As I’ve mentioned before, BA Avios are of great value for their short haul redemption options. I was able to avoid the pending blizzard and escape to the Caribbean last minute using an AAdvantage MileSAAver award booked via British Airways Avios. The total cost was $47.50 in taxes and only 12,500 Avios points (instead of 17,500 AA miles) each way.

Remember, flights must have MileSAAver availability in order to be bookable for Avios redemptions. You can easily check award availability at AA.com before heading over to BA’s website for purchasing.

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Aanarav Sareen February 8, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Haha, that is awesome! I wanted to do the same thing, but ended up not finding any availability to get out of here!

Enjoy the beach!

Cheers!

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adam February 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

@Aanarav Sareen – Thanks, it was a great last minute trip! Did you try for all of AA’s Caribbean locations?

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Brian February 8, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Whereabouts in the Caribbean are you?

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adam February 11, 2013 - 7:03 pm

@Brian – Barbados

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Andy February 12, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Great post. I do not know how to book Aa flight using avios miles, after you find the AA MileSAAver flight. Could you please advise?

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adam February 13, 2013 - 8:08 am

@Andy – Sure, once you find the availability on AA.com, browse on over to BA.com and log in with your Avios account information in the top right corner. Then click spending avios and select book flights with avios. You should then find the same flights you saw on AA.com when executing your search. Feel free to email me if you need additional help.

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Jackie January 10, 2015 - 8:38 pm

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