As has become somewhat of a tradition, the March reset of my Tier Points is as good a time as any to look back over the last year of flying and to look forward to what the next year might bring. I did the same in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and it is very interesting to… Read More My flying year – 2017-2018
My first Avios redemption was from London to Edinburgh for my little brother’s Stag do. That was back in 2013 and in the following 5 years I have kept track of where and how I have spent then. It struck me the other day that, with the purchase of flights for Christmas 2018, I have… Read More I’ve just spent my millionth Avios!
I always say that my Avios are worth at least 1.67p each or, more commonly that 9,000 are worth £150 or a flight to Nice. This rolls of the tongue, but is there actually any truth behind it? First of all, your Avios value depends on how you get them and how you spend them.… Read More Is my valuation of Avios accurate?
The key to this miles and points game is to make things work for you. There are often many options for where you can credit and spend them, and funny quirks of arbitrage that can work to your advantage. Perhaps one of the most most flexible currencies is the American Express Membership Rewards Point. You… Read More Did I use my MR points wisely?
Christmas in the UK always seems to bring up images of travel chaos in the media, with a sprinkling of snow shutting down roads and disruption on the railways due to engineering works making things difficult. A week or so ago was no exception, with a particularly cold spell hitting London leading to long delays… Read More Flying BA this Christmas? It is meant to be almost but not quite entirely unlike BA!
There are times when buying Avios is a good idea – more on that to come soon – but there are also times when you can ‘buy’ Avios in a round about way. One of those times was through buying a subscription to the Economist. Another has just been available with Avis. Through British Airway’s… Read More ‘Free’ car hire when buying Avios?!
Flights to Nice are my benchmark for value in the miles and points game. I know that I will happily pay up to about £150 per person return. There have been times where I have got a better deal, particularly when tying it in with a car hire. There are other times, however, where the… Read More How British Airways Gold Priority Rewards saved me £564
It is around this point every year when all the hard-earned tier points get wiped from my account and the balance is reset to 0. In the last year, I have done more flying than in previous years, and was able to accrue exactly 1500 Tier Points to reach Gold status. This will give me… Read More My flying year – 2016-2017
I have recently applied for the new Creation IHG Visa as a result of Barclaycard’s closure of the existing IHG card. Ben got in touch to ask if I had considered the HSBC Credit Card as an alternative – to which I had to say no as I didn’t know anything about it. So, thanks… Read More The HSBC Avios-earning alternative credit cards
I got an email yesterday telling me that I was the lucky recipient of a special bonus on the purchase of some Avios. I can buy up to 100,000 this year with a 30% bonus. If I were to buy 10,000, I would get 13,000 for $300 (£246.50 at today’s exchange rate). In the back of… Read More Bonus Avios? I’ll take a bonus Economist!