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How to choose a credit card that fits your lifestyle

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In many ways, choosing a credit card is a lot like choosing a new car – your selection needs to fit your lifestyle. There’s no point buying a flashy supercar if you have a young family in tow, while investing in a sizeable SUV makes little sense when you’re a single, young professional. However, although finding the right car can be a lengthy process, choosing a credit card to suit your lifestyle should be very straightforward.

Determine your needs

The first step towards choosing a suitable card is to determine your needs – this will help you to accurately identify the benefits that will best help you. If you frequently make trips abroad, enjoy heading to the theatre most weekends and like to indulge in the occasional shopping spree, your credit card needs will be very different to those with a quieter lifestyle.

Identifying your own particular requirements will help you to narrow down your choice of card considerably. For instance, if you’re a shopaholic then you’ll find credit cards with generous cashback offers very appealing, while cards offering Nectar points could be very beneficial if you’re a parent looking to stretch your monthly budget.

Consider repayments

Your choice of credit card should be influenced by how you intend to make repayments. If you plan to carry a balance from one month to the next, then a card with a low interest rate will be the best choice for you. However, if you’re looking to pay off your balance in full each month, then the interest rate may be less important than the potential rewards and benefits that could be on offer.

Think about additional rewards

Some credit cards offer rewards on top of their introductory offers and account initiatives. For example, American Express allows you to accumulate avios, earn complimentary hotel stays (Starpoints), take advantage of inclusive insurance deals, and enjoy comprehensive Refund and Purchase Protection schemes. Some Amex cards even come with the added benefit of preferred seating packages for a range of events across the UK, including the Summer Series at Somerset House and various performances at London’s National Theatre.

To learn more and find a card to fit your lifestyle, click here

Before applying for any american express card, be in touch for a referral which will earn you more bonus points than simply applying directly online!

Contact me on the Miles Mogul Facebook Page or on nickyjameskelvin [at] gmail.com

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FREE TRAVEL APPS FROM AMEX WORTH £15

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Get the following apps completely free if you hold an Amex card. The deadline for downloading free is tomorrow (31 May 2014):

  • Shazam Encore (the £4.99 premium version)
  • Spark Camera (usually 69p)
  • Barefoot World Atlas (aimed at children, usually £2.99)
  • FlightTrack 5 (usually £2.99)
  • iTranslate Voice 2 (usually £1.49)
  • Weather HD (usually £1.99)

Visit the dedicated Amex handpicked website HERE for more details and to download.

Nicky

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A redemption! The culmination of furious miles collecting – saving six grand!

Utila, Honduras. Heading here on Iberia Business Class for 72 quid!

What is the point in obsessively collecting miles and points if you can’t use them? I made a large redemption yesterday and I am sharing the details in order to inspire you to spend some miles and prove that it is very possible to use them in a great way!

I managed to extract 5.5 pence of value out of each mile, which is an excellent return. This is of course based on the equivalent full cash price of the tickets which is somewhat arbitrary as I would never pay £4k for a business class flight to Guatemala!

My redemption did highlight the fantastic value offered by Iberia in business class due to their very low taxes. I should also mention that there was availability to Rio de Janeiro and Bogota (Colombia) for a discounted rate of just 37,500 avios and about £50 tax.

Route

Airline

Class

Miles Mogul Paid

Cash Price

Value per avios

Saving

London > Madrid

British Airways

Club Europe

£25 + 15,000 avios

£488

3p

£463

Madrid > Guatemala City

Iberia

Business Plus

£72 + 50,000 avios

£4,050

8p

£3,978

Roatan (Honduras) > Miami

American Airlines

Main Cabin Extra

£70 + 7,500 avios

£499

5.7p

£429

Miami > New York

American Airlines

Main Cabin Extra

£1 + 7,500 avios

£111

1.5p

£110

New York > London

British Airways

World Traveller Plus

£150 + 30,000

£1,165

3.4p

£1,015

£318 + 110,000 avios

£6,313

5.5p

£5,995

Please be in touch if you would like any help with your next redemption. I am considering offering this as a proper service – it would be great if you could let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

As always, please feel free to comment with any questions or additional tips you may have. Please follow the blog by entering your email below to get posts straight to your inbox, and follow the Miles Mogul on Facebook!

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ACT NOW – Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold Card Offer Expiring

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The offer of a free Marco Polo Gold Card when signing up to the Amex Platinum card expires on 31 March. For full details of the deal, see this post.

If you want to take advantage of this amazing benefit, you need to sign up NOW in order to get your Platinum card through in time to sign up for the Marco Polo Gold Card.

A fresh referral link is on the Miles Mogul facebook page. I am extremely grateful for each and every referral!

As always, please feel free to comment with any questions or additional tips you may have. Please follow the blog by entering your email below to get posts straight to your inbox, and follow the Miles Mogul on Facebook!

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Free Lounge Access for a year, 35,000 points and MUCH MORE with Amex Platinum without paying the £450 fee!!

After a ridiculously long time away, I am returning to share a deal that I just successfully took advantage of myself that I don’t want anyone to miss out on.

The product is the American Express Platinum Charge Card.

An overview

The benefits are second to none, and the best part is that you keep most of the benefits, even after cancelling the card.

This is absolutely key, because Amex charge a hefty £450 annual fee for the card, BUT this is refunded pro-rata when you cancel the card. You may only need to keep the card for a month of so, so you can expect in this situation to only pay a total of £37.50. An absolutely fantastic deal!

When I cancelled my card yesterday after 5 weeks, Amex simply gave me a full refund. I kept the benefits and paid nothing.

What are the benefits?

I will focus here on the benefits you will get to keep even after cancelling the card.

Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold Card

IMPORTANT: This is only available as a benefit until 31 March 2014. YOU MUST APPLY BEFORE THIS DATE.

This gives you “Sapphire Status” in the One World Alliance. So whenever you travel on airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Iberia, Qatar and any other One World airline, even when travelling in economy, you will get the following perks:

· Free business class lounge access (plus 1 guest)

· Business class check-in

· Priority boarding

· Free seat selection at the time of booking for every passenger on the same booking (on British Airways you have to usually wait until 24 hrs before your flight)

· Free extra baggage allowance (2 x 32kg bags on British Airways)

Click here for full details on the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold Card

Hotel Status

 

Set out in the table below are the cards and their related benefits that you will receive for three different hotel groups.

Group and status Brands Benefits Link for more info
Club Accor Platinum · Sofitel· Pullman

· Novotel

· Mercure

· Ibis

· Adagio

· Thalassa

· Free internet· Welcome drink

· Late check-out

· Early check-in

· Room upgrade

· Executive Lounge

Club Accor Platinum
Starwood Preferred Guest Gold · Westin· W Hotels

· Sheraton

· Four Points

· Le Meridien

· St Regis

· Aloft

· The Luxury Collection

· Element

· Late check-out· Room upgrade

· Welcome gift

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold
Club Carlson Gold · Radisson· Park Plaza

· Park Inn

· Country Inns & Suites

· Free Internet· Early check-in

· Late check-out

· Welcome gift

· Food and drink discounts

Club Carlson Gold

Car Hire Status

You will also gain status in Hertz and Avis. This gives you a number of benefits including free upgrades.

Sign-up bonus

American Express are offering a bonus of 30,000 Membership Reward points if you spend £2,000 in 3 months on the card. This is enough for 3 return flights in Europe, or a return flight to Tel Aviv if converted to Avios. For more information on what you can do with these points, click here. IMPORTANT: you will not receive this sign-up bonus if you have held the American Express Gold Charge Card, or the Platinum card within the last six months.

Referral bonus

If I refer you, Amex will give you 35,000 miles! This is a hefty increase. If you are eligible for the sign-up bonus, this is well worth it, and I will be extremely grateful for the small incentive Amex give me!

Cashback

If you are not eligible for the sign up bonus, I can still refer you, but as you will not get any bonus points yourself, you could go down the cashback route. Topcashback.co.uk are offering £52.50 cashback for signing up to the card. This is paid very quickly. If you then cancel the card quickly enough, you will not pay any of the £450 fee, and you will have made £52.50, and kept the benefits of the card.

If you decide to go down this route, PLEASE sign up to topcashback through my referral link: http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/nickykelvin

If you do, you will receive a bonus 500 Tesco Clubcard points!

I would recommend signing up for topcashback anyway, as you can make money on pretty much all your online purchases. This can be extremely rewarding, e.g. getting 10.5% back on Hotels.com could give you some serious spending money as a bonus on your next holiday! I will do a full blog post on this soon.

Your options:

Route A – for those who don’t have either the Amex Gold or Platinum charge card

1. Sign up through my referral link (here – on the Miles Mogul Facebook page or contact me for a referral email)

2. Sign up for all the benefits outlined above through Amex (this is very simple)

3. Spend £2,000 in 3 months on the card to get 35,000 (only if you use my referral link – otherwise 30,000)

4. Transfer your Membership Rewards points from Amex to your preferred programme (this will be British Airways Avios for most of my readers)

5. Cancel the Platinum Card and receive a pro-rated refund of the annual fee and keep the benefits.

Route B – for those who already have the Amex Gold card or don’t want to spend on the card

1. Sign up through my referral link (here – on the Miles Mogul Facebook page or contact me for a referral email), or through the topcashback referral link to get £52.50 and 500 tesco club card points (through this link only).

2. Sign up for all the benefits outlined above through Amex (this is very simple)

3. Cancel the Platinum Card and receive a pro-rated refund of the annual fee – in my case, after 5 weeks, they refunded the ENTIRE fee. I paid nothing.

 

As always, please feel free to comment with any questions or additional tips you may have. Please follow the blog by entering your email below to get posts straight to your inbox, and follow the Miles Mogul on Facebook!

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20,000 Starpoints (=25,000 Avios) bonus is back!

It is always a happy day when a credit card reinstates a huge bonus, and American Express have gone and brought back the 20,000 Starpoint bonus for their Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) credit card. I took out this credit card a few months ago, but they withdrew the bonus before I had a chance to write about it on here.

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What are the benefits of the card?

  • A 20,000 Starpoint bonus (worth 25,000 avios when converted)
  • Earn 1 Starpoint for every £1 spent
  • Travel inconvenience insurance (covering flight cancellations and delayed baggage to relatively high amounts) and travel accident cover when you buy tickets on the card.
  • Refund/purchase protection.

How does the bonus work?

  • You must spend £1,000 in the first three months (a relatively modest target to hit)
  • Amex will credit 20,000 starpoints to your SPG account (apparently they set this up automatically, although I had to call them and give them a nudge)

How much will it cost?

  • There is an annual fee of £75
  • After three months, your bonus points will have been posted and you can cancel the card. You will then receive a pro-rated refund. If you do indeed cancel, you will end up paying around £20 overall.
  • It is possible to apply for the card through Quidco or Topcashback to receive a £15 cashback, so if you play this right, you can pay just £5 for your 25,000 avios. This is an insane deal!!

What are 20,000 Starpoints worth?

  • Airline Partners – When converting to an airline programe, they give you a 5,000 mile bonus, so you effectively have 25,000 miles plus whatever you have earned on top by spending on the card. Here are some airline partners where you can transfer your miles:

– British Airways

– Delta

– Qatar Airways

– Singapore Airlines

– Thai Airways

– United

– Virgin

– Etihad

– American Airlines (great to boost your AAdvantage miles hoard if you took up the AA MBNA card offer I wrote about a couple of weeks ago)

  • Hotel Rooms – you can redeem your points for hotel rooms under the SPG umbrella. These hotels include:

– Westin

– St Regis

– Sheraton

– Le Meridien

– W Hotels

– Four Points

  • There are various other options such as train trips, transferring to another member, giving to charity, unique experiences, and redeeming with partners such as amazon or iTunes.

Extra 1,000 Points!

To boost your hoard, if I refer you, SPG will give you an extra 1,000 starpoints. Please email me at nickyjameskelvin at gmail dot com to request a referral for your extra bonus points!

Conclusion

This is another fantastic offer that is not to be missed. I would recommend all of you taking out the card, spend the grand and then cancelling. This simple benefit will allow you to reap huge rewards! You’d have more than enough avios to upgrade to business class on a trip to New York! For more information, and to apply without a referral for extra points, click here.

Please be in touch to organise a referral and as always, please feel free to comment with any questions or additional tips you may have. Please follow the blog by entering your email below to get posts straight to your inbox, and follow the Miles Mogul on Facebook!

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Incredible 35,000 mile Bonus – American Airlines MBNA Credit Card – Visa + Amex

There is no better way to earn huge chunks of miles than by taking advantage of generous credit card sign up offers. This is by far the most generous one out there for UK residents at the moment.

This credit card could allow you to sit here…

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And sleep here…

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For next to nothing…

The Cards
The credit card is FREE and is issued by MBNA and actually comes with two cards. An American Express and a Visa. You will earn 1.5 AAdvantage miles per £1 spent on the Amex and 1.5 AAdvantage miles per £2 spent on the Visa. Fantastic for those worried about only having an Amex.

The Bonus

Here is what you have to spend to trigger the bonus:

Spend Bonus
First Purchase 5,000 Miles
£1,500 within 90 days Additional 10,000 Miles
£5,000 within 180 days Additional 20,000 Miles

All spending on both the Amex and Visa cards will count towards these targets, so the issue of having to find Amex accepting retailers drops away. Assuming you can spend the £5,000 in 6 months over the two cards, you could be sat on as many as 42,500 AAdvantage miles. You can order free supplementary cards for family/partners. All spending will be pooled towards hitting the targets.

AAdvantage Miles

It may seem unintuitive to be collecting miles for the American Airlines frequent flyer program “AAdvantage” but it makes far more sense than you may initially think.

· AAdvantage miles can be earned and spent on American Airlines partner airlines. Here are a selection of some of AAdvantage’s partners:

    • Air Berlin
    • British Airways
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Finnair
    • Iberia
    • Japan Airlines
    • LAN
    • Malaysia Airlines
    • Qantas
    • Royal Jordanian
    • S7
    • Etihad
    • Gulf Air
    • El Al

· AA do not charge the hefty “YQ” fuel surcharges that British Airways charge. Even if you use Avios to pay for an American Airlines flight, you will still pay these BA surcharges. You could save up to £200 in taxes just by paying for the same flight with AAdvantage miles instead of Avios.

· Click here for AA’s redemption chart to see how many miles your flight will cost.

· You will see from this chart that some redemptions are cheaper than using Avios. Asia, India, Middle East and South Africa routes are generally all cheaper using AAdvantage miles for a British Airways flight. (E.g. 60,000 vs. 80,000 to India in Business Class)

· Using AA’s partner airline “Etihad”, 40,000 miles would get you to the Middle East in First Class.

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Etihad’s first class seat

In conclusion

This is a fantastic offer, not to be missed. The huge bonus, benefits of using AAdvantage miles, and the dual card (Amex/Visa) facility combine to make this a real one off.

Click here for a link to the offer. Unfortunately there are no referral bonuses for you, or indeed for the Miles Mogul!

Don’t delay, this offer expires on 31 May 2013. I have already signed up!

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Spending Avios – Avoiding Extortionate Taxes

Taxes are the thorn in a miles collector’s side. As outlined in my posts about Reward Flight Savers, and Upgrading Using Avios, taxes can prove to be extortionate, making redemptions in economy terrible value. Avoiding these taxes is not an exact science, therefore the following advice will work in some situations and not others, but you can have a go with all of them to try and get what you want!

How much tax am I paying?

Let’s take a Club World British Airways flight to Sydney as an example. Amongst an assortment of taxes, you will pay:

· £188 “Air Passenger Duty” for the pleasure of departing from a UK airport; and

· £494 “Fuel Surcharge”.

These amounts are obscene. By comparison, a return flight between New York and Los Angeles attracts taxes of just £3.20!

Here is the full chart of Air Passenger Duty rates:

Bands (approximate distance in miles from the UK) Reduced rate (lowest class of travel) Standard rate (other than the lowest class of travel) Higher rate
From 1 April 2011 From 1 April 2012 From 1 April 2013 From 1 April 2011 From 1 April 2012 From 1 April 2013 From 01 April 2013
Band A (0-2,000) £12 £13 £13 £24 £26 £26 £52
Band B (2,001-4,000) £60 £65 £67 £120 £130 £134 £268
Band C (4,001-6,000) £75 £81 £83 £150 £162 £166 £332
Band D (over 6,000) £85 £92 £94 £170 £184 £188 £376

How can I avoid extortionate taxes?

1. Spend your Avios using Reward Flight Savers

2. Use your Avios for redemptions elsewhere once you are already abroad, such as the NYC to LA flight with American Airlines mentioned above.

3. Fly “ex-EU”

What do you mean “Fly ex-EU”?!

This is the nick-name given to flying from a European airport, and can be done to avoid Air Passenger Duty (APD) – this can be as much as £188 on a long haul flight and so avoiding it can lead to a significant saving. Also note that British Airways will often run sales on flights that originate from airports other than London, use Flyertalk to keep on top of these developments.

If you fly from another airport but transfer through London for less than 24 hours, you will not pay APD.

Popular airports to fly ex-EU are Brussels, Amsterdam and Rome. Significant savings can also be made on taxes by using Avios to fly with Air Berlin from Germany, or Aer Lingus from Ireland, but I will post about both these possibilities later, and concentrate of flying “ex-EU” with British Airways.

How does it work? A New York example

1. Book a redemption flight or even cash flight to New York from Brussels, thus avoiding high taxes.

2. Book a cheap one way flight to Brussels to arrive in time for your flight (allow as much time as possible to connect, the airline will not be responsible if you miss your onward flight!)

3. Now take your flight you have originally booked (BrusselsàLondonàNew York).

4. On the return journey, take you flight from New York to London, but then miss the last section of the flight to Brussels, you are already home!

A personal example

My business class seat on a low-tax Air Canada flight to Santiago, Chile:

I travelled in South America last year and managed a fantastic redemption. I first caught a very cheap flight to Frankfurt in order to avoid high UK taxes.

I then began my full itinerary in Frankfurt. I flew to Buenos Aires with Lufthansa, and on to Santiago a couple of weeks later with Air Canada. My return flight picked me up a few months later in Bogota, taking me to New York for a week, before returning to London on Continental.

These flights were all in Business Class, and cost just 32,500 miles and £400 in tax. The true value of this route was in excess of £5,000!

In conclusion

If you are willing to put the time into researching different options and departure points, huge savings can be made. Always see how much cheaper you can get to your destination by starting your flight in a nearby European airport, or use your miles elsewhere!

As always, please feel free to comment with any questions or additional tips you may have. Please follow the blog to get posts straight to your inbox, and follow the Miles Mogul on Facebook!

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Spending Avios – Upgrade Using Avios

Following on from the last post about Reward Flight Saver redemptions, today I will deal with one of the ways to get maximum value for your Avios.

British Airways allows you to buy a ticket for cash, and then use Avios to upgrade to a higher class of travel. BA call this “Upgrade Using Avios” (UuA).

Here is a quick picture guide to British Airways’ cabins, pay attention to the abbreviations, I’ll be using them from now on:

World Traveller (WT):

World Traveller Plus (WT+)

Club World (CW):

First (F):

What are the rules?

Here are some of the key rules associated with UuA:

1. You can only upgrade by one class (e.g. from CW to F)

2. You cannot upgrade a discounted WT ticket (i.e. cheap economy tickets).

3. You can upgrade almost any WT+ or CW ticket

4. You can only UuA on British Airways, although if you are connecting onto an American Airlines or Iberia flight, you may be able to upgrade all legs.

5. You will still earn Avios and tier points on the ticket you pay for with cash (i.e. when upgrading from CW to F, you will still earn CW Avios and Tier Points)

What upgrade is the best value?

By far and away the best UuA, and potentially the best use of avios overall, is to buy a WT+ ticket with cash, and UuA to CW.

To best demonstrate why buying a WT+ ticket and then upgrading to CW produces the best value, I have calculated upgrades between all classes for a RETURN flight from London to New York or Tokyo, using dates of 2 – 9 September 2013. All these options are freely available on ba.com.

Destination Type of Upgrade Avios to upgrade Avios Earned on cash part of ticket Net Avios to upgrade Price of original ticket Cash value of upgraded ticket Difference in price Value per Avios
New York WT to WT+ 20000 6916 13084 £1516 £872 WT+ is cheaper! WT+ is cheaper!
WT+ to CW 20000 8646 11354 £872 £2506 £1634 £0.14
CW to F 40000 10374 29626 £2506 £6210 £3700 £0.12
Tokyo WT to WT+ 30000 12444 17556 £2000 £1248 WT+ is cheaper! WT+ is cheaper!
WT+ to CW 30000 15556 14444 £1248 £3242 £1994 £0.14
CW to F 60000 18666 41334 £3242 £6505 £3264 £0.08

This clearly shows how upgrading from WT to WT+ is terrible value, as a fully flexible ticket in economy (only this type of economy ticket can be upgraded) is an absolute fortune!

How do I book?

1. Sign into your British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) account, click “Spending Avios” then “Book with cash and upgrade with Avios”

2. Book your flight as usual, then sign into “Manage My Booking” on ba.com and follow the option to upgrade using Avios.

3. Call the BAEC

How do I check availability?

You can sign into your BAEC account, and click “Book flights with Avios”. By searching this way, you can see all the redemption availability for each cabin and route. You can also utilise BA’s helpful “availability calendar” to see a wide range of dates. The availability is identical for UuA and booking flights with Avios outright.

How many Avios do I need to upgrade?

I have put together a chart of how many Avios are needed to upgrade from WT+ to CW for a range of destinations from London.

These are the amounts for a one-way flight, so double for a return flight. You can also double to get the correct figure for a CW to F upgrade.

REMEMBER – these amounts do not take into account the amount of Avios you will earn on the cash part of your ticket. This loophole usually means you will actually pay about half of the amount shown.

Destination Avios to upgrade
New York 10000
Bermuda
Dubai
Cape Town 12500
Mumbai
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Barbados
Rio De Janeiro 15000
Bangkok
Tokyo
Buenos Aires 17500
Sydney 25000

In conclusion

UuA used in the right way can extract up to £0.14 value or more from each and every Avios! It also puts into context the value of your 20,000 bonus points from the Amex gold card. You could use these 20,000 for a return upgrade to Club World to New York and back worth £1634!

For more information on this process from BA themselves, click here.

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Nicky

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Spending Avios – Reward Flight Saver

Earning Avios is the easy part. As many of you will have experienced, redeeming your Avios is more challenging.

Today I will look at the concept of “Reward Flight Saver” although I intend on delving into redemption extensively, and I will tackle issues one at a time in the coming weeks. I will also talk about Upgrading Using Avios, Fifth Freedom Flights and ex-EU flights (i.e. using a mainland European city as your starting point for a journey) amongst a million other things! Through these topics, I will always concentrate on how to extract the maximum value from your Avios.

Reward Flight Saver (“RFS”)

Key to the value of RFS tickets are the avoidance of crippling taxes. The wide variety of taxes payable when flying still apply to redemption tickets, and often make a redemption ticket more expensive than a discounted cash ticket you could buy on the internet!

RFS allows you to pay flat fee taxes of £30 for a return economy journey (£45 for business class) for any journey of less than 2000 miles.

This covers a wide range of destinations in Europe. For example a return flight to Prague will cost 9000 Avios + £30 in taxes.

I don’t live in London! Travelling from regional airports (Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow etc.)

As an added bonus, you can tag on a regional flight for no extra cost. For example, flying from Leeds-Bradford to Prague (via Heathrow) will still cost 9000 Avios + £30. This is fantastic value for all my Leeds pals!

Is it just British Airways?

No! RFS also applies in the same way to all Iberia flights (this could get you to Senegal and Mauritania from Madrid!) and British Airways “Fifth Freedom” flights (a BA flight that doesn’t take off or land in the UK, such as the Antigua to Grenada hop – more about this in another post!). You can also get RFS for slightly different prices on Vueling, and Comair (in South Africa)

Where can I go?

Any flight under 2000 miles is covered for £30. Here are some popular destinations, and how many Avios you must pay. Double the amount of Avios for Business class.

Destination Avios for an economy return
Paris 9000
Copenhagen 9000
Berlin 9000
Nice 9000
Rome 15000
Malaga 15000
Budapest 15000
Venice 15000
Moscow 20000
Marrakech 20000
Cyprus (Larnaca or Paphos) 20000
Istanbul 20000

Moscow – A First Class opportunity

 

Moscow is the only route covered by RFS on which British Airways operates long haul aircraft. Most interestingly, one flight of the three-a-day service is operated by a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet. This flight is the only one where you can redeem a FIRST CLASS flight under an RFS ticket. For those who would love to try British Airways’ flagship service, this could be the ticket for you. This flight would normally cost around £2500, but could be yours for 60,000 Avios + £45 in tax.

How do I book?

You can book online at ba.com by signing into your Executive Club account. Follow the links to “Spending Avios”, and “Book Using Avios”.

The system is very easy to use, and the RFS will be available automatically.

Availability tends to be quite good on these flights. I have searched a few dates for all the routes, including Moscow in First Class, and in terms of availability, I certainly wouldn’t have any trouble booking flights if I wanted to.

Remember, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points into your Executive Club account, but it may be worth waiting for a transfer bonus to pop up.

In conclusion…

Reward Flight Saver offers fantastic value on short haul flights. Play around on ba.com to see what’s available.

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