Redeem British Airways Avios For Alaska Airlines Flights Online

Filed Under: Alaska, Awards

With Alaska Airlines having just joined the oneworld alliance, there’s an exciting development when it comes to redeeming British Airways Avios for travel on the Seattle-based airline.

Redeem Avios on Alaska flights online

Alaska Airlines and British Airways have had a partnership that goes back to way before Alaska joined oneworld, and this allowed reciprocal points earning and redemption opportunities.

Redeeming British Airways Avios on Alaska Airlines was a great deal, but there was a major catch — these awards weren’t bookable online. Rather you had to phone up the Executive Club call center to book these flights, which was often a pain, as I found hold times to often be significant.

It’s now possible to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on Alaska Airlines directly through ba.com. This is a fantastic development, since it makes this redemption option so easy.

It’s now possible to redeem Avios for travel on Alaska online

You can just go to British Airways’ online award search tool, and if Alaska Airlines has award availability it will automatically show up.

Why redeeming Avios on Alaska is a good deal

Thanks to British Airways’ distance based award chart, redeeming Avios for travel on Alaska Airlines is one of my favorite uses of Avios, especially thanks to the lack of fuel surcharges for these redemptions.

British Airways Executive Club award pricing on Alaska Airlines is based on the one-way distance of each segment, as follows:

  • Flights of up to 1,150 miles cost 9,000 Avios in economy and 16,500 Avios in first class
  • Flights of 1,151-2,000 miles cost 11,000 Avios in economy and 22,000 Avios in first class
  • Flights of 2,001-3,000 miles cost 13,000 Avios in economy and 38,750 Avios in first class

While British Airways Executive Club won’t always have the lowest cost in terms of the number of points required, there are some major advantages to booking through the program:

  • British Airways Executive Club is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, making the points pretty easy to come by (Alaska Mileage Plan doesn’t partner with any transferable points currency)
  • There are sometimes transfer bonuses from transferable points currencies to British Airways Executive Club, improving the value proposition even further

Redeeming Avios on Alaska can represent a great value

Bottom line

It’s now possible to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on Alaska Airlines directly through ba.com, which is a huge improvement to this redemption opportunity. Often I find the best redemption value on Alaska Airlines is through British Airways Executive Club, given how easy Avios are to come by.

The fact that these bookings can now be made online makes me much more likely to book through British Airways, since the hassle factor is gone.

Anyone else excited to see British Airways add Alaska Airlines redemptions online?

(Tip of the hat to Alex)

Comments
  1. I’ve been waiting almost 10 years for this day. As much as I’ve enjoyed chatting with friendly British phone agents over time, this makes my life much easier.

  2. Any thoughts on if BA will add airports only served by Alaska into the online booking tool? I can’t search for a flight to many of the more remote Alaskan airports (BRW, SCC, etc..) since they don’t show up in the BA booking tool (likely because they were never served by any airlines in the tool prior to now).

  3. Now if only seats were available. Nothing from BWI-SEA that I have found after 45 minutes of searching.

  4. Do you have any tips on how to book to destinations that Alaska services but AA doesn’t? While it accepts the airport codes and attempting a search shows the correct city, the airport doesn’t pre-populate in the search box like it does with other AA-serviced destinations.

    I was able to find several flights where Alaska definitely has award space, but no awards can be booked through BA if AA does not also serve the airport.

  5. @Peter @AndrewDTX Just type in the airport code manually and move on. I could search ANC-SCC first class 15k on July or ANC-BRW economy class 9k also on July.

  6. Thanks for the tip; that does work for those cities. Unfortunately, I was trying to book an award to Dallas Love Field (DAL), but BA’s site either does not find results or defaults back to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) even when searching for DAL.

  7. Hmm.. that’s odd. Looks like ‘DAL’ code is working in that SFO-DFW and SFO-DAL results are different. Only problem is SFO-DAL comes out nothing despite what aa.com or alaskaair.com says.

  8. I agree that I don’t see a bunch of cities. For example, I don’t see any Alaska flights from SAN to OGG.

  9. Give BA a call. If the city is not showing online they are happy to book it without extra telephone booking fee (and seems to be aware of the issue for some partner airlines)

  10. @Mike Saint I can find on 8/29 SAN-OGG. If you haven’t, search on aa.com (using nonstop filter) rather than alaskaair.com.

  11. Hey Ben – What fare codes for Coach and First class does AS need to have available to utilize booking with Avios?

  12. I spoke to several BA agents in an attempt to book SEA-DAL (since routings to DAL cannot be booked through their site). They all stated that DAL cannot be used as a destination at all when booking with Avios despite Alaska having available partner award spaces.
    I thought I may have luck hanging up and trying a different agent, but 5 different agents all provided the same answer. Quite frustrating.

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