Yes, I really did save over £3,500 on First Class airline tickets to Beijing. You can too with a little planning and determination. It is quite a simple travel hack involving using airmiles, but don’t be deceived into thinking that this means you need to book hundreds of flights. This is simply not true!
I earn most of my miles from credit card spend. You can read details of the best UK travel credit cards in this dedicated post. To be clear, I am not suggesting that you go on a mega shopping spree. Instead, I encourage you to divert all future spending (yes, even those Starbucks coffees) onto your credit card and then pay it off religiously.
How to save on First Class airline tickets to Beijing
If you want to know everything there is to know about earning airmiles, then a good place to start would be the 14 week guide to travel hacking. This series of posts cover the many different ways to earn miles on your everyday spend just by changing a few of your everyday spending habits. Before long, you will have enough miles to book your own first class airline seats.
How much did my airline tickets cost?
We paid £1,113.14 plus 200,000 AVIOS and a companion voucher. This is effectively a two for one offer, although sadly you have to pay two lots of taxes! Had we paid for these tickets, the cost to book the same flights with British Airways was £2,454.57 each. For two, that comes out at a whopping £4,909.14. OMG, frankly anyone who pays that clearly has more money than sense!
For interest, the cheapest flights on Expedia for the same dates were £2,311 in First class (bizarrely for British Airways) giving a total cost of £4,622.
Whichever way you look at it, I save over £3,500 on these flights!
Any top tips for Beijing?
So now, of course the only thing to do is plan my trip. I am thinking Beijing, Hong Kong and the Yangtze Valley but would love to know your top tips and suggestions. Don’t be shy, come and chat in the comments.