Hong Kong nor Rio De Janeiro are very close to London. The flights clock in easily over 10 hours, and generally cost close to $1000 round trip. But what if you could use a relatively tiny amount of points, for some big flying? Thanks to an extremely lucrative promotion, you can fly from South America or Asia to London, for just 9,750 points and $35 one way…

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British Airways is offering a lucrative 50% off sale using their Avios points for economy flights. This special discount can be used on British Airways flights to 90 destinations. You can instantly create British Airways Avios points by flying with British Airways, spending on their credit card or transferring Amex, Chase, Iberia or SPG points into the program.


The 50% discount unlocks a beautiful cherry on top, of an already great trick. Departing from Rio De Janeiro, Seoul and Hong Kong, surcharges are illegal. Therefore, booking a one way ticket on British Airways, from one of these destinations, you’d only pay $35 in taxes. AND the amount of Avios (miles) needed is 50% off! So – just 9,750 points one way. That’s CRAZY!

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You MUST book by December 17th. You can travel anytime from January 4th thru June 30th 2018. This gives you more than six months of potential travel time to make these deals work for you. They could be great combined with a cheap one way flight, or using miles for business class or something cool in the other direction. Here’s how to set free alerts, letting you know if seats become available on the days you want.


No red tape or fancy maneuvers needed. Simply login to your British Airways Executive Club account, or create one instantly. Once logged in, go to spend Avios and search for flights. If you search between January 4th and June 30th of 2018, the price should reflect the 50% discount. And if you can make this work from one of these low surcharge areas- you’re laughing the entire 10 hour economy ride. Enjoy!

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Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Without any promotion, you can always get from hkg to lhr using 12.5k Virgin Atlantic points plus around $40 in taxes.

  2. British Airways website says: “It is not possible to book online flights or upgrades, departing from Brazil, using Avios or Gold vouchers. Please call your local contact centre to do this.”

  3. WOW! I knew there was a reason I was accruing BA miles (besides flying AA metal for free). Thanks for great post.

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