Use British Airways Avios for Flights on American

Save thousands of points when you use British Airways Avios for flights on American Airlines to Hawaii (Aulani). You can fly directly from Los Angeles or Phoenix to Honolulu for only 12,500 points each direction.

British Airways Avios are easy to earn. They directly transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood. This makes it a great strategy for flights to Hawaii.

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

Step 1: Start at the American Airlines Website

First, you want to find the American Airlines flight you ultimately want to book. The place to start is Enter you travel dates, airports, and check the “Redeem Miles” box.

Step 2: Search “Economy MileSAAver” Flights

The only American Airlines flights you can book in economy using British Airways Avios are the Economy MileSAAver award flights. After you select that option, change the preference to non-stop flights. This is because British Airways prices their award flights per segment.

Step 3: Write Down the Details

When you find the non-stop flight you want, write down the flight number and times.

Step 4: Log Into British Airways Website

Log into your British Airways account at or create an account if you don’t have one.

Step 5: Select “My Account”

After you’re logged in, select “My Account” on the middle left side of the page.

Step 6: Select “Book With Avios”

Step 7: Search Your Dates

Earlier, you wrote down the details of the flight you found on the American Airlines website. Now it’s time to search those dates and cities on the British Airways website.

Step 8: Select Your Flights

You’ll see the same itinerary you found on the American Airlines website. Once you select it, you’ll see the total number of Avios you’ll need to spend. American Airlines would have charged you 25,000 miles for the round trip itinerary. Using British Airways Avios, you’re getting it for 15,000 miles.

Warning: If a flight shows it only has one or two seats available, you risk them getting snatched up before you can transfer your points into you account. Take this into consideration if you need to transfer points into your account.

The cost of a one-way flight.

Step 9: Transfer Points

It’s unlikely you have British Airways Avios already sitting in your account. It’s more likely that you’re transferring them from Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards. Now that you know you have a flight option you like, go ahead and transfer the points you need into your British Airways account.

Once you have the points in your account, you’ll need to start back at Step 4. From there, you can work through steps and book your flight.