A HfP reader sent in his round-the world itinerary and was wondering if it was the best way to travel around the world using Avios points?
I liked his itinerary but, as the reader was not based in the UK, I thought I could tweak it to start in the UK and add some extra destinations. This is what I came up with.
My suggested routing trip takes in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Doha and Venice.
The total cost (in Economy) is just 110,500 Avios plus £194 tax.
This is how I did it:
London to Berlin, British Airways (4,000 Avios + £17.50 off-peak)
Berlin to New York JFK, airberlin (20,000 Avios + £60)
New York to Chicago, American (7,500 Avios + £14)
Chicago to Los Angeles, American (10,000 Avios + £3)
Los Angeles to Tokyo (American, 25,000 Avios + £3)
Tokyo to Doha (Qatar, 25,000 Avios + c £40)
Doha to Venice (Qatar, 12,500 Avios + £39)
Venice to London (BA, 6,500 Avios + £17.50 off-peak)
You could chop the cost down sharply by ignoring Doha and Venice and doing this:
Tokyo to London (BA, 19,500 Avios + £61 off-peak)
This would reduce the cost to 86,000 Avios plus £158.50 but you miss out on Doha and Venice.
You could also swap Berlin for Dublin and fly Aer Lingus to New York for roughly £60 of tax.
If you have any ideas for improving on this (whilst keeping a good balance of Avios, taxes and destinations) please post your ideas below.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)