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7500 Avios or 5500 AAmiles
Hello Everyone! I’m trying to book a one-way (less than 500 miles) redemption on an AA flight. This is a small amount of miles so I’m getting this feedback primarily as an academic exercise, but I’m interested in the thoughts here. I can either spend 5500 AA miles for the redemption taking advantage of the 2000-mile discount for using my Aviator Red in conjunction with an airport on the reduced mileage list OR use 7500 BA Avios. The pro of using the AAmiles is that it’s overall a smaller amount. The con is that AAmiles for me are harder to accrue as they require flying that airline or using the Aviator red, which I don’t like to do unless I’m trying to get a specific redemption. The pro of using Avios is that I have and put spend on a CSR. Recouping that lost 7500 would not be difficult. The con is that it’s a higher priced redemption. What would you do?
[USER=1120]@Aerov53[/USER] – you say accumulating AA miles is more difficult for you – are you saving them for a particular trip / vacation? What airline do you fly most frequently? Doesn’t sound like AA… I would use the miles of the airline I use least frequently. Burn those first unless saving for a particular redemption.
I would use the Avios. The AA miles are more useful for longer or more expensive trips, where you can get outsized value. With the way the BA chart works, the best values are for shorter trips.