Worth Its Weight in Gold — TPG UK Staff Travel Success Story

Aug 18, 2019

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We continue to bring you the best and worst of TPG UK’s own travel stories. Recently we brought you the amazing value holiday our Social Media Editor Liam Spencer managed by booking through British Airways Holidays generous package deals and stacking Avios earning at the same time.

This week, it’s our General Manager Christian Kramer’s turn. Christian is an expert on all things British Airways and its Executive Club and has collected thousands of Tier Points to hold one of the very highest possible status levels in the programme. Here, he shares how utilising one of the lesser known benefits saved him big.

“As a Gold Guest List (GGL) status level holder, I can cancel Avios tickets for free. Last year, I went to Lisbon with a friend and though we booked tickets quite some time out, there were already no Avios seats available and cash tickets very expensive. So I used the ‘Gold Priority Reward’, which allows Gold BAEC members to book an Avios seat even when there’s no availability provided it’s 30 days before departure and accepting that the cost will ‘double’ the Avios — it was still better than using cash.

I kept monitoring availability, and two days before the flight, a normal seat opened up so I cancelled my ‘double Avios’ seat and booked a normal one instead. I ended up in the same seat but saved a few thousand Avios (and/or a few hundred in cash if I had booked a cash ticket).”

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