How I save THOUSANDS on my British Airways Long-Haul Flights

London is great for a lot of things, you can peddle a boat around Hyde Park on a summer day, watch tennis at Wimbledon, rugby at Twickenham or a play in the West End. One thing London isn’t so good for, however, is flying out of.

Flying out of London with British Airways involves paying hefty fees which are hidden in the ticket costs. In this article I will show you how I completely eliminate those fees by starting my trips elsewhere in Europe.

Due to Air Passenger Duty (a tax on passengers flying out of the UK), flying out of the UK will almost always end up being far more expensive than out of Europe. What this usually means is that starting your trip from a European airport, flying to London and continuing your trip as you were originally planning on doing is cheaper. Airports that I usually route out of include Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris because these airports are easily and very cheaply accessible from East Midlands Airport which is where I am based for most of the year.

Example #1 – Avios Bookings

In October, I will be flying to Toronto in British Airways’ new business class. I opted to book this trip using miles and straight away I saw that this trick would save me around £400. 

The cost of an avios redemption in business class to Toronto would have cost me a total of 50,000 avios and £418. With this enormous cost in mind, I used opted to start in Dublin instead.

Firstly, I searched for cheap flights out of EMA and found a one-way to Dublin for only £9.99: booked.

Secondly, I searched British Airways website for a one-way avios redemption from Dublin to Toronto via London which came up using the same London-Toronto flight I would have selected at first for a total of 62,750 avios and £166.

While this is a steep increase in the number of avios, for me it made much more sense I have a lot more avios than money. But remember, if you don’t want to use so many avios you could reduce the amount you use for cash.

Example #2 – Cash Bookings

Cash bookings are where the real money can be saved just by starting your trip in Europe. The example I will use for this is a trip I am looking to book to Tokyo in the autumn in business class where the usual return ticket comes in at £3,670. 

Total cost: £3,670

Now there are two ways to finding a much cheaper price for yourself on BA’s website. Firstly, you need to decide if you want to visit the European destination in advance and effectively start your trip a few months before or if you simply want to fly out, back into Heathrow and go straight from there. If you want to make a holiday out of the European hop then you want to use the multi-city flight search tool on BA.com and input the day you want to return from your small trip (start of your big trip), the outbound and inbound dates for your main trip (the Tokyo bit) and then a throwaway return leg which you won’t be using. This is what my search tool looked like:

After inputting these dates, you will be pushed through to a shabby looking page to choose the flights (note that you won’t be able to see the prices of the individual sectors) and once I had selected the flights the price of €2,606 which is a total of £2,385. 

This trick therefore created a saving of £1,285 per person and when you include the flight to Amsterdam you have to buy separately you’re looking at a rough saving of £1,245.

Conclusion

This is no hack or mistake fare but the most simple way to reduce costs on your next flight out of Heathrow. I tend to always use this trick when flying longhaul as it can pay for so much once you arrive in your destination.

Curve Metal | Full Review

This card review is going to be the first one that isn’t of an American Express card as if you have seen my newest YouTube video (coming tomorrow), you’ll know that AMEX and I haven’t been getting on all too well recently. In fact, I just cancelled my American Express Platinum card after only one month in favour of this gem: The Curve Metal Card.

Brief Review:

Card: The Curve Metal Card

Cost: £150 a year or £14.99 a month

Sign-up Bonus: N/A

Favourite Perk: MasterCard Lounge Key Lounge Access

Curve are a relatively new face in the UK as far as I’m aware but I have started to see them being used quite a lot and so decided to check them out for myself. After looking into the cards they offer, I realised they had three cards I could order. I will be reviewing both the blue card which is free and the top-tier metal card which costs £150 per year.

The metal card comes in three different colours which you can easily choose by signing up through their app. After you choose your colour, you simply enter your delivery details and pay – it really is that simple.

I opted for the rose gold card and when it arrived I was super impressed with how it looked and felt. The card weighs 18g and feel nice to hold in your hand.

Who are Curve?

Curve are different from all the other cards on the market such as Monzo, HSBC and even AMEX in that they know people don’t want to set up another bank account. With this in mind, they have created a card which links all of your cards together in one so that the only card you need to take out with you is your curve card. Curve have an amazing user-friendly app which allows you to manage your finances and sign up for a card and they offer A FREE £5 just for signing up. All you need to do is download the app from the App Store or Google Play, choose which card you want (free, £9.99 per month or £14.99 per month) and remember to use the code LSPTR for a free beer, coffee or anything else on me!

The Perks

The Curve Metal card comes with several built in perks which were the reason my head was turned from American Express.

1. Firstly, as a user of the Metal card, you are automatically covered by AXA insurance for travel and medical insurance, car hire insurance and finally gadget insurance. As far as I’m aware, none of the AMEX cards cover your gadgets so this was a real winner for me.

2. Secondly, the Metal card is phenomenal for using abroad. It allows up to £600 a month in ATM withdrawals for FREE! This is a huge perk of the card as it cuts out the foreign transaction fees so many banks stick on. If you use the card abroad, it will also charge your bank a £ payment so your bank won’t charge you a fee as it thinks you haven’t used it abroad.

3. Next up, the Metal card is part of MasterCard’s Lounge Key program which allows cardholders access to over 1,000 airport lounges just by showing their card. Entrance into the lounge will cost users £15 per visit but as you can see in the above video, I argue that this makes it more worth it than the Priority Pass.

4. Finally, the Metal card allows you to select 6 of your most visited stores such as Tesco, Waitrose or Apple and for each of these shops, you will receive a 1% cashback for every purchase. This works amazingly if you’re using the card every time you fill up your petrol tank or every time you do a food shop as over time this money will add up!

Conclusion 

Curve have stolen my heart after my recent fallout with the American Express platinum card. The perks of this card seriously outweigh the £150 per year membership fee and make it a keeper for my wallet.

If you travel a lot, this card makes complete sense because of the insurance and foreign transaction fee removal on overseas purchases and if you are bored of having a full wallet then this card makes complete sense too.

To sign up and claim a FREE £5 then download the Curve app, choose which card you want to use and enter the code LSPTR.

Curve Blue | Full Review

Curve are a relatively new face in the UK as far as I’m aware but I have started to see them being used quite a lot and so decided to check them out for myself. After looking into the cards they offer, I realised they had three cards I could order. I will be reviewing both the blue card which is free and the top-tier metal card which costs £150 per year.

Who are Curve?

Curve are different from all the other cards on the market such as Monzo, HSBC and even AMEX in that they know people don’t want to set up another bank account. With this in mind, they have created a card which links all of your cards together in one so that the only card you need to take out with you is your curve card. Curve have an amazing user-friendly app which allows you to manage your finances and sign up for a card and they have offered a FREE £5 just for signing up! All you need to do is download the app from the App Store or Google Play, choose which card you want (free, £9.99 per month or £14.99 per month) and remember to use the code LSPTR for a free beer, coffee or anything else on me!

Perks of the Blue Card:

1. Firstly, this card is excellent for use abroad. Most banks will charge you or withdrawing cash at a foreign ATM but by using the Curve Blue card, you can withdraw £200 completely FREE every month which I think is an awesome perk.

2. Secondly, you can use it to pay abroad for free and it will only charge your bank a transaction in pounds. Therefore, your bank won’t charge you either and finally, you can stop paying ludicrous foreign exchange fees!

3. If those two reasons didn’t sway you, Curve have an offer on which means that if you sign up using the code LSPTR you will automatically receive a FREE £5 to spend on whatever you want!

4. Finally, users of the Blue card will be able to select 3 retailers and every purchase at those shops will result in a 1% cashback!

Conclusion 

While this card doesn’t offer the same sort of insurance or lounge access perks as the Metal card, it is also free so won’t break your bank to use. I personally think this card is A MUST if you’re going abroad due to the elimination of foreign transaction fees so be sure to download the app, choose which card you would like to sign up for and enter the code LSPTR for that free £5.

How to Claim your FREE £5 with Curve

If you’ve read my two newest card reviews of two of Curve’s three cards, you’ll know exactly who they are and what they do but if you haven’t be sure to read them for an overview of their products.

Full review of the Blue Curve Card here

Full review of the Metal Curve Card here

Curve are offering a sign up bonus of £5 to any new customers by using this coupon code: LSPTR. 

If you are going abroad soon, the Curve card is a MUST for you as it eliminates all foreign transaction fees on purchases overseas. If you select the Metal card you’ll even be able to visit the airport lounge and be insured on your trip! More of that in the full card review.

All you have to do to claim this free £5 is download the curve app on your mobile phone, choose which card you would like to have the £5 put on, enter your delivery information so the card can be delivered to your door and you’re done!

No matter which card you choose, it’ll be a MasterCard so will be accepted no matter where you spend it.

Happy spending, and make sure you sign up before going abroad to eliminate those pesky foreign transaction fees!

American Express METAL Platinum Card | Full Review

On June 11th, American Express rolled out their first metal card for the UK market: The platinum card.

Although the platinum card was already on the market, changes to the card such as it becoming gold came into effect on June 11th. This article will review those new changes and assess whether you should get that card or not. Below is my new video titled ‘5 Reasons I Cancelled my AMEX Platinum – A Warning’. 


Brief Review:

Card: American Express Platinum Card

Cost: £575 a year (Worth it? Read on to find out)

Sign-up Bonus: 30,000 Membership Rewards points (35,000 if you use our link)

Favourite Perk: Priority Pass lounge access


The American Express card is the highest card in AMEX UK’s locker and you sure can see that in the price. £575 is a much higher charge than any other of AMEX’s cards and for that reason offers the best package of benefits to its card users. These include:

1. American Express users can give out benefits to five others by adding supplementary members to their account (one platinum card and four gold or green cards).

2. Both the main card holder and platinum supplementary card holder will receive Priority Pass lounge access. Priority Pass is the mot comprehensive lounge network and can get you into over 1,200 lounges worldwide. In fact, I think you would struggle to find an airport without a priority pass lounge.

3. You and all five of your supplementary card users will be given full travel insurance which covers your travel directly and things linked to your trips such as health.

4.  If you hire a car, you will be fully insured under AMEX’s car insurance programme.

5.  This perk is only beneficial if you live in London as far as I’m aware but platinum members will get £10 worth of credit per month to use on Addison Lee taxis.

6. Platinum users are automatically enrolled in a scheme called Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR).  This scheme can be one of the biggest benefits of Platinum however I found it not to benefit me as I generally don’t stay in luxury hotels while travelling. FHR gives you midday check-in where available, guaranteed 4pm checkout which is a great perk especially on one night bookings, free in-room wifi, $100 food and drink credit per stay and finally you will receive a room upgrade where available.

These perks are for 600 luxury hotels worldwide and if you are somebody who is likely to use these perks, this card is probably for you.

7. Another perk that is only worth it if you stay at hotels a lot is that you will receive permanent status at the following hotel chains:

  • Gold in Melia Rewards
  • Gold in Hilton Honors
  • Gold in Radisson Rewards
  • Gold in Marriott Bonvoy
  • Jade in Shangri-La Golden Circle

8.  If you travel by train, you will receive Eurostar lounge access in London, Brussels and Paris

Finally, alongside the 30,000 (35,000) point sign up bonus, you will earn 1 membership reward point for every £1 you spend. Personally, I think it is a shame that they don’t offer 1.5 points to make it stand out from the gold card more.

Conclusion: Is it worth it?!

The American Express Platinum is a great card with a shed load of perks, there’s no two ways about it. I signed up for the platinum card because I thought the benefits would be worth the money for me but after using it for 2 weeks, I begun to realise that they weren’t (more on that in the above video).

The card still carries a 3% foreign transaction fee which means i had to look elsewhere for a card to use abroad and I was never going to use the hotel perks which meant I was relying on the lounge access to foot the bill.

Personally, if you’re in a similar position to me, I would advise signing up for the gold card  or Curve Metal card and using the Lounge Club or Lounge Key programs.

How I Booked JFK-HKG in FIRST CLASS for $103

Flying First and Business Class is a treat. It’s more than that in fact, it’s incredible. For so many years i just thought that flying First and Business Class was how the rich and the mega-rich flew and dismissed it as ever being possible.

It is only recently that I have challenged this idea and begun to research how I, a 19 year old student, can afford such a novelty.

In this article I am going to take you through my mist recent redemption: Cathay Pacific First Class and show you how I was able to book it for the ridiculous price of £79 ($103)

Booking Cathay Pacific using money on this route will set you back approximately £20,000. Yes, WOW. I decided, after very careful consideration that this wasn’t worth it and decided to look at ways of booking this flight using miles and points.

By saying the words ‘using miles and points’ people instantly get scared away which I think is a real shame because it is so so easy to do and people get worried or think it is too much effort straight away.

Ways to book Cathay First Class

Using miles, Cathay Pacific First Class can be booked using many mileage programs such as American Airlines, British Airways and the best of them all: Alaska Airlines. 

Alaska Airlines are a small US domestic carrier based in Seattle who I have absolutely no ambition of flying anytime soon (sorry, Alaska). One thing Alaska does have which attracts me, however, is a superb mileage plan with some of the world’s best airlines as partners.

If you live in the USA, accruing Alaska miles shouldn’t be too hard. I’m no expert on US credit cards but I have seen sign-up bonuses of 100,000 points before!

To book this flight you will need 70,000 Alaska miles. These miles can very easily be accumulated by flying. Alaska is notorious for giving bonus miles if you choose them when adding your frequent flyer number to a booking. Examples of this include giving 500% on the miles flown in British Airways First Class!

If you have no way of accumulating Alaska miles, you can even purchase them for amazing rates. 70,000 miles will cost you $1,500 dollars at the moment so even if you have to do this you’re making a HUGE saving.

If you want to learn more on how to accumulate miles and points you can read my full guide here.

Booking This Flight

To find availability I  advise you to head to British Airways’ website and search for dates you want to fly. Lots of dates come up empty but if you are flexible, you should find a day that works for you. If you need help with that have a look at my guide to booking BA flights with miles.

Once I found my flight, I called up Alaska Airlines who asked me to verify who I was and then I told them the exact date and flight I wanted and the man on the phone said ‘that will be 70,000 miles and $103’ (A BARGAIN).

And just like that, my flights were booked and I was on my way to New York!

My Favourite Free Credit Card Choices for 2019

Now that the new year has begun and our wallets are starting to recover from the onslaught of Christmas, I have decided to write an article about a question I get almost every day: Which free credit card is the best?

All paid with miles and points. How? Read on.

Now, obviously this question has a lot of answers and depends on your spending habits, airline choices and so on but in this article I will explore your options for credit cards in 2019.

What do I use?

Personally, I have used all of American Express’ airline credit/charge cards out there apart from the top-of-the-range platinum card. As a university student, my biggest spends go on accommodation payments for my student halls which can luckily be paid using American Express cards. This is perfect for me as I am able to sign up for credit cards based on the timings of these payments to ensure that I hit the sign up bonuses most semesters. In my first semester I used my favourite charge card going at the moment which is the AMEX Gold Card. The payment of £1,600 enabled me to be only £400 off the sign up bonus. After three weeks I hit this bonus and was rewarded with a total of 22,000 Membership Rewards points which I recently transferred into Avios (British Airways Miles).

For my second semester I will be using the British Airways Premium Plus credit card to pay my rent. This will leave me £1,400 off the sign up bonus but seeing as I recently spent £1,000 on British Airways (netting me 3x points) I am only £400 away from the sign up bonus where I will rack up 26,000 Avios points.

That’s enough of my story but hopefully it shows you how easy it is to acquire large amounts of frequent flyer miles in a short space of time.

My Picks for 2019:

The Freebies

Being British, a love a bargain but there is one thing we all love more than a bargain and that is a freebie. There are currently two cards on the market that cater to this market and those are as follows.

1.  The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card

The number one selling point of this card is that it is free. Not only will it not hurt your bank account but as mentioned above it will net you a wonderful 21,000 point sign up bonus (22,000 if you use my special link). For the full review of this card including how it can get you lounge access, hotel upgrades and more click here.

Photo: AMEX

2. The British Airways American Express Credit Card

The lesser of the two is also the more simple. Netting you only 5,000 avios (6,000 through my special link) it has the perk of being free forever unlike the gold card which will charge you £140 every year after your first year. This card has the simplicity of transferring your points to British Airways at the end of every month and is definitely a good start up card. What you could do is have the two running side-by-side to net yourself a 28,000 sign up bonus.

3. British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card

While I suggest those two cards if you want a free card, another recommendation of mine is the premium BA card. This card carries a charge of £190 a year but what people don’t realise is that if you cancel your card after receiving your sign-up bonus, money will be returned to you based on how long you had the card for. This card carries a lovely 25,000 (26,000 using my link) sign-up bonus which again is directly moved over to British Airways. For more details and how you can use this card to travel 2-4-1 on British Airways click here.

Final Thought

The choices may not be perfect but in the UK that is all we get. My top choice for anyone out there is the Gold Card. I think the perks of this card are fantastic and being free makes it even more appealing. Good luck with your miles and points in 2018.

British Airways American Express Credit Card | Full Review

British Airways and American Express currently have two credit cards available. The ‘blue‘ and the ‘black‘ or more specifically, the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card and the British Airways American Express Credit Card which I will be talking to you about today.


Brief Review:

Card: British Airways American Express Credit Card

Cost: £0

Sign-up Bonus: 5,000 Avios (+1,000 bonus Avios if you apply using our link)

Favourite Perk: It’s free


The American Express British Airways Credit Card is one of AMEX’s lower end cards and sister of the Premium Plus card. The card’s main selling point is that it is completely free so even if you’re undecided if it is worth signing up, you should just do it.

Seeing as the card is free, the perks are limited in comparison to its older sister which offers a 25,000 Avios sign-on bonus and a 2-4-1 voucher. It is important to note that this card also gives users the ability to earn a 2-4-1 ‘companion voucher’ but only after £20,000 of spend… If somebody spends that much in a year, why the heck do they have this card and not the Premium Plus?

With that said, this card is definitely not a bad one. The 6,000 Avios sign on bonus comes after only spending £1,000 in the first three months of membership and you earn 1 Avios point for every £1 spent. That means after spending £1,000 you will have accumulated 7,000 Avios points which is 1,500 points short of a return to Europe and more than enough for a one-way flight.

Where will you be going with these points? China?

From this article, I think you’ll see that while this card is no way near as good as its sister card it seems that because it is free, it is definitely worth applying for to start earning those Avios points.

To sign up and gain the bonus 1,000 Avios click here.

The only thing to hold back on and consider is timing. I will go into this more in an upcoming article where I compare these cards but in my opinion, this card should be applied for after the Premium Plus card.

The £195 fee is actually refunded on a pro-rata basis which means that if you only use the card for three months, get your sign-on bonus of 26,000 points then call them up and downgrade to the basic ‘blue’ card, you will be refunded £146. You won’t be entitled to a sign up bonus for the blue card but you will have 26,000 Avios in your account which will get you a lot further than 7,000 off this card.


Other Cards to Consider:

The American Express Gold Card (NOW FREE FOR ONE YEAR)

British Airways Premium Plus American Express Credit Card | Full Review

For all of you looking at building up your Avios which can be spent with British Airways then the American Express British Airways Premium Plus card which I want to talk to you about today should definitely be considered.


Brief Review:

Card: American Express British Airways Premium Plus

Cost: £195 per year (worth it, I would argue)

Sign-up Bonus: 25,000 Avios (bonus 1,000 if you use our link)

Favourite Perk: A 2-4-1 voucher on British Airways flights


The British Airways Premium Plus card is an American Express credit card aimed at higher-end spenders who fly British Airways. The card has a hefty annual fee of £195 which its sister card (the British Airways American Express Credit Card) does not have. In this article I will review the card and say exactly why I believe this card is worth that money.

Applying for this card is just like any other American Express card – very simple. It isn’t in the same category of cards as the ‘Membership Rewards’ cards which means you can have this card and receive the large sign-on bonus as well as holding my favourite AMEX card, the American Express Gold Credit Card, and receiving the sign-on bonus for that, too. The sign on bonus for this card is set at 25,000 Avios if you spend £3,000 in the first three months (see what I mean about high-end spenders). For those that fly a lot of British Airways, this target will probably be met.

That brings me on to another aspect I love which is that if you spend that money on BA.com, you’ll receive 3 Avios for every £1 spent instead of the usual 1.5 Avios (still very good). This means that you could rack up 35,000 Avios (9,000 + 26,000) just by booking one family trip! Be sure to check out the ‘LondonSpotter Tip’ below to see how you can get this and save £146 too!

The main thing that makes this card worth the £195, however, is the ability to earn a 2-4-1 ‘companion voucher’ to use on British Airways flights. The companion voucher is added to your BA account when you spend £10,000 in your first year of card membership. The voucher essentially lets you purchase one reward flight and receive a ticket in the same cabin for someone else. If you want to learn more about BA reward flights, click here for my recent guide.

As with all AMEX cards, a nice and easy way to generate points is by referring friends and family. That’s right, I taught my family all about using miles and points and they now have more credit cards than they ever have done before! In fact, my parents are going on a huge trip this September all thanks to these amazing miles credit cards.

So, what do I think? Personally I think the £195 is justified. If you generate enough Avios you could jet off in First Class and take someone with you for free. Alone, that is worth at least a couple of thousand pounds. If you can’t see yourself being that big of a spender then have a look at the free BA AMEX card (full review coming soon) and go for that one instead. Just remember that if you choose the free card then want to upgrade to the premium card, you will not be eligible for the sign-on bonus. 

Ready to sign up for this card? I suggest checking out ALL of the benefits here on American Express’s website before making your final decision. Be aware that if you sign up through links on LondonSpotter, you will earn a bonus 1,000 Avios welcome bonus.

To sign up and take full advantage of my bonus 1,000 Avios offer, click here

LondonSpotter’s Tip:

Something to consider is that the £195 is actually refunded on a pro-rata basis if you cancel before the year is up. This means that you can sign up for three months, get your huge sign on bonus, call up AMEX and downgrade to the blue card. They’ll refund you £146 and you’ll have 27,000 Avios to play with. This is definitely what you should do if you think you won’t spend enough to get the companion voucher.


Other Cards to Consider:

The American Express Gold Card (NOW FREE FOR ONE YEAR)

The British Airways American Express Credit Card (FREE)

British Airways Reward Flights: A Beginner’s Guide

Today’s blog post in the LondonSpotter Miles and Points series has been requested a huge amount of times by my UK readers who still find lots of complicated posts online about cashing in miles for reward flights on British Airways but no simple guide which lays out the basics – look no further as here is your A-Z guide with everything you need to know.

Still not 100% sure what miles and points really are and how to generate them? No problem, I have you covered. Go to Miles and Points and click on the lessons for dummies then come back here for your exclusive lesson in British Airways award flights.

The British Airways executive club is a great place to cash in all those hard earned points you’ve generated through flying or on your British Airways credit cards in return for cheap travel.

To start your search for award bookings and flights, go to BA.com and log into your executive club account. Once you’re logged in, go to ‘Spending Avios’ and select ‘Reward Flights’ to pull up the search page.

The search page will give you two options. You can either book a revenue flight (a full fare ticket) and upgrade using your miles (this option is more expensive as you still have to shell out for the flight but makes sense if you still want to generate airmiles on the flight as you will earn miles based on the cabin you purchased) or you can simply search for award flights under ‘Book with Avios’. Let’s go ahead and look at booking a flight with avios.

How many Avios do I need?

The amount of Avios you will need to pay for a British Airways Reward ticket is based on two things: The region you’re flying to (based on miles) and the cabin you’re flying in. Here is the British Airways chart which should be your go-to table when booking award flights.

Examples: So if you’re flying from London to Amsterdam you are obviously still in zone 1 so you’ll pay 4,500 avios (4,000 in off-peak times) and 9,000 in business class (7,750 in off-peak times). Next week, I will be flying to Athens in Greece in business class which falls into zone 3. I, therefore, paid 20,000 miles as it is peak season. Simple.

Booking process:

While booking revenue tickets with airlines, I’m sure you will have noticed that buying a return ticket drastically brings prices down. This is not the case with reward flights. Reward flights are one way tickets and buying a return is simply double the price of a one-way. This is great as it gives you much more flexibility when booking trips.

As an example booking, I’m going to search for London – Moscow on a one-way ticket on March 8th in economy class.

Straight away you can see that it says ‘off-peak’ so we know that we will be paying the reduced number of avios on the above chart. Seeing as Moscow falls into zone 3, that number is 8,500 avios. In the below picture, you will see that their is also an amount to be paid in cash – these fees are taxes, airline charges and government charges which are thrown into every ticket and HAVE to be paid. While flying within Europe, these fees are not huge. As you can see, we only have to pay £17.50 for this flight to Moscow but as soon as we start to book other tickets to further destinations, prices begin to ROCKET.

For example, if you book a business class flight to New York, you’ll be set back £372 in fees. I’ll come on to how to avoid these charges later on in the article.

Once you have selected your flight, you will then be given the option to reduce the amount of Avios you use in favour of using more money. Once you select the ratio you want to use, continue like you would with any other ticket, confirm your details, pay the necessary charges (I suggest paying using the British Airways Premium Plus Card as it gives you 3x bonus for transactions on BA.com) and submit.

So there is your brief overview on HOW to book British Airways flights on BA.com but what makes the system with executive club worthwhile is the fact that you can book flights with other airlines too and what is even better is that the charges on those flights are rarely as high.

Booking tickets on other airlines through BA:

If you’re a keen reader, you’ll know that I booked to fly on Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 for £27 and 9,000 Avios. Unfortunately the aircraft was swapped to a Cathay Dragon A330-300 but nonetheless, I was very happy with the deal.

I have booked several tickets on American Airlines using BA.com, too. Zone 1 fares have no been scrapped within the USA but you can still get some amazing deals. My favourite redemption has to be West Coast to Hawaii for 12,500 Avios and a killing $5.60.

Zone 1 fares may not be available within American anymore, but they are within Japan with Japan Airlines.

Avios can be used to book flights on any of BA’s oneworld partners as well as their non-alliance partners such as Alaska and Aer Lingus.

Avoiding hefty fees on British Airways flights:

As I mentioned above, booking flights with British Airways may not seem worth it because of the hefty charges they lay on. There are a couple of ways to reduce these costs such as: avoid flying British Airways and use your executive club to book flights on other carriers or don’t fly out of London. By routing your flight out of Dublin you can reduce the fees of that £372 New York flight to £163. Now obviously you have to start your trip from Dublin but it is easy enough to position there on a Ryanair flight eh?

I will make a much more in depth article on avoiding hefty BA fees soon but for now, play around with avoiding London and see just how big of a discount you can get yourself!


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