British Airways Caribbean Hopper Routes on Avios

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British Airways Avios are great awards for short flights and they have a few Caribbean island hopper routes that are useful in a region with expensive airfares and unreliable airlines.

These routes seem to be regularly in flux, here is what I can find as currently operating. One-way Avios prices (economy/premium economy/business) are given with taxes and fees, which are $8 higher for business class across the board. No first class on these routes.

These are typically several times a week so schedules may not always line up for what you need.

BA Avios NAS-GCM
There are massive taxes and fees in many parts of the Caribbean, so total cost is not necessarily cheaper than revenue tickets on BA or competitors.

  • Nassau (NAS) – Grand Cayman (GCM), 4500/6750/9000 + $108-$116
  • Grand Cayman (GCM) – Nassau (NAS), 4500/6750/9000 + $96-$104

 

  • Nassau (NAS) – Providenciales (PLS), 4500/6750/9000 + $108-$116 ends March 22, 2015
  • Providenciales (PLS) – Nassau (NAS), 4500/6750/9000 + $102-$110 ends March 22, 2015

 

  • Antigua (ANU) – Providenciales (PLS),  begins March 29, 2015, not yet loaded in system for award tickets

 

  • Antigua (ANU) – St Kitts (SKB), 4500/6750 /9000 + $106-$114 (the SKB-ANU return flights exists but is not bookable online and may not be bookable as a standalone at all)

 

  • Grenada (GND) – St Lucia (UVF), 4500/6750/9000 + $76-$84
  • St Lucia (UVF) – Grenada (GND), 4500/6750/9000 + $77-$85

 

  • Port of Spain (POS) – St Lucia (UVF), 4500/6750/9000 + $80-$88
  • St Lucia (UVF) – Port of Spain (POS), 4500/6750/9000 + $62-$70

 

Note: Antigua – Punta Cana ends October 24, 2014 so is excluded.

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ZIPPPYPAM
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ZIPPPYPAM

I have found that the taxes that are shown when searching on the BA site are sometimes much higher than what they are actually. Once I get to the purchase stage, they can drop csignificantly. You need to really drill down to find the actual taxes for a flight.

john
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john

This is a really timely post. I just came back from the Caribbean, visiting the French islands and the Guianas. I relied on Air France and Caribbean Airlines and avoided LIAT at all cost. Of course Air France decided to take a two week vacation. However Caribbean Airlines and Air Caraibes were both solid. I also cut out one island because I read that ferries were unreliable. I have to say I am agreeing with you about the Caribbean being pricey without necessarily offering something special. Coincidentally I have been thinking south east Asia as well because once you get… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

Reward Flight Saver : You just pay the Avios fare + a flat fee. We pay the full taxes fees and charges

Outbound Inbound
Total Price
(Incl. all taxes fees and carrier charges)
18:30 17 Oct GCM
21:00 17 Oct NAS
15:55 7 Nov NAS
17:30 7 Nov GCM
9000 Avios + $ 55.00

Joel
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Joel

Yes there is a way around that – Once you have spent/earned avios it costs 27.50 each way…

DaninMCI
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DaninMCI

Interesting but the taxes and fees are a killer. I’m too lazy to look right this minute but I wonder if there is any tax and/or fee advantage to fly BA from one of the British territories to LHR? Hmmmm. Doubt it and likely the companion tickets wouldn’t work from there either, just guessing.

Grant
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Thanks for the helpful post, it is too bad that the taxes and fees on these award flights are so expensive. I guess there’s no way around that is there?

Brian
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Brian

Any idea how to connect an island hopping trip involving Grand Cayman, Nassau, Providenciales, with Port of Spain, Grenada, and St. Lucia. Obviously this can be accomplished by adding a leg to the US, but is there any way to connect them without leaving the Carib?