Need a quick BA partner awards tutorial

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  1. Aktchi
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    I am a BA newbie except for the 100K Chase/BA miles and am trying to book LHR-DEL rt.

    BA's surcharges in economy (real economy not premium) added up to almost $500: For a little more I could get a revenue ticket on another carrier that costs no miles, in fact earns miles! So, even at 50% miles not a great deal.

    Next I would like to look into BA partners: AY, RJ, CX, etc. Can I do this online or do I have to call BA? (The booking page says we'd be offered partner flights only if BA are not available; how to get around that and book a partner anyway?)

    Finally, which partner would be best in terms of service and no/least surcharge?
     
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    Thanks. Those are very helpful. I have just one question remaining: If BA flights are available on certain date (so partner ones won't be shown), how to book partner tickets on that date?

    Later Edit. The answer was provided by potakas at TOBB:
     
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    So I did some research and here is an update.

    On BA, LHR-DEL-LHR comes to 25K miles + $462.

    On Finnair (no mixing with other carriers), it comes to 50K miles + $555. This was a surprise as I had hoped the taxes would be lower for non-BA airlines. (Only Finnair was offered among partner airlines.)

    With AA miles, I can use 40K miles for economy, and 60K for Business, both with lower taxes (Business was $320 IIRC). The same OW airlines. I think I'd go with Business Class. :)

    All in all, even at 1/2 miles BA does not seem attractive. The only advantage of BA awards appears to be the ability to take stopovers, and I think I would save my BA miles for when I have time for that.
     

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