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To all who are reading this review on collecting airmiles.
If you expect to spend them on JUST A RETURN FLIGHT>>>>>>>FORGET IT
Through my Tesco Vouchers I have been buying airmiles now for three years so that I may use them for a flight to New Zealand to visit my family.
Being a pensioner ...it was a big choice to save my voucher value and not to spend it back in Tesco for my groceries.
At last I have over 10,000 enough to visit the whole world ,you would think...............NO
Unless you book over a year in advance. When I tried several months ago there was NOTHING FOR ONE YEAR at least I then looked at USA.....NOTHING. So I thought I would pop over to Spain.....NOTHING
They want you to spend monies on package trips but I don't want that.
WHAT A TOTAL CON. I'm so disappointed?disgusted with it all.
I am not a member of this programme myself. The way you can accumulate points seems to be decreasing frequently. There are also some restrictions on usage. For example, you cannot transfer air miles between different people, even family members. Unless the person who holds the air miles is booking it, going on the trip, and is the lead name on the ticket. I do not know if this restriction also applies to other rewards such as theme park tickets.
How would you like free flights to anywhere in the world or free cinema tickets, free entry to amusements parks ? Well, if you buy food, petrol, flowers, books, computers, take cross channel ferries, buy car tyres or even buy anything in plastic you can earn Air Miles. Me too ! I have been in this scheme now for well over 5 years and have received many rewards back. Air Miles in its simplest definition is a reward/loyalty scheme. One of the beauties about Air Miles is that it can be collected in so many ways at so many places. To collect, just shop in the following places. Supermarkets – Sainsburys where Air Miles are awarded by swapping 500 Reward Points ( their loyalty scheme ) to 20 Air Miles, Fast car repairs outfits – National Tyres, 1 mile / £20, Nat West Credit Cards 1 miles / £20, Shell Visa and Shell petrol which again involves swapping Plus Points 1 mile / 15 points ( their loyalty scheme ) for Air Miles, Air Miles Mastercard 1 mile / £20, buying books at BOL online, again 1 mile / £20, shopping with Yahoo online, 1 mile / £10, electricity and gas with Scottish & Southern Energy ( rates vary depending on the tariff chosen ), Homebase DIY 1 mile / £20, Lonely Planet travel guides, Global tickets ticket agency, the RAC, P & O ferries and so on. By double dipping you can get the miles you want in half the time ie if you use an Air Miles Mastercard at Sainsburys, you get rewarded by both companies ! Also by wisely using the introductory offers from the various companies, your total miles will quickly mount – ie Nat West Visa will give you 200 free miles when joining, Redemption is a doddle as you don’t need to save for 50 years before getting something back. For as little as 80 miles you can get free ten pin bowling at a Megabowl complex. You can also get free or reduced entry to UCI cinemas, zoos, Theme parks, Red Letter Days, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds and so on. For the
flights you have three options, 1 ) pay in cash and get 1 mile / £5. They promise competitive rates compared to your local travel agent. 2) exchange some miles and pay part cash. The amount of miles will depend on the destination 3) pay all miles. The only thing you will have to pay is the government air taxes. Again the amount of miles will depend on your destination. The flights are redeemed against scheduled flights for British Airways, Air Lingus, British Midland, Go, American Airlines, British European and Manx Airlines. The mileage required is published in the guide and on line on their web site. There are regular promotions that reduce the amount required so you may get there sooner than you think. As well as flights, you can also get discounts of up to 12% on holidays from British Airways, Airtours, Cresta, Unijet and Cosmos for only 80 miles as well. Spend more – 450miles and you could get up to 29% off. Drawbacks ? Like any scheme there are some. If you don’t pay off the balance on your credit cards each month, the interest rates are not that good around 18%, so you could be paying more out in interest than receiving in reward. The mileage required for free flights is based on the true average from London. So if you want a free UK – Australia trip you will either need to save for years or be a big spender. Based on the cash price of flights, the most economic and rewarding seems to be to go for the short haul European flights ie if London – Madrid is 600 miles and London – Sydney is 12000 miles a mile ratio 1 / 20, the equivalent cash ratio is probably only 1/3. ( hope that makes sense ) But apart from that, it all seems to be an excellent scheme. Join today !
In October 2000, British Airways Executive Club launched BA Miles, which now exists alongside the more familiar Air Miles. They cannot be combined, so do you know the difference? The Air Miles scheme is continuing as before but beware that flying with British Airways will now earn you BA miles instead of Air Miles. Some other Air Miles partners have also pulled out, for example Vodafone. Although it is early days for the new scheme, it appears to me that Air Miles will become the poor relation to BA Miles. So what are BA Miles? Basically, they are the miles you now earn by flying with British Airways. You also earn them on qualifying expenditure with a variety of partners, mainly business expenditure, for example Avis, Hertz and many hotel chains. However, you can earn BA Miles at Sainsburys. One reward voucher (£2.50) earns you 400 BA Miles. So, it seems the BA Miles scheme is more focussed on the business traveller flying with British Airways. Executive Club members now get one BA mile for every mile travelled, with more for flying in a premium cabin: World traveller plus x 1.25 Business/club x 2 First x 3 Concorde x 4 Unfortunately, if you are travelling on a discounted economy fare, you only receive 25% of the BA miles. For example, we flew from London to Delhi on a discounted ticket (as part of a package holiday) and received 1042 BA miles for a single journey. Not a lot, but better than the nothing you would have received in Air Miles. And, the Executive Club is free to join. So, how many BA miles do you need for a free return flight from London? BA has grouped its destinations into 8 zones. Here are some examples: Zone 1 - 13,000 miles (Paris, Milan) Zone 2 - 20,000 miles (Venice, Rome) Zone 3 - 25,000 miles (Athens, Moscow) Zone 4 - 30,000 miles (Cairo, Tel Aviv) Zone 5 - 40,000 miles (New York, Dubai) Zone 6 - 50,000 miles (Hong Kong, Rio) Zone
7 - 80,000 miles (Tokyo, Singapore) Zone 8 - 100,000 miles (Sydney, Auckland) There are ways you can get there faster: For £25 you can open a household account, which means you and up to three other members of your household can collect and spend miles together. I'm not sure how useful this will be to many people. BA also say they will be offering selected routes at a discounted mileage - you can check for special offers on their website. However, the mileage required seems pretty frightening. I'm not sure I'm going to get very far with the few BA Miles that I earned from my flight to India. But, I'll keep saving, and you never know. I've had three free flights from Air Miles in 10 years (and only had to pay the Airport Tax). If I can get some more free flights, I'll be happy.
What are Air Miles? It's basically a loyalty card scheme where by buying certain products you're awarded the said Air Miles. These can be used to book flights through airlines such as British Airways, British Midland and American Airlines. They can also be used for other things such as days out (e.g. Alton Towers), cinema tickets and so on. I first started collecting Air Miles back in the dim and distant past of my university days. To be honest, I paid little attention to them back then. At my initial rate of collection it would've taken several years just to get off the airport runway. Times change and so do personal circumstances. I started working as a self-employed water treatment engineer which amongst other things meant plenty of driving in between jobs. Plenty of driving means lots of petrol - the Nat West credit card took a hammering. Anyway, it just so happens that Nat West credit cards are one of Air Miles partners and I was earning one air mile for every £10 spent on the card (as a side issue this is now one mile for every £20). A Shell Smart Card was soon acquired. They too are Air Miles partners so I was earning twice over whenever I bought any petrol from them. The Air Miles balance started to accumulate... I could soon see I was on to a good thing here. I wasn't actually paying for the petrol out of my own pocket - it was a business expense so my air miles were coming for nothing. Still, at this rate I figured it was still going to be a while before I had enough miles to actually FLY anywhere. Wandering round Sainsbury's one day I picked up a leaflet for their loyalty card. It seemed you could convert their points for Air Miles at an effective rate of 40 miles for every £2.50 worth of points. Even better, scattered around the store were lots of items with extra points - some of them very generous to boot! All of a sudden my Air Miles balance was soaring through the clouds. In what se
emed like very little time, I had amassed enough points for my first flight - a return trip from London Heathrow to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It wasn't entirely free - I did still have to pay the airport taxes - but at about £20, still well worth it. I got a bit more ambitious and soon had enough miles for a return flight to the Big Apple. New York could be had for 2900 Air Miles if you booked it at the right time of year: The "Air Miles Shrinks the World" promotion. A couple of months back I got three return flights to Brussels for 1350 Air Miles. Even with the airport taxes and (non compulsory) insurance, at a total cost of £95.70, it was a considerable saving on the advertised British Airways price. As you'll have guessed by now I'm a very keen collector of Air Miles. For those of you out there who think you might become the same... here are a couple of collecting tips. (1) By far and away the fastest way to collect Air Miles is to take advantage of the extra reward points on offer at Sainsbury's. It is occasionally possible to earn enough miles for a short flight (e.g. Paris) from groceries costing LESS than the equivalent ticket price. A recent posting on the Air Miles message board tells how one person bought 110 packets(!!) of Go Ahead biscuits for about £33 and earned enough Air Miles for a return flight to Jersey. The Sainsbury's website (www.sainsbury.co.uk) gives details on the latest extra reward points offers. (2) Petrol is also a good way to earn miles if, like me, you do a high mileage. The ideal combination seems to be to use a Nat West or a Sainsbury's credit card at a Sainsbury's petrol station. You can also use the credit card in conjunction with a Shell Smart card at a Shell garage though the rate of return is not as good (and appears to be gradually diminishing over time). Also, as I mentioned earlier, you're not only restricted to redeeming your mile
s on flights. They can also be exchanged for days out at places such as Madame Tussaud, Thorpe Park and the like. They'll also get you reduced hotel rates, free cinema tickets, even a day at a health spa - which you'll probably need after scoffing 110 packets of biscuits! There are many other ways to collect and spend your Air Miles and a visit to the scheme's website (www.airmiles.co.uk) will keep you up to breast on all of the latest offers. Happy collecting!
In reality there are three BA airmiles schemes, the first to be launced was the paper Air Miles scheme. It became a sensation but is now more or less defunct. If you have any paper miles then you can use them, but you cannot send them to Air Miles to be converted, Then came the Air Miles card, for purchaces in shops. Finaly we have methods to earn miles over the net. Unfortunately you always seem to need to part with some money to get them but Air Miles are very useful. Unlike many other points schemes, Air Miles have become more useful over time as the cost of flights have fallen. Furthermore the scheme is backed by BA. One thing to know.....BA do not issue Air Miles!! Air Miles are no longer the BA loyalty scheme for there customers, instead they have BA miles. Air Miles continues to exist as a way to sell BA services to the customers of other companies at a discount. Unless you intend to buy something over the net there is little point in visiting the Air Miles site for collection opportunities. There are no paid for surveys here. Instead we have cheap flights and hollidays, some of the best deals I have found anywhere. Visit the site for holliday ideas and be prepared to add some cash to the deal. This is my advice. If you are looking for a free BA holliday go to ipoints.co.uk. This looks more promising. The one really good Air Miles collection opportunity is with Sainsburys. You can earn by shopping and earn by the use of a credit card. £500 of shopping = 40 miles = about 10% of a holliday. Sainsburys credit cards double the points.
I am a member of Air Miles and have been for several years. Whilst I think Air Miles is a great deal, it only works if you happen to shop in the corretc shops, or have your gas from a particular company. If these are so, then you can earn a fortune in saving on various things, but if you don't happen to shop in the right place then you've had it. a good idea, but it could do with being for a wider variety of products from a wider variety of companies. These air Mles cna also take a long tiem to clock up- you would have to spend a lot of money with every company they are registered with to get any free flights within a year, it takes most people many years. I've nearly made it to two free tickets to Thorpe Park, maybe I'll be there by next year.
I was looking to book two week in Cyprus for this summer, and having recently received a flyer from Air Miles I thought I would try their in house travel agents for a quote for a holiday I had seen in the First Choice brochure - Brochure price £1482, redeem 450 air miles and the price is reduced to £1052. Quite a saving. Air Miles can be collected in the high street from Shell, Sainsbury's and Homebase plus many more specialist retailers. It should not tale anyone long to collect 450 miles - in fact your £2.50 Sainsbury's reward voucer is worth 40 miles. My call to the Air Miles travel centre was answered quickly and politely and I was given all the assistance I required.
Do you use a credit card?Buy petrol?Cook or heat your house with gas or electricity?Stay in hotels throughout the U.K.,send flowers,buy c.d.`s etc.,etc. If the answer to these questions(and many more) is "yes" then you could be earning "British Airways Air Miles" that would build up slowly to eventually get you free or discounted flights as well as many other offers. The British Airways AirMiles Scheme gives you air miles as a reward for doing what you do every day - spending. My main source of generating the miles is Sainsburys.The reward points that that supermarket give you for every pound spent or special offer bought can be exchanged at the rate of 40 airmiles for 500 points.These points really add up quite quickly especially when you take advantage of the extra points awarded with some products - and what do points mean? "Air Miles ! ".Petrol I usually buy from Sainsburys and of course I receive points and hence Airmiles for every fill-up. Once you sign up to become a member of "Air Miles ", you will be sent an information pack detailing all the many ways that there are of accumulating and spending you miles saved.Believe me the list is amazing and more are being added all the time.Every 3 months you`ll be sent a statement that tell you where your air-miles have come from so that you can check for any errors or omissions,the total you have accrued,the latest special offers and all the new partners signed up that award them. You can exchange the miles direct for free flights across the world (just paying for airport charges) or use them as part-payment for the flights paying the rest in cash. Their customer services is usually quite helpful and will guide you through any transaction speedily.You can also conduct most of your business on the web-site which has recently been up-dated and improved a lot over what it used to be. Apart from Sainsburys there are so many ne
w partners giving out the miles.The most significant new one,of special interest to internet users, is Yahoo!. If you use their Yahoo!Shopping section to buy one of many items you will be given Yahoo!points that are exchanged for miles at the rate of 1 point for every £1 spent and then 1 mile for every 10 pts. What else? Here`s a list that I`m sure you could benefit from.All of them award miles ,often with sign-up bonus`s Scottish Hydro-Electric and Southern Electric (Gas and electricity) Credit cards from - Nat-West,Shell Visa and Coutts. Homebase and Sainsburys. Chamberlain garage doors. Global tickets (Show tickets). Club at County Hall,London. Ernest Jones(the jewellers). Lonely Planet guides and phrase books (On-line) P & O Portsmouth. Mad about Wine. R.A.C. The flowershop. Appliances on-line. DLJ direct (on-line share dealing) Charles Tyrwhitt (online quality shirts and ties) Flying Flowers. PNC Telecom. BCP Airport parking. Carlton luggage Hotels groups - Thistle,Courtyard,UK Marriott,Renaissance and Hilton. Also on-line from - bol.com,dabs.com and AXA insurance. Gateway computers. This list is being altered and added to all the time but I`m sure that most of us could benefit from the free flights or other offers that can be eventually be gained . Flights can be chosen from BA, Aer Lingus, BMI, GO, Manx, British European and now American Airlines.Spanning the globe if you have the miles. This scheme is to be highly recommended to all.Sign up now!
I've been collecting Air Miles for years now, but waited until I cashed some in to write an opinion about them (and suggest the topic). If I'd have given an opinion about them beforehand, it would be like saying "This bath's lovely and warm" before getting in. Or, er, "Mmm, this tastes nice" before cooking it. Or, well, you know, something else. -Shut up, James. Sorry. It's just I like setting the scene, y'know? -So what are these Air Miles then? They're a way of getting free or hideously cheap airline tickets, hotel accommodation and days out. -So how do you collect them? I'm glad you asked, otherwise this opinion would be pretty worthless. You collect them by buying stuff. But, unlike Boots Advantage points (which, by and large, you can only get at Boots) or WHSmith ClubCard points (which, amazingly, are limited to purchases from WHSmith), you can collect Air Miles from all kinds of places. Sainsbury's, NatWest, Shell, Scottish Hydro-Electric, Southern Electric, Homebase, madaboutwine.com, and bol.com, to name just a few. -Do they take a long time to collect? No, not really. For example, shop at Sainsburys and you get 40 air miles every £250 you spend (more accurately, every 500 Sainsburys reward points you earn). So, even assuming you don't go for the pizza with extra points, if you spend £40 a week at Sainsburys, you'll earn around 320 air miles in a year. But, pay with your NatWest credit card, and you'll earn even more points. -Where's best to collect them? Well, I trawled through the Air Miles site to work out a rough cost per air-mile from the main partners. Note that there are special deals you can get on top of these basic figures. NatWest VISA/Mastercard: equivalent £20 per mile Shell: £1.33 (based on 80p/litre) Homebase: £41.60 (!) P&O: £5 Flying Flowers: £1 Sainsburys: £6.25 (reward card only)
Sainsburys: £3.12 (reward card + Sainsburys VISA card) The secret with Sainsburys is to use their Sainsburys VISA card, since it doubles the amount of reward points, therefore Air Miles, you can earn. And, of course, pay for a £40 P&O ticket with a NatWest credit card, and you'll earn 8 miles from P&O and 2 miles from NatWest. -Don't you have nasty little vouchers to collect? No, that was ages ago. It's all computerised these days, and you get sent a statement once every few months letting you know how many you've earned. -So what else is it worth knowing about them? Every time you collect Air Miles with a different company, they seem to not bother checking whether you already have an Air Miles account, and just open a new one. Which is fine, but not really the point. It's easy to merge accounts though - just fill in the form you get with every statement, or alternatively do it online. -Cool. So I've got some Air Miles. What now? It's 1,800 miles from Heathrow to Rome, so collect 1,800 air miles and you can fly there for free. It's really quite simple once you put your mind to it. However, a smaller amount of air miles will also get you flights - just pay a bit and use some air miles and you can do pretty well - like a return to Rome for £91. (Guess where I'm going on my summer holiday?) -So is it a nightmare claiming them? Absolutely not. Oh, no. I just rang them up, and a jolly nice woman took down my booking and got me my tickets. We're flying with British Airways (hurrah!) instead of some economy cheap bucket-shop airline, and looking forward to it. Tickets, and a voucher for the very cheap hotel, arrived within two days of booking. Advice: play with the internet site first, to work out what flight you're going on. Flights are limited - there was only two a day to Rome that we could take, for example - so you need to work a bit to get an acceptabl
e flight. But it's all for free. The staff were all very friendly, incidentally, and very helpful. -That it, then? I think so. If you've any comments, whack them down and I'll incorporate them in here. -Final verdict? Don't go out of your way to collect air miles, certainly if using a credit card means borrowing money (because then there's no point). But, if you shop at Sainsburys/Shell/Southern Electric anyway, then there's no reason not to get Air Miles. See you on the beach.