Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • Davidtm 6 posts

    Possible an odd question, but are there any particularly time-away-from-home efficient TP runs?

    For context: I’m based in Milan, but now that COVID is subsiding I’ll be going back to a ~once a month LHR schedule, and probably a fair amount of work travel around Europe in economy. BA Gold is very attractive in making my increasing travel more pleasant and profitable for Avios. I’m on 480 TP expiring 8 April, so I figure I can expense some flights in the next month and take advantage of the lower requirements. I figure I can also then play the new baby card with BA and stretch the status which in my mind at least, makes the outlay worth it.

    The huge complication is I have a new baby which together with the pandemic, nixed my plan of getting this out of the way earlier, so for my survival, being away for the least amount of time is crucial. I don’t need/want to have a holiday, rather just be sat on a plane or in a lounge drinking wine and typing on a laptop rather than enjoying a guilt-ridden week in the sun.

    The best option I can find/think of is to do LIN-LHR-LIS-HEL. The last leg is a lovely 140 each way and can be done in a day, but I’d need a night either end in LIS but then some time I could expense off in London. That would make 280+80+80 = 440 leaving me 205 (stupid 5) I could then squeeze out in 2-3 day trips to the office LIN-LHR.

    Am I missing an obvious trick here?

    Is there a more efficient route in my

    yonasl 976 posts

    While being gold may sound cool and all, the real plus is being able to enter certain lounges at LHR (in addition to booking emergency exit seats, and being able to get a few more avios). Saying that before you go on a crazy TP run around Europe!

    But this sounds like a good challenge for this website so having a look to see if I can come up with anything bigger than what you got.

    Davidtm 6 posts

    You are completely right @yonasl. I held top tier Alitalia for a bit in the past when I was coming here more while living in London, and have had BA Gold in the past from long haul work travel. The “new normal” having moved here during lockdown is that I can WFH but travel back for odd days, and the associated reality is BA Gold is more useful to make LHR pleasant than what Silver/anything else can do to LIN.

    Hopefully I’m missing some obscure routing that gets it quicker! I’d looked at just doing LIN-LHR-JER day trips, but the number needed vs. the LIS-HEL tilt the balance of viability.

    yonasl 976 posts

    The only thing I found is “cheap” £800 HEL-DXB flights. You leave March 4th at 11pm and land at 9am. You then leave on the same plane to return to HEL at 4pm. This is similar to your HEL-LIS in TP but allows you to spend the night sleeping on the plain. The problem remains to get to HEL before 11pm on the 4th and leave after 4pm on the 5th without paying too much (those flights are expensive but maybe you can expense LIN-LHR and buy LHR-HEL in economy for instance).

    NorthernLass 8,260 posts

    There used to be a lot of discussions on TP runs – something to resurrect maybe now travel is re-starting for many of us?

    yonasl 976 posts

    There must be some mother-of-all-TP-runs where you take 5 days with BA holidays Business somewhere with 10 other people, rent a small car, then use the 5 days to travel around getting more points somehow achieving gold in one go. Maybe even booking another 5 days holiday from the place you arrive to.

    A large enough group can make the car booking non material!

    CarpalTravel 375 posts

    There used to be a lot of discussions on TP runs – something to resurrect maybe now travel is re-starting for many of us?

    I’d be very interested in this too, particularly for VAA. {Though through slightly gritted teeth as it’s to gain access to what should be basic stuff..}

    Cranzle 279 posts

    Does anyone know if booking a BA holiday and specifically choosing Qatar codeshare flights would award the double tier points for all legs?

    yonasl 976 posts

    Does anyone know if booking a BA holiday and specifically choosing Qatar codeshare flights would award the double tier points for all legs?

    Codeshares would be allowed:

    A “Qualifying Booking” is a British Airways Holidays booking that meets all of the following criteria:
    a. The booking must be for a British Airways Holidays Flights + Hotel or Flights + Car or Flights + Hotel + Car package booking originating in the UK only and the hotel or car element of the booking must be booked for the duration of the trip.
    b. British Airways flights including codeshares and British Airways marketed and/or operated flights only.
    c. The booking must be made before 22 October 2022.
    d. Travel is for outbound departures between 9 June 2021 and 31 October 2022 inclusive (final outbound departure date is 31 October 2022).
    e. The booking must be for a stay of 5 nights or more.

    SJ 49 posts

    Does anyone know if booking a BA holiday and specifically choosing Qatar codeshare flights would award the double tier points for all legs?

    Yes. I have booking to HKT next month and checked via email with BA that this qualified, they replied that it did. All four flights on BA numbers.

    Guy Incognito 22 posts

    My other half’s year just started and we had a trip away which has got 160 points already. She’s off to Australia in May on Qatar which will be 600 more, so she’ll need to get 365 in the rest of the year which should be easily doable.

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