ADVERTORIAL • November 2020
Right now, double and triple Avios Black Friday offers on the British Airways Avios eStore mean you can quickly shop your way to a Reward Flight with British Airways. Here, we pick the top spots for 2021 – and map out the splurges that’ll help you hop aboard...
Why: Cosy ‘brown cafés’ in winter, canal boat rides in summer and art-filled museums year round, it doesn’t matter when you visit – Amsterdam is always a brilliant city break.
How: You’ll need 8,500 Avios (+ £0.50)* for a one-way flight, or 17,000 Avios (+£1)** for a return fare. Stock up on luxe edible goodies for Christmas using some triple Avios offers, and you’re half way there.
What: Fortnum & Mason’s lavish A Merry Christmas Hamper (£400; 5,000 Avios), brimming with biscuits, marmalades, teas, bubbly and more will sort you for the big day and beyond, while its mega Advent calendar (£135; 1,688 Avios) makes counting down to it that bit more fun. Or, we quite like this jar of Advent biscuits from Honeywell Biscuit Co, an artisan alternative to the classic chocolate countdown (£45, Notonthehighstreet.com; 450 Avios).
Total spend: £580
Total Avios rewarded: 7,138
Why: Laid-back Lanzarote has wild volcanic landscapes, cool whitewashed villas – and guaranteed sunshine, perfect for a lazy beach break or hiking holiday.
How: A one-way flight costs from 13,000 Avios (+ £0.50) or 26,000 Avios (+ £1) for a return – numbers made bit easier to reach when you’re collecting triple Avios through the eStore.
What: Deck out a reading corner with a chic Marks & Spencer Aiden armchair (£599; 1,797 Avios), then jazz it up with a Picasso cushion (£110; 275 Avios) and Samuel Wilkinson Flo glass and marble table lamp (£375, both Selfridges; 3,750 Avios). For a splash of high-tech hygge, sit a statement Copper tone London mega candle from Tom Dixon (£199.99, TK Maxx; 1,500 Avios) on this clever side-table from Selfridges – which doubles up as a wireless charging port and Bluetooth speaker (£269.95; 2,700 Avios).
Total spend: £1,554
Total Avios rewarded: 10,022
Why: If you’re craving winter sun, make Dubai your next stop: you’ll get sleek hotels, persistent rays and plenty of fun for the whole family – not to mention some spectacular shopping.
How: Start the spree before you fly, collecting Avios through these limited-time deals, and you can take to the air for peanuts. Tickets start at 25,000 Avios (+ £50) one-way, or 50,000 Avios (+ £100) for a return.
What: One 16-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB storage from Apple will get most of the Avios you need for the trip, as the triple Avios offer turns your £2,799 spend into a whopping 20,993 Avios. And don’t forget: if it’s your first eStore purchase, you’ll also get 30 per cent bonus Avios on top of that.
Total spend: £2,799
Total Avios rewarded: 20,993
Why: Sandy beaches lined with Art Deco buildings, a contemporary art scene, zingy Mexican-style food: there’s a lot to love about Miami. Stay in the city sipping mojitos in rooftop bars, or, if you have kids in tow, take a trip to nearby Disney World.
How: Fly to Miami for just 30,000 Avios (+ £75) or 60,000 Avios (+ £150) for a return fare.
What: A family-friendly kit will get you tantalisingly close: a stylish Bugaboo Bee 6 newborn to 4 years pram (£779, Bugaboo; 7,790 Avios), a classic Merrythought Edward teddy bear (£239, John Lewis & Partners; 797 Avios) and, for older kids in the family, Robot Inventor, eligible for triple Avios (£329.99, LEGO; 4,125 Avios). Meanwhile, the creators of Notonthehighstreet are reigning champions of kid-friendly furniture: this fairy tale bed with starry canopy (£1,375; 13,750 Avios) is our favourite.
Total spend: £2,723
Total Avios rewarded: 26,462
Why: Next year’s postponed Olympics mean that Tokyo will be even buzzier than ever – prime time for exploring its futuristic skyscrapers, elegant sushi restaurants and atmospheric temples.
How: You’ll only need 35,000 Avios (+ £100) for a one-way ticket to the city’s neon-illuminated streets, or 70,000 Avios (+ £200) to make that ticket a return.
What: Let one knockout outfit, made up of triple Avios purchases from NET-A-PORTER, do the legwork. This vibrant fuchsia Nancy Gonzalez woven metallic watersnake clutch (£990; 14,850 Avios) pairs like a dream with this loose-fitting frock from Co made from Japanese cotton (£775; 11,625 Avios). Throw on some endlessly walkable leather flip-flops (£195; 2,925 Avios) and you’re ready to hit the karaoke bars.
Total spend: £1,960
Total Avios rewarded: 29,400
*All the Avios amounts quoted for Reward Flight redemptions are based on off-peak fares for Euro Traveller (short haul) and World Traveller (long haul); all Avios amounts quoted in this piece were correct upon date of publication. The Avios redemptions on all products mentioned exclude VAT. T&Cs apply.
**Reward Flight Savers are British Airways’ best value reward flights. You pay the Avios and a flat fee in cash while the airline pays the taxes, fees and carrier charges for you. You will always be shown the Reward Flight Saver fare when it’s available – just make sure you have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. If you are not eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you’ll be shown you the standard reward flight price instead.