My daughter Devon has been working in Germany for about 9 months.  She is working there for two years on a VISA. She visits the UK whenever she has holidays. She recently invited me to visit her together with my two sons, Cameron and Hayden.  We agreed.

 

 

She did some research online and told me I could book a return flight from Heathrow to Hannover for just over £500!  I thought that was way too much for a 2 hour flight in Europe so I decided to do my own research.

As I am a British Airways American Express card owner I decided to book the flight on the British Airways website using some of my Avios points I have collected over the last six months.  I searched for the flight, input my details and reviewed the various payment options for the flight.  I could pay for the flight using none of my Avios points, using some of them or most of them.  I decided to use most of my points and use my free Companion voucher too.  

 

 

In exchange for 9,250 points and my Companion voucher, I was charged the princely sum of £1 for the return flight!  Not only did I manage to get an absolute bargain but I also saved £72 in UK and German airport and flight taxes. Obviously, I was delighted.

Devon has a spare bed so I will have a return flight to Germany and accommodation for a combined total of £1.  

Cameron assured me that I should not have used my Companion vouchers as he managed to book his flight for £35 and used 9,500 Avios points. The Companion voucher can be used to take a second passenger with you for half price in a standard seat so he is right. The value is more than the £34 I saved and 250 Avios points.  However, I won’t have the opportunity to use it for a long time, if at all, and the thought of booking a return flight to Germany for £1 was simply too alluring.  It kind of feels like cheating and getting away with it though nothing could be further from the truth of course.  Happy days.

 

 

Of course, there will be expenses to pay such as transportation to and from Heathrow as well as spending money in Germany but it will be a relatively cheap weekend break under the circumstances especially compared to the £500 it could have cost me!

If you are interested in a similar low-cost deal, do get in touch with me and I will explain to you how I did it. You can then decide whether it is suitable for you or not.  You know it makes sense.*

 

*RISK WARNING 

The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest. The information contained within this blog is for guidance only and does not constitute advice which should be sought before taking any action or inaction. All information is based on our current understanding of taxation, legislation, regulations and case law in the current tax year. Any levels and bases of relief from taxation are subject to change. Tax treatment is based on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. This blog is based on my own observations and opinions.

 

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