In 2015 reader Brad shared with us how he was going to fly around the world in economy for 112,000 airline miles and just £173 of taxes. One and a half years later he has decided to do a similar trip.
Since there was a lot of interest in the article we wrote on this last trip, we thought you’d be interested in this one. Whilst we don’t spend a lot of time on Head for Points focusing on economy redemptions, they can be good value when you don’t fly BA and don’t incur heavy taxes and charges.
This is what he is doing this time:
Manchester – Madrid
£30 Iberia (cash)
Madrid – Lima
25,000 Avios + £90 tax
Lima – Cusco
4,500 Avios + £8 tax
Cusco – Lima
4,500 Avios + £6 tax
Lima – Buenos Aires – Santiago De Chile
12,500 Delta SkyMiles + $30 tax
Santiago De Chile – Easter Island – Papeete
25,000 Avios + £32 tax
(Brad notes that this one is tricky one to get. When you search for 2 separate one-way tickets for the route they are not available. However when you search for SCL – PPT you can easily find availability. The downside is that you only get 10 hours in Easter Island on a stopover!)
Papeete – Auckland – Shanghai – Beijing
15,000 United MileagePlus miles + £35 tax
Beijing – Hong Kong
10,000 Avios + £12 tax
Hong Kong – London Heathrow – Manchester
19,500 Avios + £72 tax
He is covering 31,439 miles in total
This comes to a total of : 88,500 Avios + 12,500 Delta SkyMiles + 15,000 United Airlines MileagePlus = 116,000 airline miles + £285 + $30.
If you wanted to emulate this routing, the Delta miles could be obtained from an American Express Membership Rewards transfer. It would also be bookable via other Skyteam airlines. There is no easy way to pick up United miles (there is no bonus on their credit card and the transfer rate from Starwood is 2:1) but, again, you could use another Star Alliance airline – albeit for potentially more miles.