I fell asleep early last night. It seems I missed a spectacular overhead kick from an Inverness Caledonian Thistle player who couldn’t hit a barn door from a yard when he wore an Oldham shirt.
Today will be calmer than the last few. A home match with minimal travelling. And despite nine hours deep sleep interrupted by a moment of panic because I hadn’t taken my daily life extending afatinib pill I woke relatively early.
I have time on my hands early morning. No need to dive into the shower first thing and head off to work anymore. So I’ve developed a habit of completing surveys to earn Avios. I’d estimate the value of this to be around £3 an hour, but utilised smartly I reckon I can get that number above minimum wage and perhaps nearer £10 an hour tax free. Not exactly life changing, but it fills the time and might just dig me out of a hole if one of my ambitious ploys to position myself in Milan (to get to Chile) or Helsinki (to get to Australia) goes wrong and needs fixing. Last minute flight booking is usually very expensive. Avios flight booking isn’t.
I ran out of Avios in January while booking my internal flights in Australia for this winter’s Ashes trip. All the Qantas availability was business class so used up more points than anticipated. I’m slightly amazed to realise that within six weeks I now have 10,000+ which is more than enough to buy a return flight from London to Warsaw. Or Geneva. I’ve never done Switzerland!
Those 10,000 points have come from two sources. A friend letting me steal £10 of her Tesco Clubcard vouchers got me 2,400 and the rest have come from eRewards surveys. If I was working or raising a family there’s no way I’d be doing this! I’ve also discovered that I get higher rewards by transferring my survey Avios to Iberia rather than British Airways. This is odd because I can then transfer immediately from Iberia to BA which has better short haul redemption options.
While some might see this as time wasting madness, it might open up some interesting opportunities for new destinations later in the year. And I genuinely see it as a good insurance policy should one of my more unusual routings go wrong.