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Avios reduces cost of Standard Premier tickets on Eurostar

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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”.

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 (article here) although no guests are allowed.

How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards

How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards (December 2023)

Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – Eurostar lounge access!  

You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

Comments (7)

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  • 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.

  • Andy says:

    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

    • Trevor says:

      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 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.

  • Rob says:

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

  • Trevor says:

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

  • Rome77 says:

    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…

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