Cheap business class flights summer holidays


Summer holidays. They’re fun, but costly. The average family of four spends £2000-£3000 every year. And with prices soaring during the school holidays, it’s no surprise that the debate about term time holidays rumbles on.

We’re big fans of self catering abroad. As well as being cost effective, we find it easier to manage with young kids in tow. While there are plenty of cheap flight options the rest of the year, unsurprisingly these tend to disappear during peak school holiday season. When I started looking at flight options for this year’s holiday to Cyprus, I was shocked. I thought if I booked early enough it might be possible to pick up a bargain. Yet when I checked Ryanair’s flight prices a mere 11 months before we wanted to fly, I was shocked. £1500 to fly all four of us to Cyprus. What?!

So how would you feel if you managed to fly your whole family out to Europe for £50 each? In the middle of the school holidays. At the most expensive time of the year. Oh, and you can all go business class too.

That’s exactly what we’re doing in a few weeks when we head out to Cyprus. Here’s how. By the way, I’m not being paid and don’t get any money  from any of the companies I’ve mentioned in this article. But everyone seems so amazed when I mention how much we’re spending on flights I felt duty bound to share this with you.


Top travel hack: how to collect enough airmiles to fly your family to Europe business class for £50 each in the summer holidays

Quite simply, we’re big fans of airmiles in this house. Over the past year, we probably earned about 60,000 miles. All without stepping foot near an aeroplane.

To those in the know, this is travel hacking. Without thinking about it, we simply collect points on our everyday spending. These are then converted into points which, in turn, can be exchanged for flights. All you then need to pay is any taxes or fees.

There are lots of different schemes for collecting airmiles. By far the most common is Avios, which is what we use. This post is therefore focused on collecting Avios points. These can be redeemed for British Airways flights. So, if you’re unlikely to be able to travel with British Airways, this isn’t for you.


The first step to make the most of any Avios points you earn is to sign up to the British Airways Executive Club. This is open to anyone to join, and you don’t need to have flights booked either.

Then sign every member of your family up too, including the kids! They will all then have their own unique membership numbers.

Finally, make sure that you also set up a household account. This means that up to six people living at the same address can share and make use of your Avios points.


By transferring most of your everyday spending to a credit card you can earn thousands of points. This, by far, is the biggest way to make Avios points. In the last year, we saved more than 40,000 points this way. And if you need more points, it’s easy to bolster your points by applying for new cards.

This option will only be beneficial if you pay off the balance in full each month. All of these cards tend to have very high interest rates. If you don’t pay them off every month, you may well find yourself paying more in interest than you would save on flights .


There’s a full guide to the top airline credit cards over on Money Saving Expert. I’ve not recreated that list here, since the offers are constantly changing and I know that this is something Money Saving Expert are expert at keeping on top of. But they mostly offer you bonus points in return for spending a certain amount within a specified timeframe. They will also give you points on your everyday spending.

Most of the best deals are associated with American Express cards. One of the drawbacks of this is that Amex isn’t always accepted at retail outlets. We’ve had our Amex accounts for several years now. Most high street names now accept Amex without any problems. The only real limitations tend to be in smaller independent shops, which simply can’t afford the high charges Amex has associated with it.

In general, these cards are also more beneficial if you are a high spender. Personally, my husband and I share a British Airways Premium Plus Amex. We do pay a large annual fee of £195 for this. For us, this price is justified because it still saves at least £1000 every time we want to fly as a family in the school holidays. At the moment they are also offering 25,000 Avios points when you spend £3000 on the card within the first three months.

In return, we earn 1.5 points for every £1 we spend. And we also get a companion ticket every year as soon as we spend £10,000 on the card. A companion ticket gives you one free worldwide return ticket (in any travel class) when you book another. So, for this year’s holiday, we only needed enough points for three of us to fly. If you’re likely to spend more than £20,000, there is a fee free version of this card.

We use the card for all our everyday spending. All of our weekly shops, online shopping and petrol goes through the card. And we bolster the spending by putting all work and business expenses on it too. All of this then quickly adds up.


We also boost our points by transferring all of our Tesco clubcard points into Avios points. You can choose to do this in your account settings. Every £2.50 voucher is worth 600 Avios.

You should be aware that you can’t pick and choose how many clubcard vouchers to exchange for Avios. As soon as you sign up for your clubcard points to be converted, this will then happen automatically on your account. Since there are some great options for using your clubcard vouchers in everyday life, I would recommend you think carefully before signing up to do this.

As we’re currently saving as many points as possible – to cover our summer flight costs & to go towards a special trip in a couple of years – it makes sense for us to collect these additional Avios points. In the last year, we earned 15,000 points this way.


The final step is to create an account with Avios. This is separate to the Executive Club and is a way to earn additional Avios points through your everyday spending.

Avios have links to more than 1000 brands. Simply by clicking through the links on Avios when you are making online purchases will earn you Avios points.

This is an excellent option if you really need to give your airmiles a boost. I made 2500 airmiles in two months alone! These points are then transferred to my Executive Club account, boosting the total amount of points I have available.

Unfortunately, you can’t also claim cashback from sites like Topcashback and Quidco if you make purchases via Avios. So you need to think carefully before using your Avios account. Ask yourself whether the other methods for collecting points will earn you enough points for the flights you need. If they will, you’re better off getting cashback on your purchases instead of using Avios.


Since you need to pay taxes and fees, worldwide flights with Avios don’t offer great value. However, within Europe, British Airways offer Reward Flight Savers. Starting at 8,000 points for a return flight, the taxes and fees are capped at £35 for an economy flight. The number of points you need depends on the distance you’re travelling and whether the flights are on peak or off-peak days.

The number of Avios points required for business class (Club Europe) flights is doubled, and there is a standard fee of £50. It’s debatable whether these are worth the extra number of points as the perks to travelling However, we had lots of points built up in our account. And I wanted the flight to go as smoothly as possible given we’d be travelling with a two-year-old for almost five hours! So that’s why we chose to fly business class this year.


As these travel hacks gain in popularity, so too are the flights. Only limited numbers of seats are available. Here are some tips to help you get the best options:

  • Book in advance. Economy seats to popular destinations go very quickly. British Airways release seats 11 months in advance. Many people book these up the minute they are released, especially for travel during August. If you’re prepared to do the same, you should be able to get the flights you want.
  • Be prepared to be flexible. If you can travel on different dates or days of the week this will help.
  • If there are no flights available keep checking the British Airways site regularly. They will periodically release additional flights depending on the numbers of seats they are selling for the same flight.
  • Business class flights have a little more flexibility. We booked the flights up 10 months ago and there were still a lot of options available.
  • If you can travel at short notice there may also be options available as British Airways will offer seats to Executive Club holders than can’t be sold.

As we plan to travel to Europe for our holidays most years, collecting airmiles & Avios points is a no brainer for us. I hope this article helps if you’re considering doing the same. And feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know more about how you can do the same.

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The Occasional Flutter

I don’t gamble. Well, that’s not strictly true. I dream of a big win on the lottery every time there’s a decent rollover. Following in the family tradition, I’ll have a little flutter on the Grand National every year. And if I ever go for a girlie day out to the races, I’ll set aside some cash for a few bets. Guided by the horses’ names and the jersey colours, it is in fact rare I’ll bring any winnings home with me!

My experience of bookies is also limited. I’ll be frank, they scare me! In the couple of times I have ventured in I got some odd looks from the regulars. The cashier wasn’t too friendly when I pleaded for help working out how to complete the betslip either.

And, apart from getting behind the national football team, I’m only really a fairweather sports fan. Unless there’s a chance of some glory I can share in I don’t really enjoy watching sport.

The Betting World Is A Scary Place

So, when I had children and took a break from work, getting into matched betting was the last thing I – or anyone I knew – thought I’d do! The betting world is intimidating, especially if you haven’t really gambled before. And although matched betting is risk free, it takes some time to get your head around how it all works. Yet, eight months after taking the plunge, I’m singing the praises of matched betting. And now I’m on a mission to spread the word, especially amongst other mums.

Matched Betting Is Perfect For Mums

That’s because matched betting is perfect for anyone who can spare a few hours a week. And, while life with a 5 and 1-year-old is chaotic and hectic, I do have some spare time occasionally. Rather than do the housework or browse Facebook, I now spend that time matched betting.

By sharing my own experiences about matched betting in my own blog, my aim is to show just what it’s possible for other mums like me to achieve.

Take It Slowly At First

I think it’s fair to say I’m risk averse. I remember being overwhelmed and finding the whole process very daunting at first. So it took me months to pluck up the courage to place my first few bets. Then I checked, double checked – and checked again – to make sure all the figures were correct before pressing any buttons to place the bets. Five minutes later I went back to the different websites to check all of the bets were still open. What with all the faff of filling out my personal details every time I opened a new bookie account, I wondered if it was really worth all this effort. But, lured by the prospect of some easy money, I persevered.

The Initial Effort Is Worth It

And I’m testament that all the initial effort is worth it. You’ll quickly realise how and why you’re making money. Once your accounts are set up, it takes less than 5 minutes to complete most offers. I now spend a maximum of 5-6 hours per week matched betting. On the whole, I’ll do this in the evenings and when my youngest sleeps during the day. I still take the children out for the day, have trips to the park and go to numerous different clubs and groups with them.

I don’t place bets every day and I try to keep my weekends as free as possible because it’s our family time. But there are still plenty of opportunities for me to make money. Try out all of the offers that are available and don’t dismiss those low value offers; all those £5 free bets quickly add up!

Getting Started With Matched Betting

If I can do it so can you. So if you’ve been sitting on the fence waiting to try out matched betting, why don’t you follow my lead and give it a try? Take a look at my introduction to matched betting if you want to more know about the process.

Then I’d recommend signing up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. I find the service Profit Accumulator offers invaluable. They walk you through the matched betting process step by step. They tell me which offers to complete and help me find the bets. This saves me hours of work which means my time is instead focused on making money! With only a few hours spare each week to do matched betting, I wouldn’t be able to make anywhere near the amount of money I do without this help.  You can read more about the service Profit Accumulator offers in my full review.

Matched Betting Mum Tips and Advice

My top tips and guide to matched betting terminology are really useful if you’re just starting out. This blog is also updated regularly to offer you the latest tips and advice. And I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so get in touch if you want my advice or have any questions about anything at all.

In the eight months since I started, it’s true I don’t have an immaculately tidy house. However, I have made nearly £5000! And, while I’m still not an avid sports fan, I am impressed with my newfound sporting knowledge! My husband loves being able to chat about the footie results with me now. However, I tend to keep it to myself when I make money from his beloved team Tottenham losing.

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Top Subscription Box Freebies & New Member Deals

It won’t come as a surprise to you that I try to be as money savvy as possible. I look to save costs and get good value at any opportunity. But with my spare time taken up with matched betting there’s not much chance to look into new ways of saving. Subscription boxes are a great way to have freebies sent direct to your door. But I’ve never really looked at what’s available.

Luckily, Megan from Money Saving Megan is a self-confessed subscription addict. Her blog aims to share the best fashion and beauty bargains, freebies, vouchers and subscriptions around. In this guest post, she’s handily pulled together a summary of the best new member subscription box deals around at the moment. And the great thing is there’s loads of freebies out there up for grabs. I shall definitely be checking out these deals myself.


Hi there! I’m Megan and I love shopping but I also love saving money! Oh and I’m also a subscription addict…

I aim to share with you the best fashion and beauty bargains, freebies, vouchers and subscriptions around at the moment so you too can benefit from the savings!

I’ve listed below the best new member subscription box deals around at the moment and a big thank you to the fabulous Matched Betting Mum for featuring me!

Pop on over to my blog for fashion, beauty and lifestyle on a budget. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the freebies!


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The usual price is £3.99 per box. Get your 1st, 5th & 10th box free! 


This is one for the kids. Toucan box is a craft subscription box for children aged 3-8. Get your first box free. Usual price £3.95 + 98p postage per fortnight.


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You can have children’s craft sets sent to you through regular subscriptions. The variety of crafts available are bound to keep them interested week after week.




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Money Saving Megan has through reviews of all the boxes available.


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A New Year Boost – Matched Betting


February. It’s not really up there as the best month of the year. So far, it’s been cold, dark, damp and miserable. Winter is dragging on and the warmer days of Spring still seem a very long way off. What with the credit card bills from Christmas also being due, it’s all a bit depressing.

However, I’ve got the perfect pick me up. How does the prospect of making some extra cash from the comfort and warmth of your own home sound?


Matched betting allows me to make extra money from home, working around my kids. It’s perfect for anyone who has a little spare time. Since I started six months ago, I’ve made more than £4000. Don’t tell me that extra money wouldn’t give you a welcome mid-winter boost? In fact, it could go a long way towards paying for a warm and sunny holiday this summer.


Sounds far too good to be true doesn’t it? I can assure you it’s not a scam. It’s been tried and tested by journalists at The Telegraph and Huffington Post. And here’s what The Guardian has to say about it:

“With bookmakers offering ‘free bets’ to tempt new customers, you can play the system and pocket hundreds of pounds – with little risk to your own cash” (The Guardian, June 2010)

Despite its name, matched betting doesn’t involve you betting or gambling in the traditional sense. Instead, you can take advantage of the free bets bookmakers give out as incentives for you to sign up with them. Instead of leaving it to chance, by following a set process you can make at least 70% of the value of those free bets every time.

How does it work?

It is actually very simple to play the system and make money from free bet offers. But it does take time to get your head around how and why it works.

  • Sign up to an online bookmaker which is offering a free bet for new customers.
  • Sign up to a betting exchange website. These sites let you bet against the outcome of a particular game or match.
  • Place a qualifying bet. Don’t simply choose a random bet which could win or lose. Instead, you need to place 2 bets – 1 for and 1 against the same outcome. This means backing a bet with a bookmaker and also laying against that outcome with a betting exchange. By doing this, all the outcomes are covered. This means that when the match or game finishes you will get your money back.
  • The bookmaker will then award you a free bet.
  • Repeat the same process with the free bet. You need to place 2 bets both for and against the same outcome. Once again, you’ll get your money back. But as this was free money given to you by the bookmaker in the first place you actually make the value of the free bet so will be in profit.
  • As you always back and lay against the same outcome there’s never a chance for your money to be lost.


Matched betting is a RISK FREE way of making extra money. What’s more, all the money you make is TAX FREE.

To learn more about how it works this video tutorial explains more about matched betting.
By following this simple method, you can always make at least 70% of the value of the free bets offered by bookmakers. There are more than 50 bookmakers in the UK with introductory offers worth well over £2000. This means there’s at least £1500 to be made simply by signing up to them.

The great thing about matched betting is that the bookmakers want you to continue betting with them once you’ve signed up so there are ongoing reload offers all the time. If you want, you can carry on making between £500-£1000 a month if you can spare 1-2 hours a day.

How do I get started?

It’s possible for you to research all of the offers that are available, analyse their terms and conditions, and look manually for bets where the back and lay odds are the same or very close. But this takes an awful lot of time!

If you’re anything like me, the whole matched betting world can also seem very complicated and a little daunting. Before I started matched betting, my experience of bookmakers was very limited, apart from an annual visit to place a bet on the National (which other customers or the cashier helped me work out how to do). Not to mention that as a mum of a 1 and 4-year-old, I really don’t have much spare time to do all this on my own.


Instead, I found Profit Accumulator. This site spoon feeds me all of the information I need. It tells me what offers are available, helps me find suitable bets, and talks me through placing the back and lay bets. They offer a free trial where you get access to the training and tutorials for 2 offers, from which you will easily make £35-£40. I’ve done a full review of the service they provide.

If you do decide to take the plunge and give it a go then do check out the rest of this site for top tips and advice. I feel a great deal of responsibility if people start matched betting as a result of what I’ve written so I want this to be a useful resource for people. The top tips for getting started, frequently asked questions and a guide to the terminology of this strange land are a great place to start. You can also follow my matched betting progress in my monthly diaries.

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Monthly Matched Betting Diary…5 months on

Last month I started my regular series of posts about how much money I’m making from matched betting. The last month has flown by and I can’t quite believe it’s time for another update.

The reason for me posting these updates is to show just how much it’s possible to make matched betting. There are lots of people with more time and flexibility making more than me. But as a busy mum with little spare time, I’m happy with regularly achieving anything between £500 and £1000 a month.

October 2016
  • The total amount I made matched betting in October was £691.01.

Seeing as my monthly goal was £500 when I started out I should be very happy with this. It’s the second month of me working my way through reload offers alone. These are the ongoing offers from bookmakers to entice you to keep betting with them. There aren’t quite as many juicy and easy offers to take advantage of, so I was expecting it to be harder to make money. In reality, it wasn’t! Matched betting also took a bit of a back seat as it was half term this month and I’ve been getting more and more involved in this blog. It left an hour or so at most when I did get a chance to check out Profit Accumulator and get some offers completed.

But I am also slightly disappointed with myself. I made a couple of schoolgirl errors one day which cost me £100, wiping out the money I’d made in the past couple of days. I was a little bit gutted because I didn’t follow my own advice about the common mistakes you can make matched betting. But, mistakes can and will happen. You just need to learn from them and move on, otherwise you’ll go mad kicking yourself about them. And still, nearly £700 isn’t to be sniffed at!

what offers did you do?

So how did I make that money? Here’s a breakdown of the different types of offers I got involved in:

  • BET X, AND GET A FREE BET: £291.75. These are the bread and butter offers where you bet a certain amount and get a free bet. There were lots of in-play offers available this month, where you bet on the event as it’s taking place. In return you get a free bet, often to be used on another live event. Also make sure you check your emails regularly, including your junk folder. I was sent a couple of very good invitation only offers from bookies I rarely use which helped with this month’s total.
  • CASINO OFFERS: £139.34. This is the first month I’ve attempted some of the riskier casino offers. I’m still not prepared to risk more than £10 on these offers but, as you can see, they can be very profitable. If you’re a little bit unsure about attempting these my introductory guide will help you get started.
  • HORSE RACING REFUNDS: £133.29. These are offers where you only get a free bet if your horse wins, is a runner up, or falls. I dabble in these occasionally when I think there might be a reasonable chance of me ‘winning’ a free bet.
  • ACCUMULATOR REFUNDS: £24.73.  These are offers where you get a free bet if one leg of an accumulator – where you bet on a few different results – loses. I made some silly mistakes with accumulator bets this month so I’m disappointed with this total. However, it’s taught me to be diligent in setting reminders when I need to place different lay bets.
  • PRICE BOOSTS: £90.91. Price boosts are when bookmakers enhance their odds on certain events, pushing the odds higher than the lay odds available. This means you can make an instant profit simply by placing one bet. At first, I was reluctant to do these types of bets as the amounts you could make from them were often very small. However, they are so quick and easy. And obviously, those pounds really do add up!
  • LOCK-INS: £9.97. These are offers where you can guarantee a profit by placing bets on certain eventualities occurring. As you can tell, I don’t often get involved in these types of offers. You can work these out for yourself with different calculators provided by Profit Accumulator. However, this is too much faff for me. Helpfully, the good people on the Profit Accumulator forum often share their findings which is when I would place these types of bets.
  • BINGO OFFERS: £13.80. I love bingo so was more than a little bit disappointed by the automated online games when I tried these a while ago! However, I thought I should try a few more this month and am very happy to have made some money from them. Look out for a post from me about these when I get more experience.
  • MUG BETS: -£12.78. These are the bets you place periodically to look like a ‘normal’ customer in the eyes of the bookmaker. This will always be deducted from your monthly total because you will make a small loss on each bet you place. As you can tell from the low amount I don’t place mug bets that often and I probably need to do more.
how much have you made since you started matched betting?

This is my 5th month of matched betting and the total to date now stands at an impressive £3798.40! You can see my previous earnings reports here.

how can i get involved?

It’s so easy for anyone to get involved in matched betting. As a first step, read my guide explaining what matched betting is to get your head around what you need to do. Then sign up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. They will walk you through the matched betting process step by step. You can make £35-£40 simply by trying a couple of the different introductory offers available. It’s the perfect way of seeing if matched betting is for you.

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How to make extra cash in your spare time

Since starting the matched betting mum blog, it’s always been my intention to broaden the scope. Any extra pennies we can find really do add up. So I want to share as many money making tips as I can and offer money saving advice for everyone out there. At the moment my main focus is on sharing all the information I have about matched betting. That’s why I’m so happy to have joined up with Thrifty Mum, a fellow blogger, who offers money saving advice on her site. I’m really pleased to welcome her here with a post about how to make extra money online. 

A big thank you to Matched Betting Mum for having me and letting me share my money making ideas with you all.

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all looking for ways to tighten our belts or earn a bit of extra cash to help pay the bills. I’ve put together my three top ways to making extra money in your spare time.

1. survey sites

There are some really good survey sites out there which you can earn £30-£40 a month in either cash or vouchers. Most surveys only take a few minutes of your time, so if you only get a chance to sit down for a quick cup of tea, you can easily fit in 3-4 surveys. My two favourite, higher paying sites are:

1. Prolific Academic – this site is good as you won’t get rejected for surveys. It only gives you surveys that you are eligible for so you are not wasting your time to just be kicked out. These surveys normally pay around £2 each and take around 5-10 minutes to complete. You can cashout once you reach £5 but will have to pay the PayPal fees if you withdraw less than £20. I have found that I can easily get to over £20 in a month so I normally save it up and cash out just once a month.

2. Valued Opinions – this site pays you in gift vouchers and there are lots of retailers to choose from. My favourites are Argos or Amazon, I tend to save them up and use them to buy birthday presents. With Christmas just around the corner, this is a great way to save. The surveys on this site are normally between 50p and £1.50 and take around 10 minutes to complete.

2. Selling unwanted items

Now is a good time to start clearing out any clutter you have lying around the house. It’s good to get rid of anything you don’t use anymore, plus it also frees up space for all those toys kids get at Christmas!

There are lots of things around the house that can easily be sold on for a few pounds. Best sellers are kids clothes or toys. I find these always sell well as they aren’t used for long so are normally in excellent condition. The best place to sell is on facebook selling groups, these are also the easiest way of selling as the buyer comes to you, you don’t need to worry about postage and packaging like you do on eBay.

If you have lots of books lying around that you won’t read again, you can now sell these on Music Magpie, along with any old CDs or DVDs you won’t watch again. You normally only get a few pence per item but if you have lots to get rid of then it will soon add up and can be added to the Christmas fund. Music Magpie also collect from your house so it saves you a job.

3 cashback sites

I’m a real fan of cashback sites, any online shopping you do, go through a cashback website first and they pay you a percentage of the cost back. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping online so I always check for cashback first. I also go through these sites when buying car or home insurance, they normally have high percentage cashback rates, I got £25 back from my car insurance this year! It can sometimes take a few weeks to be rewarded the cash but it is also a great way to save. If you do all your shopping online, you van build up your cashback savings pot and by the end of the year you could have a nice amount waiting for you.

The two most common sites are Quidco and TopCashback. Using these sites is pretty much just free money as you’re already shopping online so you may as well get a little cashback each time. Both of these sites also have sections for “free cashback”, where you don’t even need to make a purchase with them. I highly recommend both of these pages for making extra cash.

For more money making tips and how to save money, pop along and take a look at my website and let me know if I can help you out with anything.

Thank you once again to Matched Betting Mum for having me.


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