My family flies in Economy class most of the time. We’ve splurged on business class lie-flat seats for some trips to Europe before. But, for the most part, we utilize the fewest miles or cash possible for our domestic trips.
However, while I was planning a special trip for next year, a deal for first class award flights came along that I just couldn’t ignore.
Next year, my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. We haven’t had many chances to travel alone together as a couple since having kids. We’ve debated whether or not we could travel solo next year and leave our kids alone. Our kids will be 20 (and home from college for the summer), 16 and 13. It’s a complicated decision, as I’ve said before (see my post from a few years ago). For now, we’ve determined that we feel comfortable leaving them for a few days if we travel somewhere domestically.
With that in mind, we decided to book a short getaway to New Mexico and spend most of our time in Santa Fe. My husband and I have driven through New Mexico before, but we’ve never spent time in Santa Fe.
Using Miles for Flights
Sure, we could drive to New Mexico. But, Santa Fe is a 10-hour drive, and that would eat into our short trip. Plus, my husband and I are not big fans of road trips. No, thanks.
Even though it’s early, I decided to look into award flights on American Airlines. I found award space on AA for the date we needed starting at 7500 miles each way. What a deal! Award space was also available for the same flights using British Airways Avios for 7500 miles. See my previous post How and Why to book American Airlines award flights using British Airways Avios.
Then, I remembered that Chase currently has a 30% transfer bonus to Avios through September 22, 2023. And, I saw that first-class award seats were also available on British Airways.
The price of a first-class award seat on AA.com: 26k miles each
However, the price on BA.com is just 15k Avios for the same flight in first-class:
With the Chase 30% transfer bonus to Avios, a first-class seat only costs 12,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (since you have to transfer points in increments of 1000). I know it’s a short 2-hour flight, but our 20th anniversary is a special occasion worth a splurge in points. I transferred some Chase points and booked the first-class seats. I haven’t yet decided if we will do this for the flight home as well.
I’ve always had good luck booking American Airlines flights with British Airways Avios since we are close to an AA hub. The current transfer bonus makes booking these flights even more attractive. My family will continue to mostly fly in Economy, and I have no issues flying on cheap flights with Spirit and Frontier Airlines. But, for this special occasion, spending 12k points for a short first-class flight is an easy way to pamper ourselves.
Who else is taking advantage of this Chase transfer bonus to Avios?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.