As of March 31st, 2014, US Airways has officially joined the One World airline alliance.
The bad news is that US Airways is no longer part of the Star Alliance network. (However, you can still use your miles to book travel on several Star Alliance carriers as long as you don’t mix and match One World and Star Alliance flights.)
The good news is that US Airways is now part of the One World alliance. Best of all, this change opens up all new possibilities for short hop Avios flights.
Remember, Avios points are charged based on the distance, so direct flights that are short distances are the sweet spot here.
How many Avios does it cost?
- 0-650 miles cost 4,500 Avios each way
- 651-1150 cost 7,500 Avios each way
- 1151-2,000 cost 10,00 Avios each way
- 2001 – 3,000 cost 12,500 Avios each way
US Airways Main Hubs:
- Washington Reagan/National (DCA)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Phoenix (PHX)
To discover some of the best travel opportunities, I suggest starting with the US Airways Where We Fly page.
From there, you can head over to ba.com to make your booking.
By the way, British Airways announced today that they’ll be increasing their change and cancellation fee from $40 to $55.
Sample British Airways Redemptions
Denver to Phoenix = 4,500 Avios. I would be even more excited if (1) I still lived near Denver, and (2) Southwest didn’t already have ridiculously low fares to Phoenix.
Flights to/from Toronto
Since mom and dad live there, I’m glad to see flights to places like Philadelphia and Washington (DCA) for 4,500 Avios. Actually, the taxes are much less from Buffalo, so I’m glad to see some flights out of Buffalo for 4,500 Avios to the hubs nearby.
Fly Phoenix to Honolulu for 12,500 Avios each way.
The British Airways website is still not completely in sync with US Airways availability (as should be expected). Anyway, if you’ve got any travel plans in or through a US Airways hub, you probably want to start playing around ba.com to see how many Avios you’ll need to fly to your favorite destinations.