A few days ago, I mentioned that I had to be in Seattle during the first weekend of August, but getting there from NY was super expensive, and award space was pretty much non-existent. I decided it was time to get creative.
A sweet-spot redemption with British Airways Avios is to fly on Cathay Pacific. Since British Airways has a distance-based frequent flyer program, flying on a direct CX flight from JFK to Vancouver is only 12,500 Avios. Business class is double that, and first class is triple that amount.
Cathay Pacific first class is pretty neat. I flew it from JFK to Hong Kong back in 2012 and loved every minute of it. If you’re looking to experience the product, but don’t want to use too many miles, than a New York to Vancouver trip is the way to go. First class is priced at 37,500 Avios and $27.20.
Since getting to Seattle was impossible, I decided to search for award space to Vancouver to spend a day or two there before hand since I’ve never been. With a quick award search on British Airways, I saw that both business class and first class awards were available.
I immediately jumped and proceeded to book a first-class award, but then I stopped myself. JFK-YVR is an overnight flight, and since I do plan on sleeping, I decided that I could not possibly re-live the most optimal first-class experience. My bargainista self went ahead and booked the business class version of the award for 25,000 Avios and $27.20.
I plan to spend almost two full days in Vancouver before heading to Seattle. Another blogger friend will ironically be in YVR during the same time, so we decided to bunk together and rent a 2-bedroom apartment on airbnb. I always appreciate a break from major chain hotels to really have a local experience.
To get to Seattle, I am using 4,500 Avios to fly on Alaska Airlines (related post), and since calling British Airways is always a long process to book an award, I handed this over to my FancyHands team. The flight that was available was not at the most ideal time, but I learned from the comments section in my previous post that Alaska Airlines has a $25 stand-by policy, so I should be fine.
Now it remains a mystery how I will get back to the east coast from Seattle… I guess this leaves more creative space for me…
In the mean time, what do you suggest I do in Vancouver? Can any local readers point me in the right direction?