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Ryanair boss says $12 flights are no more. Here’s how to book a British Airways flight within Europe for 60 cents

Aug. 11, 2022
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Ryanair boss says $12 flights are no more. Here’s how to book a British Airways flight within Europe for 60 cents
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Ryanair’s famously low fares across Europe could soon be a thing of the past — at least for the foreseeable future.

The Irish carrier is known for offering astonishingly cheap flights for less than the cost of a train ticket to the airport. Intra-Europe flights to the likes of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal for just $6 were a regular pre-pandemic sight here at TPG. However, soaring inflation and fuel prices have combined to now make single-digit Ryanair fares as rare as a speedy security line at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).

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Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s outspoken CEO, expects his passengers' average fares to rise by 10 euros (about $10) to around 40 euros (about $41) over the next five years. As fares rise across the aviation industry amid a cost-of-living crisis, O’Leary believes more passengers will move away from full-service airlines, instead paying less for a no-frills experience with Ryanair.

Related: How to make a Ryanair flight first class

Will bargain-basement fares ever return? As long as the Russian invasion of Ukraine — which shows no signs of easing — continues to put pressure on global fuel prices, it is unlikely we’ll see tickets quite as cheap as they once were for some time.

However, it’s not all bad news. You can still book flights to dozens of European destinations for just 60 cents each way by using points and miles.

British Airways' Reward Flight Saver option offers short-haul flights from just 4,750 Avios, plus 17.50 pounds (about $21) in fees, taxes and surcharges. However, the deal also gives you the option to use more Avios and less cash — as little as 1 pound (about $1) for a round trip. And if you don't have Avios in your account, you can transfer points to British Airways from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Related: These are the best ways to redeem 100,000 British Airways Avios

(Screenshot from British Airways)

These flights include a full-size checked bag, so overall, the journey will cost less cash than a cup of coffee. You also won’t be stung by extra fees at every opportunity like you might with an ultra-low-cost carrier. Check out our guide to British Airways’ Reward Flight Saver redemptions.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases