This morning, the FAA announced some big news: personal electronic devices – as long as they’re in airplane mode – are indeed safe to be used during all portions of flight. Also, duh.
Over the past few days, Delta, United, and Alaska have all offered promotions where (during the duration of the promotion) trips are eligible for double miles. It’s getting a little wild out there, but it’s a good way to bulk up on some miles before the end of the year.
Recently, one of our readers from South Africa contacted us with a question about using British Airways Avios to fly from Johannesburg to Miami in December, and hoped to avoid wintry London in the process.
British Airways Avios is the currency for frequent flier points on British Airways and Iberia; they may also be used to fly on other airlines in the Oneworld alliance, including American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, JAL, Qantas, and more.
The path of least resistance is almost always using the airline of the frequent flier currency you’ve got. In this case, British Airways – and the shortest pathway from South Africa to North America is a westbound route.
With that in mind, Johannesburg-London-Miami is the most logical route – but if our object is to avoid London, that strikes that idea out.