Beginner’s Guide: Spending Avios

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As well as using your points for cheaper flights, you can also spend Avios on many other things.

If you don’t have quite enough Avios for Flights, Hotels etc, you can usually top up with cash.

Here’s our list of the most popular ways for spending Avios, with a brief description of each.

You can find the latest Avios ‘deals of the week’ when you’re signed in to your official Avios account – simply click the ‘Spend’ button to see the latest Avios offers.

Spend on Flights

Most people collect Avios to get cheaper flights. As you increase your amount Avios, you will be able to travel further and further away.

Many flights are subject to a “Reward Flight Saver” charge. This is currently £35 for Economy class and £50 for Business. For example, a return flight to Europe will cost £35, plus your Avios, assuming you fly Economy. You have to pay this – you cannot use more of your Avios to avoid it. Our Avios Zones Guide shows you which destinations are subject to this charge.

Spend Avios on Flights

As you travel further away, you will be subject to taxes, fees and carrier charges instead of the Reward Flight Saver fee.

To check what your Avios will get you, or to get an idea of your collecting goals check out the Flight Planner Tool on the Official Avios website.

Set the slider to amount of Avios you have, and the destinations will change accordingly.

Spend Avios on Hotels and Holidays

You can use Avios to stay at hotels all over the world. You don’t have to pay the full amount for your booking in Avios – you can pay part Avios, part cash.

You can find and book these hotels when you are signed in to your Avios Account. Here’s a link to the official Avios Hotel Finder.

Spend Avios on Hotels

A quick call to the Avios helpline is useful if you’re trying to find out if there is an eligible Avios hotel in a specific location.

You can also redeem Avios on package holidays – click here for a full list of partner operators.

The helpline number is 0844 49 333 99.

Spend on Eurostar

Starting your holiday with a trip on the Eurostar is another way to exhange your Avios. You can travel from London to many European destinations, including Paris, Lille, Disneyland Paris and Brussels.

You can also upgrade from Eurostar Standard class to Standard Premier class by using more Avios.

Spend Avios on Eurostar

Current popular Eurostar Avios destinations : Angers, Dijon, Strasbourg, Angouleme, Lyon, Marseille, Aime-la-Plagne, Paris, Lille, Moûtiers, Brussels, Bourg-St-Maurice, Nice and Aix en Provence.

As with paying for hotels and flights – you’re able to redeem Avios for part of the payment for a Eurostar journey, and pay the rest in cash for the remainder.

Here’s an example: a single adult booking a return trip to Brussels on the Eurostar, using the Standard class could expect to spend 9,000 Avios.

It should also be noted that there is very small reduction for children’s fares when booking Eurostar seats with Avios.

For more about connecting routes and the latest prices and Avios Eurostar deals, we recommend you call Avios on their official helpline: 0844 49 333 99.

(Prices correct Feb 2014)

Spend at Disneyland Paris and Disney Hotels

There are usually exclusive Disneyland Paris offers for Avios members, many of which include hotel accommodation and entrance tickets.

You are also able to exhange Avios at various Disney Hotels in America.

The deals, hotels and prices are constantly changing. For the latest Avios Disneyland offers we recommend you or click here for the Disneyland page at the official Avios website.

Spend on Experience Days Out

There are plenty of Avios experience days and passes to spend Avios on too.
Spend Avios on Days Out

In fact, there are over 150 experience days that you could be enjoying – from thrill seeking days out to relaxing spa days. Again, the list of Avios experience days and passes etc is constantly changing, clicking here will take you to the experience days section on the official Avios website.

Spend on Ferries

You can use Avios to travel on ferries for less, or even for free. These ferry operator are currently working with Avios:

  • Brittany Ferries
  • Condor Ferries
  • DFDS Seaways
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • Red Funnel Ferries

Between these companies you could be spending Avios travelling to Holland, Denmark, France, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and Spain or even pop across to the Isle of Wight.

For further details on crossings and current Avios offers, clicking here will take you to the Official Avios Ferries page.

Spend on Car Hire

Finally, you can redeem Avios on car hire, both in the UK and at 170 overseas destinations.

The car hire deals are from Avis and are all-inclusive, so you don’t have to spend extra Avios, or cash, on taxes and surcharges, extra mileage or theft protection.

Spend Avios on Hiring Cars

An example of how many Avios you might spend: hire a small economy car in Alicante for a week and spend 13,550 Avios.

As with the above examples, going to the official Avios website is the fastest way to see all the latest deals. Click here to visit now.

You can spend just Avios to book car hire, or pay part Avios and part cash.