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How Brad is flying around the world for 112,000 airline miles and just £173!

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HFP reader Brad dropped me an email with details of a round-the-world itinerary that he has just booked.  It is, I have to say, very well put together and takes advantage of a number of ‘sweet spot’ redemptions.  I thought it was worth sharing.

This is what Brad is doing:

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He is covering 27,717 miles in total!  This is how it was booked:

Berlin – Abu Dhabi

12,500 Avios + £31 taxes (airberlin)

Dubai – Hong Kong – Tokyo

30,000 Avios + £26 taxes (Cathay Pacific)

Tokyo – Sydney – Auckland – Fiji

12,500 United Airlines miles + £29 tax (ANA, Air New Zealand)

Fiji – Samoa – Honolulu

25,000 Qantas points + £79 (Fiji Airways)

Honolulu – Kahului – Lihue

12,000 United Airlines miles + £5 (United Airlines)

Lihue – San Jose – Chicago – Manchester

20,000 American Airlines miles + £3 (Alaska, American)

This comes to a total of 112,000 airline miles plus, more importantly, just £173 of taxes and charges!  It is an ‘all economy’ itinerary of course but still excellent value.  The itinerary is deliberately a little obscure because Brad was keen to see some different cities to places he had been before.

Whilst Head for Points tends to focus on business class redemptions, it is good to show what can be done in economy if you have the time and patience to plan the best routes.

One advantage of spreading the trip across various airlines is that it would be possible to get most of the miles purely from credit card sign-ups – United offers a 12,000 miles bonus on its free UK credit card a couple of times a year, for example.  The only part of the above itinerary that would be tricky would be getting the Qantas points given their lack of UK partners – they are not a Starwood Preferred Guest or Amex partner.

Enjoy your trip Brad!

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Comments (53)

  • Joey says:

    Fair play, good playing of the system…

    But why would anyone do this? You’re just travelling to an airport and a city for a tiny period – you’re not experiencing anything in the country or the culture within a rigid time frame.

    Is just so you can say you have ‘traveled around the world’? .

    • Brad says:

      YES !
      First you do it for fun if you don’t get it perhaps you shouldn’t be here 🙂
      Second My aim is to see Fiji and Hawaii , I saw other places before and therefore no need to stay there.
      By the way if you know other way to get to Fiji and Hawaii(I can stay in this places for as long as I want) for 170GBP I am more than happy to listen you