Avios reduces cost of Standard Premier tickets on Eurostar

Avios has, surprisingly quietly, dropped the price of Eurostar tickets booked in Standard Premier class.

As you can see here, Standard Premier tickets to Paris, Lille and Brussels now cost ‘from’ 20,000 Avios per person. This is a reduction from the previous price of 23,000 Avios.

The price for Economy tickets remains at “from 9,000 Avios”.

Eurostar

Whilst I have never booked Eurostar tickets with Avios points, my understanding is that the key word to note is “from”. If there are tickets for sale at the cheapest possible level, you will get them for 9,000 / 20,000 Avios. If that cheapest ticket option has sold out, you will be quoted a higher price.

Annoyingly, you cannot book Eurostar tickets online so it involves taking out a bit of time to call the Avios call centre.

Standard Premier is a decent service, although downgraded from when it used to be called Leisure Select and effectively served a full meal. The food has now been downgraded to a one-tray product, but you still get the benefit of the same wide seat used in business class.

Amex Platinum cardmembers can also use the Eurostar lounges in London and Paris (post here) although no guests are allowed.

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Comments

  1. Brian Taylor says:

    I booked three Eurostar tickets for September and paid 36,000 Avios plus £150 for three adult Standard Premier returns. The man handling my booking told me that, interesting, the Standard Premier Avios are often cheaper or at least no more expensive than Standard. I simply wanted the cheapest option and for that particular day, Standard Premier worked out to be cheaper than Standard.

  2. Eurostar is usful if living in North London and you can get a direct train into St Pancras or Kings cross. Just wish Eurostar or DB would launch services to Amsterdam and Germany

    • I hear that DB and ICE want to do trains all the way through… when they can break the eurostar monopoly on the eurotunnel. In the meantime, you can buy sometimes cheaper tickets through http://www.nshispeed.nl and DB! This means its cheaper to travel to / from germany or netherlands than just to brussels. Of course since skipping a sector doesn’t cancel your entire trip like flying, you are free to book these tickets to just go to brussels, and at a cheaper rate than using the eurostar site.

  3. Guess so, as Avios is effectively buying the ticket off Eurostar

  4. Nope, you only get the points if you book via eurostar site and use your number at the time of booking.

  5. It’s my understanding that AMEX offer fixed-point prices for Eurostar – 15,000 and 30,000 MR for Economy and Standard Premier, respectively, regardless of actual cash cost of the ticket? Has anyone tried this?

    • Nick Burch says:

      Also from Amex MR, if you have a Eurostar Frequent Traveller account you can transfer points over. 1500 MR gets you 100 Eurostar points, and it’s 900 eurostar points for a standard class return, so that’s slightly fewer MR points. You can also book one way tickets with Eurostar points for half the cost, as well as the south of France / Ski Train ones for 500 each way, which can work out as amazing value! Only downside is that you need to buy a very expensive ticket to be able to join the Eurostar Frequent Traveller program in the first place…