4 European ski airports you can reach with Reward Flight Savers

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While some of us seek winter sun, others want to head to the slopes. Ski holidays are notoriously expensive, especially for families. Luckily using points and miles can subsidise the cost of your ski holiday. One of the ways to do so is the famed Reward Flight Saver through British Airways. Reward Flight Savers are short-haul flights of less than 2,000 miles and have a fixed amount of taxes, unlike long-haul tickets. Short-haul flights also offer greater reward availability, which is especially helpful for families. While there are many ski airports in Europe to launch your ski or snowboard holiday, these four have excellent availability through the ski season — through time of publication.

Switzerland, View of mountains covered with snow at Arosa. (Photo by Westend61/Getty Images)
(Photo by Westend61/Getty Images)

Oslo, Norway

The Norwegians invented modern alpine. Norwegians have an expression that babies in Norway are “born with skis on their feet”. While Norway is expensive for food and drink, their access to the outdoors is more reasonably priced and this extends to alpine skiing. The family-friendly resorts Geilo and Trysil are easily reachable by coach or rental car within two and a half hours. Geilo is also available by train straight from OSL airport. For those who wish to incorporate a city visit or have a short transfer, Oslo even has a ski area on the edge of the city bounds called Tryvann.

The top deck of Holmenkollen offers unparalleled views of the city. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

You can reach Oslo for 7,000 Avios plus £17.50 each way per person or you can adjust the Avios to cash ratio depending on how many Avios you wish to spend. For this article, we will use the second-highest Avios option in Euro Traveller. You can adjust the ratio of Avios to cash or find Club Europe availability with higher redemption amounts.

Turin, Italy

Turin Airport is a gateway to many more reasonably priced ski resorts in Italy and France, including some of the best ski resort food in Europe. Within a two-hour coach transfer from Turin you can reach the following resorts in Italy: Cervinia, Champoluc, Claviere, Courmayeur, Pragelato, Sauze d’Oulx, and Sestriere, Italy. Within two hours of Turin, you can reach Serre Chevalier and Montgenevre in France, amongst other resorts.

The top value for money choice is Cervinia, which is on the sunnier side of the Matterhorn and linked with Zermatt in Switzerland. If you go, make sure to check out some of the best food in Italy, right on the mountain with reasonable prices at “Il bar ristorante Bricole e Bricolette“.

Flights to Turin are available for 4,250 Avios plus £15.50 per person each way.

The Matterhorn. Image by Alberto Riva.
The Matterhorn. (Photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy)

Innsbruck, Austria

With a location in the middle of the Alps and limited services, Innsbruck Airport (INN) is a go-to for Austrian ski resorts. There are over 40 ski resorts within a few hours drive, but the most popular is undoubtedly St Anton, the après capital of Europe. If dancing on tables in ski boots at Krazy Kangaruh is not your speed, you still have many options. Within an hour and a half, you can be at Obergurgl, St Johann or Mayrhofen; the latter has the mountain cleverly split between “leisure” and “action” areas. Flights available for 4,250 Avios plus £15.50 per person each way.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva Airport is the gateway to the Alps with access to the top resorts in Switzerland and France within a two-hour drive or coach transfer. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Grand Massif are only a 75-minute drive (depending on traffic) and have something for skiers of any age. GVA even opens the retired Terminal 2 for the winter months to accommodate all the skiers and snowboarders. It also offers some great backcountry options for expert skiers. Flights available for 4,000 Avios plus £15.50 per person each way.

There’s still plenty of availability in 2020 — even over Easter — to grab a Reward Flight Saver to Geneva. At the time of writing, you could fly a family of four from LGW to GVA over Easter from just 64,000 Avios and £4 total.

Family of four for £4 to Switzerland during Easter

Earning Avios

Aside from signing up for a credit card and receiving points or earning Avios through flying, check British Airways’ eStore (a shopping portal). British Airways’ eStore has deals that could earn you bonus miles while making purchase — especially lucrative this Christmas season. Your Christmas spending could easily yield you a flight to one of these ski airports. For a limited-time only, British Airways is offering double or even triple Avios with some retailers for purchases through its online shopping portal, the eStore.

Bottom line

Reward Flight Savers for skiing are a TPG U.K. favourite redemption for individuals. They are especially lucrative in 2020 for families due to the early Easter holidays or anyone who wants to take advantage of the Bank Holidays. As always, with Reward Flight Savers, make sure to check the cash fares as well before you book to make sure you’re maximising your return.

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