Thursday Giveaway: 18,000 Avios and the Winner of the Tumi Vapor Carry-On Bag

by on October 24, 2013 · 384 comments

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While the current Amex transfer bonuses to British Airways (20% until December 31) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) aren’t the best they’ve ever seen, they are still decent options to maximize your American Express Membership Rewards points- especially if you know how to extract the most value out of those programs. So, for today’s Thursday Giveaway, I am going to be giving two lucky readers 9,000 British Airways Avios.

This week's giveaway is to celebrate the Amex-BA 20% transfer bonus.

This week’s giveaway is to celebrate the Amex-BA 20% transfer bonus.

Why 9,000 Avios? Because that’s the number you’d need for a short-haul roundtrip economy award thanks to BA’s distance-based awards formula, and I want you to tell me what short-haul award you’d maximize 9,000 British Airways Avios for, whether it’s an expensive intra-European route that is available on miles, or an ultra-expensive short-haul partner award on a carrier like American or Qantas. Whatever your choice, I want to know.

There are two ways to enter- one winner will be chosen through each entry method:

1. Comment: Leave a comment on this post with a great British Airways redemption for 9,000 Avios (you can see how many Avios a certain route requires by using the Avios Calculator). Remember, British Airways calculates award pricing a la carte, meaning every single leg needs to be priced out to calculate the total Avios needed, though I will entertain entries that leverage the Avios and Cash option as long as the total Avios needed are under 9,000 for the award. One way and roundtrip awards will be considered, though any entry that requires more than 9,000 Avios total will not be deemed as valid.

2. Facebook: Leave a comment on my Facebook wall with the same information – the redemption you’d use to maximize 9,000 Avios  – and feel free to be creative, include a photo or a fun link to the destination if you like.

You must enter by 5PM Eastern Time on Monday, October 28, and we’ll announce the winners (chosen at random as long as they have a valid entry that explains why the award is valuable to them) next week. Good luck!

For those of you interested in transferring Amex points to British Airways or Virgin Atlantic while the transfer bonuses are live check out these posts:

Amex Transfer Bonuses to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Go Live Tomorrow
Comparing Current Amex Transfer Bonuses to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic
Maximizing Virgin Atlantic Awards – Transfer Amex Points to Virgin or Other Partners?
Amex Transfer Bonuses to BA and Virgin: Maximizing Partner Redemptions
Transferring Amex Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios Versus Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
A History of Amex Transfer Bonuses

This week's Thursday Giveaway is for a Tumi Carry-on.

Last week’s Thursday Giveaway was for a Tumi Carry-on.

The Winner of Last Week’s Tumi Vapor Roller Bag Giveaway Is…

Last week, I decided to give away one of the Tumi Vapor International Carry-On bags I had bought while the AAdvantage shopping portal was offering an incredible 35 miles per $1 spent at eBags. This is my favorite carry-on suitcase thanks to its a durable and sleek polycarbonate shell that won’t get dinged, and the divided packing section with a curtain with zip pockets and tie-down straps inside. It retails for $495.

To enter you had to leave a comment with your best carry-on packing tips and we got a ton of great ones, many of which I regularly put to use myself including rolling instead of folding certain items to prevent wrinkles, staving off wrinkles, static and even bed bugs with dryer sheets, bringing extra plastic bags for liquids and laundry, packing cubes seemed to be a popular accessory, and one person even suggested packing small bottles of booze to make your own cocktails onboard (though I don’t use that one myself)!

The following winner was chosen at random:

Shannon: Top three packing tips for carry on: Combo rolling clothes and using compression sacks, extra mesh bag to separate dirty clothes while traveling and have all liquids in zip lock bag(s) in top pouch of carry on for easy access through security.

Great tip! Not only does she have a packing technique to share, but also a suggestion on how to deal with dirty clothes, and she makes it easier on the rest of us in the security line by coming prepared to remove her liquids.

We’ll be in touch with your prize details, Shannon, and hope you put your new carry-on bag to good use!

Thanks to all who entered, and I can’t wait to see your entries for this week’s giveaway.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Sean

    I’d use the 9k Avios for a r/t (CLT-LGA) for the Superbowl in February.

  • Neer

    Miami to Kingston Jamaica during Christmas!

  • Kantish

    Dallas to Denver during 1st week of December.

  • Jason

    Maybe from Philly to Jacksonville on American.

  • Varun

    I’d use it during Oktoberfest to visit different cities.

  • Aoife

    I’d use 9000 avios for a return trip from Newcastle to Paris in December. Such a lovely place to be pre-Christmas and too long since I’ve been there last!

  • Fred

    NYC to Montreal

  • spedder

    Phnom Penh to Hong Kong. I’m dying to go to Cambodia since reading your trip report on it, and I couldn’t go to Asia without returning to my favourite city in the world!

  • eric

    I use my Avios on AA flights to go to nearby college football games of my favorite team!

  • Michael Rasmussen

    Buenos Aires, EZE, to Santiago, SCL for 7500 These are anchor points for South American fun.

  • Jonathan

    I’ve been wanting to go DFW-MSY for Mardi Gras

  • Simcha Scheff

    it may not be that creative however the 9K redemption between new york and toronto can be sometimes so underestimated. there have been times when last minute flights were well over $600 and avios saved the day. like i said its not the most creative use however sometimes its good to appreciate the small things we have.

  • Iain

    Miami to Montego Bay. I can use AA miles to get to MIA, spend a few days there and still go to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica.

  • PrateekJain2012

    NYC to Montreal!

  • Simon

    BOS->ORD to visit my friends! 7500 would pay for one leg!

  • Jenna

    One way from Santiago to Buenos Aires for a trip I’m taking next Spring, with some left over!

  • Trajan81

    NYC to Montreal is my favorite use of avios…even love that city in the wintertime. Paris of the New World.

  • mark

    One-way from London to St. Petersburg to visit my uncle (requires modest amount of cash in addition to Avios). Ever since the first time I went, I will take any excuse I can to return!

  • Dusan

    One way from Budapest to London to see my best friend I haven’t seen in years, with 1,500 left over.

  • nashpl

    I would use 9,000 avivos on AA for a roundtrip from DSM-ORD for my brothers wedding.

  • Andrew Komasinski

    Sapporo to Haneda. 9000 points vs about 60 dollars

  • Robert P

    CMH–>NYC–>CMH. Availability all day long, all the time. It is fantastic weekend getaway

  • samon

    AEP to IGR on LAN Argentina. about 500 dollars in cash

  • Goldmeier

    Mia/Pls to visit the worlds most beautiful beach: Grace Bay (9.000 Avios RT)

  • Emily Lai

    New York to Montreal is 9,000 Avios ROUND TRIP!

  • Lynn

    9,000 for a round trip Lima, Peru to Cucso when a trip to Machu Pichu begins! I have used this redemption and saved over $1,400 for my family of 4.

  • tom

    Best use of avios: positioning flights for great fares. I have done RDU to NYC a few times. 4500 for me 9000 for wife and me. 18000 round trip. can be last minute and no fees.

  • Gabriel

    New York to Montreal

  • Jamie

    DCA to Nashville on American Airlines. 9000 Avios round trip.

  • heavenlyjane

    ATL to Cancun = only 3 more hours by highway to Merida! I’ve been wanting to explore the west side of the Yucatan Peninsula for ages.

  • David D

    Sydney to Melbourne, incredible deal around holiday trip to Oz!

  • Chris

    New york to Montreal, hands down. Looking at flights way out and they’re >$400!

  • Miao

    Miami to Montego Bay for our anniversary in December!

  • Gabriel perez

    Best use I’ve taken with avios is MIA – San Jose Costa Rica for only 7500 avios and a few bucks in tax. I’d do this one again with this giveaway! Thanks

  • Guest

    Definitely AEP to IGR to take in Iguazu Falls and save some MAJOR cash!

  • Karim Sie

    9000 Avios is enough for return domestic in Spain, Between MAD – ALC, (about 1 hour flight) pretty good deal, as normal ticket can costs up to 300 Euros.

  • Aarif

    JFK-YUL is a decently good redemption for 4500 avios one-way

  • Pierre

    RT from DCA to ORD with AA in January. Thanks!

  • Araby

    NYC to Montreal, 4,500 ea way and about $56.00 in fees! An easy, inexpensive way to get out of the country for a long weekend.

  • Hao Tran

    I’ll use it for last minute redemptions on AA from SFO-LAX roundtrip and just $5 in taxes

  • Lisa K

    Miami to Turks and Caicos……….AAHHHHHH………..

  • Danny

    I’d take a quick hop from New York (LGA) up to Toronto. Maybe watch some hockey and just explore.

  • tigermark82

    CLT to LGA on AA. It’s a great way to get good value out of a points redemption even on a fare that is normally cheap.

  • TomT

    mini RT ski vacation to Denver from DFW., perfect for this winter..

  • Ethan

    LIT to Dallas to see the wife’s family is always the right answer! But Using 9k Avios for Johannesburg to Cape Town is a great redemption, too!

  • Brent

    Redeeming for a winter getaway to the Bahamas. 9,000 Aviso for Miami to North Eleuthra, Bahamas.

  • kris kris

    LAX –> KOA = one happy anniversary!

  • Michael

    Iberia is running a special now until Oct. 31 for 2000 Avios each way for flights within the country, so 9000 Avios will cover 2 round trips with a 1000 to spare!

  • Tim

    from Raleigh to Chicago to visit my girlfriend! Comes in just a few miles below the 650 mi limit!

  • Pavan

    Would redeem for JFK-YUL. Flights to Canada from US are excessively expensive from the Northeast!

  • Leo

    PIT to ORD. RT for 9000 avios to visit girlfriend. Ticket price was 380$.

  • NVD

    I’d indulge my sweet tooth by flying LGA-YUL for Le Maison Du Macaron!

  • Chris Nigon

    RT DCA -> ORD is a fantastic redemption with Avios on American!

    So you can save your cash for pizza :)

  • Lynn

    Hoping to get to Dublin on Avios (Aer Lingus) this summer and would use the 9K to get from DUB to EDI for the military tattoo (with a stopover in London, of course)!

  • Leslie Mellard Pineyro

    I would fly from ATL to MIA which is 4500 avios oneway for a total of 9000 avios roundtrip! Bienvenidos a Miami

  • Paul

    I’d also do the LGA-YUL trip – short haul but always pretty expensive…

  • GiantFromPhilly

    Last minute from London to Aberdeen for a nice little Scottish fall getaway. 9000 RT, same flight would be 250+ in cash

  • Jeff

    IAD to ORD RT to see a Cubs game a Wrigley Field. That is what I would use the 9,000 Avios for next spring.

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  • Denise L

    My husband and I are flying into LHR and returning from CDG. With 9000 Avios miles we could fly one way LHR-CDG!

  • Guest

    I just used my Avios to fly last minute from Madrid to La Coruna in pursuit of some “pulpo a la gallega”. I got in on the BA 100,000 Avios offer and have gotten a ton of value out of these points on short haul destinations around Spain that would have normally cost $250+!

  • Corey

    So many to choose from from NYC (where I am):

    Round Trip:
    JFK to YUL (Montreal)
    JFK to YYZ (Toronto)
    NYC to BOS (Boston
    NYC to DTW (Detroit)

    those are just a few

  • Rich

    New york to montreal
    Nice city , low avios !!

  • Nav

    SCL-PMC to kick off an exploration of Chilean Patagonia, and meet up with friends at both cities that I met while in Siem Reap!

  • Peter

    I would use the Avios to fly home from NYC to Boston for the holidays to see my folks. No cheap way to get there, so points always take the edge off.

  • Eric P

    I just used less than 9000 of my Avios to fly last minute from Madrid to La Coruna in pursuit of some “pulpo a la gallega”. I got in on the BA 100,000 Avios offer and have gotten a ton of value out of these points on short haul destinations around Spain that would have normally cost $250+!

  • smk778

    For 9,000 Avios, I would book a round-trip flight on Alaska Airlines from Seattle, WA to Calgary, AB, gateway to the beautiful Banff National Park. Flights generally cost over $350, so I’d be getting a value of over 3.5 cents/point!

  • glen

    Round Trip, JFK to YUL (Montreal) to visit my family!

  • Jan

    Miami to Turks & Caicos : most beautiful Islands in the world !!!

  • maneeshsethi

    I want to go BOS to NYC r/t (9000) to visit my family!

  • Rob

    Miami to Key West over the 4 day holiday weekend in January. $5 r/t as opposed to $325+ !!!

  • Joseph Mansour

    Definitely jfk to miami!

  • Josh

    New York to Montreal return flight. Flights regularly over $300 are only 9K total.

  • Jon

    Little Rock to Chicago to get away for the weekend.

  • Michael

    LGA to YUL.

  • andyonthego

    RDU to NYC for valentines day weekend (9000 avios round-trip and $5) – like I am doing this year!

  • Jessica

    ATL to NYC for only 7500 Avios. I’d take a trip just before Christmas to enjoy the city in full holiday mode.

  • Gin

    Miami to Providenciales. An awesome international Caribbean getaway and only 4500 Pts one way!

  • Patrick

    JFK to IAD in Business/Club Class

  • Kamal

    BWI to JFK for 4500 miles one-way. I love to visit New York anytime.

  • Nik

    ORD-MSN for 4500 points one-way, 9K r/t. It’s pretty frequently a $6-800 ticket.

  • Mark

    SEA – YEG on AS for my first grandchild visit !!! What an awesome redemption!

  • Jacob K

    JFK-YUL (New York to Montreal) roundtrip! Got my ticket a few weeks ago for a Thanksgiving weekend getaway this year.

  • alex

    JFK-PIT to see my old college buddies!

  • Vitaly

    ATL-ORD/MIA in business class on AA. That’s where I normally redeem, but in economy for even better avlue

  • SamL

    LIT to ORD. My kid loves Chicago. I might even through some of my own Avios in and let him tag along. :-)

  • SYEW

    My bi-monthly LGA-YYZ trip to visit my girlfriend. Great value for a ticket that sells for ~$250.

  • Jacob

    LGA-ORD on AA. I live in Chicago and go to school in NYC so I save a lot of money on travel expenses. It’s 15k avios round trip

  • Terry

    DTW-LGA, LGA-YYZ. I really like to use BA points to redeem some last minute tickets. That could save me hundreds of dollars!

  • Michael

    MDT-ORD on AA. save a lot money since MDT is small airport.

  • groceryalerts

    Victoria to Seattle!

  • Dennis Wei

    DCA-ORD on AA to eat at Alinea!

  • R.

    ATL-ORD for me. 10x.

  • Brad

    MIA-FPO Just because that short segment is always $300+

  • Valerie Glassman

    RDU-LGA and back. With a new baby, it would be nice for him to have his own seat to go visit Grandma and Grandpa on Long Island!

  • Brennan

    TPA to JFK- 7500 Avios

  • Rings

    My use would be for MIA-CUN with taxes of $71.75. A ticket in December is $365+ so this to me is a bargain. Great time to enjoy a few days of relaxation before the chaos of the holidays

  • The #hustle Blog

    JFK-YUL. Montreal. Bachelor party next year. Great food and great city!

  • kent

    CHS-MIA is always expensive. Could use it to position for some nice South American fares.

  • Randy

    That will take care of a one-way business class on Qantas from MEL-SYD next year – worth $587 AUD!

  • tassojunior

    Yep, JFK to YUL (or anyplace USA to expensive Canadian cities).

  • Elizabeth

    I have been wanting to go to Chicago and have enough Avios for that trip but Canada has been on my list as well so I would take a side trip from Chicago to Toronto :)

  • RG

    MIA-CZM/CAN roundtrip!!

  • Richard

    ATL-MIA roundtrip for exactly 9k Avios!

  • Julia

    MIA-CUN roundtrip would be awesome!

  • Steve

    SYD-MEL return, as there are many airline mileage redemption options to get from the US to Sydney, but few that include the final leg to Melbourne.

  • lamonster

    LHR-MXP/LIN for 9K round trip in economy on BA

  • Jon

    ORD-BWI to get home for the holidays!

  • Taryn

    SEA-YYJ for great dining, history, gardens and culture!

  • Carl Cheng

    JFK – YUL (New York to Montreal) is exactly 9000 roundtrip with 0 fees, which is perfect since that short haul flight can always get pretty expensive with the Canadian fees.

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  • Daniel

    MEM-ORD to see my wife in grad school. 9000 miles round trip on AA for a route to rotinuely cost upwards of $300

  • Eckingtonite

    IAD-ORD – somehow I always end up in Chicago during February, so might as well make it a tradition.

  • GregD

    STL-MIA this winter to warm up. Avios instead of $$$ makes it a hot deal.

  • Lauren

    PVG-LHR … 9000 Avios + $240 + taxes: I live and work in Shanghai, China. My sister just had a baby over the summer in London where she lives (We’re American, so when I go “home,” I don’t see her; last saw her for a night last year when I was in Canterbury for a workshop) and I would love to see her, her husband, and the baby… but I can normally only go during holidays and it’s very expensive $1000+ round trip. Having these miles would help offset the cost and I could even justify going for a quick trip (a long weekend!) if I had some miles to balance out the expense…

  • boxedlunch

    Geg-Sea on AS for me…allows me to actually find award availability to the places I want to go (not too many options when starting from Spokane)

  • DJ

    Vegas Baby! SFO-LAS on AA this winter to shake the rainy season blues!

  • Cheryl

    ORD -RIC. I have seen this fare occasionally rise to $400 r/t. Great use of Avios!

  • Lita

    London to Rome for 7500 Avios one way!

  • Joe S

    NYC-Cleveland to see relatives.

  • Alex

    LGA-YUL for 9000 Avios! Fantastic deal for a quick weekend getaway to la belle province!

  • Ryan from MA

    I would go BOS-JFK, then JFK-YUL (Montreal)!

  • Siddharth

    SJC to LAX for 9000 Avios RT

  • Leigh

    SMF to PDX–I’ve never been to Portland!

  • Ryan

    LHR-GLA Add a cheeky day in Glasgow on my upcoming London trip.

  • Dave

    As others have said, NYC-Montreal – best out there.

  • Lita

    London to Rome for 7500 Avios one way! I’d love to walk the beautiful city and then travel into the countryside from there, making my way home again by train.

  • Ron

    ORD – GRR for me; work related travel; beats driving

  • Andy

    BCN->TXL (Berlin) with a free stopover in London to visit friends in both places. Actually did this last year while living in BCN. 8900 Avios + $45.00.

  • Mark

    For 9,000 i can go round trip from MSP to Chicago. With the transfer bonus this would only be 7,500 avios and the ticket price is usually around $200. So I’m getting 2.6 cents per point. Pretty good for domestic coach redemption.

  • Eric L.

    One of the best Avios deals is NYC – MIA for 9000 Avios to catch a cruise.

  • Sara

    LGA-MKE to visit my twin nephews

  • james

    For my 9000 Avios i would like to go and surprise my friends by flying from London – Prague for their 30th Birthday. It would be great to see them

  • aBy

    MSP – ORD, then onward to Europe using AA miles. Need to get to a gateway city to maximize use of AA miles.

  • Brandon

    LAX to SJC, just because I live down south and have family in the bay area that I enjoy visiting. Beats a 5 hour drive anyday

  • Thomas Rennier

    Since I mostly fly domestic and live in LA. I would fly to SFO to watch baseball and eat at Ghiradelli.

  • Chris

    JFK-YUL to go to the Winter Carnival in Quebec City for the first time.

  • Rick

    My 9 year old is a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan. The Blackhawks are playing the Toronto Maple Leafs 12/14. Would love to take him up there for the game. Could use the savings on the plane ticket to help score some sweet tickets to the game.

  • Drew

    RT from ORD-BUF to spend New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls!

  • Dianna

    SFO to LAX round trip…just moved out to the west coast and still haven’t gotten a chance to explore the southern part of the state. This beats 6 hours of driving anyday!

  • RomanHans

    JFK to Boston! Sounds like a great long weekend.

  • keith_mar

    YYZ-LGA for 9,000 Avios return on a Thursday evening (consultant shuttle) to Sunday afternoon trip. $650+ value! (Actually did this a few weeks ago)

  • bastarf

    LAX to SLC in January for the Sundance Film Festival!

  • Grant W.

    MCI-ORD round trip for a long weekend in Chicago!

  • Mark D.

    JFK to Bermuda sounds pretty great now that it’s getting cold. I’ll even have a few miles to spare.

  • Mark Silver

    I just priced Seattle to Vancouver, leaving this Saturday, returning next Saturday. Cheapest fares were upwards of $550. I checked availability for Avios awards and there were several options for those dates, but for only 9K Avios (return) that’s an AMAZING use of Avios.

  • John

    ATL-ORD for next year’s Chicago Marathon

  • Gustav Schmidt

    Miami to Cayman or Turks and Caicos – 9,000 Avios RT plus about $170 in taxes and fees. Not a bad redemption.Thankfully I had Avios to burn when we needed an MIA-LGA ticket so my fiancee could go back to Kleinfelds for a wedding dress. This was 15,000 miles and $5 which was great for a last minute award considering American imposes that $75 fee if booked within 21 days of the travel date.

  • Olga

    Round trip from JFK to Boston to visit friends for Thanksgiving

  • Anthony Thomas

    I’d use it for a last minute trip New Years trip, such as LHR-TXL.

    Last year, I booked a flight 5 hours before departure on New Year’s eve for LHR-TXL and due to the time (took the 19:05, arriving at 21:55) and date it there were only about 10 people on the flight. We got exit row seats and about 10 Whisky & Cokes, some of which were packaged into a goodie bag as we left the plane. The staff were really excited as they didn’t need to work the next day and there’s nothing more exciting than flying in last minute to another country for a new years celebration.

    Also, due to the location of the airport it was a 15-20 min bus ride (which were free on New Years) which then allowed for a further 10-15 min walk to where the main action was – a 1 mile strip with 1 million people (according to their website anyway, but certainly many there)!

    Great value, as at the time actual flights were about £500 with cash, or 9,000 and £30 otherwise. Admittedly, last year we did have to pay for the backward journey due to no availability – so we ended up on AirBerlin to STN, but overall it was worth it!

  • Scotty G

    I’m not saying this is the best monetary value for using AVIOS, but I’d use it to fly my daughter home for Christmas (and her bday) from NYC to CMH!

  • Kevin

    Round trip from SFO to LAX for a trip to Disneyland!

  • Scott C

    DC to Chicago.

  • Jimmy

    MIA-GCM, MIA-PLS, or MIA-MBJ for a nice weekend getaway!

    I’ve actually created a nice little cheat sheet for all OneWorld flights out of Miami. If interested, email me at popo85

  • JTP

    Flying from Narita to Sapporo, Japan on JAL! Ice festival!! Intra-Japan flights are usually expensive, but not with Avios!

  • John777

    DCA-ORD on AA

  • mike dlk

    LGA-YYZ/YUL for 9,000 avios r/t!

  • Up8Away

    DFW – CLT for 7.5k Avios. Why is it a good redemption? Because I want to go there and have enough points to do so! (Though I’ll still be glad to have 9k extra should I win since I have a family of 4. That eats the points fast!)

  • Dan J

    The best way to maximize 9,000 British Airways Avios would be to fly DC to Chicago, one magnificent city to the other! DCA to ORD round trip is 9,000 Avios + $0 taxes/fees. The air distance one way is 612 flight miles from airport to airport, stretching the 600 mile maximum short haul limit for redeeming 4,500 Avios British Airways flights. Now that’s maximizing your British Airways Avios!

  • Ron Martinez

    Los Angeles (LAX) to Vancouver (YVR) one way (7500 avios), drive up to Whistler, check-in the Four Seasons and hope I never have to return!

  • askmrlee

    PDX-YVR. Round trip is currently about $305. Good payback for 9,000 points or about 3.4 cents/mile.

  • Larry

    NYC to Montreal to visit family!

  • Jenny

    MIA to PLS for a weekend of sun and fun

  • Steve G

    NYC to Montreal for some Pied du Cochon and some fun

  • PointPrincess

    I would use it for DTW-LGA

  • Shawn W

    Sea to YYC. We go up there to see family as much as possible and Alaska usually has good award availability using avios but it’s only 450 miles and its normally a $400 flight.

  • Miro

    I will use it for ORD-FSD on AA… very expensive otherwise…

  • Jenny

    I would use it from Hong Kong to Taipei. Round trip is only 9000 Avios.

  • John D.

    A weekend getaway: SJC to LAX with my wife.

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  • DR

    I’d pitch in $80 in cash and fly from Gatwick to Dubrovnik

  • Guest

    London-Berlin to see the Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt)

  • schwallie

    I’d fly from CHI –> LEX to see family over the holidays!

  • nomad

    JNB-PLZ for 9000 Avios on Comair.
    For my X-mas flight on December 24th and the first available return on January 1st, 2014 from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth ZA, to spend the holidays with my family on the beach !

  • LR

    I just signed up for the Chase Avios card, so I haven’t yet hit the minimum spend for the bonus. In the meantime, I could use this award get from New York’s JFK to Montreal for just 4500 miles each way, exactly 9000 round trip with no additional fees: WOW! Help me get there in time to see the Christmas markets?!

  • Todd

    I would fly LGA-DTW to see family in Michigan. The fares on this route are usually pretty expensive so this makes it a great redemption.

  • Johnny

    I would fly CVG to ORD on AA to attend the 2014 Chicago Seminars!

  • Earl

    Portland (PDX) to Los Angeles (LAX) to visit family.

  • Brandon

    I would use 9,000 avios for San Diego to Monterey on Alaskan Airlines to do some wine tasting… I’ll have to bring some bottles home w/ Alaska Airlines wine flies free program :)

  • James

    BNA to ORD for Cubs games

  • Loweeel

    I’d use it for a last-minute NYC-Toronto flight to visit some friends instead of paying $600!

  • Yankees

    NYC-YYZ take car to Niagara

  • chinomad

    dfw to ‘querque to see the hot air baloon fest

  • Dee

    JFK – YUL for a long December weekend Thursday – Monday to tromp through the snow and see the holiday decorations. 9000 Avios + $56.60 vs $398.23. I miss Montreal. Our daughter went to McGill and we fell in love with the city.

  • calflygirl

    Roundtrip from LAX to LAS for 9k avios. I can’t tell you what I’d do though, because you know what they say about Vegas…

  • Martin

    New York to Toronto to visit some of my best friends and save hundreds in cash by doing so!

  • Paul S.

    I use them for TUL-ORD on AA to visit my brother…and it gives me Priority AAcess for security and boarding!

  • Theo

    NYC to Montreal!

  • jmei

    Now that it’s getting cold here in Connecticut, I’d use those Avios to plan a mid-winter getaway to somewhere warm. I’d take the train down to JFK then fly to Miami for 7500 avios and no fees. This is one way of course, because who wants to come back up to all of that snow! I’d find another reward flight out of Miami to South America and try to earn a BA companion ticket before then by hitting spending required with my BA credit card to take along my best friend.

  • Lmandrake

    DCA-ORD is a great redemption for 9000 Avios!

  • AZL

    Dallas to Jackson MS on AA to visit family

  • Cory

    Sydney-melbourne on Qantas

  • Jeff

    Dulles (IAD) to Miami (MIA) for 7,500 miles is a great deal. Close enough to pull off a long weekend and warm up in some sunshine. For only 15,000 miles RT it is a steal. Who wouldn’t love going from 50 degrees to high 70′s-80 and sun!

  • Sc

    NYC to Toronto on AA

  • Mike

    I’d fly DCA – ORD

  • Marc

    I usually use my Avios points on TPE-HKG. It’s 9,000 Avious RT. An incredible savings considering a revenue ticket often costs $350+.

    In the US, I use my Avios points for NYC and ORD to YYZ.

    In the future, I am looking to redeem the 9,000 Avios points on trips between DOH and DXB, AUH, or Muscat on Qatar Airways. It’s a great way to see the Gulf States without breaking the bank!

  • burnside

    LAX-SMF roundtrip for 9000. Using it this weekend for a college reunion, southwest was over $300 for the same route!

  • Jeff Greatorex

    My wife is having a baby soon, so I’d use the Avios to fly in my Mother-in-Law to help out with our new little girl! (SLC->SEA for 7500 Avios)

  • Corey

    Yvr-sea to avoid larger fees for flying out of canada to the us. It’ll help around the holidays for sure

  • Yang

    ATL to IAH for reunion

  • Kingstown

    ATL->MIA, a weekend trip to the beach to get away from school and the city!

  • Chris deChicago


  • Raymond_G

    I’d fly NYC to Toronto on American… the cosmopolitan special!

  • Armando86

    I´d fly ATL-ORD to visit friends for 9,000 return! Who wouldn´t want to visit Chicago for that? ;-)

  • Jim Bachert

    NYC to Montreal – an amazing value to an amazing city

  • Lerus

    LHR – GEN for my birthday :)

  • Jordon W

    This award is very important to my family. I book on American DCA to BNA to see my grandmother once a month. Before I realized this, I only would get to see her a couple of times a year.

  • Caliguy

    I would like to fly SFO-LAX since I don’t want to drive and I can use 9k for the roundtrip!

  • ivan w

    LAX to SLC – Los Angeles to Salt Lake City Utah to SNOWBOARD. 9000 Avios + $5.00 tax/fee which I pay with Capital One points, so the entire flight is FREE.

  • Pat D

    I’d fly DCA – ORD

  • Linda S.

    I’d use it to fly London to Milan, so that I could visit new-found cousins in England before going to visit Italian cousins for a longer stay. (I’d use open jaw off-peak reward miles for the PHL or JFK portion to Heathrow, and Milan return to PHL or JFK.)

  • Kyle

    My wife and I would fly from AKL to CHC next fall as we travel on our New Zealand / Australia adventure! She’s a photographer, so we definitely want to check out the south island to get some great shots.

  • ralf83

    DCA to ORD, round trip. Plus 5 dollars in taxes.

  • Harold

    ORD-BWI-ORD last minute because they have no last minute booking fees.


    TORONTO-CHICAGO RT is a great redemption for 9000 Avios! There is fantastic availability, multiple flights a day, and usually costs +$400.

  • harlanvaughn

    LGA-YYZ. Why? Fares to Canada can be “north” of $400, and 9,000 Avios represents a huge opportunity to save some money and to visit an awesome Canadian city! YUL, too!

  • Jill

    Paris to Prague next summer! We are trying to save money on the trip, so using the Avios would save us some money!

  • Sachin Agrawal

    Houston to Dallas – 9000 avios – best roundtrip money ever spent because it’s always 200+ for last minute.

  • SJR

    Austin to London

  • AJ

    Round trip DFW-CRP. Always wanted to go to South Padre island since I moved to Dallas 4 years ago :-)

  • Zubair

    YYZ- JFK- YYZ. These flights run at around $350 which is so expensive

  • John Perri

    I would go from PEK to HKG

  • XP

    JFK-YYZ (Toronto) is probably the best value redeption Avios provide. Tickets are typically going for over $300 and can be as high as $500. American has flights several throughout the day and award seats are plenty.

  • Chris

    AEP-BRC, one way is 7500 Avios. Short hop from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. Use Avios to avoid the expensive cash price for intra-South American flights!

  • MFK

    I second what calflygirl said: Roundtrip from LAX to LAS for 9k avios. I can’t tell you what I’d do though, because you know what they say about Vegas…

  • dwh


  • Uri

    My wife can fly from RDU and visit her sister in NYC

  • Nathan

    I’m planning a massive free trip from Philadelphia to Chicago then a train to Seattle then a flight to Sitka and then a ferry to Skagway then a train/bus to Whitehorse and a reward redemption from the Yukon back to philly! Those avois would really help fill in the Seattle/Alaska gap with great availability on Alaskan airlines! Or a cheap flight from Philly to Chicago!

  • Jason

    I would use the Avios to fly from Washington D.C. to Chicago, IL

  • Jonathan

    My girlfriend plays a basketball tournament up in the SF area. 9k Avios would be enough for a one-way for both of us from LAX-SFO!

  • traveller keith

    I would use it towards 15,000 Avios to fly my sister-in-law from LHR to BCN first class as a thanks for looking after my mother-in-law who will be 100 next year.

  • Mr N

    SJC-LAX roundtrip or SFO-LAX roundtrip on AA would be 9k avios and $5 tax. The best thing is that BA does not charge close-in booking fees, one can grab the minute seats without paying more than that.

  • Lorenzo

    I live in Innsbruck (Austria) and the Airport here is only served by very few airlines which give acces to very few destinations. In summer, you can basically only fly to Frankfurt and Vienna on a regular basis. This makes it harder to find cheap flights.
    However, in winter (Ski season here), there are direct flights to London, which makes for interesting options. Unfortunately, roundtrips to London go up to over €400,- in high season, making it not worth the extra trip.
    Therefore, i would use the 9000 Avios for a round trip to London on British Airways using their reward flight saver. I would stay there for a couple of days and then take a nice roundtrip to the US or Canada from there, which would save me several hundreds of €s over all.

  • Jeff

    My wife & I would love to visit our family in NYC for 18K Avios & only $116 in taxes for both of us. It’s a great redemption for short haul flights.

  • Eric

    Same exact strategy as mine (posted on facebook) Flights are ranging to 600 bucks in the month of January!!

  • Jeff

    My wife & I would love to visit our family in NYC for 18K Avios. It’s a great redemption for short haul flights.

  • jeff

    JNB -> CPT (7500)…

    I would use this on an upcoming flight for My Wife and I…

  • Andy F.

    As a MIA based flyer, MIA-CUN for 9000 Avios points round trip is a great redemption! In addition to that, I’ve redeemed HKG-TPE for 9000 Avios points round trip. The airfare is usually very high on that route.

  • DisqustingDave

    SFO-LAX RT on AA is 9k Avios. No last minute reward fees from AA and great award availability make this a fantastic redemption for last minute business trips.

  • R. Miller

    I would like to use 9000 Avios to fly roundtrip from LAX to SLC. In Salt Lake City, I could rent a car and drive to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. By starting out in Utah instead of southern California, I would save several days in each direction and have more time to spend in the national parks. This would also avoid the temptation of stopping in Las Vegas on the way to Yellowstone!

  • Shawn

    I would use them to fly to LAX from LAS. Not the sexiest redemption, but it can be an expensive route.

  • Phil

    jfk to yyz :-)

  • Michele

    YVR – LAX – weekend getaway from the rain for only 7,500 points

  • alex

    LGA-YYZ…time to watch some hockey!

  • Beebz

    AA is the only carrier that flies direct DFW – CRP, so paying 9,000 Avios for the round trip definitely beats paying either 25,000 AA miles or ~$400. It’s become a pricey ticket.

  • scott

    I would use the points for a R/T from MIA to Grand Cayman. Normally only 9,000 points, it’s only 7500 with the 20% discount!

  • Cathleen

    Dublin to Paris for two! Only 4500 avios each way on partner (I assume Aer Lingus)

  • Steve Burman

    SYD – MEL for me

  • JB Wilcox

    Miami to Providenciales on AA.. flights are currently just over $500+ R/T, and award availability isn’t too difficult to find. Even better is the option to use points & cash on this trip as it allows you to purchase additional miles for less than half of their turnaround redemption value..

  • bmp412

    JNB to CPT. I’d like to do this next summer :)

  • Fanfoot


  • Dina

    Chicago to Toronto!

  • Sonny


  • James

    London to Paris. Need it for an upcoming trip to Europe.

  • Michael

    IAH-DFW Roundtrip

  • Miguel

    Flying internationally from AUS, I have a few airport options to connect through.

    But ORD is my favorite because it only takes 7500 Avios!

  • abhishek sahay

    NYC to montreal , very good redemption, prices are always high

  • Joe

    MIA to NAS or MIA to FPO for a cheap weekend trip or LON to CDG. Great value love AVIOS

  • Lea

    JFK-YUL round trip to visit my folks or bring my folks here. Great redemption value.

  • Julius

    Wife & I are not only celebrating our anniversary but also the arrival of our first child. We’re planning to visit family in Europe, and we’ve decided that with 9k Avios+cash, we could cross a few places off our list!

  • Jay

    Save up to add wife into the trip later!

  • Brian

    I used MIA-GCM-MIA last December and took advantage of a SPG promo that gave me something like 35% back on my SPG points at the Westin on 7 mile Beach!

  • Cole

    Boston to Montreal. It’s a pretty long drive, but a really short hop on a plane for a nice weekend.

  • Seth

    LGA-CLT before May 15.

    Then I’ll originate my summer travel from CLT, with a lengthy stop-over in NYC (where I live), enabling me to reduce the outbound cost from 30K to 20K points.

  • Lea

    I’d use the Avios to fly from Melbourne to Sydney to Brisbane to take in the east coast of Australia

  • Ruthlessly Absurd

    Gotta be LIM-CUZ-LIM. They took it off the BA website, for reasons unknown, but you can still call for it. Macchu Picchu for the win!

  • Theresa

    TPE-HKG – chance to visit fsmily!

  • Theresa

    Oops…meant “family” and it’s RT!

  • Michele

    JFK-MIA. It’s getting cold here in New York!

  • Thomas

    Could definitely use these Avios for a hop down to DC from BOS next summer.

  • Brad

    Boston to Montrael. These short haul flights maximize value.

  • matt

    nyc-montreal, for poutine!

  • Yaokai Jiang

    Avios and cash LGA -> YYZ.

  • anita
  • jyizzie

    getting too chilly here! EWR -> MIA

  • wookie_234


  • sil

    YVR-SEA Round Trip

  • avi


  • Federico

    I have been living in the USA (Miami) for the last 13 years, my whole family lives in Argentina and I go there every 18 months or so.

    Two months ago my mother got her Visa (very hard for some people), now she can come here but my problem is that I don’t have enough AA miles for a R/T award ticket, just 23,000 advantage miles.

    With 7,500 Avios, I can get o/w award ticket on AA (EZE-MIA) +$277.03(cash/points/taxes), then with 20,000 AA miles I could get EZE-MIA (return ticket) and avoid the $75 fee from then (I don’t have any status with AA)

    As you may know, is pretty hard to get a MileSAAver award for EZE on AA, now the best option is look for a last minute award ticket, they release those seats few weeks in advance (in the past, I was able to find seats 11 months in advance).

    PS: now BA has extended the option of cash & points, in the past you could only pay up to 50% of your total miles, now is up to 70%.

  • Ramsey

    SCL-MDZ roundtrip. Yummy Malbec!

  • disqus_5qBcRNJGJb

    SFO-LAX roundtrip on AA

  • Lupo

    JFK – YYZ. Can save you a lot of money on those last minute trips.

  • Joanna

    round trip JFK-YUL on AA (9000 BA Avios) so I can visit my family up in Canada and enjoy their delicious smoked meat!!

  • Jordan b

    I love cmh – JFK. Great availability.

  • William

    JFK-MIA for the win!

  • Bob

    I’d go Dallas to Denver roundtrip for a ski adventure!

  • ASW

    I’ve always wanted to see Istanbul, Turkey and it looks like I could do it R/T on British Airways LHR > IST > LHR for just 8500 Avios + 15 GBP taxes and fees. Such a deal ! ! !

  • Aaron R

    From DC I only have a few options: JFK, ORD, and MIA. DC to Miami is a great redemption, and I can hop on the Tri-Rail to get up to WPB to visit my Nana!

  • Drew

    LAX-LAS! Not much beats Vegas on the cheap!

  • Meredith

    MIA to PLS- hope to head there next year on a full free trip

  • Rap Sho

    LGA to YYZ to visit the parents!

  • Eduardo S.

    TUS-LAX on AA to is 9K Avios RT. The ticket price can get to $360 so that is a great redemption value of $0.04 per Avios! Great opportunity to see my Mom on a three-day weekend!

  • Tim

    MSP-ORD, can’t beat a cheap one way!

  • Daniel P

    I’d use 9k Avios to fly to Chicago from DC to visit my good friend Howard for a weekend. It’s only 9k avios for a round trip on American!!!

  • Hdal Llasu

    Use Avios on DFW-DEN RT for ski vacation, and use Hyatt points for hotel

  • Dale Reardon

    For 9000 Avios I would love to go from HBA (Hobart) to OOL (Coolangatta Gold Coast) economy. It is a bargain as the flight is much more expensive with Qantas and I just found some availability even!
    HBA is cold at the moment even though it shouldn’t be so getting to a warmer climate would be great.

  • mightymolar

    Visit with my family for the first time to JFK from BNA… love the Avios for their short distance usage!

  • Erica

    Santiago to SCL!

  • Landon

    DCA -> ORD good for a short weekend getaway from my home city.

  • andy2343

    LGA-RDU and back. Best use of 9K Avios is getting to take a quick trip home to visit the fam on a whim!

  • susie

    I need SEA to SJC using avios for 7500 one way. i booked an award ticket from sjc to hawaii with a free one way going to seattle…i need to get back home somehow and using avios on alaska would be awesome!

  • Mary E. ICN

    4,500 Avios, one way, ABI-DFW, there’s only AA to fly, and the ticket prices are expensive! I refuse to pay $300.00 or more for the 50 minute trip when I want to jump on a plane. While the three hour drive isn’t too bad, the parking at the DFW airport – well, yikes. Plus from DFW, onward ho to just about anywhere.

  • carainkorea

    Planning another adventure through SE Asia..Traveling through Cambodia to Bangkok..will use the miles for BKK-SIN..want to see Singapore one more time before I leave Asia

  • jdshscja

    I would use the miles to go sjc to lax on AA to visit my new nephew.

  • Dark_flame_master_2

    My favorite use of Avios is to redeem for short hauls within Japan.

  • Bo

    4500 lax to sfo, so 9000 will be a roundtrip ticket!

  • Tom in SYD

    I’ve been using my Avios for short haul within Australia a lot. Before I subscribed to TPG I never even considered BA, but the Sapphire Preferred makes raking in the miles just too easy. Easy to book QF via SYD-MEL, -HBA, -BNE are all doable. My proudest accomplishment is probably flying the Missus and two children down to Melbourne to visit a family friend for the weekend so I could host poker night at the house. Everyone wins!

  • Xavier

    LHR to Bergen is 9000 Avios. But I should go in summer so, no hurry about the points transfer :)
    By the way the fjords should be pretty awesome.

  • Michael Heffner

    We had our first frost in Baltimore last night, it was sub 40F. I’d use 7500 Avios on AA out of BWI to MIA. No need for a return flight. I’ll walk, oh, and pocket 1,500 Avios for later, tater.

  • Jessica Lin

    Shanghai to Tokyo only 7500!

  • Linda

    MIA-PLS Grace Bay Beach is awesome!

  • Brian

    I would use these as positioning flights to get from CVG to New York or Chicago and other airlines out of the country or even cross country since I am stuck in CVG with Delta as my main option.

  • iwantmoremiles

    I fly our daughter who lives in Costa Rica to Miami to visit the family. We rent a house cheaply if we are flexible about location.

  • Nick O (PIT)

    LGA to Montreal would be awesome. I’m in NYC enough and I’d love to go to Montreal

  • Uri Hadelsberg

    Boston to Toronto!! Lovely short flight to take!

  • Tony Albano

    I would use them for a future trip from going from LHR to Scotland. Perfect

  • Tony Albano

    I would use for a future trip from London to Scotland with my wife!

  • Eddie boy

    Miami to tallahassee Go Noles!!!

  • Greg

    Round trip – Dallas to Denver. Was in Denver for a family event on a BA award (AA) the week before the Chicago seminar. I enjoyed your presentation.

    Would be great to go back and go exploring.

  • Greg

    Also want to try Dallas to Springfield IL. It is about a 4 hour drive from Springfield to Freeport IL but is only 2 hours more that driving from ORD to Freeport. For 9000 Avios I will do it.

  • Liza

    I would find a good price to get from NYC to LON and then use the 9000 avios to get from LON to AMS. Sounds like fun to me!

  • Kevin

    CVG to ORD. This is a flight that runs ~$400-450 normally roundtrip. So for 9000 Avois, it’s a value of 4.4-5.0 cents/mile. This also brings one to an actual hub airport, and airfare deals are typically much cheaper from Chicago than Cincinnati.

  • moses

    the best redemption in my eyes is nyc-yul or nyc-yyz where you can get for 4500 avios each way and 2.50 $ the tax its cheaper and faster then the bus

  • JMS

    We are heading to London on Avios for Thanksgiving to visit family (I waited as long as I could for an Amex transfer bonus, but unfortunately booked before the 20% bonus offer began). Thanks to your advice, we’re flying on Aer Lingus and airberlin to avoid the huge BA and AA airport taxes into London. Now I need to get from Dublin to London (4,500 Avios) and London to Dusseldorf (4,500 Avios). Would love to have 9,000 Avios :-)

  • grrljock

    SFO-YVR to watch the Women’s World Cup Final in 2015!

  • Rob H

    My favorite 9,000 avios award flight is 2 RTs from JFK-YUL. So expensive otherwise.Would love to get up there again this spring.

  • SSM

    MAD-> LON for my upcoming honeymoon (7500)!

  • LC▲

    I will be using the miles to fly to Mexico during December. Perks of living so close in TX.

  • Eddy

    SFO to PDX works great for a quick weekend getaway.

    LIM to CUZ also works great if you’re looking to minimize costs on the way to Machu PIcchu.

  • Yati

    FRA to TLS….it’s getting cold here is Germany

  • Kiran M

    I recently went on a 9 month round-the-world trip with my husband using all of my one world miles with BA and AA and we booked a last minute flight from Gdansk, Poland to Berlin for 9,000 miles and a few dollars to save two days of traveling by train. It was 100% worth it!

  • Megan

    LON to BCN (7,500) – I’m moving for love so there wouldn’t be a return! And I suppose indulging in paella and walking La Rambla wouldn’t be bad perks either ;)

  • Brendan

    A weekend in Toronto – 9,000 Avios RT from Chicago.

  • Ncsam

    CLT to NYC!

  • Eddie

    Since I’ll be moving to there shortly, the perfect usage of 7,500 Avios would be a one-way flight MAD-FCO, just in time to celebrate New Year’s in Rome.

    Then, if I start missing my friends back in Madrid, I can use the 1,500 extra points plus a few of my own avios for a round-trip MAD-FCO-MAD :P

  • wildcat007

    Round trip from Washington (DCA) to Montreal (YUL) for the ‘Grand Prix du Canada’ in June 2014. The only thing that might be as exciting as collecting/spending points is F1!

  • shonuffharlem

    That’s easy – FLL or MIA to MBJ to take my wife to her favorite resort in the world: for our 5th anniversary (5th anniversary’s are a bigger deal when its both your SECOND marriage and you didn’t have one in you first marriage!)

  • Vanessa

    Miami-Turks and Caicos!

  • Lorilbooth

    Since I want to travel to the Pacific Northwest I calculated the points from San Diego to Seattle. I need 7500 Avios points to go one way and then I would drive down the coast back to San Diego.

  • Naina Sood

    MAD to Rome when we go to Europe over the summer :)

  • dina

    With 9000 avios, I can fly my daughter to NYC from Washington DC, where I can meet her for a long-needed mother/daughter weekend getaway!

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  • Mike B.

    9K Avios: from Montreal to NYC

  • Josh

    Roundtrip London to Stockholm is 9,000 + 80GBP. Already going to be in London so it would be a great chance to see friends in Sweden.

  • Bret

    I would use them on partner AA to visit my family in Des Moines, IA (from Dallas, TX). Traditionally, fares on this route can be in the $400-500 range making 9000 Avios an excellent deal!

  • Steve

    OAK – YVR – a flight that goes for ~$400-500 so it’s a tremendous use of Avios!

  • Michael W Travels

    JFK- Toronto could be a fun little trip,

  • Rick

    This would be perfect for a nice weekend getaway as a roundtrip SFO-LAX run!

  • Angela

    9,000 Avios would be a great way to redeem for a hotel night at the Novotel Bangkok Bangna (8,500 Avios) for my upcoming trip to Bangkok!

  • BunMama

    DCA to ORD. Those flights to visit my mom are so expensive for what is really such a short hop.

  • Cristiano Dani

    FLR-LHR would be great!

  • Erik

    I’d get a round trip ticket between PUS – NRT on JAL for next summer. Buying such a ticket is around $575 these days, so 9,000 Avios plus more of less $100 would be a much better option in my book.

  • frenchman619

    Boston to New York can be a shockingly expensive flight… 9000 Avios FTW

  • Deneetro

    I would use Avios for DCA – MIA.

  • tiffany l

    jfk to tornoto! (but before it gets too cold!)

  • Brian

    I’d flight from Chicago to Boston, 7500 points.

  • Clive Field

    Would love to travel to Prague for 9000 Avios from London

  • Roger Wilco

    That’s easy: HEL-LHR-EDI oneway, with a free stopover in London. Visiting both kids and spending only 7500 Avios

  • Travels to do

    I would transfer avios to Iberia and travel to Madrid and the southern region of Spain. Ole!

  • kenjet

    I would fly from Lax to San Francisco using the Avios miles.

  • Llador

    I am exploring my roots in Spain I will be in Madrid in spring 2014. I would use the 9000 avios on Iberia for rt Madrid to Malaga. To broaden my knowledge of the region of my ancestors.

  • mary elizabeth

    I’d fly RT RDU-ORD to see a dear friend of mine. 9K Avios + $5 taxes is quite a deal!

  • Joe P

    Definitely Boston to Montreal — a slice of Europe close by!

  • Sean

    LIM to IQT to take a boat trip up the Amazon River

  • chaim

    NYC-Montreal ! Paid fares are always so expensive nothing can be better than 9,000 avios and $57 in taxes !!!

  • Sandeep B

    Id use it for a roundtrip Lima-Cusco flight

  • Kona Rider

    I loved being able to get tickets from DFW to STL for only 9000 miles! Flew my wife, sister and myself last minute and got another bonus with no close in fees. Much better than another airline out of DFW.

  • dude26

    HKG – BKK on CX’s excellent biz class. One Way would be 8000 avios + 144.88usd which I think is great value!:)

  • Rick S

    Roatan Island, Honduras, expensive to get to, but for floridians, Miami is the key to that island paradise and diver’s haven prime destination

  • Aubrey Miller

    I would fly business class KUL to SIN on Malaysia’s A330 for 9000 Avios and only $20 in taxes. The cheapest way to check out a great business class product!

  • Will

    JFK-Montreal. Being in NYC, with 9k miles, this would be the closest you can get to a “European” getaway. It’s a 360 from what the States is like and the closest distance from NYC to experience such a culture.

  • Tonei Glavinic

    My usual redemption is ORD-DCA (9k roundtrip), but probably the best value I have gotten with Avios was PDX-YVR on QX for 4500 Avios – that would otherwise have been well over $200, or 12.5k AS miles.

  • Vikram

    From BOS, only one 9000 mile redemption to JFK. 25000 avios to DUB is great however.

  • Alexis L

    ORD-DCA to visit family and friends! My husband’s sister lives in DC, and I have some really close friends there that I do not see often enough. My husband has also never been to DC, so this would be a great use of Avios for us.

  • spg

    i would use the 9k in avios points to get me that much closer to 200k in miles to go first class to the seychelles with a special someone. that would put me less than 15k points to my goal of 200k miles! gotta love the BA credit card!

  • Jon

    NYC to CLE. Had to make a series of day trips to the city and flight prices could range from $250-$700. Of course then I discovered 9,000 avios RT FTW

  • jimmymurphy

    I would surprise someone special in Chicago, flying from NYC for 7500 avios!

  • CJ

    PHL to ORD to visit my BFF (it’s been too long!)

  • Dan R

    There are several short haul flights that I have used AVIOS for, but my favorite is ORD to DCA. I have a lot of friends in DC so it is nice to get out there as often as possible. An added bonus of using AVOIS is I fly into Reagan instead of Dulles.

  • Elyse

    I’d use the 9k Avios for a roundtrip flight from MIA-PLS (Turks and Caicos!!) for a little getaway with my fiance over the long weekend for Valentine’s/President’s Day Weekend. The cheapest flight right now from Fri-Mon $556 so I think it’s a GREAT deal!

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  • Devon

    How do you fly FLL-MBJ on Avios? Route Mapper and Avios calculator both show no BA flights between the two. I’m curious as I can use SW to get to FLL. Thanks!

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  • Sally Schneider Kramer

    trying to get to Costa Rica from MIa, Houston, & DC. Prices are thru the roof so trying to figure out how to transfer miles into Avios and then see about cheaper flts. Newbie at this so need some help. don’t know how to start. thanks

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