- Jasmine: People who were told to think about their own mortality were more receptive to the idea of having cosmetic surgery than those who weren't (11th Jun 2013 - 18:05)
- Jasmine: @mcrcommuter Good point - it usually gets passed on to us (11th Jun 2013 - 17:49)
- Jasmine: @ajmajid Yes. I don't understand young people taking up smoking - makes no sense! (11th Jun 2013 - 17:48)
- Jasmine: effects of passive smoking on children costs the NHS £23m a year by causing 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions. (11th Jun 2013 - 17:41)
- Jasmine: RT @EdConwaySky: The financial nitroglycerine buried under the Bank of England. Quick blog: http://t.co/P18zbR4KtQ (11th Jun 2013 - 15:50)
- Jasmine: @pinkiejones Actually yes, they probably are! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @iansearle lol! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @photostrada Sadly, yes! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:28)
- Jasmine: @will_becker True! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Interesting! (11th Jun 2013 - 12:29)
- Jasmine: @neiljamesh Certainly looks like it± (11th Jun 2013 - 12:28)
- Jasmine: @emmalporter Yes, prob too expensive too (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 10% of secondary pupils think tomatoes grow underground (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 29% of primary school pupils think cheese comes from plants; 1 in 5 think main ingredient in fish fingers is chicken; (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp I wonder! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:57)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Good point! I'm slipping - yes, ultimately it will cost us! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:56)
- Jasmine: Not one office in the Shard is being rented; its only occupants are a restaurant and a viewing gallery (72 storeys empty) (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: RT @liamdutton: A wet few days lie ahead as areas of low pressure form an orderly queue to the SW of the UK - http://t.co/iTGWklTamm (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: Around 50 per cent of all whiplash claims arising from car crashes are fraudulent - costs the industry £1 billion a year (11th Jun 2013 - 11:50)
- Jasmine: RT @scaryduck: Vladimir Putin's getting a divorce. I think that's all his midlife crisis boxes ticked http://t.co/0tUQUpMRzF (7th Jun 2013 - 08:35)
I really like my Avios
May 25, 2012
I’ve written before about how useful I find Avios and I’ve used them again this year to upgrade myself. I had to fly to the States a few weeks ago and as it’s a 7-hour flight I thought I’d be kind to myself and upgrade at least a little bit to Economy World Plus. It’s not business but it has the all-important feature of just a bit more room, particularly leg-room which I really need. I find Economy horribly cramped, even if I get an aisle seat, which is what I usually try for, and that’s miserable for long-haul.
But even the economy flight cost over £400 and upgrading it would have pretty much doubled the price so I couldn’t justify it.
Then I thought of my Avios. I’ve been adding them in month-on-month for over a year now so I have a decent amount saved up. I do it by using the Amex part of the Lloyds Duo card wherever I can, particularly for a supermarket shop, then I convert any Tesco Clubcard points I have and even if a shop doesn’t take the Amex card I use the Mastercard version which gives me fewer Avios but it’s still something.
So I’ve got quite a few saved up, enough, in fact, to take my mum and a friend to Paris and back on Eurostar (and possibly get hotel rooms too) I realise.
But that’s even after I used them for upgrading myself on the plane. It took quite a lot of Avios and I had to make sure it was a flight that allowed them (not all of them do) but boy it made a difference! You get slightly nicer food in that section and, ooh thrills, slightly nicer socks and eye mask, but really the value is in the comfort and being able to wiggle your legs a little bit through the flight.
So I got the upgrade and it didn’t cost me anything. Phew!
I still haven’t mastered the technique (if there is one) to getting automatic upgrades. I’ve tried the methods suggested by others but I think that airlines just don’t like my face or something!
Still, at least I know that if I keep putting my weekly shop on the card and a few extra bits where possible, I should be able to manage another upgrade for free next time I do a long-haul.