AVIOS half year update 2017
Well it’s time to share the results of my hard work travel hacking. I have been adopting a slightly more diversified strategy this year as I have so many airmiles, I cannot accumulate the companion vouchers quickly enough to use them. Why pay double when I can get a two for the price of one right?
So here is what my travel hacking efforts have produced in the way of rewards.
|IHG||78,237||11||Redeemed four reward nights|
|Hilton||1870||0||Redeemed two reward nights|
|SPG||14,941||1||Mainly achieved through credit card sign up bonus and spend – one free reward night|
Well, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that my allegiance is firmly focussed on IHG this year. I have discovered their Accelerate offers and am finding these to be not only fun (sorry, I am a geek at heart!) but very lucrative. Plus, their beds are so much comfier than the Hilton’s beds!
I have also dabbled with SPG and really like the design of some of their properties, but there are only a few options in the UK. It is possible however to transfer these points to Marriott although i may go check out the Abode in Liverpool before giving up the SPG ghost!
So how have we been doing on the airmile front? Well it is not too shabby for a UK hacker, as this tally of our points earned in 2017 shows.
So between my husband and I, we have earned 129,506 so far this year. That is 125,364 into British Airways and 4,142 into Lufthansa. This is not quite on a par with the 332,000 airmiles I earned last year but then again, I wasn’t racking up credit card sign up awards for hotels last year.
Our best earnings options
We’ve been pretty busy putting them to good use too, booking reward flights to Albania, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
I was pretty excited when I used a bunch of miles to book First Class flights to Abu Dhabi with British Airways, (no worries about paying for drinks in First!) and First class flights on to Qatar to see a fellow MBA pal. My excitement was short-lived as only two weeks later the feud in the Middle East blew up. Who knows if we will get there.
This could be you…
So why not? If I can organise myself to earn this number of points, even in the very stingy travel hacking universe that is the UK, then so can you! I have earned enough points for a full week in fab hotels and am not far off earning enough to fly long-haul business class to China.
I would love to know how you travel hackers are getting on of course. Perhaps you have some great ideas for how to earn yet more points that I am not considering. Well, don’t be shy, feel free to have your say in the comments.