from Houston to Phoenix on a US Airways flight for just 7,500 Avios each way, but that same flight would cost you 12,500 miles if you booked using American Airlines miles.  You can also avoid close-in booking fees and have more minimal cancellation fees in the event you need to redeposit miles via British Airways than with programs like AAdvantage or Dividend Miles.

British Airways Award Chart:

1 – 650 miles: 4,500 Avios

651 – 1,151 miles: 7,500 Avios

1,152 – 2,000 miles: 10,000 Avios

2,001 – 3,000 miles: 12,500 Avios

3,001 – 4,000 miles: 20,000 Avios

4,001 – 5,500 miles: 25,000 Avios

5,501 – 6,500 miles: 30,000 Avios

It is also particularly good news that you can once again book the US Airways operated flights online since calling British Airways is rarely a quick process, and their hold times can leave something to be desired.

To take advantage of the once again streamlined process to book US Airways operated flights via British Airways you can use points earned via the British Airways Visa Signature® Card or transfer them in 1:1 in from the Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards program (though the recent 40% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards just ended).

Hopefully there won’t be any other glitches that interfere with easily booking awards using Avios in the near future, and I’m so glad that this functionality has returned to the British Airways website.

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  1. Saw that this morning too but have noticed that points and cash option is not available. That was where they gave you options to use 4,000 points and $25, 3,500 points and $45, or very similiar points and cash options. Was great if you were a few hundred points short and didn’t want to transfer 1,000.

  2. Hi Summer,

    Quick question about an issue with the BA site — right before the booking engine went down for these redemptions, in early January I booked 4 one-way legs on US/American, all between CLT and either JFK or FLL. For a few weeks now, the website has been showing a big red box at the top with a “Sorry, these flights have been cancelled:” list with the flight numbers. However, when I click on “Manage My Booking” as it prompts me to, there is NO more information and the flights still seem active — with the same flight numbers. Am I missing something? Is this happening to anyone else? Or are these legitimately being cancelled and rebooked as new flight numbers (which doesn’t seem to be the case, but also seems the most logical option) because of the US/AA merger? I haven’t been able to get through to Executive Club customer service.


  3. I had the same issue. Flights booked thru BA on USAirways from Clt to Key West. Called customer service and they said flights were ok. Was only USAirways changing their booking codes. I also went to the USAirways site and confirmed that they were still active.

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