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News in brief:

Get your eTA before travelling to Canada – and BA issues for permanent residents

Canada has changed their entry requirements.

Since 10th November most passengers travelling to Canada need an eTA to enter the country, even if they are just transiting. You can check on this website whether you need an eTA.

This new requirement has caused issues with the BA online check in system.

As BA currently doesn’t have the option for Canadian residents to enter their permanent residency details when booking a flight, passengers who have a permanent resident permit and therefore do not need an eTA will receive a ‘eTA needed’ response when checking in online.

For now the only way of dealing with this is to check in at the airport in person …..

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To promote their services, one lucky reader could win £100 of Heathrow shopping vouchers, valid at any participating shop, restaurant or bar at Heathrow Airport.

And the winner is …………….. drum roll ………………….

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Comments (51)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. My wife and I each have 2,000 Melia points coming up for expiry in the next few months. got them when we signed up to Melia and got Melia gold with Amex Plat. What can we do with them? Can they be combined (transferred) to go towards something meaningful?

    • Stu N says:

      Can use them to save (maybe €40?) on a Melia booking, that’s about it I think. Bonus Melia points can’t be transferred out though they do seem to use them first against hotel bookings if you have a mix of bonus and earned points. Default airline option is transfer to Iberia who give twice the value cf BA, but think you can also send them to Miles and More

  • Scallder says:

    Put the 10th digit in the second box – number of people have had the same issue

    • Mark says:

      than you – that’s why I love this forum – peer to peer help!

      • James67 says:

        You are likely too late for the bonus Mark as you normally cannot transfer for 72h after updating payment details. However, still worth trying, IIRC I got an email asking me to verify changes last time and I was able to payout immediately aftef doing so.

  • Brian says:

    OT – apologies – somebody posted some time ago about switching an Amex offer from one card to another. I’ve tried searching for this, but can’t find it. Is anybody able to remind me how it works, if it works? Thanks.

      • the real harry says:

        ie I’ve been having a play with the links on Amex offers. If you want to use an offer on more cards than it’s offered, or they offer it to you on the wrong card…
        If you hover over the “Save to card” buttons you’ll see the offers on each card share part of the link address “sorted_index=5”, the number being unique to each card. If you have an offer on card 4 say, but want it on card 5, copy the link from card 4, paste it in your URL bar and change the 4 to a 5 before hitting go.
        The webpage will probably error, but if you navigate back to card 5 you should see the offer appears to be saved under “My Offers”.
        I haven’t actually follower this through yet to confirm the offer credits. I have “massaged” the Starbucks offer on to another card so will give it a try when I can!
        ***

        I might try to get the Naked Wines offer onto 2 more cards 🙂

  • William PH says:

    OT – Sunday Times Travel Magazine 4500 missing Avios

    After raising a case and waiting a few weeks, I’ve ust received an e-mail from the Sunday Times:

    Dear Subscriber,
    Thank you for subscribing to the Sunday Times Travel Magazine
    Your unique subscriber reference is {removed]
    We are writing to advise you that we are experiencing some delays in processing the Avios points that were included on our promotional offer.
    We are working hard with our partners and will update you very soon. Please accept our apologies for this delay
    Kind regards,
    The Sunday Times Travel magazine

    • Jerry says:

      I got the same email today after chasing 3 times. Harry reported the other day that ST ran out of avios as the offer was too generous. Allegedly they are negotiating to buy more. It’s not really ok to take the subscription payment in full and not deliver the points at the same time. If I don’t get the points by Christmas I may request a cancel and refund for breach of terms.

  • Boi says:

    OT: anyone know of reward credit cards for people in the Republic of Ireland? I am trying to introduce a friend across the pond to my hobby

    • Rob says:

      In theory there will be an Aer Club American Express at some point.

    • David says:

      For immediate options right now, they could get a UK Amex issued ICC card working in Euro. (Gold, Plat or Green).

      But with the AerClub launch so imminent, I’d be tempted to hold for now.

      I would expect there might ever be the potential for Avios.com to launch in Ireland (in addition to UK and South Africa).

      Final though would be that I’m sure there will be a lot of customer pressure on Tesco Ireland to support Irish Clubcard transfers into Avios at AerClub.

      • Rob says:

        I was told by someone VERY senior in Avios that the recent Amex / IAG contract includes Ireland, and indeed a Vueling card in Spain.

        Is is still the case that Irish residents – if they can get a UK Clubcard – can earn points at the Irish stores which they would then be able to send to BA? There was a time when Irish Tesco stores earned points in the UK scheme.

  • Luke says:

    A colleague of mine got told he needed an ETA by the BA website when checking in with a Canadian passport…

  • the real harry says:

    tearjerker – Coming Home for Christmas | Heathrow Airport

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq1r_M5a6uI

  • Alan says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Raffles – upcoming Lloyds voucher trip to Canada and had forgotten this requirement had now become active!

    C$7 for 5 years isn’t too bad but quite a faffy form compared to the ESTA!

    • Genghis says:

      So not simply a self declaration that you’re not terrorist nor were involved in Nazi war crimes?