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BA bits: BA Do&Co catering rolled out further, pay Aer Lingus with Avios, Gold Guest List lounge access

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News in brief:

Superior Do&Co catering rolled out to more British Airways routes

I feel a bit sorry for British Airways sometimes.  They are making some genuine improvements to Club World, with the new seat and the move to the world’s most prestigious airline catering company, but they don’t want to talk about them.

You can’t put out a list saying ‘these routes now have good food on them’, because it will start hitting business on other routes.  Similarly the launch of Club Suite was fairly subdued by BA PR standards because they know most people won’t be flying it for a couple of years at best.

Anyway …. if you are travelling on the old BMI mid-haul routes (Amman etc) from next week, as well as Tokyo, Osaka, Charleston (launching 4th April) and Pittsburgh (launching 2nd April) you should get the superior Do&Co food.

If any BA staffer does have a list of all of the Do&Co routes currently in operation I’m happy to see it.

Use part pay with Avios on Aer Lingus

‘Part Pay With Avios’ rolled out to Aer Lingus

Last week I ran a long ‘Avios Redemption University’ article how ‘Part Pay With Avios’ works.

I said that Aer Lingus did not have this feature, although you could use it if the Aer Lingus flight you wanted was on ba.com as a BA codeshare.  With great timing, Aer Lingus has just announced that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ is now available for flights via booked via aerlingus.com.

There are some restrictions in place.  You cannot use it on flights which include codeshare sectors and you cannot pay towards ancillary products such as fast track security and lounge access.  You also cannot use ‘Part Pay With Avios’ if there are seven or more people on your booking.

For a typical flight from Dublin to Frankfurt, I was offered:

  • €29 off for 4,750 Avios (0.61c per Avios)
  • €86 off for 15,625 Avios (0.55c per Avios)

….. which is poor but not surprising, given what BA, Iberia and Vueling offer when using the same deal.

To use your Avios to reduce the cash cost of an Aer Lingus flight, you’ll need to do this:

go to the AerClub page on aerlingus.com and open an Aer Club account

log in at avios.com using your new AerClub account details

use ‘Combine My Avios’ on avios.com to pull Avios from British Airways Executive Club

Book your Aer Lingus flight on its website as usual whilst logged in.  On the final payment page you will be given the chance to use Avios for part payment.

You can learn more about using ‘Part Pay With Avios’ on Aer Lingus on this page of their website.

Can I get into a British Airways lounge with a Gold card?

BA lets Gold Guest List members permanently take five guests into the lounge

British Airways has announced that Gold Guest List members (see this article for how you get to become Gold Guest List) can permanently bring five guests into a lounge.

This has been trialled over recent school holiday periods and clearly went well.  It will not be a total free for all though:

all guests must be travelling on the same flight, but not necessarily the same booking

at busy periods you may be told to use Galleries Club instead of Galleries First

it does not allow Concorde Room access

it only applies at British Airways lounges

it only applies when flying on BA and not a partner airline

the full party can use the First Wing in Terminal 5 but at all other departure points, including Heathrow T3 and Gatwick, additional guests must use the standard security line

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  1. rams1981 says:

    OT any other options similar to revolut which offers credit card top up with no cash advance fees and ability to make bank transfers?

    Had my 5th revolut stop for checks and wonder st what point they’ll stop me using it.

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