The Reward Flight Saver is one of the best things the British Airways have done for themselves in recent times. Executive Club members who have credited at least 1 point into their account within the last year can redeem their points on flights starting at 4500 miles plus £17.50 one way. Though we've seen a few price hikes on the cash component over the last few years, it remains one of the most powerful ways to fly short haul around Europe on the cheap, and most importantly, at short notice.
Just last Friday, flying from Aberdeen to London, my flight was scheduled for 8.30pm, but I arrived at the airport a little earlier than I expected and I was able to check in with enough time to catch the 6.30pm flight. The cost to change my flight? Around €300. To book a brand new ticket 4500 Avios plus £17.50 it was a no brainer for me, especially since it gave me my free return flight back to Netherlands.
I had pondered whether it was worth using the Avios points to fly in Club Europe a while ago, I still believe it's best to spend them on economy class flights.
But there is one particular exception which trumps the norm.
London to Moscow, First Class on a Boeing 747-400.
For the tidy sum of 30 000 Avios plus £27.50 in each direction, you can easily save yourself over £1000 by on this near-4 hour flight. You will enjoy full First Class service, and being a daytime flight that leaves at around 9am, you can enjoy an awesome meal on board.
Judging by the aircrafts that have been operating this route, it looks to be on BA's New First product. You can read a remarkably well-documented trip report written by Olybeast
Be warned that a visa to go to Russia does erode the savings a little in both cash and time. However, even with that you're still looking at massive savings on the cash price.
Admittedly, this is not the only route where you can fly a first class cabin on Reward Flight Saver. There are some 5th Freedom routes that British Airways flies in between the Carribbean islands where the flights are much shorter and therefore cost fewer Avios points. But since each of these flights are under 2 hours long, I question whether it's worth redeeming in First or even Club World on those flights.
What do you think? Do you think you can beat this for value? Let me know in the comments!