Members of British Airway’s frequent flyer club don’t earn miles, they earn Avios points, and they’re based not merely on how many miles you fly b ut also on the price of your ticket. Even if you never intend to visit London, they might well be worth collecting.
“But,” you say, “I never fly British Airways.”
No matter. You can open an account and accumulate Avios points by flying partner airlines including American Airlines. Or by renting cars and having your points credited to your BA account. Or by getting a BA Visa credit card from Chase.
You might think the best use of Avios points is flights to the UK. Not so, because high landing fees charged by London’s airports mean you have to pay hundreds of dollars in fees even on award tickets. Instead, use those Avios points for short-haul flights such as 25,000 points that will get you a free, round-trip ticket on American or Alaska airlines between the West Coast and Hawaii. In fact, any trip in the US less than 850 miles each way only requires 9,000 Avios points.
Use them for in-country flights in Europe on Air Berlin or Aer Lingus, South America on LAN , South Africa on BA, and Australia on Qantas.