British Airways Executive Club is Canada’s other significant frequent flyer program. Also known as the Avios program, it’s easy to earn points thanks to American Express and RBC Visa Avion & British Airways visa cards. Read my oneworld alliance guide to know more about its members and benefits.
Also, many oneworld airline members happen to fly in and out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It’s actually the highest number of oneworld airlines amongst major Canadian airports.
I want to share with your the carriers that offer great reward flights opportunities, particularly long haul flights.
Booking American Airlines to travel within the continent is a sweet spot in itself. I wrote a full article on how to tour the USA for less than $35.
It get more exciting as you look at long haul flights. Starting with Sao Paulo (GRU), where you can fly one way via Dallas. Cost: 36,750 Avios + $ 79.21
The same rates apply to Santiago de Chile (SCL), Buenos Aires (EZE)
Vancouveristes can drive to Seattle and fly to Hawaii via Dallas at the cost of 31,750 Avios + $ 7.03.
Cathay Pacific is a major carrier for Vancouver. The carrier offers one of the world best inflight product across all 4 classes. An economy class one way reward ticket will cost 31,000 Avios + $ 112.81. For more comfort in premium economy you’ll have to fork out 62,000 Avios + $ 112.81.
Japan Airlines link Vancouver to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The carrier enjoys a high standing in terms of inflight service.
No one can resist a one way flight to Tokyo at 25,750 Avios + $ 50.91. A business class seat can be worth the 77,250 Avios + $ 50.91.
Great deals can be had with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles or AA AAdvantage Miles. However, earning those miles is more work. Therefore, Avios points do a great job thanks to the different earning sources I mentionned in the beginning of the article.