US Airways joined oneworld today, March 31, 2014. US Airways flights are already bookable on ba.com.

This is excellent news because the way Avios prices awards is so different than the way US Airways and American Airlines prices awards.

The differences in prices naturally mean that there are now some super cheap US Airways flights with Avios.

One amazing deal is an award from Phoenix to Maui for only 4,000 Avios + $97.50 each way.

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US Airways Background

US Airways legally merged with American Airlines last year, and the integration will be complete and the US Airways name will disappear some time in 2015.

US Airways has hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. It flies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Europe.

What US Airways flights are a great deal with Avios? What awards are not yet bookable on ba.com? Are there fuel surcharges on US Airways flights booked with Avios?

BA.com is currently displaying all US Airways Saver award space except for between the United States and Europe.

I priced out Phoenix to Maui in economy at 12,500 Avios and $2.50 one way.

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Phoenix to Maui for 12,500 Avios and $2.50

I priced out Charlotte to Sao Paulo in business for 50k Avios and $2.50 one way.

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But when I searched for Charlotte to London on a day with Saver award space, it did not appear on ba.com.

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January 20, 2015 has Saver space from Charlotte to London. On usairways.com, it shows the Saver price of 50k miles.
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BA.com doesn’t display the space though.

I wonder why ba.com isn’t displaying US Airways transatlantic space. The best case scenario is that it’s some sort of oversight that will be corrected shortly.

The worst case scenario is that British Airways is blocking the space.

If the US Airways transatlantic space does appear, the million dollar question is whether booking it will incur fuel surcharges. None of US Airways’ old partners collected fuel surcharges on any US Airways flights, and British Airways isn’t collecting fuel surcharges on any of the other US Airways flights.

Great Deals on US Airways Flights with Avios

Any time you can book a short, direct, economy flight with no fuel surcharges, it is a great Avios award.

Pretty much any flight to or from Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix on US Airways will be cheap with Avios.

  • Phoenix to Los Angeles for 4,500 Avios each way
  • Phoenix to Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, or Kauai for 12,500 Avios each way
  • Charlotte to New York for 4,500 Avios each way
  • Charlotte to the Bahamas for 4,500 Avios each way
  • Philadelphia to Indianapolis for 4,500 Avios each way

To figure out other great deals, find direct US Airways flights that interest you (google your home airport and all US Airways flights will be listed), figure out the distance of the US Airways flights at gcmap.com, and check the Avios award chart:

  • Up to 650 miles flown: 4,500 Avios
  • 651 to 1,151 miles flown: 7,500 Avios
  • 1,152 to 2,000 miles flown: 10,000 Avios
  • 2,001 to 3,000 miles flown: 12,500 Avios
  • 3,001 to 4,000 miles flown: 20,000 Avios
  • 4,001 to 5,000 miles flown: 25,000 Avios

For business class, double the price on the chart. For first class, including US Airways domestic first class, triple the price.

Each segment adds to the price of an Avios award, so Los Angeles to Charlotte to New York would cost 17,000 Avios one way in economy. (LAX-CLT is 12,500 Avios and CLT-LGA is 4,500 Avios.)

I suspect some of the highest cents per Avios redemptions will be reaped by east coast business travelers. US Airways Shuttle service between DC, New York, and Boston will cost only 4,500 Avios per segment.

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Even better for business travelers, there is no fee for booking an Avios award at the last minute. (Many airlines charge $75 for booking an award within 21 days of departure.) And Avios awards can be cancelled almost for free.

Please post the best deals you find on US Airways flights with Avios in the comments!

Cash & Avios

I’ve covered Cash & Avios awards in detail. The deal is that you can pay only 30% to 90% of the normal Avios needed and pay extra cash to make up for saving Avios.

On economy awards, you get to “buy” the Avios for about 1.3 cents each. For First and Business Class, the “price” of the Avios you save is much higher.

Here are the price options for a one way award from Phoenix to Maui in economy.

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You can pay as little as 4,000 Avios and $97.50 for the one way flight! That’s a steal and a half! It works out to “buying” the 8,500 Avios you save at 1.12 cents each.

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You can get the roundtrip for 8,000 Avios and $195. That’s a roundtrip to Hawaii at a huge discount. Since US Airways has a monopoly on direct flights from Phoenix to the outer islands, the roundtrip prices often top $700.

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That’s approaching 7 cents per Avios in value on this particular Cash & Avios award!

Explorer Awards

American Airlines calls its round the world awards Explorer Awards. They are by far the best value round the world awards. They allow unlimited stops on a 16 segment itinerary, and the total price in miles is based on the total distance flown and the cabin of the award.

With US Airways in oneworld, its flights can be included on an Explorer Award. This could come in handy for domestic connecting flights or to include US Airways segments between the United States and Europe on US Airways’ fantastic business class beds.

The MileValue Award Booking Service specializes in booking Explorer Awards. Contact us today with your dream Explorer Award itinerary today for a price quote.

Recap

US Airways joined oneworld today as part of its ongoing integration with American Airlines.

Its flights are bookable at ba.com, and short, direct, economy flights are very cheap since those are the awards Avios does well.

US Airways flights to Europe are not displaying on ba.com yet. I’ll follow developments to that story.



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