Great availability to Europe’s top ski destinations this winter from just £0.50p + Avios

Jun 26, 2020

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Until the government eases restrictions on non-essential international travel, it’s likely that many of us will be choosing staycations this summer. As the weather heats up, the last thing on many peoples’ minds is likely to be the ice cold of the snowy Alps — but it’s a great time to start planning that winter trip.

Unless there’s a second spike, it’s looking likely that travelling abroad will be possible again by the 2020/2021 winter ski season. Of course, that is subject to change, so we recommend looking at the change and cancellation policies of your booking.

We did some searching for four seats during the peak of the ski season to some popular European destinations. The good news is that availability is wide open from December through to March including some dates in the Christmas and February half-term holidays. Plus, best of all, these are BA’s Reward Flight Saver award redemptions, meaning you can expect to pay as little as £0.50 one-way — plus some Avios.

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Thanks to some help from one of TPG’s favourite easy-to-use tools SeatSpy, we’ve found that there are at least four seats available in Euro Traveller (economy) on flights from London to Geneva (GVA), Salzburg (SZG) and Turin (TRN) on the following dates:

  • London (LHR) to Geneva (GVA)
    • December 1-18, 20-26, 28-31
    • January 1-31
    • February 1-11, 15-28
    • March 1-31
  • Geneva (GVA) to London (LHR)
    • December 1-31
    • January 1, 4-31
    • February 1-18, 22-28
    • March 1-31
  • London (LGW) to Salzburg (SZG)
    • December 7, 13-14, 16, 31
    • January 1-12, 15-20, 22-27, 29-31
    • February 1-3, 5-10, 17-28
    • March 1-3, 5-17, 19-30
  • Salzburg (SZG) to London (LGW)
    • December 2-5, 10-21, 24, 26-27, 31
    • January 4, 6-12, 14-23, 25-31
    • February 1-17, 24-28
    • March 1-30
  • London (LGW) to Turin (TRN)
    • December 1-17, 21-23, 29-31
    • January 1-12, 14-25, 27-31
    • February 1-10, 16-28
    • March 1-30
  • Turin (TRN) to London (LGW)
    • December 1-24, 26-30
    • January 5-7, 9-31
    • February 1-17, 23-28
    • March 1-5, 7-31

Though not as wide open as Euro Traveller, there are also many seats available in Club Europe (business class) during the same period. It’s worth noting that due to COVID-19, BA’s business-class lounge operations and onboard service could be less business class-like. However, that could change by the winter travel season.

For off-peak dates, you can get a one-way flight for just £0.50 plus 8,500 Avios per person, increasing to 9,000 Avios during peak times around Christmas and February holidays. For Club Europe, it’s £0.50 plus 14,250 or 15,500 Avios for off-peak and peak dates, respectively. Booking with Avios is a good way to pay with confidence during these uncertain times, as you can cancel and receive all your Avios back as long as it’s 24 hours or more before the scheduled departure date, though you’ll have to pay a cancellation of £35 per ticket.

If you want to get booking, it’s also worth noting that BA has currently suspended operations out of Gatwick (LGW), so the flights that are scheduled from LGW may change to Heathrow (LHR). Though at this time, it remains to be seen what BA plans to do in the months ahead.

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