Last week, I ran this post which touched on interesting Avios redemption opportunities which are disproportionately ‘cheap’. This is because they fall right on the edge of an Avios pricing band. Dublin to Boston, for example, is 2,993 miles and so is available at the cheaper “sub 3,000 miles” pricing of 50,000 Avios return in Business.
Over at Flyertalk, BA forum senior moderator Prospero has taken up my idea and produced some truly fantastic diagrams. These make it easy to spot interesting redemptions which might be surprisingly good value.
This chart, for example, shows Avios pricing bands for Qatar Airways, radiating out from Doha:
The numbers refer to the nine Avios pricing bands, ie:
Let’s take a look at the Qatar chart in detail. A green dot means that the city is in the lower priced band. A red dot means that the city is in the higher priced band.
London to Doha, as you can see, is Zone 5. That means you pay 80,000 Avios return in Business Class. Tax is £502 on top.
Frankfurt, though, is just in Zone 4. This means you pay only 50,000 Avios return in Business Class from Frankfurt to Doha! More importantly, you only pay £292 of tax, return, for your Frankfurt to Doha ticket.
(Both Copenhagen and Frankfurt run the latest Qatar 787 with the new business class, albeit that Frankfurt has a track record of short-notice equipment changes, I was told.)
You will also see that Singapore is conveniently placed on the edge of Zone 5. This means that, whilst connecting usually means a bad deal when redeeming with Avios, in this case it works out OK. Frankfurt to Singapore via Doha is 65,000 Avios plus £190 tax (business, one-way). London to Singapore – a VERY tricky seat to find – is 70,000 Avios plus £407 tax one-way. OK, one of these trips involves three flights and other just one, but if you need to get to Singapore it would do the trick.
You can spend ages playing with these charts and working out options. Prospero has created them for:
- Aer Lingus ex-Dublin
- airberlin ex-Dusseldorf
- airberlin ex-Berlin
- American Airlines ex-Los Angeles
- American Airlines ex-New York
- American Airlines ex-Chicago
- American Airlines ex-Dallas
- American Airlines ex-Miami
- British Airways ex-London
- Cathay Pacific ex-Hong Kong
- Qatar Airways ex-Doha