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Old Aug 20, 12, 5:52 pm
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Grand Union
 
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Multi-Partner reward flights

While standard redemptions present an excellent range of route options, they are limited to travel on BA and or one partner airline. Multi-partner redemptions offer an infinite range of options, tapping into the full global network of BA and its partner carriers combined but they usually require a greater number of Avios Points than standard redemptions. In many cases significantly more Avios points.

There are benefits to Multi-partner redemptions, such as a complex booking with a single ticket provides greater protection in the event of irregular operations. Note, the distance bands for multi-partner bookings are calculated as complete journeys. So you apply the accumulated distance to determine the number of Avios needed.




01 Using multiple one way redemptions as a cheaper alternative to multi-partner redemptions

You can save significant sums of Avios Points if you avoid stepping into Multi-partner territory but restricting each ticket to a single partner carrier. To emphasise the differences, let's compare two booking strategies for the itinerary illustrated in figure below.


Multi-Partner itinerary - NRT to PVG to HKG to NRT

  • Constructed as three separate single partner redemptions, this itinerary in economy class will price out at 27,500 Avios Points plus taxes/fees/surcharges

    Flight 1 (red)
    NRT-PVG on JL. Sector distance: 1,118 mi.
    Booked as a separate single partner redemption, this sector is priced as a zone 2 flight, costing 7,500 Avios plus taxes/fees/surcharges

    Flight 2 (custard)
    PVG-HKG on CX. Sector distance 779 mi.
    Booked as a separate single partner redemption, this sector is priced as a zone 2 flight, costing 7,500 Avios plus taxes/fees/surcharges

    Flight 3 (green)
    HKG-NRT on CX. Sector distance 1,842 mi
    Booked as a separate single partner redemption, this sector is priced as a zone 3 flight, costing 12,500 Avios plus taxes/fees/surcharges

  • Constructed as a single multi-partner redemption, the distance based tariff is applied to the accumulative distance of all flights in the itinerary. With this example, the total distance works out at 3,739 miles and as a economy class multi-partner redemption is priced at 35,000 Avios Points plus taxes/fees/surcharges.


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