How to Fly US to London for Free (almost) ft. The Points Guy UK | Love and London

  • Published on Aug 29, 2019
  • If you're coming from the US to London, how does lying flat and only paying a few dollars for your flight sound? Nicky from The Points Guy UK is telling you how to fly business or first from the US to London and the rest of Europe for super cheap. His tips include how to build up airline miles FAST via credit cards and purchases you're ALREADY making, tips for making redemptions that avoid the crazy taxes that UK flights incur, and more.
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Comments • 27

  • Ian Lacey
    Ian Lacey Month ago

    Coming to London soon. Any recommendations for the Greenwich area? Also places to avoid?

  • Angelica xx
    Angelica xx Month ago +1

    I would love to visit England 😭🐿️

  • Lyanna Stark
    Lyanna Stark Month ago +4

    Thank you for the information on the airline shopping portals. I've always ignored them, but heading over now for some labor day deals and miles.

  • Uneak Tershai
    Uneak Tershai Month ago

    Best days of the week to buy international flights?

  • Fuzzy Pretzel Videos
    Fuzzy Pretzel Videos Month ago +1

    Good point about not using miles for economy flights. LHR charges a hefty tax, for example 60,000 American Airlines miles will buy your a free economy flight from Chicago to London, but you will pay almost $568 in airport taxes. A cash airfare on this route can go as low as $650 so it doesn't make sense to waste these hard-earned miles. LHR is very expensive in that context.
    Other airports charge a lot less taxes, i.e. a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong (purchased with miles) will cost you 75,000 AA miles and only $59 in airport taxes.

    • scousebusters1989
      scousebusters1989 Month ago

      @Love and London I was referring to BA's scheme so it's unlikely you will be flying anywhere other than Heathrow/Gatwick to go long haul. Other loyalty schemes may have similar offers. Personally I don't collect many miles these days, there was an EU directive that vastly reduced the value of loyalty points in this country. Check out a site called headforpoints for all things card and loyalty scheme based.

    • Love and London
      Love and London  Month ago

      It's actually a UK-wide thing not just Heathrow.

    • scousebusters1989
      scousebusters1989 Month ago +1

      Yeah economy class is the worst use of miles, some schemes allow you to book premium economy and use miles to upgrade to business. When theres a sale you can get a ticket for not much more than economy.

  • Gaëlle Hubert
    Gaëlle Hubert Month ago +1

    Wonderful use a credit card pay interest rates get into debts pay things more than there are worth but get airmiles on airlines.

    • Love and London
      Love and London  Month ago

      Obviously, you need to pay off the card each month so you don't pay interest....

  • Lee Harrell
    Lee Harrell Month ago +1

    Good info. There are many more options than Avios for booking award travel. I transferred Chase UR points to United and booked business class to LHR. See you in June2020!

  • ayikatho
    ayikatho Month ago

    Very useful and informative video. I’ll be watching it multiple times to get better at collecting air miles!👍😃

  • KathMedia
    KathMedia Month ago +1

    Looking forward coming to U.K next year from Australia. I follow the 4 points guys love their class compare for travelling,

  • Konstantin K
    Konstantin K Month ago

    Thank you!

  • Todd Boothbee
    Todd Boothbee Month ago

    You have to be willing to take some hits to your credit score: that's what will happen if you spend more than 10% of your credit line, right? Perhaps someone might want to explain hit to credit score versus points toward air travel.

    • Lee Florack
      Lee Florack Month ago +1

      If you pay off the balance each month - which I do, it should not have a negative impact on your credit score.

    • Love and London
      Love and London  Month ago +1

      I'm not super knowledgable in those specifics but as long as you pay your card off in full each month there won't be a problem

  • Jimena Macías
    Jimena Macías Month ago

    Hey! I'm sorry, this doesn't have to do with this video but I really need your help. I'm traveling to London. I'm flying into Heathrow Airport and my hotel is in Victoria. Google maps recommends that I take the bus (55 mins at 5 pm) but I'm not sure if it would be better if I take the tube because of the luggage.

    • scousebusters1989
      scousebusters1989 Month ago +1

      @Jimena Macías No problem enjoy your stay in our wonderful city.

    • Jimena Macías
      Jimena Macías Month ago

      @scousebusters1989 thanks so much!

    • Jimena Macías
      Jimena Macías Month ago

      @Noreen Romano thank you!

    • scousebusters1989
      scousebusters1989 Month ago +1

      The tube will be absolutely rammed at 5pm, and there is no luggage storage. Plus you will need to change lines to get to Victoria. Whilst the bus may be slower, it is more comfortable will have somewhere to put your luggage and offer you a more direct route to your hotel. National express do regular bus services to Victoria throughout the day, and if you book in advance its cheaper from £6.

    • Noreen Romano
      Noreen Romano Month ago +3

      Download the Citimapper app: it is way better than Google Maps for mass transit (use Google Maps for walking directions once you reach your destination by tube or bus). You will get into London quicker on the tube. Try not to overpack so you don't struggle with your luggage. Good luck!

  • Dana Kreft
    Dana Kreft Month ago +4

    Great topic. I enjoy it when you have a guest, it brings just a little extra to an awesome channel.

  • Stacey Williams
    Stacey Williams Month ago

    I’ve flown to Hawaii on Delta miles for less than $12 US an 2 tickets to SFO for my son’s birthday for $25 for both tickets. With Delta it’s just taxes/fees I’ve had to pay. Both flights were Comfort (between economy & first class).