Miles and points takes me round (and round and round and round) the world

Every now and then I get round to updating my miles and points redemptions. I have been keeping track for almost 5 years and the results are pretty amazing to me!

The breakdown is here, but the headline figures are 118 flights and 47 hotel nights for a total of just over 1.3 million Avios and 1 million hotel points.

One of my flying friends has an Avios balance of more than what I have spent in 5 years, so it is not huge in some circles, but I did a little ‘back of the envelope’ maths to put this into some sort of financial context. I don’t keep a spreadsheet of each redemption and what the cash equivalent cost would have been – it is not always helpful and can give inflated figures, particularly when redeeming for First class travel or Gold Priority Rewards, or more upmarket hotels, like the InterContinental The Clement Monterey, below.

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For my calculations I have given a ball part figure of £60 per domestic sector, £75 per European sector, £400 for a US return and £800 for an Australia return. These, as I am sure you will agree, are very conservative figures based on very good economy prices and ones which I would be, and have been, happy to pay. I have not added a premium for Business of First Class because, let’s face it, we often fly in cabins on miles that we wouldn’t pay cash for.

For the hotels, I have priced it at £60 for a budget hotel, like a Holiday Inn, £100 for a middle of the road Hilton or Crowne Plaza, and £150 for an InterContinental. Obviously these are very variable deepening on season and location, but I think it is fair and definitely at the lower end.

For the flights, my bottom end valuation came to £10,625 and hotels were £5,680, giving a total of £16,305-worth of travel paid for purely on miles and points. That is 107,000 miles – over 4 times around the world!

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The European section accounts for over a quarter of this distance.

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This is an incredible saving, and shows just useful these miles and points can be. I wonder where the next 100,000 miles will take me!

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