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Hear Head for Points on Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ today, hopefully …

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I am in Stockholm all day today, visiting SAS.  This may have saved me from making a major embarrassment of myself live on national radio!

In theory – although these things are always subject to change – BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme (12.15) will be covering the Avios changes today.

The reason I know this is that I am appearing on the programme.  The BBC wanted me to appear live but, because of my Stockholm trip, I was able to pre-record a contribution on Friday.  This means that a) I can’t embarrass myself on live radio by making a mistake or using naughty words and b) my contribution can be edited so that it sounds sensible.

Radio 4

As I don’t know which parts of the discussion they will use, it is difficult to preview it.  With only a few minutes to talk, I was forced to simplify what is a very complex set of changes.

Avios Group chose not to appear on the programme although they were due to submit a statement.  In the interests of balance, I tried to explain why I think they did what they did – although, again, this may not make the final cut.

Please give me a pass for any errors in what I said!  I wasn’t given the questions in advance so I was trying to think on the spot as well as worry about how to present the answers in a way that a mass audience could understand.

If someone could post a link to the online version in the afternoon I’d be grateful.  Although, as I said earlier, the story (or just my bit!) may get cut or pushed back – although the published running order does say that it will be on.

Comments (71)

  • Jon says:

    I’m afraid I’ve given up with avios.

    Earning is reduced significantly for me as I mostly fly Y paid. Other sources of avios (amex MR, tesco) are more profitably spent on something else.
    Spending has now got more expensive, and has progressively over the years been eroded by the ever increasing YQ.
    Upgrading using avios is most of the the time not worth it as WTP fares are equal to business fares on competitor airlines on the routes I fly.

    My solution (which is currently working for me, but admittedly poor £/point): transfer to avios.com and spend it on wine and whisky!

  • Andy says:

    Excellent interview rob.

  • Claire says:

    I thought this was a really good interview. I am in a bit of fog about Avios and airmiles since the devaluation. We fly from Manchester so cash in our BAPP 2-4-1s going via MAN-LHR whether it be long haul in F or Europe in CE but I don’t think the latter will be remotely worth it anymore. So I may have to go away and do some homework on it which is a shame as I enjoy flying with BA. I don’t know if any of you other regional based flyers are in the same quandry or if it’s me being a bit meh.