How to use Reward Flight Saver

By Harriet Cooper

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June 2017

No holiday in the calendar but feel the need to get away? With Reward Flight Saver (RFS), you could be sipping Champagne in Paris or navigating the waterways of Venice for just £35 plus Avios (yes, really). Simply book return flights to Europe using your Avios, pay the flat fee in cash, and we’ll take care of the taxes, fees and carrier charges. Here are some ideas for where your RFS could take you.

Copenhagen, Denmark (9,000 Avios + £35)

The lowdown: Fairytale cityscapes, hip harbourside hangouts, laid-back charm… it’s little wonder the Danish capital is one of the coolest kids on the Nordic block.

If you only do one thing… Step back in time at Tivoli Gardens. The 19th century amusement park is wonderfully nostalgic, with its whimsical rides, open-air stage shows and cute stalls - at night it twinkles with thousands of coloured lights, adding to the magic.

Don’t leave without trying… the flødeboller at Summerbird Chocolate (warning: these fluffy chocolate-coated marshmallows are addictive). Join a food tour and sample Copenhagen’s ever-evolving menu of flavours, from the unique cheeses at Arla Unika to the smørrebrød (open sandwiches) at Aamanns café.

Already visited Copenhagen? With 9,000 Avios + £35, you could also fly to Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Basel, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Genoa, Glasgow, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Jersey, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Nice, Paris, Prague, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Toulouse, and Zurich.

  • Explore the historic centre of the Spanish capital © Alamy.

    Fit for a king

    Spain’s Royal Palace is the largest in Europe and boasts nearly 3,000 rooms, over 850 windows, and 44 staircases.

    Discover Madrid
  • Get a taste of Denmark in exciting Copenhagen.

    Open sandwich

    Aamanns offers both a restaurant cum café and a great take-away deli, perfect for lunches on the go.

    Explore Copenhagen
  • Start the evening with an aperitif at the effortlessly cool Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid.

    Tempting tapas

    The market is open Sunday to Wednesday (10.00-00.00) and Thursday to Saturday (10.00-02.00).

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Madrid, Spain (15,000 Avios + £35)

The lowdown: Spain’s colourful capital is a pleasing mix of history, artistry and culture - with fabulous food and an animated atmosphere thrown in for good measure.

If you only do one thing… Soak up the sights on a three-hour city tour complete with a private driver. The flexible itinerary means you call the shots, but we suggest you focus on Salamanca, Los Austrias and Las Cortes neighbourhoods, where you’ll find the Royal Palace of Madrid, Las Ventas Bullring and the Prado Museum. You can also upgrade to a guide to learn all the city’s secrets, too.

Madrid is the place if you’re hankering after tapas and a cold glass of fino – head to the impressive steel-and-glass Mercado de San Miguel one of the oldest markets in the city

Don’t leave without trying… Madrid is the place if you’re hankering after tapas and a cold glass of fino. Head to the impressive steel-and-glass Mercado de San Miguel, one of the oldest markets in the city, where among the produce stalls you’ll find myriad tantalising tapas bars. Our favourite snack? It has to be the croquetas de bacalao (salt-cod croquettes).

Already visited Madrid? With 15,000 Avios + £35, you could also fly to Algiers, Barcelona, Bari, Bologna, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Faro, Gibraltar, Helsinki, Lisbon, Malaga, Naples, Oslo, Pisa, Rome, Sardinia, Stockholm, Venice, Verona, and Warsaw.

  • Wander through the beautiful Tivoli Gardens before thrill seeking with one of the exhilarating rides © Getty.

    Did you know…?

    Tivoli's famous wooden roller coaster was built in 1914 and is one of the oldest working wooden roller coasters in the world.

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Thessaloniki, Greece (20,000 Avios + £35)

The lowdown: With Byzantine monuments to explore by day and cool cocktail bars to party in at night, Greece’s bustling port city seamlessly blends the past with the present.

If you only do one thing… You can’t visit Thessaloniki and not take in the ancient White Tower - it is the symbol of the city after all. Climb to the terrace on the sixth floor for Instagram-worthy views of the waterfront, before swotting up on your Hellenic history at the museum.

Don’t leave without trying… A veritable melting pot of cuisines (you’ll find eastern and Mediterranean flavours here), this is the go-to city for gastronomes. But, thanks to the Ottoman’s sweet tooth, the bakeries are star of the show. Treat yourself to trigona panoramatos - crunchy pastries, soaked in syrup and filled with cream - at the Elenidis bakery.

Already visited Thessaloniki? With 20,000 Avios + £35, you could also fly to Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Marrakech, Moscow, Paphos, Sofia, St Petersburg and Tirana.

How it works

1. If you haven’t already, join the Executive Club for free and start saving Avios to pay for your next dream holiday. There are lots of ways to collect Avios - on flights, hotel stays, car rental, credit cards, and even on everyday things like shopping.

2. Log into your Executive Club account and choose your Reward Flight Saver, our best value Reward Flight - it’s available on return flights in Europe with British Airways. Just use the interactive Flight Finder tool for inspiration.

3. Book your Reward Flight Saver using your Avios plus just £35, and we’ll cover the taxes, fees and carrier charges. Or if you fancy flying Club Europe, you’ll pay just £50 plus an Avios spend starting at 18,000. The only proviso is that you must have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months to redeem the Reward Flight Saver. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.

Find out more about Reward Flight Saver and other great Avios flight savings