If you missed my interview on CNBC on Wednesday ….

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I am assuming that the majority of Head for Points readers were in front of the TV and watching CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ at 6.30am on Wednesday.

Just in case you weren’t, you missed me talking about the current state of the frequent flyer business.

If you are reading this via our Thursday morning email, the video below probably won’t work. You need to click:

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000541927 for part 1 and

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000541926 for part 2.

For everyone else, you can watch the segement in two parts here:

and here:

PS. I didn’t ask to be called ‘CEO’ on the caption! My suggestion was ‘Editor’ ….

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Comments

  1. John Tickner says:

    We know the BA product is not great compared to others, but for me the guaranteed/better availability and the 2-4-1 make up for that for me.

    • I agree – we use the 2-4-1 and last year 2 of us went 1st Class return to Chicago. This year 4 of us 1st Class to Atlanta and back ( 3 days there and then drove down to Orlando ), and have already booked 2 1st class returns to Atlanta for next year, when we will be starting a 2 week fly-drive of the deep south. Also has other CE flights and domestic all from points. The availability for Atlanta is really good. Been very happy with everything, and the 1st Class although not maybe like Quantas etc is an experience I never thought I would be able to enjoy. All my points are earned via credit cards and Tesco etc, none by flying. Its a great hobby, and I look at this site every day. Just will be disappointed when my nephews are too old for lego !!! Thanks Raffles.

    • Guaranteed/better availability????? Not in the experience of most people on here, it would appear.

    • In my experience, BA RFS is hard to beat for shorthaul (although availability ex LHR is often poor compared to ex LGW at invariably less convenient times); but – apart from a promptly booked Xmas 2-for-1 to the US via a “non-business-oriented” gateway such as ATL, DFW or IAH – much harder and more expensive to redeem than VS (or even OW partner IB) westbound and much harder (if less expensive) to redeem in premiun cabins than (superior) OW partners AY and CX eastbound..

  2. I Watch CNBC every day. Interview went well, hope you enjoyed it. They try to cram what they can into a very short time frame.

    • I did actually, it was more laid back than I expected. I was lucky in that I got to see 10 minutes of Geoff doing his stuff before it came to my segment so I had a feeling for how I should respond to him.

  3. Totally OT sorry guys! Just had an email from IHG about a special “birthday offer” ( as my birthday is coming up) whereby if I register for this offer and then stay a weekend (fri-sat or sat-sun) I get 3000 bonus points. I already have two weekend stays coming up (one will complete my current “accelerate” and the other was booked recently for a weekend getaway), will either of these count towards this new offer or will it only count for nights booked since signing up. both existing bookings are non-refundable so i can’t just rebook. For my current accelerate one night from a pre-existing booking counted towards the 6 required hence my question.

  4. Avios-related – stay away from the US blogs if you don’t want to be depressed about how good a deal they get there 😉 http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/08/10/amex-british-airways-transfer-bonus/

    • roberto says:

      I can see BA doing something similar here if business does not pick up.. sitting on a wad of amex MR in readiness….

      Here’s hoping anyways..

    • Not to mention their massive sign up bonuses on a huge range of cards…

      • Oh absolutely! As much as I don’t like the exorbitant BA fees when booking redemptions at least it keeps them relatively unappealing to US-based customers compared to the low-fee redemptions on other airlines via the US FF programmes.

  5. Well done Rob. Not easy appearing on TV, especially if they go “off piste!”

    Thanks for all that you do.

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