Airline Loyalty Clubs
Welcome to the Business For Less Series. This is the first in an 8 part series dedicated to showing you how you can fly business class for less than the cost of economy.
I will guide you through everything you need to know about accumulating airline loyalty club points one step at a time. There will be easy activities for you to complete each week so you can start making progress immediately.
Even if you don’t plan to fly business class regularly, you may be planning a wedding abroad, fabulous honeymoon or special anniversary trip. This series will show you how to kick your trip off in style!
Here’s what you can look forward to from the series.
Week 1 – Airline Loyalty Clubs
Week 2 – Avios Club
Week 3 – Credit cards
Week 4 – Hotels
Week 5 – Rewards For Thoughts
Week 6 – British Airways Shop
Week 7 – Other Collection Methods
Week 8 – Final words and success stories
So assuming you are onboard let’s get started….
Step one – Sign up for the airline loyalty club of your chosen airline.
I’m using British Airways and Oneworld for this series. British Airways is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance as well as Finnair, Qatar airlines, Berlin airlines, Iberia, Qantas and many more.
Flights with all these airlines earn you AVIOS reward points but first you must register using this link. The screenshot shows you where you can find the registration link if you are already on the British Airways site.
Using the buttons below Tweet, share on Facebook or simply comment using #From Miles To Smiles to share your progress once you have signed up. Let’s get our whole travel hacking community excited about the AVIOS reward points you can accrue by following this programme.
Now don’t worry – the next step is not to go booking lots of flights. In fact, you can build enough points to fly business class without ever leaving the ground! I know it sounds hard to believe but it is true if you know how!
Since the beginning of January I have accumulated 62,705 points of which only 2,466 were from actual flights. With my previous business class flights costing between 80,000 and 100,000 points, in just 4 months that is some progress!
Don’t stop there – once you have signed up, sign up your spouse and children using the same form. Go ahead now and create an household account which combines all your points allowing you to quickly increase your balance if more than one person is travelling. You must all live at the same address to qualify.
Should you need to book flights, you will earn points for any flights booked with airlines within the oneworld alliance even if you didn’t book with them directly.
Beware, British Airways will not always be the cheapest company. In fact, often they can be quite expensive, so check out the best flight deals on Skyscanner.
Skyscanner is a great tool allowing you to compare flight deals. It even includes budget airlines, such as Easyjet and Ryanair, which do not feature on many other comparison sites. If British Airways or one of the oneworld partners do come out top, click on the link from Skyscanner to book. Then once you have the 6 digit booking code, go into your Executive Club account and add the flight number to your bookings to ensure you gain the Avios Reward Points after your flight.
The video below shows you how….
For those unfamiliar with AVIOS, oneworld and British Airways have their own currency for airmiles known as AVIOS. Any balance you accumulate through the Executive Club will show as My AVIOS on your account.
So don’t delay…get started today. Sign up for the Executive Club and share your progresss using #L4L. Who knows between us, we might be able to fill business class….