Avios your way around the US for less than $35 [UPDATED 2019]
It’s no secret that you can fly anywhere in the US. After it is the birth place of civil aviation and it saw it democratization. You can appreciate that as you walk in US airport terminals, they are always crowded.
How can a Canadian traveller get US domestic reward flights?
As a Canadian traveller, you can take advantage of American Airlines (AA). First of all, the carrier has an extensive domestic network with its main hubs being: New York (JFK/LGA), Miami (MIA), Dallas (DFW), Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX). Great hubs that are spread across the entire country.
Furthermore, AA is one of the founding airlines of the oneworld alliance. British Airways is also a member of the alliance. For that reason, Canadians are able to spend their Avios miles on AA flights.
These are the following credit cards that allow you to earn BAEC Avios miles in Canada:
- RBC British Airways Visa card;
- American Express Gold;
- American Express Platinum card: you can transfer your American Express points to British Airways Avios.
- RBC Rewards Visa cards : you can transfer your RBC Reward points to British Airways Avios.
Crazy USA tour with Avios
AA and its subsidiary American Eagle service Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton & Victoria. Flying from Canada to the US will be your most expensive reward flight. So try to fly into the closest hub so start your tour!
Let’s us a West to East tour as an example. Here’s the proposed itinerary:
- Seattle to Los Angeles;
- Los Angeles to Dallas;
- Dallas to Miami;
- Miami to New York City;
- New York City to Chicago.
Now here is the table that features all of the details of proposed flights. There are many other flight options. I did my reward search for the entire month of February 2018.
|From||To||Flight Number||Depart||Arrive||Avios||Fees & charges||Class
|Seattle (SEA)||Los Angeles (LAX)||AA6058||1024||1319||9,000||$7.30||Y|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||Dallas (DFW)||AA2543||1420||1918||11,000||$7.30||Y|
|Dallas (DFW)||Miami (MIA)||AA2550||1729||1935||9.000||$7.30||Y|
|Miami (MIA)||New York City (LGA)||AA1530||1135||1430||9,000||$7.30||Y|
|New York City (LGA)||Chicago (ORD)||AA0114||0830||1014||9,000||$7.30||Y|
A great way to cross the United States for 47,000 Avios miles and C$34.26. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s a sweet spot in terms of value for sure. After a year of unavailability, I am glad AA inventory is back on ba.com. You can try and choose other flight combinations and reach secondary hubs like Philadelphia, Charlotte, San Antonio or Austin.