5 affordable Mother’s Day weekend holidays

Mar 7, 2020

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Mother’s Day is almost here, and there’s no better way to show your mum your appreciation and love than by whisking her off on holiday using that bank of points and miles. Lucky for us, the weekend of Mother’s Day (20 to 22 March) is considered off-peak by British Airways. In fact, BA considers the entire month of March up to the 26 as off-peak, meaning it may be just the right moment for a weekend escape with mum, or even a longer trip if you have the time to do so.

Virgin also considers March dates off-peak, and thanks to the new Virgin partnership with Air France and KLM, you can use those Flying Club miles on Air France or KLM flights.

Here are some of the best Mother’s Day-inspired easy weekend trips from the U.K. to take using your points and miles.

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by © Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images)
Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images)

Arrive: Use those BA Avios to fly on British Airways or Aer Lingus from London to Dublin — it costs just 8,000 Avios in Euro Traveller and 15,500 Avios in Club Europe return per person plus taxes and fees.

Stay: The Shelbourne, An Autograph Collection Property is part of the Bonvoy programme, with rates around 240 euros/£203 or 55,000 points per night on Mother’s Day weekend. Mum will love the classical elegance of this landmark hotel which overlooks St Stephen’s Green.

Do: Spend some time relaxing and exploring your current digs: the Shelbourne Hotel, which dates back almost 200 years. The Horseshoe Bar was the site of some particularly notable events, such as a visit from the Rolling Stones and a performance by the Chieftains. Meanwhile, room 112 is where the Constitution of the Irish Free State was written. Now known as the Constitution Suite, the space still contains the original table and chairs used during the momentous event.

The Shelbourne Hotel. (Photo courtesy of The Shelbourne)
The Shelbourne Hotel. (Photo courtesy of The Shelbourne)

The hotel’s famous spa also offers a special Mother’s Day Pampering Package, which includes a back massage, rejuvenating facial and a mini-manicure (145 euros/£123) valid until the 30 April. Offsite, celebrate with cakes and afternoon tea by the fireplace at Bewley’s Grafton Room or reserve a Gin Cocktail Masterclass at NoLIta, which includes two gin cocktails and a pre-class Mother’s Day brunch.

Paris, France

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (Photo by Kbarzycki/Getty Images)
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (Photo by Kbarzycki/Getty Images)

Arrive: Now is the time to take advantage of Virgin’s new partnership with Air France, which allows you to use 8,000 Virgin Flying Club miles in economy or 16,000 miles in business return per person between select U.K. hubs and Paris (CDG) with Air France.

Stay: The Grand Hotel Powers is part of Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotel Collection. The boutique hotel is perfectly Parisian chic and ideal for Mum. Hyatt just implemented dynamic pricing, and room rates around Mother’s Day cost 25,000 per night for an award stay.

Do: Mother’s Day in France isn’t until 7 June, but the city was made for mum-inspired activities like shopping, brunch and spa visits all year round. Learn how to make French pastries with a cooking class at La Cuisine, one of the highest-rated cooking schools in Paris.

The Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacques SIERPINSKI/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)
The Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacques SIERPINSKI/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)

If you’d rather just enjoy Parisian cuisine and skip the cooking part, the company also offers food tours. Fashionista mums will love doing the Coco Chanel Tour of Paris, which explores some of Chanel’s most visited haunts as well as a VIP tour of the flagship Chanel shop to better understand her design inspiration. A cruise down the River Seine, a visit to admire French impressionist art at the famed Musée d’Orsay or a day trip to the Palace of Versailles are all Mother’s Day-approved France activities.

Make sure to check out TPG U.K.’s France hub for more information on visiting this neighbouring country.

Further reading: 12 of the best points hotels in France

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Rory McDonald/Getty Images)
Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Rory McDonald/Getty Images)

Arrive: Similar to Dublin, you can use BA Avios to fly with British Airways or Aer Lingus from London to Edinburgh for just 8,000 Avios in Euro Traveller and 15,500 Avios in Club Europe return per person.

Stay: The Courtyard Edinburgh has the perfect location, just a short walk away from attractions like Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The hotel costs 35,000 Bonvoy points per night but if you don’t have enough, don’t worry, because cash rates are as low as £95 per night.

Do: The on-site Scottish restaurant at the Courtyard Edinburgh, the Lantern Room, is a popular Mother’s Day brunch or afternoon tea spot for those who don’t want to go far, offering menu items such as cauliflower and parsnip soup as a starter or the pan-seared Scottish salmon for a main course.

The Lantern Room in Edinburgh. (Photo courtesy of TheLanternRoom.co.uk)
The Lantern Room in Edinburgh. (Photo courtesy of The Lantern Room)

And what mum isn’t floral obsessed? Learn all about the art of flower arranging with a workshop put on by Flowers by Minty on 21 March, which includes a hands-on lesson on how to arrange both dried and fresh flowers as well as time to enjoy tea and cakes.

Alicante, Spain

La Vila Joiosa in Alicante. (Photo by Hugo/Getty Images)
La Vila Joiosa in Alicante. (Photo by Hugo/Getty Images)

Arrive: Fly to Alicante (ALC) from London Gatwick (LGW) on British Airways. Return flights are 13,000 Avios in Euro Traveller and 25,500 Avios in Club Europe per person.

Stay: Use your Hilton points at The Casa Alberola Alicante, a Curio Collection by Hilton, a property set in a beautiful neo-classical building with sea views. This hotel, for those age 16 and up, starts at 112 euros/£95 or 35,000 Hilton points per night.

Do: Mother’s Day in Spain falls in May, so you won’t have to worry about crowded restaurants. The weather may just be warm and sunny enough for an afternoon on the beach after you’ve enjoyed a low-key Lebanese lunch at Mish Mish Mish.

Admiring the views from the Santa Bárbara Castle on Benacantil Mountain is worth the hour trek up. However, there is an elevator for those preferring to skip the tiring walk.

Santa Bárbara Castle on Benacantil Mountain in Alicante. (Photo by kkoszowski/Getty Images)
Santa Bárbara Castle on Benacantil Mountain in Alicante. (Photo by kkoszowski/Getty Images)

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, head indoors for a Moroccan-inspired spa circuit or treatment at Hamman Bienstar Ancestral. For a splurge dinner, head to El Portal, one of the most stylish spots in the city — not to mention the seafood is incredibly fresh.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Federica Gentile/Getty Images)
Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Federica Gentile/Getty Images)

Arrive: For those with BA Avios, fly between London (LGW) to Porto (OPO) for 13,000 Avios in Euro Traveller and 25,500 Avios in Club Europe per person return. Or, if you’re a loyal member of TAP’s Miles&Go programme, you can use 15,000 miles to fly between London (LGW) to Porto (OPO) in economy return or a hefty 65,000 miles in executive class return.

Stay: The InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas is one of the more glamorous spots to stay in Porto, a former palace covered in marble and chandeliers. Rates start at around 320 euros/£272 or 50,000 points per night in March.

Do: Mother’s Day in Portugal shares the same May date with Spain, but there’s still lots to do with mum in this underrated city. Consider a river tour along the Douro, checking out the unique bridges, including the famous Dom Luís I Bridge, which is delightfully reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower — but much more horizontal.

Dom Luís I Bridge in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Henglein and Steets/Getty Images)
Dom Luís I Bridge in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Henglein and Steets/Getty Images)

Give your mother the gift of Port wine by sampling this sweet apéritif and touring popular wine cellars such as Sandeman’s and Taylor and Calem, which are situated on the opposite side of the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. Or, treat her to a novel from one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops, Livraria Lello.

Bottom line

A special Mother’s Day getaway doesn’t have to be pricy, especially if you have a solid bank of points and miles. Whether it’s a nearby quick trip to Ireland or Scotland or heading further into Europe to spots like France, Spain or Portugal, a Mother’s Day weekend holiday will be one to remember for both you and your mum.

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