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.
And 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.
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