Oktoberfest: Made possible with Avios

From 18,500 Avios + £1

Always dreamt of going to Munich’s famous Oktoberfest? Thanks to these Avios-collecting hacks, you’ll be able to tick Germany’s beer capital off your bucket list in no time. Discover how you can make the most of our clever currency.

October 2023

An example of how to spend your Avios: Munich Reward Flight Saver - Off-Peak Return for 18,500 Avios + £1

The destination: Munich 

Oktoberfest, aka the world’s largest folk festival, attracts over seven million visitors to  Munich each year, where they get through some five million litres of beer during the festivities (beer tents have been a staple of the festival since the early 1800s). But this is not just any beer – it must hail from one of six designated local breweries, including Spaten, Augustiner and Paulaner. Meanwhile, thousands of bratwurst sausages and giant pretzels make up the menu. It’s not just about the food and drink, though: expect parades, fairground rides, plenty of dancing and a chance to admire the crowds of folk decked out in traditional Bavarian garb. 

The Avios: how many do you need?

Once you’ve collected a decent amount of Avios, you can start redeeming them on flights to destinations across the globe.  With 18,500 Avios, plus £1, you can book an off-peak British Airways Reward Flight Saver to Munich¹. Or, if you’d rather save some of your Avios for future trips, you can also use them to reduce the price of your whole holiday using Avios as part-payment on British Airways Holidays packages². The latter includes some of Munich’s best hotels – the splashiest being Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Step one: turn your thoughts into Avios

Want to rack up Avios from the comfort of your own home? Simply sign up for the Avios for Thoughts programme and you can start pocketing Avios by completing a few online surveys. Bank 600 Avios when you join, 100 Avios for completing the tutorial (which takes five minutes), and 500 Avios when you complete your first survey³.

Step two: relax with a craft beer before you go

For all you thirsty British Airways Executive Members, The Wine Flyer delivers delicious wines and spirits – as well as beers – so you can collect Avios as you sip. Get in the mood for Oktoberfest with a selection of crisp pilsners and funky IPAs from a range of world-class breweries. Plus, if you spread the word and refer a friend, you can nab 2,500 bonus Avios as a reward⁴.  

Step three: ride with Uber

Thanks to Uber, every ride can get you closer to your dream trip. Link your Uber and British Airways Executive Club accounts and collect 1 Avios for every £1 spent out on the road⁵. Even better, you can now pre-book your ride to the airport for your flight to Munich with Uber Reserve, and cross one more thing off your Oktoberfest to-do list. With Reserve, you can book from 90 days to 30 minutes ahead, and the fare includes up to 15 minutes’ waiting time. Open the Uber app, tap ‘Now’ and pre-book away. You can also collect Avios via train journeys booked via the Uber app.   

Step four: entertain yourself

With more than 1,500 retailers such as M&S, John Lewis, Boots, and Apple via the British Airways  shopping platform, it’s possibly the easiest place to collect Avios. Plus, register your payment card to your British Airways Executive Club account and Avios can be collected when you shop in store at more than 100 retailers and restaurants. 

It’s brilliant for retail therapy, sure, but there are lots for foodies to enjoy, too. Start the most important meal of the day with Nespresso coffee pods, then later enjoy a bite from YO! Sushi, or a fast food-fix at Honest Burgers. Rather stay in? Cosy nights can collect bonus Avios, too, thanks to takeaway services from Just Eat and Deliveroo⁶.

Step five: boost your balance

Now that you’ve collected those Avios, it’s time to boost them. The British Airways’ Balance Booster⁷ tool allows you to treble your most recently accrued Avios – those from within last 30 days. Simply select the transactions you want to boost, choose whether you want to boost 1x, 2x or 3x and then watch your balance soar. Now you’re all set – it’s time to book that bucket list trip and indulge in the delights of Munich’s Oktoberfest.    


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Important Information

All flights quoted in this piece are subject to availability.

Reward Flight Saver

  1. The price shown is based on an off-peak, return Reward Flight Saver to Munich for one passenger seated in our Economy. Reward Flight Savers are British Airways’ best value reward flights. Reward Flight Saver offers customers great value flights with a low, flat fee to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges and a fixed Avios amount. To be eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you need to have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. To find out more about Reward Flight Saver, click here. Reward flights are subject to availability.

British Airways Holidays

  1. Members can use their Avios to pay for part of the total price of selected holidays (Flight + Hotel or Flight + Car) when making a non-redemption booking on ba.com for travel on British Airways operated and selected British Airways codeshare partner operated flights. Bookings made with this payment option will be subject to the standard fare rules associated with the holiday purchased.  Avios can be used to pay for bookings made on ba.com or by calling a British Airways Contact Centre. The entire booking must be eligible for Avios part payment for it to be applied to the booking. Standard British Airways Holidays terms and conditions apply.  

Avios for Thoughts

  1. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

The Wine Flyer

  1. Full terms and conditions can be found here.


  1. Terms and conditions apply. For the details of this offer and Uber Ride product inclusions, please visit the full Terms and Conditions here.

Shopping through British Airways 

  1. See Terms and Conditions at shopping.ba.com.

Balance booster

  1. Full terms and conditions can be found here.