Fun family ways you can spend your Avios

Hogwarts Express

I am always on the look out for ways to save money on days out, as entertaining the kids can be an expensive hobby.

I use my loyalty reward cards regularly on our supermarket shopping and fuel which adds up to a tidy sum by the end of the year, but did you know there is another way of saving for fun days out for the kids?

Collect Avios

If you haven’t heard about Avios, it’s the reward currency that you can collect and spend on flights and experiences.  You can collect Avios when booking cash flights with airlines, such as British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Flybe. The Avios you collect can then be spent on travel rewards including being put towards flights, hotels and car hire, as well as for days out and leisure experiences.

I always thought you could only collect Avios points by flying, however I have since discovered that you can collect Avios throughout the year by shopping with your favourite online retailers via the British Airways Avios eStore, exchanging your Tesco Clubcard vouchers, or registering your bank cards to collect Avios when shopping in store.

Sign-up is free and you also can collect Avios whenever you or the family fly with British Airways and their other partner airlines.

I have to admit I prefer to shop online to take advantage of cashback sites but I love that you can register your cards to automatically collect points in their partner stores, such as Caffe Nero, Heal’s, Oliver Bonas and Prezzo, and by shopping as you would normally in store, you automatically collect Avios.

It is surprising how quickly your Avios balance grows and you will soon have saved enough to spend and enjoy some family fun with the children.  With a wide range of entertainment, attractions, and memberships to choose from, I’ve selected a few different family-friendly ways you can spend your Avios to give you some inspiration. All of these experiences are available if you have a British Airways Executive Account, so plenty of ways to enjoy them!

ZSL London Zoo

Visit the world’s oldest scientific zoo set in Regent’s Park amid heritage-listed buildings and beautiful gardens.

With over 800 animal species to discover, as well as live shows and immersive exhibits. You can enjoy interactive experiences throughout the zoo; including Penguin Beach – watch penguins dive, swim and feed; Gorilla Kingdom – come face to face with the majestic Western Lowland Gorillas; and Rainforest Life – journey high into the treetops to meet a variety of rainforest species.

ZSL London Zoo

From Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April, visitors to London Zoo are able to take part in a self-guided Superpowers Trail around the Zoo, discovering real life animals with heroic superskills. The trail is part of ZSL’s 2018 Superhero Takeover, a year-long celebration of incredible wildlife and the ZSL superheroes working to protect animals both at home and around the world.

Stadium Tour

Whether you are a fan of football, tennis, rugby or cricket, you can enjoy an informative tour finding out what goes on behind the scenes at one of the most famous sports grounds in the world. Typically you will be greeted by your guide, who will share extensive knowledge of the history and sporting achievements of the club and/or stadium. You will be shown around the grounds and maybe even visit the dressing rooms where the stars prepare themselves for the big matches. Most stadium tours finish off at the visitor centre and museum where you can browse at your leisure. Stadium tours are available at the following locations:

  • London Stadium – Stratford
  • Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge
  • Manchester United – Old Trafford
  • FC Barcelona – Nou Camp
  • Rugby Football Union – Twickenham Stadium
  • Liverpool FC – Anfield
  • Wembley Stadium – London
  • London – Emirates Stadium

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Madame Tussauds

A visit to Madame Tussauds is guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck! Whether it’s in London or Blackpool, this engaging and interactive attraction lets you get up close and personal with some of Britain’s best known celebrities; from Her Majesty the Queen to TV and music mogul Simon Cowell to Paddy McGuinness and much loved comedian John Bishop for those selfie opportunities you won’t want to miss. Strike a pose with Beyoncé, cuddle up to One Direction and snap a selfie with Kim Kardashian. Meet your favorite heroes at the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Exhibition before getting up close to Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and more in the ‘Star Wars’ at Madame Tussauds immersive experience. Plus, by purchasing your ticket ahead of time, you’ll get to join the dedicated queue with your pre-purchased entrance ticket and experience shorter queues than walk-up guests.

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Avios offers entry to both Madame Tussauds London and Blackpool, so take a trip and perfect your pose with all the stars!

Kidzania

KidZania London offers 4-14 year olds exciting real life activities. Spanning across 75,000 square feet, KidZania is an amazing indoor city built just for kids! Designed to empower and entertain kids, KidZania gives children the chance to challenge themselves and explore the world of opportunities. If your child has ever dreamt of becoming a pilot, a firefighter or the next award-winning dancer, watch the excitement on their faces as they try out real life activities! The concept gives them their first taste of independence and discover their future career.

Kidzania

Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studio

Delve into the magical world of Harry Potter™ at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, with round-trip luxury coach transport included. Follow in the footsteps of Hogwarts’ students as you walk around original sets like Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾, complete with the Hogwarts Express steam engine. Get up close to costumes and props, and discover the wizardry required to create the mind-blowing special effects and animatronics.

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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Disclaimer: Post written in collaboration with Avios

30 thoughts on “Fun family ways you can spend your Avios

  1. I collect avios points but I thought they could only be put towards flights. I have learnt something new from your post.

  2. I collect avios points but I thought they could only be put towards flights. I have learnt something new.

  3. I never knew you could collect avios points in other ways either.. that’s great to know!

  4. Laura Dove says:

    I never heard of Avios points before but love anything you can cash in for days out with the kids! We really want to visit Kidzania!

  5. Bryanna Skye says:

    I have Avios but didn’t realize you could use them for things other than flights — thanks for the info!!

  6. This is a great way to afford days out more easily. Tickets can be so expensive!

  7. Kizzy says:

    I have never heard of Avois points, possibly as we’ve not flown with any of the mentioned airways. It is good to know this is available and where to spend the points too/

  8. Stephanie says:

    I’ve not heard of these points before, but I love saving up points for days out. It makes the days out more fun as they haven’t cost!

  9. Rachel says:

    I never knew you could save points for such fun days out! I would love to go to Harry Potter world.

  10. Anosa says:

    To be honest I always thought it was mostly for Americans, how weird is that. Thanks for the introduction as I travel a lot this will come in handy

  11. Jenni says:

    I’ve signed up to avios but never seen anywhere to collect points. These are great places to use the points though!

  12. Linda Hobbis says:

    I’ve heard of Avios but assumed it had to be with flying – which I do none of these days – unfortunately. Didn’t realise you could put your Tesco clubcard points towards it.

  13. Tanya says:

    I haven’t collected points through Avios before but I have used other websites, I’m so bad at remembering to go via the websites though so it’s great that you can get your points in the sister stores

  14. I need to start collecting these points. So many things to do with them.

  15. I never really knew much about Avios points but it seems like you can earn them and spent them in lots of places, I’ll have to look more into it, thank you!

  16. We’ve flown with Flybe a couple of times but didn’t realise you could collect Avios points. Sounds like a great scheme x

  17. Dannii says:

    I have never heard of this, but I am definitely signing up as it sounds awesome.

  18. Jem says:

    I thought you could only collect the points on flights only too. Great that you can collect them online too.

  19. What a fantastic scheme – anyway to save money is a winner with me! I can’t wait until my children are old enough to visit Kidzania 🙂

  20. Never heard of Avios before, but already in love with it! I went through the comments and I see that some people get free trips when they collect loads of points. Awesome!
    PS I totally agree- entertaining kids is an expesive hobby 🙂

  21. Emma Raphael says:

    I had no idea you could collect them and use them in so many ways! Thanks for opening my eyes to this, I am sure we have a load somewhere! 😀

  22. I always forget about Avios points so thanks for the reminder – I didn’t know that you could collect with certain retailers though, thanks for the tip!

  23. Avios points are brilliant, I had no idea you could use them at Kidzania, my kids are desperate to go back there.

  24. I collect Avois points through my American Express card and for my I use it to pay for flights as it means I have a free trip x

  25. Kacie says:

    I’m not registered with any flight loyalty schemes but I really should look into it, as I travel quite regularly

  26. Sarah Bailey says:

    Ohh now I have to admit I haven’t heard of Avois points before, I am definitely going to have to look into it as anything you can spend on a nice day out is a good thing to me!

  27. I am so glad I have stumbled accross this, I have my avios page however don’t use it much, I am literally about to book a flybe flight, I will see if I can get back into my account as I didnt realise you can use them for so many amazing experiences!

  28. Erica Hughes says:

    It’s worth taking part in savings schemes like this. I’ve got some Avios points that I should dust off and spend – one of these might be the way.

  29. This sounds like a great way to treat the family, especially to pricy places like London Zoo!

  30. I never knew you could collect point online, I just thought it was on flights. Might have to look into this.

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