If you’ve heard of the Avios Reward Scheme (you may have seen the adverts for the Avios Big Reward competition recently) you’ll likely be tempted by the prospect of being able to collect points during your day to day life, to redeem later for exciting, well-deserved treats.
The reward scheme is exceedingly appealing, which is why so many people are already signed up to it, and you could be next.
While car hire and experience days are two of the things that you can redeem Avios points on, there are also plenty of superb places that you can see and appreciate by cashing in your points. A number of package holiday tour operators work in cahoots with Avios, giving you the chance to enjoy a splendid holiday, either at home or abroad, from reputable agents that include Butlins, Inghams, Neilson, Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Cosmos and Thomson.
One thing that you need to bear in mind – especially when you’re looking to cash your Avios points in, in exchange for a return flight – is the various zones that are enforced.
These zones existed within the Airmiles scheme, but since the overhaul and the rebranding, the zones have changed slightly so, even if you think you know all that there is to know about the various zones, it may still be worth reading up on them so that you know what the limits are nowadays.
There are nine zones in all, with cities within them that require varying amounts of Avios points depending on the distance from the UK that you’re hoping to go.
Zones 1 to 3 are full of European destinations, and have a fixed fee associated with them.
You can pay for your flight with your points, and then pay for the fees with cash. Zone 1, which requires 9000 points if you’re a Euro Traveller or 18000 points if you’re hoping to travel in Club Europe class, includes cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Prague. Next up, you’ll find Zone 2, which includes Barcelona, Helsinki, Stockholm and Rome. Zone 3 holds the slightly further European destinations, such as Izmir, Athens, Istanbul and Paphos.
The remaining zones – 4 to 9 – contain countries and cities outside of Europe and are subject to variable fees. Destinations include Cairo, Dubai, New York, LA, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, and vary in Avios points requirements, depending on what zone your city of choice is in. The points required vary from 25,000 for a zone 4 return flight (world traveller class) to 300,000 for a first class return flight to Sydney, that’s on its own in zone 9.
As you can see, Avios points can mean that you could go pretty much anywhere in the world. On top of this, they are also redeemable against Disneyland Paris trips, including accommodation and entrance tickets, as well as ferry trips and journeys on the Eurostar – perfect if you fancy an affordable break on mainland Europe, without using thousands upon thousands of your points.
Make sure that you read the Avios site thoroughly so that you can be happy in the choices you make when it comes to using your accumulated Avios points. In the meantime, enjoy watching your points increase as you spend on daily commodities, such as your fuel or your weekly shop!