Use British Airways Avios for Flights on Alaska Airlines

Fly round trip from the West Coast to Hawaii for only 26,000 points. If you’re thinking about a trip to Aulani, this is a great option to consider. In this post, we’ll lay out step-by-step instructions on how to use British Airways Avios for flights on Alaska Airlines. First, here’s some info that explains why you’d want to consider this:

  • The BA award chart includes direct flights to Hawaii from the West Coast for only 13,000 each way. BA doesn’t fly any of those routes.
  • You can use British Airways Avios to book these routes on Alaska Airlines.
  • Easy ways to earn British Airways Avios include: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Marriott points.

How To: Use British Airways Avios for Flights on Alaska Airlines

Step 1: Start at the Alaska Airlines Website

Alaska Airlines flies direct to Honolulu (Aulani) from San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage. You’ll want to search from one of those cities, select “Use Miles”, and pick some dates you’re thinking about.

Step 2: Non-Stop Flights Only

The British Airways award chart is per leg, so make sure your search includes only non-stop flights.

Step 3: Look for 15k or 17.5k Flights

Based on our research, the only flights that seem to have any British Airways award availability are the flights that charge 15,000 or 17,500 miles on Alaska Airlines. These are off-peak awards, so you’re unlikely to find them in the summer or during other popular travel seasons.

Write down the flight information for these flights options you want to check on.

Step 4: Call British Airways

You can’t book British Airways awards on Alaska Airlines flights on the BA website, so you’ll have to call. The phone number is 800-452-1201.

British Airways charges a fee when you call to book award flights, but they’ll waive it if you remind them calling is the only option.

If you’re transferring points to British Airways, we recommend calling to check availability first. We checked six different flights on Alaska Airlines online and all six had availability through British Airways but it’s not guaranteed.

Ask the BA agent how many seats are available. The max their system will show is seven seats, even if there are more available. If you need two tickets and they only have two tickets available, take that into consideration when you’re transferring points. Points transfers are usually pretty quick, but you do have some risk in the lag time.