200k Avios and a comp voucher....?

200k Avios and a comp voucher....?

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Tiggsy

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9,651 posts

193 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Had some personal spending to do this year so stuck it on a BA Amex and now have 200k avios and a comp voucher.

We can go anywhere and anytime (work for ourselves) - we aren't fussed about where and we travel a lot each year anyway for fun so no where is really on our "must do" list as we just rattle through places anyway.......so, whats the best way to use this "perk"?

Did a random check on a flight to Singapore in business and it was still £4k on top.....not the bargain I was hoping for! We never fly business normally as (despite being 6ft6) I've always found an exit seat and going to sleep (which I can do on demand before take off!) means I don't care where I'm sat (unless we can get bumped for a real bargain) - but she'd like to travel business for the fun of it.

Any suggestions on routes that are bargains to use this voucher/points on?

NickXX

1,249 posts

159 months

Wednesday 15th May
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First out to Singapore/HK and Club back will be around 200k Avios. Use the Concorde lounge on the way out of Heathrow.

Start off and end in Singapore/HK (last year we flew to SG, back from HK), and spend a few weeks travelling around asia in between.

Other option with that amount would be in/out of Tokyo, and spend some time travelling around Japan.

Tiggsy

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9,651 posts

193 months

Wednesday 15th May
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london - Singapore is around 400k avios (plus £1k) so no good. Only JFk seems to fall inside the 200k points and thats biz not first.

Greg66

8,639 posts

119 months

Wednesday 15th May
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That doesn’t sound right. London to Los Angeles is 170k miles (Plus taxes) off peak return in First for one person.

TurboRob

47 posts

114 months

Wednesday 15th May
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London - Cape Town?
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Tim330

678 posts

153 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Tiggsy said:
london - Singapore is around 400k avios (plus £1k) so no good. Only JFk seems to fall inside the 200k points and thats biz not first.
The companion voucher if that's what I assume you have means you get two tickets for the avios points for one but you still pay taxes for two. London to Singapore is 87,500 each way off peak. See link below for list of destinations and points required.
https://www.headforpoints.com/2019/01/09/british-a...

ffc

485 posts

100 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Have a look here at availability. https://rewardflightfinder.com/

Ridealong

186 posts

11 months

Thursday
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BA First is the way to go, if I was flying business long haul BA would not be my first choice.
If you can get or buy more points I would suggest you do so, then you have more destination options and a chance to fly BA First.

Tiggsy

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9,651 posts

193 months

Thursday
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ok - so in simple terms....I look through the list of places and the points needed in the links above. Find somewhere that is roughly 100k each way for first (so 200k return + my free ticket) and, if it sounds a cool place. Go there whenever they have a free flight (assuming its not way out of season for that part of the world)

NickXX

1,249 posts

159 months

Thursday
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Tiggsy said:
london - Singapore is around 400k avios (plus £1k) so no good. Only JFk seems to fall inside the 200k points and thats biz not first.
Apologies - I thought you might have a companion voucher. Are you sure you don't have one with your BA Amex?

Tiggsy

Original Poster:

9,651 posts

193 months

Thursday
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i do have one - 200k points and a voucher.

tuffer

8,479 posts

208 months

Thursday
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Good luck with actually finding some availability, I cashed mine in for car hire and wine.

keith333

296 posts

83 months

ffc said:
Have a look here at availability. https://rewardflightfinder.com/
That is a great website which means you can quickly and easily find where there are Avios seats available and then you go on BA site to get final costs.

Cape Town would be great for a short break as there is no jet lag. You'll get Barbados for Sep/Oct, as that is low season, weather should still be fine. We're going out Business and back First for 147,500 avios

Miami for some Winter Sun?

AlasdairMc

444 posts

68 months

Saturday
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tuffer said:
Good luck with actually finding some availability, I cashed mine in for car hire and wine.
I use mine for cash discounts on flights, and Club Europe hops to London.

Paul the Painter

51 posts

70 months

Yesterday (10:06)
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If you are brave, you will often find that Avios availability opens up a 2-3 weeks out. When I was looking at Johannesburg a couple of weeks ago, there was nothing until about 9-10 months out, but midweek availability departing anywhere from 10 - 20 days out was there. Return availability was the same, so no good for trip planning, but I would be fairly confident that availability would open up for the return before you departed, if not then just cancel for (I think) a £40 fee.

Companion vouchers must be used on BA flights, but otherwise a pretty good use of Avios is to book Iberia flights from Madrid, as taxes etc are lower, (and business class seats better) just position to Madrid on easyJet or similar
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