Yay I’m finally I’m ticking Vancouver and Whistler off our bucket list. This city has been on my radar for a number of years, but we have been traipsing around Japan, South Korea and the United States trying different ski resorts. But, I’ve finally managed to secure a good British Airways redemption with my companion voucher, so we have booked first class flights to Vancouver from Manchester.
First class flights to Vancouver from Manchester
We have paid £1138.46 in taxes and fees (I know, eye watering right?), but this has saved us over £6,400. The best cash price for first class flights to Vancouver from Manchester or London was £7,543.66. Wowsers, does anyone actually pay that kind of price for a flight?
How did we earn enough AVIOS for this?
To be truthful, in the last three months I’ve earned over 180,000 AVIOS from credit card referrals, so these alone have covered the 170,000 we needed to book these off-peak tickets.
However, my top tip for earning enough points is to take out a British Airways AMEX Premium Card. Yes, there is a £195 fee, but once you spend £10,000 on the card in a year, you will earn a companion voucher. This voucher allows you to pay the AVIOS for one person and yet two people get to fly. Sadly, you have to pay taxes and fees for two, hence the cost of £1,138.46.
With this card, you will also earn 25,000 AVIOS on sign up (26,000 if you use this referral link). If you can then encourage your friends and family to sign up for a card, you earn 9,000 for each referral. There is a maximum of 90,000 AVIOS from referrals each year, but your spouse can be one of them, so you can repeat the exercise with them.
Don’t worry, this does not mean that you need to pay two lots of £195. Once you have earned the companion voucher for one account, you can downgrade to the standard card and receive a pro-rata refund for the remainder of the year.
Other credit cards
There are other credit cards which recognise spending with whopping sign up bonuses. My favourite is the AMEX Gold, as it has no annual fee in the first year. The sign up bonus is 20,000 (or 22,000 with my referral link). Take note you need to spend £2,000 in three months to earn the sign up bonus on this card, versus £3,000 in three months for the British Airways Premium Card.
If you want the full rundown on credit cards, read the post above.
Other top tips for earning AVIOS
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What to do in Vancouver?
So, any top tips for things to do in Vancouver? If any of you have visited Vancouver, Whistler, Seattle or surrounding ski resorts I’m interested. Whistler is seriously expensive and we would like to try local slopes, that are more reasonably priced. Please pop any ideas in the comments below.
Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Your first class flights await for less than the cost of two economy flights!