Buying miles at full price is something that is hardly ever going to work out well for the customer. Half price however, can make all the difference. British Airways has just launched an aggressive sale on it’s “Avios” frequent flyer points- and it’s absolutely worth a look.
This sale makes more sense for UK flyers than US flyers, given that the price is not consistent between the two. In other words, the relative price in British Pounds is far better than the price in US Dollars. The best deals seem to be 15,000 Avios points for £175, 75,000 points for £815 or 150,000 for £1615. For comparison sake- the 75,000 points in the US would cost $1400. No go. You can buy miles here after logging in.
Ways To Work It
Our favorite way to use Avios points can be found here. Not only will you earn more points, you’ll fly in comfort for less in taxes and miles. Using Avios on short haul flights in Europe, Australia, Asia or the US on British Airways and their partners can also be phenomenal value. And of course, things like Cathay Pacific First Class aren’t too shabby either. Plus, topping off a few miles for a flight you hope to book is often a necessity- and saving is nice.
This is an entirely personal decision. There is no doubt at all that you can extract far more value from these points than you paid for them. BUT- you need a plan. We are large proponents of the ‘earn and burn’ strategy, where you should never be left holding too many airline miles. Figure out what works for you, your travel needs and your personal finance and make a smart, logic based decision.