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You might be wondering… What was the point of all of those reward charts? I have my BA Amex and I shop at Tesco, so I can convert Clubcard points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club if necessary…
Well, the key to travel hacking success is to not be locked into one or two loyalty programmes. Otherwise you’ll leave yourself at the mercy of the next Avios devaluation, and the race to be a worse airline than Ryanair.
You shouldn’t spread yourself too thinly, however, ending up with a few thousand miles uselessly in a few different places. But if you can get somewhere for half the miles, why not go for it? Especially if you do some paid travel from time to time and can decide where to credit your flights. After all, you can always top up an account with a conversion of Starwood Preferred Guest points…
Nonetheless, I hope that I have inspired you to look a bit more closely at programmes other than Avios. There are some very interesting opportunities out there, as long as you’re willing to make a bit more effort.
I’ve booked rewards using at least 11 frequent flyer programmes (12 if you count BMI Diamond Club), without ever having a mile expire, so it surely can be done, even if I do travel a bit more frequently than most…
In case you’ve missed one of the series, you can catch up by clicking on one of these links:
- Europe to North America
- Europe to Middle East / India
- Europe to sub-Saharan Africa
- Europe to Australia
- Europe to East Asia
- Europe to Southeast Asia
What about South America? And Europe-to-Europe? Well, I suspect you already know about Reward Flight Saver from British Airways Executive Club and that Iberia have the best route network (and lowest pricing) for flights to South and Central America.
If you are interested in the actual reward charts published by the different airlines, I’ve collected a bunch of links for you to refer to. (hopefully they will remain active for awhile!)
JAL Mileage Bank
Singapore Airlines Krisflyer
(when you click on the Turkish link, you will first be taken to the horrible new Turkish Airlines website, click on “revert to old version” to set cookies and then click on this link again)
Korean Air Skypass
If you thought that this series was useful, please leave a comment with your ideas for the next one…