Are you ready for another TPOL spreadsheet? My best was the $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which was followed by Tahiti Triumph and the Quest Around the Globe. Those trip reports have one thing in common: I haven’t finished writing any of them.
In the spirit of procrastination, I am embarking on another great points trip but not to typical points places. I am starting my trip by visiting Napoli in coach on Air France for 18k points. In addition to Europe, I am also going to Morocco. And that’s where I ran into points trouble.
Morocco is only 2 hours from Spain but is considered Africa on award charts. This makes sense because it is in Africa. The issue is that award flights to Africa are 75k on American in business as opposed to 57.5k from Europe. I’ll save my AA miles for my Mt. Kilimanjaro trip in the fall. (Spreadsheet coming soon.) Instead, I found a flight from Marrakech to Madrid on Iberia for $104, a value that trumps the 7500 Avios + $19 price tag. That got me thinking about a mythical way of flying home from Europe to the US using Avios while avoiding British metal.
And wouldn’t you know it, like the M&M Santa commercial, it does exist! I found two flights, one to Chicago, and one to Boston on Iberia in business. Since Chicago provides two more hours of business for the same price, I went with the longer flight.
It only cost 34k Avios + a reasonable $245 in taxes. Compare this to these head scratchers: LHR-ORD for 50k Avios + $450 or MAD-LHR-ORD for 62,750 Avios + $275.
Why does BA even offer these silly routes? Who would be foolish enough to take them? What am I missing?