My mother’s first lie-flat bed in the sky — TPG UK staff success story

Oct 6, 2019

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We’ve been bringing you our TPG UK staff travel success and failure stories to help you maximise your travel.

This week, our Head of Video Jean Arnas tells us about his experience using his points to upgrade his mother for the first time.

“Growing up, my family never had anything fancy like cars or clothes. My parents always saved money to travel, and we did a lot of that throughout my childhood. My father specially has always been a crazy deal-finder — the idea of flying to New York from Sao Paulo via Manaus, Miami and Orlando for the same or cheaper than flying direct has been perfectly normal since I was 4 years old. I feel like ‘maximising your travel’ has always been part of how we travel as a family.

However, the idea of paying more for a better cabin (from economy to business class) has absolutely never really been an option. ‘Do you want one trip in a year or one every month?’ The answer has always been more trips.

(Photo by Jean Arnas / The Points Guy)

So when it came to flying my mother, I paid 39,000 Avios + £25 and used a British Airways upgrade voucher, which I’ve earned by achieving 2,500 BA Tier Points, for my mother’s business-class seat. The cost was certainly not nothing, but, to me, a much better deal than the standard £4,499 BA charges for business class nonstop from Sao Paulo to London.

Seeing my mother lying flat in the sky, flying from her hometown to mine, was something that I could not have afforded if not through points and miles and vouchers. But, by far, it’s been my favourite points redemption and totally worth the experience.

I can’t wait to take them on the next business-class experience. Maybe Qsuite to Asia?”

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