Plan your next holiday in South Africa with Avios!

Looking for the next great holiday excursion? Head to SA’s beautiful coastline, says Avios!

Whether you decide to fly or go on a road trip, plan ahead to reap the savings benefits

There’s nothing like heading down to the coast – the air tastes saltier, the people are more relaxed and the sun just seems to be brighter.

Planning your trip ahead of time can be beneficial. According to Avios, the travel rewards programme, airlines and hotels tend to release seats and rooms well in advance so book early to have a better chance of getting the dates you want; if you can’t initially get the dates you want, keep checking back as airlines and hotels often release more availability nearer to the date of travel. Of course, you can also book flights using Avios and the money you save will more than cover the cost of a meal from your favourite restaurant or a few celebratory drinks when you finally reach your destination.

One of South Africa’s most popular coastal excursions, for tourists and locals alike, is whale-watching. The vast 1 900 km of coastline – from just north of Cape Town to Durban – welcomes these large mammals as they arrive at our shores to calve and nurse their young.

Visitors can expect to see the majestic Southern Right whales along the Cape coast from June to November. If whale-watching is something you have always dreamt about, start planning your trip to the coast now as peak calving season is generally from July until August.

Members of the Avios Travel Rewards Programme should consider collecting Avios on their everyday spend. British Airways, Avis, Pick n Pay, BP and popular accommodation options across South Africa are all Avios partners. This means that whether you decide to fly down to the coast and hire a car or take a leisurely drive to your destination, there is an opportunity for you to collect Avios for your next vacation.

If you fancy escaping the pressures of everyday city life and taking in the fresh outdoors while catching a game of golf instead, then why not take a road trip with a few of your closest golfing buddies to one of South Africa’s golf courses – many of which are of international standards.

With approximately 400 golf courses to choose from, it makes the decision a bit easier to find one near you which suits your needs. Whether you would like to go for a day outing at the 27 hole Hermanus golf course in the Western Cape, or go on a full weekend away at the San Lameer Estate in Kwa-Zulu Natal – there is definitely something that will fit your pocket and meet your expectations. The hardest decision you will have to make is deciding who to take with you!

If you’re inspired to start planning your coastal getaway, here is some extra Avios you can earn whilst on your trip:
If you are an Avios member, pre-determine your pit-stops at BP petrol stations – for every two litres of fuel you buy whilst swiping your Avios card, you will receive 1 Avios. Click here to plot the BP petrol stations along your route – anywhere in South Africa

In order to increase your chances of catching a glimpse of the visiting whales, it is advisable to stay within the area for at least a week. Remember that Avios offers members a choice of over 1 500 hotels across South Africa to choose from including Protea, Accor and Hilton, as well as many other luxury and value hotels

Converting your Pick n Pay smart shopper points to Avios is easy, and for every 8 Smart Shopper points you convert you’ll receive 1 Avios towards your next getaway

As an Avios member you will also collect 1 Avios for every R10 spent on car rental with Avis, so if you’re not willing to rack up the miles in your own car, why not hire one

Boost your Avios balance further by using an ABSA Avios Credit Card on your travels. As well as collecting 1 Avios for every R10 spent on the card, you can double dip at BP and Pick n Pay where you’ll receive 2 Avios for every R10. That’s in addition to the Avios you collect for the fuel you buy or smartshopper points you switch

Did you know that you can enjoy exceptional travel rewards with Avios?

Joining the Avios Travel Rewards Programme is free.

Instead of paying airline taxes, fees and carrier charges, Avios members who collect 1 Avios in the 12 months prior to booking flights pay ‘Reward Flight Saver’.  This is a flat fee of R700 per person on a return economy regional or domestic British Airways flight, plus the Avios fare, to exciting destinations including Durban, Port Elizabeth, Livingstone, Windhoek and as far afield as Mauritius and Maputo, Harare and Victoria Falls. This is exceptional value as airline taxes, fees and carrier charges can be up to five times more expensive. Full airline taxes, fees and carrier charges apply to all other destinations.

Avios don’t expire as long as you collect or redeem at least 1 Avios within three years.

Avios can be used to buy flights in South Africa, European destinations such as Paris, Venice, and to further destinations like Moscow and worldwide.

Members of the Avios Travel Rewards Programme can use their Avios with British Airways in South Africa. In the rest of the world, members of the Avios Travel Rewards Programme South Africa can use their Avios for flights with British Airways, Iberia, Sun-Air and Iberia Express.

To find out more about the Avios Travel Rewards Programme and to join for free go to www.avios.com.

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