British Airways uses a distance-based redemption program. Each individual flight segment of an itinerary falls within a distance category and is priced out in Avios points, and then all segments are added up to get the total Avios points award price. Because of this, Avios points are incredibly valuable for short-haul, high-value flights, and less valuable for long-haul international travel, barring some creative genius. BA charges a fuel surcharge on most international flights, with the exception of some LAN, Air Berlin, and Aer Lingus flights, as well as flights departing from Brazil.
Yes! All hail the queen.
Partner flight redemption:
Avios points are redeemable on all OneWorld partners (American, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Air Berlin, LAN, etc.) as well as some key non-alliance partners like Alaska Airlines. Beware of fuel surcharges when considering international partner itineraries.
Off-peak and special deals:
If they exist, I don’t know about them. Feel free to educate me in the comments section.
Nothing special—each segment is priced according to its distance category.