Slowly but surely accumulating points for an award: TPG Reader travel success story

Sep 15, 2019

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG UK community.

This week, we received a great success story from Romain who, despite not living in the UK and not having an Avios-earning credit card, was still able to take advantage of a Reward Flight Saver:

“Living in Europe makes it hard to collect points. The prevalence of low-cost airlines, the poor membership awards ratio (in Switzerland, 1 mile = spending 2 USD and there are no sign-up bonuses), so they tend to add up slowly. I collect both Flying Blue and Miles & More points and usually select SkyTeam or Star Alliance flights. But over the past five years, I also accumulated 3,550 Avios with the occasional discounted flight tickets from British Airways. It was a long way to go before I could use them, and I thought they were worth nothing.

I wanted to book a flight from London City (LCY) to Geneva (GVA). London City is the most convenient airport, but flights tend to be more expensive than those from Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW) and Luton (LTN). At this time, British Airways was the only option. A one-way flight was around £150. Upon booking, the website suggested to use 3,500 Avios for a £25 discount. I was about to accept, as I did not see the point to wait another five years to collect more Avios, and it was better than nothing.

Out of curiosity, I decided to check how many Avios I would have needed to book this flight. The answer was 4,000, but I could also use 3,500 Avios and and pay only £17.50 in fees. I did not expect to be able to use such a small amount of points. At the end, this saved me £130 more than the previous option. I am glad I checked!”.

Reward Flight Savers are some of our favourite uses of British Airways Avios. We’re glad to hear that Romain was able to save some money while still be able to take his desired flight.

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