Spanish Low Cost Carrier Vueling to use Avios

It looks like another airline will be using Avios soon as its frequent flier program. Spanish carrier Vueling, which is based out of Barcelona will replace its current loyalty program, Punto, with Avios. This is turn will let Vueling Club members to receive bonus Avios points for flying on basic fares, or less restricted fare classes.  Furthermore, members will be eventually be able to use Avios points to redeem for the entire cost of a flight, as long as they have enough points to do so. This will include everything, including taxes. They now join British Airways, AerLingus, and Iberia, that use the currency.    I’m glad to see this, as this opens another avenue to take a low cost carrier in Europe and be able to use points that are available to members in the United States, such as myself.  Avios are pretty easy to get these days, considering there are credit card bonuses out there.  Having this flexibility is great, as it gives you more options to use when flying around Europe.  I am not familiar with Vueling, but with this news, it may be a good to know what to expect, and any other pertinent information, should I need to book an Avios ticket in Europe. Looks for these changes to occur in the next month or so.  Happy Travels.

 

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FREE Guided Walking Tours: YES, FREE!!

With summer in full swing, I wanted to share with you some of the free tour guide offerings around the world, that are available for you to book. These are great, because you get to meet locals, who share their hometowns with you , and give a local perspective on the area. You can learn so much more, than just what a guidebook will spoon feed you. We personally used one of these when we visited Tokyo awhile back, and it was totally free and totally worth it. As I have stated in my Tokyo trip report, one of the guides took us to her tea ceremony and let us be a part of it. It was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot more than a boring 300 page guidebook.

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Sandeman’s New Europe Guided Tours: This company offers free walking tours of various cities across Europe, and Israel. They have stellar reviews, and come highly recommended amongst travelers.

Buenos Aires FREE Tour (Argentina) : Another great service to use for getting a start when in Buenos Aires. These folks have been doing this for a while, and you just show up at the meeting place and look for the guides in the green shirts. Tours last anywhere from half and hour to two hours, and cover the history and culture of Argentina! They also have stellar reviews.

Tokyo Free Guides : This is by far one of the best free guide services I have tried. The guides are super friendly, and they will have a solid record of providing free , enthusiastic guides, to show you around Tokyo. If you don’t speak a word of Japanese, these guides are VERY helpful in getting you into the local non-touristy districts, and restaurants. You just have to pay for their train fare, and a lunch, which I think is more than fair.

Singapore Footprints:  The “walkaholics” will hit up the bustling places of Singapore; show you the famous street food stalls, the fast paced business district, and the ethnics sections of town. Tours are every Saturday and Sunday at 4:15PM, and take about 2 ½ hours, so bring a good pair of walking shoes!

Free guided tours, and walking tours are a great way to save money when you go somewhere new. They also help you find the best deals around town, hit up the local eatery joints, and know shortcuts, cuz they know where everything is. Be sure to tip your guides, as ALL of these folks are doing this as a voluntarily. Happy Travels!

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