Redeeming Avios through British Airways’ Executive Club is my favorite way to cop a free flight. Whether it’s Montreal, Toronto, or just random hops down to D.C., it’s fun to create great value on short flights that can be eye-openingly expensive.
Therefore, when I realized I wanted to spend Super Bowl Weekend in Vail, but not spend any money on a plane ticket, I knew exactly where to look. Award space was plentiful and I was able to book a direct roundtrip from JFK to Vail/Eagle for 20,000 Avios and only $11 in taxes and fees. It’s not free, but it’s pretty close!
Your confirmed flights
|17:30 30 Jan||20:22 30 Jan||John F Kennedy (NY) (New York)||Eagle County (CO) (Colorado)||AA2283||American Airlines||Economy|
|08:50 2 Feb||15:02 2 Feb||Eagle County (CO) (Colorado)||John F Kennedy (NY) (New York)||AA1640||American Airlines||Economy|
|Payment card used||**** **** **** ****|
|Payment for flights||$ 11.20|
|Total amount debited from Visa Credit card||$ 11.20|
I mean, it’s $10 to take the AirTrain to and from JFK and I got a ski trip during Super Bowl Weekend for almost the same price!
For this vacation, I instantly transferred 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points into my linked Executive Club account and then booked the redemption via BA’s website – it was that simple.
Here’s the same flight in cash:
Taking out the $11 in taxes and fees and the $10 aforementioned AirTrain ride, I saved exactly $500 with my 20,000 Avios, or a value of 2.5 cents per Avios. Plus, with Avios redemptions being distance-based, I also saved on the total number of miles needed as the exact same flight on American Airlines would have cost 25,000 miles!
While Vail costs a bit more Avios than last year’s jaunt to Miami, it promises to be just as fun. Although, there’s something about South Beach that’s just…yeah. Maybe, I’ll just swing a weekend in March if winter growls as hard as it did last year. That was a tough season.