Keep checking for Avios availability — TPG U.K. staff success story

Nov 3, 2019

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This week, TPG U.K.’s General Manager Christian Kramer shares his experience in saving Avios by continually checking award availability before a flight:

“I needed to fly from Hannover (HAN) to London (LHR) after visiting family. I checked availability using Avios in my Executive Club account, and there was only Club Europe (business class) available. I would usually just book Euro Traveller (economy class) on a short Reward Flight Saver flight like this, as my Executive Club Gold status already provides much of the perks that Club Europe does anyway.

It was a peak date, so I used 9,000 Avios (+£25) for the one-way Club Europe redemption. I could have set up an ExpertFlyer alert to email me changes to award availability, but I happened to check the day before the flight and saw that a Euro Traveller (economy) reward seat had opened up for 4,500 Avios (+£17.50). Avios bookings can be changed or cancelled up to 24 hours before flying.

I decided to save some Avios by cancelling my Club Europe redemption and booking a Euro Traveller redemption instead. I got back 4,500 Avios (the difference between Euro Traveller and Club Europe). There’s normally a cancellation fee equivalent of the taxes paid (i.e. £25) though as a Gold Guest List member, that fee is waived for me. Even if I had to pay it though, the 4,500 Avios I was refunded is certainly worth far more than the £25 so it’s worth doing even if the fee is payable!”

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