I checked out a website the other day, http://www.economicalexcursionists.com/travelTools/ that shows you all the different award bookings you can choose from when you pick your cities.
It is really something. Quite simply after you input the 2 cities, it lists 1. Airline 2. Award chart 3. Cost (award points) 4. Class 5. Service and special notes on the flight.
Now, it’s not perfect, but it is really cool to use.
I thought, since you can pretty much pick up 55,000 Avios for free getting 2 Amex cards (Gold – 25,000, Aeroplan Plus Gold – 30,000) – convert Aeroplan to Avios through a previous post, we can look at where 55,000 Avios will take one person.
Again, if you can refer a partner, you pick up 10,000 more Aeroplan and MR points which gives you as a couple 25,000 + 10,000 + 25,000 MR points = 60,000. Then it gives you 30,000 + 10,000 + 30,000 = 70,000 Aeroplan. That’s a total of 130,000 points converted to Avios. I can get about 2 cents per point on Avios bookings, so….about $2600.00 in flights…for free.Yaaa.
Ya, I know it’s a lot of numbers to many of you…but c’mon it’s $2600 or so in free flights.
So, back to the point of this – International Destinations.
I am keeping this to Avios as it was usually one of the best redemption options and that is what we primarily talk about here.
Now, the site lists the most efficient ways to get to the destination using the least amount of points – I will list what came up when trying to book these flights through BA.com
Remember, as a single person there are 55,000 Avios up for grabs for free if you get 2 credit cards in the next little while.
As a couple, there are 130,000 Avios up for grabs.
All destinations are out of Detroit.
Honolulu (I know it’s U.S.) – 45,000 Avios – hard to find availability
Paris, France – 49,000 Avios + $734 in taxes
Madrid, Spain – 49,000 – 60,000 Avios + $671 taxes
London, England – 58,000 – 60,000 Avios + $539
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 64,500 Avios + $103 taxes
Hong Kong – 105,000 – 115,000 Avios + $84 in taxes – that’s it!
Buenos Aires, Argentina – 80,000 Avios – hard to find
Dubai, UAE – 80,000 Avios – hard to find.
That’s just a few places with the taxes, if you know of any other deals out there or some good redemption options, please feel free to post them.
As you can see though, you can save considerable amounts of money collecting points like Avios, Aeroplan, etc.
One example would be pooling your Avios and using them for a flight to Hong Kong which would only end of costing you $84 for 1 ticket!