SriLankan Airlines is now a member of the oneworld alliance and that opens up more several new options for redeeming your miles–particularly using points from US Airways, American Airlines, and British Airways. Perhaps most attractive of all is British Airways Avios, which offers a distance-based award chart and has already made SriLankan flights bookable on its website. Traveling within SE Asia or to the Middle East will become a strategic use of your Avios.
1. How do I search online for award space?
Log into your British Airways Executive Club account and choose award search. From there, you can specify the routing and if available, SriLankan options will show up. One thing I noticed is that if you search between LHR and CMB, space will now show up on SriLankan, you must search between LON (London all airports) and CMB instead. I am sure this is a temporary problem perhaps tied to the fact that BA serves CMB only from LGW, but in any case, all routes are searchable and bookable online.
2. Are there fuel surcharges?
No. Thus far, I am not seeing fuel surcharges when booking with BA. Taxes ex-HKG, for example, are only $15. Taxes ex-CMB are a flat $85 on a direct flight, the standard government-imposed taxes out of Sri Lanka.
3. What routes does SriLankan fly?
4,500 (Economy)/9,000 (Business) Avios
- Kuala Lumpur
4. How much award space is being released?
Unfortunately, not much. I am not seeing more than one business class seat being released at a time on any particular flight and many flights offer no award seats at all. No business class available to/from London for all dates I searched. Further, even economy seats are in relatively short supply. But, with some flexibility, you can at least score a couple economy class seats together and if traveling solo, business is available for twice the amount of points.
* * *
More choice is always a good thing–it is why I argued that Alaska Airlines should be part of Star Alliance even with the route overlap with United. For oneworld flyers, your award options just got even better.