There are many articles on Head for Points about how to get the best value for your Avios points. This article on ‘what is an Avios point worth?’ is the one I link to most often.
Sometimes, though, you can get great value in very obscure circumstances. I just saved myself £1,000 over the weekend!
We are currently finalising our family holiday for the Summer. My wife has already booked us into a family focussed hotel in the Dolomites near Innsbruck for a week. Because she wants a two week break from the office, she wanted to add a week in Mallorca beforehand. You can the German out of Germany but …..
This meant that we needed to get from Mallorca to Innsbruck on a fixed day in August. You can imagine, when I typed that request into Expedia, I wasn’t very hopeful.
Amazingly, such a flight exists. NIKI, the Austrian low cost airline now owned airberlin, flies it. I couldn’t believe it.
I then saw the price. €331 per person, one way. Impressive pricing for a ‘budget’ airline but it is a Saturday in August. And I didn’t have many alternatives.
airberlin, of course, is a oneworld alliance member. This means that I can books its flights with Avios points on ba.com.
More out of hope than anything else, I went onto ba.com to see what was available. Amazingly, there were SIX economy seats available for Avios on the flight.
I promptly booked four of them.
I was going to pay (€331 x 4) €1,324 which is £1,040.
I paid 30,000 Avios plus £35.
You can’t argue with that.
I now need to get to the bottom of whether, despite having BA status, I need to pay for a NIKI seat reservation. The evidence is confusing although the airberlin website thinks I should. That is a problem for another day though.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.