After the big change at BA with their new award chart and introduction of Avios, I was afraid I'd have little choice but to use up my BA miles...err, Avios. I just booked a coach rt ticket on AA (through BA website) from MIA-ATL and was surprised to see it only cost 9,000 Avios + $5. I know they are now based on mileage flown, but I thought this was a great improvement for the shorthauls when prices are not rock bottom. I am not a premium cabin long-haul flyer for the most part, so I realize this may not be the best use of the miles....but it is an improvement for the short hauls. Just remember, this is great if you have a DIRECT flight. Add in a connection and you're paying for it with more miles!