How to travel the world for the cost of your weekly shop

Travel. It’s good for the soul, it expands your horizons, and it’s a great way to relax. It can also be expensive.

But what if we told you that you could travel the world for the cost of everyday purchases like your weekly supermarket shop? By being a savvy shopper, you could collect enough air miles to travel the world (or at least go on holiday). Here’s how!

Take out an air miles credit card

Most people are familiar with reward credit cards, where you get cashback or vouchers simply for using your card. But did you know that there is also a range of credit cards specifically for air miles?

With a Virgin Atlantic credit card account, for example, you get two credit cards - both of which will earn you Flying Club points. The Virgin Atlantic Black Credit Card, gets you 2 Flying Club miles for every £1 spent with the American Express card, and 1 Flying Club mile for every £1 spend with the Visa credit card.

Similarly, with the British Airways American Express Credit Card, you can get 1 Avios point for every £1 spent, plus 5,000 bonus Avios points if you spend £1,000 within the first 3 months.

By using these credit cards for your everyday purchases (and ensuring you pay them off immediately to avoid paying interest), you can quickly accumulate a considerable number of air miles to help you fulfil all your travel ambitions.

Convert supermarket reward points

If you’re not keen on taking out credit cards, supermarket reward cards can be another great way to accumulate air miles and travel rewards.

Tesco allows you to exchange your Clubcard points for Avios points, earning you 600 Avios points for ever £2.50 you earn in Clubcard vouchers. You can also get money off easyJet flights with your Sainsbury’s Nectar points. For every 500 Nectar points you earn, you can get £2.50 towards an easyJet flight.

So, what are you waiting for? Your weekly shop could pay for your next holiday!

Minimise travel spend by maximising rewards

Reward cards aren’t just about earning air miles – they can also save you money on other aspects of travelling too!

To avoid costly fees on using your card abroad, consider taking out an overseas spending card. With the Santander All in One Credit Card for example, not only is there no foreign transaction fee on purchases or cash withdrawals abroad, but you can also get 0.5% cashback on all your purchases, helping you save for your next holiday.

If you’ve accumulated enough air miles to jet off on holiday, make sure you’re protected with travel insurance too! 

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2017


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