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.