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Get US Airways flights for 9,000 points roundtrip in 2014 (illustrated maps of where)

by on Fri November 15, 2013 • No Comment

American US Airways milesUS Airways and American Airlines are about to merge, and on March 31,2014 US Airways will be part of American’s OneWorld Alliance which includes British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and more.

That means the miles of any OneWorld airline can be used to book US Airways flights starting March 31.

One of the great values of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is the ability to transfer its points into British Airways Avios points and use them on short non-stop flights. This includes flights on any OneWorld partner such as American Airlines (see how that works here) and soon US Airways.

With British Airways Avios you can get a round-trip ticket on its own flights and partners like American (and soon US Airways) for as little as 9,000 points. Why? Because the British Airways program bases its mileage prices for tickets on the distance your flight travels.

Here is the number of British Airways Avios points you will need for Economy Class tickets. Remember, Chase Sapphire Preferred® points can transfer directly to British Airways Avios at any time to take advantage of these prices:

  • Tier 1: 9,000 points roundtrip (4,500 one way) – flights of 0-650 miles each way
  • Tier 2: 15,000 points roundtrip (7,500 one way) – flights of 651-1150 miles each way
  • Tier 3: 20,000 points roundtrip (10,000 one way) – flights of 1151-2000 miles each way
  • Tier 4: 25,000 points roundtrip (12,500 one way) – flights of 2001-3000 miles each way

That compares to the minimum 25,000 miles you will pay for a flight if you book using regular US Airways or American Airlines miles. So the sweet spot here is using Avios for US Airways trips that are 2,000 miles or less roundtrip. Doing that you can save 5,000 – 14,000 points versus a traditional miles ticket.

The catch is you are charged for each segment you fly. So if you book a trip that has a connection, say Phoenix to Boston stopping in Charlotte, you will be charged points separately for Phoenix to Charlotte (1,773 mile distance = 10,000 points) and Charlotte to Boston (728 mile distance = 7,500 points) for a total of 17,500 points each way. But if you book a non-stop flight the distance flown is just 2,300 miles so it’s 12,500 points each way.

Your best deal is to find non-stop flights.

If you live in a US Airways hub, including Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Phoenix you are in luck with a lot of non-stop flilghts and you’ll have a lot of new options to use British Airways points on US Airways flights at cheap prices. Here are some examples…


US Airways has lots of flights non-stop from Phoenix that will be great deals with Avios to destinations including Costa Rica, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and more. Here are some examples with the price in points. Again, remember Chase Sapphire Preferred® points can transfer directly to British Airways Avios. And starting in 2014 you’ll be able to use Avios to book US Airways flights.

You can take a family of 4 to Los Angeles or Orange County for just 36,000 points roundtrip!

DestinationDistanceOne-way price with AviosRoundtrip price with AviosPrice w/ US Airways miles
Los Angeles3704500900025000
Los Cabos72275001500035000
New York2153125002500025000
San Jose, CR2392125002500035000
US Airways Phoenix flights

Non-stop flights from Phoenix on US Airways


Here are examples out of Philadelphia.

You can take your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend up to Montreal for a romantic weekend for just 18,000 points roundtrip for both tickets! Or get 2 tickets to Jamaica for just 40,000 points versus the 70,000 points you’d need if you used US Airways miles.

DestinationDistanceOne-way price with AviosRoundtrip price with AviosPrice w/ US Airways miles
Montego Bay1480100002000035000
New Orleans108975001500025000
Philadelphia nonstop flights with US Airways

Philadelphia nonstop flights with US Airways


You can take a family of 4 to Orlando to visit Disney World for just 36,000 points roundtrip!

DestinationDistanceOne-way price with AviosRoundtrip price with AviosPrice w/ US Airways miles
New York5444500900025000
Charlotte nonstop flights on US Airways

Charlotte nonstop flights on US Airways


Are there other catches?

  • You’ll need to find flights at the lowest ‘Saver’ level award. That can be tricky with US Airways as they are kind of stingy about making those frequent flier seats available, but it’s not impossible to find them and with deals like this it’s worth some flexibility.
  • You can’t do this just yet. US Airways has not yet joined the ‘OneWorld’ alliance and isn’t yet a partner of British Airways. But because they are merging with American Airlines they expect to be a partner in early 2014 and you’ll then be able to take advantage of this.
  • You’ll probably need to book over the phone when US Airways joins. British Airways might not have its computer system at ready to show US Airways award flight options. The good news is British Airways phone agents are friendly and hold times are reasonable at 1 800 452 1201.
  • You’ll need to pay some modest taxes and fees on your award ticket – less than $50 roundtrip in most cases.

It’s not just the Chase Sapphire Preferred…

We recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card if you plan to take advantage of this. It’s the most flexible card available that will let you transfer into British Airways Avios. You can also transfer your points into Southwest and United miles for many, many more options for reward tickets for you and your family.

> Click here to learn more and apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Other options include any Membership Rewards charge card from American Express, like the Premier Rewards Gold Card. They all transfer to British Airways Avios, often with bonuses for transferring, like 25% extra. Or, you can take advantage of the intro offer on the British Ariways credit card itself, which is often very generous. Check our bonus offers page for the latest.



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