Booking With Avios? Check Those Surrounding Airports!

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Was booking my grandmother a ticket from South Florida to Chicago with her BA Avios and came across this little gem.  West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale may be just 42 miles apart, but by flying from West Palm instead of Fort Lauderdale to Chicago she saved 5,000 Avios and a little driving time.

Know of any other routes with an airport in a different zone then a nearby airport?

Fort Lauderdale-Chicago:

West Palm Beach-Chicago:


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You sent your grandmother “economy”???????

shame on you!:)


Dan, PBI is a good hour north from FLL…..


Lol, don’t know too many people that would pay 3 times the miles for a lousy domestic first class seat.

And if you live between them…


hey didn’t know you can book aa awards on
thought you always have to wait on hold with them.
what’s the trick? please guide.


When you do a search just click to include partners.


@Dan: I guess if you live in Deerfield Beach ;-P then it’ll work but if your from the Miami area its not really keday


It all depends. If you have a family of 7 it may be worth an hour drive to save 35,000 Avios.


Is there a zone chart available?


There’s one here, but there are exceptions to it:


Here is another way to get to where you need to go…
NYC-Las Vegas-LAX
I had over 200k in BA miles (thank you dan) and wanted to fly NYC-LAX this summer. Sadly, no flights are available, but what I did was fly NYC-Las Vegas (12.5k miles) and then hop on an hour flight Las Vegas-LAX using southwest miles (3.5k miles) (50k sign up bonus…thank you dan)
Total mileage= 16k and $5 in fees
Southwest and AA are in the same terminal, so hopefully it will be an easy connection


EWR-ORD is 7500 each way and PHL-ORD is 4500!


not true on the phl ord. i had to use 15k avios rt


@margo: My bad…the limit is 650 miles for 4500 and phl-ord is 678. I thought it was 700…


Are you aware of any list of the exceptions to the award chart?


if going from Philly to Chicago, you can go to Harrisburg instead


how many avios would I NEED TO GO FORM NY TO LA?