Flying to Vail for Super Bowl Weekend – Total Cost $11

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.

Flying in front of the CN Tower, Toronto.

Flew 2 friends up to Toronto last minute for a reunion weekend!

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

OutboundFriday 30 January 2015
17:30 30 Jan 20:22 30 Jan John F Kennedy (NY) (New York) Eagle County (CO) (Colorado) AA2283 American Airlines Economy
InboundMonday 02 February 2015
08:50 2 Feb 15:02 2 Feb Eagle County (CO) (Colorado) John F Kennedy (NY) (New York) AA1640 American Airlines Economy
Payment summary
Payment card used **** **** **** ****
Avios 20000
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!


Mountains near Vail.

Mountains near Vail.

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:

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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!

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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.

Perfectly named. #Miami #warmweather #sun

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Miami is a blast. #poolseason #miami #fourpoints #beach #sun #winter

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