I’m heading out to Seoul in March and am super excited to be flying business class once again. Before you start accusing me of being a pampered brat however, let’s be clear, I paid LESS for these flights than I would have paid for economy class tickets on the same flight. How, I hear you cry?
How I bagged a bargain to Seoul
Here’s how I bagged this deal.
Using airmiles accrued with British Airways, I booked two business class flights departing from Manchester to Seoul for £1149.52. This is actually the cost of the tax and fees (I know, painful right?) as the flight itself was free. Well, as free as it can be when you have paid over a grand in fees!
In addition I used 150,000 points and a companion voucher. The latter entitles a person of my choice (lucky husband!) to join me on a BOGOF basis so I only have to use enough points for one airfare. Unfortunately I have to pay the taxes and fees for two. There’s no avoiding those bloody annoyances.
How much would it cost to buy the tickets?
Flights on the same dates in Club cost a whopping £4679.52 for two people. On that basis therefore I’ve saved £3,530.
What’s more the same flights in economy cost £1299.42. So I paid £149.90 less than even the price for two measly economy seats.
Now, of course British Airways is not always renowned for being the cheapest airline, so it pays to do your research before booking. You may be able to get a better deal on Skyscanner and save your points for when you might get better value.
It also pays to book as far in advance as possible to have the best chance of securing your business class redemption. I usually book virtually the full 355 days in advance. I’ve even been known to diary the date when flights are released to bag my bargains.
How can you earn the AVIOS?
If you are new to collecting AVIOS and want a ton of tips on how to collect enough points to book your own business class flights, you may wish to start with the Beginners Guide to Collecting AVIOS. This is a series of 14 posts sharing all the tips and tricks I have learned over the years to make it as easy as possible to collect points.
Your best redemption
So what has been your best airmiles redemption and what tips do you have for others? Feel free to share them with us below.