Choosing the best use of my Avios for maximum value — TPG reader success story

Dec 1, 2019

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We have been featuring your travel success and failure stories, to both celebrate and help our TPG reader community. This week, reader MC contacted us to share how he used the TPG’s monthly valuation of Avios to decide how to best use his Avios.

“I wanted to use Avios to go to Washington, D.C. with British Airways because cash prices were so high. I had the option of using either 100,000 Avios plus £662 to get a return Club World reward flight or 48,000 Avios plus £1,165 to get a World Traveller Plus seat upgraded to Club World. In other words, it was a choice between spending an extra 52,000 Avios or £503.

Bearing in mind TPG’s guide to valuing Avios, those 52,000 Avios were worth around £572, so using them to save £503 wasn’t the best use of them. I went with the upgrade option and will retain the 52,000 saved Avios for future reward flights where I can obtain a higher value for using them.

I could have alternatively purchased the additional Avios required directly from BA but that would have cost me £815 which is more than I (and TPG) thought the Avios were worth.”

We love that our monthly TPG U.K. valuations helped MC make an informed decision about how to best use his points and miles. You may be able to get much more (or much less) value from your Avios, but we hope the valuations provide a fair benchmark to keep in the back of our mind each time your are redeeming them.

If you’ve obtained a great (or even terrible!) value from your Avios please let us know —  we would love to share your stories on TPG UK!

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