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Why Collect Avios?
Transferring points opens up many possibilities
Collecting Avios points without flying
Direct earn through credit cards
Use hotel loyalty programs to your advantage
- Earn approximately 2 American Express Points per $1 spent so on $1,000, you earn 2,000 points
- Convert these to Marriott points at a rate of 3:2 which yields 1,333 Marriott points
- Look for bonus offers such as the recently run 50% bonus which would now give you 2,000 Mariott points
- These convert to British Airways Avios at a rate of 3:1 giving you 666 Avios (if you convert 60,000 Marriott points, you also get a further 5,000 Avios points bonus)
Take advantage of bonus offers to buy points
Redeeming Avios Points
Sweet Spots and Upgrades
While I’ve covered a lot of shorter redemptions which is where Avios’ advantages lie, there are many other options for redeeming Avios with the partners on their roster. Note that British Airways has peak and off-peak pricing for redemptions. If you happen to be redeeming during an off-peak period then there are some real bargains to be had. For instance, a flight from Sydney to Singapore on BA is only 13,000 points, while some of British Airways’ transatlantic flights, such as London to New York, will set you back 25,000 points and only £50 in taxes.
The last thing I would like to touch on is upgrading your seat with Avios. This is a surprisingly straightforward process and something I think more carriers should implement. You can upgrade either a reward flight or a cash flight (as long as it’s a fare class that can be upgraded) provided there is award seat availability. If the seat is available, you can immediately book the seat for the difference in points between your existing class of booking and the one you are upgrading to. For instance, if you buy an economy ticket from London to New York and want to upgrade your flight to business, you pay 55,000 points (the difference between the two fare types). In addition, the upgrade is instantly confirmed and does not depend on your status with the airline unlike Qantas. This is a huge draw card for those keen on upgrades who don’t care about airline loyalty.
Oneworld redemptions are similar to Qantas, but the costs and availability vary, especially with Qatar Airways flights. It’s worth looking into all the options available, and despite the difficulty, this is a rewards program worth looking into and dedicating some time to collecting points for.