Excellent Avios availability for the whole family to the Greek Islands in August and September

Jun 9, 2020

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Plenty of U.K. travellers are keeping their eyes on Greece as the Mediterranean holiday destination plans to be one of the first European countries to welcome foreign tourists following its COVID-19 lockdown.

The Greek Islands are a popular destination in summer, with seats available using points usually completely booked out many months in advance. And cash fares can from the U.K. to the Greek Islands can easily exceed £500 return, even on low-cost carriers.

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As first reported by God Save The Points, right now there is excellent Avios availability to popular Greek Islands, flying with British Airways nonstop from London airports in late summer. TPG U.K. has used the handy SeatSpy tool to confirm current availability with at least four seats available in Euro Traveller on the following routes:

  • London (LHR) to Mykonos (JMK):
    • August 2, 4, 9-18, 20, 23-26, 30, 31
    • September 1, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 20-27
  • Mykonos (JMK) to London (LHR):
    • August: 1-12, 14-17, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28-30
  • London (LHR) to Santorini (JTR):
    • August 9, 11, 14-16, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31
    • September 1, 3, 21, 27
  • Santorini (JTR) to London (LHR):
    • August 2, 4-7, 12, 15, 25, 27, 28
  • London (LGW) to Corfu (CFU):
    • August 11, 16, 21, 23, 25, 30
    • September 1, 19, 20, 23, 26
  • Corfu (CFU) to London (LGW):
    • August 2-7, 9, 13
    • September 1
  • London (LHR) to Rhodes (RHO):
    • August 8, 27, 29
    • September 24, 28
  • Rhodes (RHO) to London (LHR):
    • August 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10

There is also excellent availability in Club Europe (business class), though be aware you’ll need substantially more Avios to book in Club Europe and there’s a high chance lounges will still be closed or severely restricted. Additionally, onboard catering could be significantly scaled back, so the additional Avios may not be worth spending if Euro Traveller is available.

Most of these dates understandably fall within the peak calendar, meaning you’ll need 10,000 Avios in each direction in Euro Traveller or 20,000 in Club Europe per person. If you can find an off-peak date, then this drops to 8,500 or 17,000 each way for Euro Traveller and Club Europe, respectively.

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If you have a soon-to-be-expiring British Airways Companion Voucher and have no plans to fly long-haul this summer, this could be a sensible use for the Voucher given the usually sky-high cash fares to this seasonal destination in peak season.

Note that British Airways has no immediate plans to operate flights from Gatwick Airport, so if the Corfu flights do proceed, they are may depart from Heathrow instead. Keep an eye on your booking closer to the date. Booking with Avios provides flexibility in the event it is still not safe to travel by this period.

Keep in mind, too, that as of time of publication, the FCO still advises against all non-essential international travel. TPG doesn’t recommend travelling until that guidance has been revised.

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