There's been so much said negatively about the change to Avios - and to be sure, I too am dismayed at the loss of value in terms of partner redemptions - especially South America and Asia. But to those of you with hoards of miles, there are still ways to make it work. We are planning a four day trip to Toronto in the Spring. Round trip airfare from NY to YYZ is $363 per person, including taxes. Plenty of availability to redeem AA miles - and the cost would be 25,000 per person, round trip. But that same flight with Avios prices out at only 9,000 miles. I'll be the first to admit that this was not the reason I started collecting BA miles and we have done very, very well with them by using the 2-4-1 Companion Passes (and paying the fees) for First Class travel to Israel and Europe. But they are far from worthless. Even more interesting is an opportunity I just saw this morning. BA is giving a 25% bonus when purchasing Avios miles. If you purchased 15,000, you will end up with 18,750 - just over the 18,000 needed for those two tickets. The cost for those points is $438 - while the price of those two tickets is $726. There are still some bargains to be had - they may be different and not as exciting, and I'm not sure it would be enough of a reason to START accumulating them, but for those of us who have them, you can make it work.