A HFP reader sent in his round-the world itinerary and was wondering if it was the best way to travel around the world using Avios points?
I liked his itinerary but, as the reader was not based in the UK, I thought I could tweak it to start in the UK and add some extra destinations. This is what I came up with.
My suggested routing trip takes in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Doha and Venice.
The total cost (in Economy) is just 110,500 Avios plus £194 tax.
This is how I did it:
London to Berlin, British Airways (4,000 Avios + £17.50 off-peak)
Berlin to New York JFK, airberlin (20,000 Avios + £60)
New York to Chicago, American (7,500 Avios + £14)
Chicago to Los Angeles, American (10,000 Avios + £3)
Los Angeles to Tokyo (American, 25,000 Avios + £3)
Tokyo to Doha (Qatar, 25,000 Avios + c £40)
Doha to Venice (Qatar, 12,500 Avios + £39)
Venice to London (BA, 6,500 Avios + £17.50 off-peak)
You could chop the cost down sharply by ignoring Doha and Venice and doing this:
Tokyo to London (BA, 19,500 Avios + £61 off-peak)
This would reduce the cost to 86,000 Avios plus £158.50 but you miss out on Doha and Venice.
You could also swap Berlin for Dublin and fly Aer Lingus to New York for roughly £60 of tax.
If you have any ideas for improving on this (whilst keeping a good balance of Avios, taxes and destinations) please post your ideas below.
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