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Update: Some destinations are even less expensive. Here’s round-trip business from Philly to Madrid for $362!
This morning, we shared a fantastic British Airways fare sale from several cities around the US to many destinations in Europe. Fares are priced at $1,440 round-trip in business class all the way through August 2016, though you can save a bit more if you travel over Thanksgiving. See our earlier post to get some ideas of what you can book. Note that you need to be an AARP member to get the biggest discount, but anyone can join (more on that in the post above).
Even more exciting than that, however, is an opportunity to offset the cost of these cash bookings by redeeming British Airways Avios. You can transfer points to British Airways instantly from Ultimate Rewards, earned with cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred, so you can take advantage of this deal even if you don’t currently have Avios in your account.
After you select your flights, you can take $764 off the cost of the ticket by redeeming 30,000 Avios. TPG values British Airways Avios at 1.6 cents apiece. However, with this deal, you can get 2.5 cents in value per Avios point. In the case of the Thanksgiving flight above, you’ll pay just $446 after redeeming 30,000 Avios. And you’ll earn the full number of miles for the round-trip flight.
If you’re interested in taking advantage, don’t delay — flights must be ticketed no longer than midnight tomorrow!
H/T: Former TPG Intern Kevin Song
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards