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The cat is out of the bag. Expect this deal to end any moment now because it’s likely a mistake:

US Airways is not collecting fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights like British Airways’ other main partners do.

This is huge news because:

  • British Airways flies to more American cities than any other foreign airlines.
  • British Airways has the best route network throughout Europe and Africa.
  • British Airways has gold mine availability on a lot of routes in economy.
  • British Airways has a fantastic Club World (business class product) I’ve flown three times.
  • British Airways looks to have a fantastic First Class product I haven’t yet had the pleasure to fly.

I expect this deal could die within hours or days or weeks because I do think this is a mistake. I am only sharing it because two other major blogs covered it today, and if they’re killing it, I want MileValue readers to have a shot at it first.

  • How much are US Airways awards that include British Airways flights?
  • How do you search for British Airways award space?
  • How do you book it with US Airways miles?

How to Search British Airways Award Space

The easiest place to search British Airways award space is Here’s how to search

Ignore the miles prices listed on

US Airways phone agents will have access to all the same British Airways flights, but the prices for them will be determined by the US Airways award chart, which is different than the American Airlines award chart.

How to Book British Airways Award Space with US Airways Miles

Once you have the dates, cabins, and flight numbers with award space figured out, call US Airways at 800-622-1015 to book. Feed the agent each flight segment.

The price will be determined by the US Airways award chart. You’ll also pay government taxes plus a $50 award processing fee unless you have US Airways status, but no separate phone fee.

Remember that award taxes are extremely expensive when departing the United Kingdom, especially in a premium cabin. (This only applies if you’ve been there more than 24 hours. Connections of less than 24 hours incur much lower taxes.)

Pricing Out US Airways Award that Include British Airways Space

Award space is wide open between New York and London and London and South Africa in economy class on British Airways flights.

Booking a roundtrip award would cost 70k US Airways miles + $276 in taxes and fees.

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Award space is wide open in First Class between New York and London in British Airways First Class. The award would cost 125k US Airways miles + $415.80 roundtrip in taxes and fees. (American would charge almost $1,200 out of pocket for the same award.)Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 11.03.07 AMBy the way, pay these taxes with the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard®, and you can redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge from your statement. Currently meeting the spending requirement on the Arrival card gets one over $500 in free travel including paying award taxes and fees.

British Airways/US Airways Sweet Spots

British Airways award availability is the best in oneworld to Europe and Africa, so being able to book it with US Airways miles without paying fuel surcharges opens those two continents for US Airways awards.

US Airways has sweet spots to North Asia in economy and First Class and to Australia in all cabins. British Airways flights can be included on awards to those places if you want to go via Europe to get more flights in premium cabins.

Share how you’ve taken advantage of this likely mistake (or plan to) in the comments.

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