In this mini series of posts, I’m running down through my top 5 favourite American Express Membership Rewards transfer partners. So far I’ve explored the charms of:

Now it’s time to take a look at number 3 on my list – British Airways Executive Club / Iberia Plus Avios.

3. British Airways / Iberia Avios

Avios have suffered a few devaluations in recent years, but there are still a number of great uses for them!

It’s easy to complacently overlook how useful Reward Flight Saver awards can be for short haul flights. Being able to book a flight for 4,000 Avios with taxes and fees capped at £17.50 can save you serious money when cash fares are high.

Using Avios for short hops on partners like LAN in South America and JAL in Japan/Asia can also provide great value.

British Airways First Class

A key advantage of Avios over other types of Points/Miles is that they are relatively easy to earn in the UK. There are lots of ways to help you earn enough Avios for a ‘big’ redemption – like TopCashback, Tesco Clubcard, credit cards, etc, etc. The 241 voucher that can be earned with the American Express British Airways credit cards, compounds the value of this too.

One of the best value redemptions on any airline loyalty programme award chart, are the off-peak Business Class Avios redemptions on Iberia flights, when booked through Iberia Plus. Transferring Avios between your British Airways Executive Club account and your Iberia Plus account is free and easy.  Flights between Madrid and the East Coast of the USA can be booked for just 34,000 Avios + under £100 in taxes/fees.

Iberia Plus has regular award discounts too (currently 25% to a range of destinations), which can reduce the amount of Avios required for a one way Business Class flight between Madrid and Chicago, for example, to just 25,500 Avios!

Avios might not be as valuable as they used to be, but their flexibility means they are still very useful.

What’s your favourite Avios redemption?

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Tom is a veteran of the UK travel blog scene, and was the driving force behind the creation of InsideFlyer UK. While his thrifty mindset will continue to ensure your travel bill is reduced and experience improved, he's also going to make sure you enjoy the process a lot more.

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