Combining my two favourite pastimes, travel and shopping – to say I am excited is an understatement! I have teamed up with Avios to tell you how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points!
For years I have been hearing from friends and family in the US and the UK about how they have so many air-miles, yet they only take one holiday a year! I always wondered why Ireland was so behind the curve – well not anymore! Collecting Avios points is now something we can all do, even those who don’t travel often. Avios are a reward currency that are used by many airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia, as well as various hotel websites and high street stores. When you collect Avios points you can use them to get flights and upgrades, with any of their partner airlines. Some of you may have already joined Aer Club, the Aer Lingus frequent flyer program, and may have collected Avios points already, but did you know you could collect them in other outlets too? The Irish Independent are giving customers 30,000 Avios points if you subscribe to the Irish and Sunday Independent for six months. It only costs 37,000 Avios to upgrade to business class to New York with Aer Lingus! For most of us flying business class to the USA was a pipe dream, but with Avios it is now attainable.
Supervalu, Kildare Village and Appleby are just some of the Irish suppliers that have all joined the Avios reward programme. This means that every time you shop in Supervalu you can collect Avios points! Fancy a trip to Kildare Village? Now is your excuse to go, you can collect Avios points with every purchase! It really is that simple. Supervalu will give you 1 Avios point for every €1 spent and Kildare Village will give you 5 Avios points for every €4 spent. Do you dine out a lot? Make your restaurant reservation through Restaurant Circle and you collect 250 Avios points each time. For more information on purchase points click here.
It doesn’t end there… Avios have an eStore!
When I say this is going to change the way we shop, I really mean it! You can also get rewards for on-line purchases in hundreds of high street stores, hotel websites and even iTunes! Right now Marks and Spencer are giving 4 Avios points for every €1 spent, Debenhams are giving 4 Avios per €1, travel website Expedia are giving 9 Avios per €1 and Addias a whopping 10 Avios per €1. Once you are logged into avios.ie you can shop online in the usual way, but your purchases will be tracked, and your Avios account will be topped up with points!
So how many points do I need for a flight, I hear you say….
There are so many variations, depending on when and where you travel, but 8,000 Avios points will get you a return flight to Paris. For 17,000 Avios you can have a return flight to the Canary Islands and if you can save 26,000 you can have a return flight to New York. Note these are based on off peak travel and exclude taxes and charges. For full list of date bands click here. This may sound a lot but I joined at Christmas time and have 14,500 points already. With the exception of one flight to Malaga, all of my points were accumulated by shopping in Supervalu and a once off €200 spend at Kildare Village and a few items in Adidas and Asos via the eStore. Avios regularly have promotions on to make it even easier to collect points. Suddenly that business class upgrade on my flight to New York is looking very attainable…
How to sign up.
If you are already an AerClub member, your existing log in and password will suffice. Collect Avios points by logging in to avios.com/ie with your AerClub details and clicking through to the eStore. For those who have not yet joined, you can join any of the airline programmes here. Why not download the free Avios app too, it will allow you book flights on the go, check your Avios balance and find out where to collect.
If you have any questions please comment below and I will get back to you. It really is that easy to get flights and upgrades with Avios points! To coin a phrase from the movie Pretty Woman – I have to go shopping now………
This post was sponsored by Avios but all views, as always, are my own.