In 2015 reader Brad shared with us how he was going to fly around the world in economy for 112,000 airline miles and just £173 of taxes. One and a half years later he has decided to do a similar trip.
Since there was a lot of interest in the article we wrote on this last trip, we thought you’d be interested in this one. Whilst we don’t spend a lot of time on Head for Points focusing on economy redemptions, they can be good value when you don’t fly BA and don’t incur heavy taxes and charges.
This is what he is doing this time:
Manchester – Madrid
£30 Iberia (cash)
Madrid – Lima
25,000 Avios + £90 tax
Lima – Cusco
4,500 Avios + £8 tax
Cusco – Lima
4,500 Avios + £6 tax
Lima – Buenos Aires – Santiago De Chile
12,500 Delta SkyMiles + $30 tax
Santiago De Chile – Easter Island – Papeete
25,000 Avios + £32 tax
Brad notes that this one is tricky one to get. When you search for 2 separate one-way tickets for the route they are not available. However when you search for SCL – PPT you can easily find availability. The downside is that you only get 10 hours in Easter Island on a stopover.
Papeete – Auckland – Shanghai – Beijing
15,000 United MileagePlus miles + £35 tax
Beijing – Hong Kong
10,000 Avios + £12 tax
Hong Kong – London Heathrow – Manchester
19,500 Avios + £72 tax
He is covering 31,439 miles in total
This comes to a total of : 88,500 Avios + 12,500 Delta SkyMiles + 15,000 United Airlines MileagePlus = 116,000 airline miles + £285 + $30.
If you wanted to emulate this routing, the Delta miles could be obtained from an American Express Membership Rewards transfer. It would also be bookable via other Skyteam airlines. There is no easy way to pick up United miles (there is no bonus on their credit card and the transfer rate from Starwood is 2:1) but, again, you could use another Star Alliance airline – albeit for potentially more miles.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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