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:
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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