Europe for just £35 + Avios

By Harriet Cooper

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August 2017

Feeling the urge for a change of scene? You could be hitting chic Parisian boutiques or sipping a Glühwein at the Munich Christmas market for just £35 plus Avios, thanks to our Reward Flight Saver (RFS). 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’s where your RFS could take you.

Paris, France (£35 + 9,000 Avios)

The lowdown: Paris never fails to please. Whether you’re after historic palaces or hipster boutiques, grandiose museums or gourmet restaurants, it is one of the most beautiful and beguiling cities in the world.

If you only do one thing… They may not be the height of Parisian chic, but don a pair of comfy walking shoes and explore the City of Light by foot (the French have a word for strolling aimlessly: “flâner”). Wander the arrondissements, all of which have their own personality, before hitting the capital's stylish side streets for an afternoon of shopping.

Soak up authentic cafe culture in the artsy Saint-Germain-de-Prés district. Once favoured by everyone from the Surrealists to Brigitte Bardot, it is the place to people watch shamelessly.

Don’t leave without trying… Soak up authentic cafe culture by bagging a table at Les Deux MagotsCafe de Flore or Brasserie Lipp in the artsy Saint-Germain-de-Prés district. Once favoured by everyone from the Surrealists to Brigitte Bardot, they’re the places to people watch.

Already visited Paris? With £35 + 9000 Avios, you could also fly to Aberdeen, Basel, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Innsbruck, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, Nice, Salzburg, and Toulouse.

  • Paris cafes make the perfect spots for people watching.

    Cosy cafe

    Les Deux Magots opens everyday from 07.30 to 01.00. Stop by for breakfast and try Le Petit Déjeuner Hemingway with a cup of old-style hot chocolate.

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  • Explore the festive stalls at the Munich Christmas Market © Getty.

    Market treats

    The Christmas Market retains its Bavarian character selling traditional stollen, chestnuts and Zwetschgenmandl (plum almonds made from dried fruit and nuts).

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  • Wander through the Munich’s historical Old Town © Getty.

    Did you know…?

    Munich Old Town’s main streets were pedestrianised for the 1972 Olympic Games and have stayed pedestrian ever since making it ideal for sightseeing on foot.

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Munich, Germany (£35 + 9000 Avios)

The lowdown: From Marienplatz Square to the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is extremely easy on the eye. Architecture aside, the Bavarian city has a rich gastronomic heritage and is renowned for its lively atmosphere.

If you only do one thing… Discover the charm of Munich on two wheels. Thanks to the city’s comprehensive network of cycling paths, you could be whizzing around the beautiful Old Town, coasting along the banks of the River Isar or pedalling leisurely through the Englischer Garten (Munich's Central Park), where the park’s two beer gardens make the perfect pitstop.

Don’t leave without trying… Müncheners love to eat and nowhere is this more apparent than the food markets. The best-known is the enormous Viktualienmarkt, but for an authentic vibe (and local cheese, meat and homemade beer) head to Elisabethmarkt. At Christmas, sipping a Glühwein while perusing the stalls at the Munich Christmas market is a must-do.

Already visited Munich? With £35 + 9000 Avios, you could also fly to, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Genoa, Hamburg, Jersey, Manchester, Milan, Newcastle, Prague, Stuttgart, and Zurich.

Rome, Italy (£35 + 15,000 Avios)

The lowdown: This sprawling capital city - which is steeped in history - offers the perfect blend of classical architecture and antiquities with stylish shops, animated eateries and a flourishing contemporary art scene.

If you only do one thing… Channel your inner Spartacus and enrol in Gladiator school. During the two-hour lesson you’ll dress in full warrior garb, master hand-to-hand combat, learn how to fight with authentic weapons, and take part in an optional tournament.

Don’t leave without trying… La Cucina Roma is – like everywhere in Italy – plate-lickingly good. Try the feather-light deep-fried Roman artichokes at trattoria Nonna Betta, a steaming bowl of pasta (the spaghetti aglio, olio, e peperoncino is a must) at Armando al Pantheon, and finish off with a trip to Gelateria del Teatro with its pastel-hued display of unusual flavours - caramelised almond and fennel, anyone?

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

  • Discover Paris in the wintertime © Getty.

    Shrinking tower

    Due to its wrought-iron construction, the Eiffel Tower actually shrinks by about six inches in cold weather.

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

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 £35 + 20,000 Avios, 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.

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