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Bits: check the expiry of any new BA 2-4-1 vouchers, Rhys wins an award, Midpoint winners

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News in brief:

Check the expiry date of any new BA Amex 2-4-1 vouchers

The Avios IT migration is 95% complete and you should now be able to log in to your account (unless your password includes an ‘&’ sign) and complete most tasks. Just don’t try anything radical such as booking a redemption on American Airlines or moving your Avios from Iberia to BA.

There is a bug with newly issued British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers.

Until 31st December 2021, all new companion vouchers come with an additional six months of validity. Vouchers on the free British Airways American Express come with 18 months validity which those from the Premium Plus American Express come with 30 months.

(You may want to bring forward your next voucher to trigger it before 31st December to maximise its validity, but this is a discussion for another day.)

Unfortunately, someone forget to tell the computer about this.

Here is a ba.com screenshot showing a newly issued companion voucher:

British Airways companion voucher

As you can see, the latest voucher has only been issued for 24 months and not 30 months. I know at least two other HfP readers are in the same boat.

Hopefully BA pick this up after reading the above and make the necessary adjustments before people feel the need to start calling up.

Business Travel Journalism Awards

Rhys wins an award!

I’m delighted to say that Rhys has won ‘Best Newcomer To Business Travel Journalism‘ in the 2021 Business Travel Journalism Awards.

The judges said that:

‘Rhys’ great passion for aviation and in-depth knowledge of the industry are reflected in his well-informed pieces peppered with detailed statistical insights and analysis’.

Many of you will know that Rhys has also started to contribute aviation pieces to The Sunday Times travel section in recent months, although the award was based purely on his HfP writing.

It’s an especially good result because, for half of the judging period, Rhys was running our commercial activity during Sinead’s maternity leave and had to cut back on his writing.

Sadly covid restrictions have meant that the lavish in-person awards ceremony was replaced by a series of tweets for the second year. You may question how we are meant to give confidence to the travelling public when a group of business travel writers are not allowed to come together for an evening ….

Anika won the same award back in 2017. The benefit of having a small team, and the fact that my role has become more admin and desk based as the years have passed, is that our young writers have the chance to get stuck into the big stories of the day from Day 1.

Well done Rhys.

Earn Avios with Midpoint

Our Midpoint competition winners revealed

We recently ran a special bonus Avios promotion with foreign currency transfer specialist Midpoint.

As well as getting bonus Avios for making a transfer during the promotion, five lucky new Midpoint customers were chosen at random and given 10,000 bonus Avios.

(When I say ‘given’, they will turn up whenever the Avios IT migration sort itself out.)

The winners were:

  • Yuval L
  • Jonathan S
  • Scott S
  • Irene F-S
  • Daniel T

Congratulations to the five of you.

If you want to earn Avios on your next foreign currency transfer – as well as paying tiny fees and getting the interbank FX rate – take a look at what Midpoint can offer you by reading this article.

Comments (91)

  • Sandra says:

    Congratulations Rhys! 👏

  • Ron says:

    Received the confirmation 2 for 1 email yesterday. Only valid for 2 years.

    • Nigel says:

      +1

      I really hope someone from BAEC does see this article and act on it to avoid a bunch of phonecalls…

  • Alex says:

    Well done Rhys! Why are you still a newcomer though?

  • stuart says:

    Received my 2-4-1 voucher yesterday. Only has 12 months validity and although I started new year at the end of July and had paid the previous amount to qualify for 2-4-1 it seems I can only book a economy ticket not club class. I was under the impression that 2-4-1 started on the old terms ie before September would be eligible for club class. Anyone else had the same issue.

    • Rob says:

      No, that’s not correct. If your voucher was triggered after 1st September it is economy only if you have the free card.

      • stuart says:

        Should I change to a different card if I want to continue to get club class tickets.ie British Airways American Express Premium Plus or something similar. It is a little confusing on which card to choose. I have the free card currently and so does the wife.

        • Rob says:

          You need to upgrade to Premium Plus, yes. However, the smart thing to do is spend £9k on your free card and THEN upgrade to minimise the time you are paying the fee.

          • stuart says:

            The date I start the new card is that then the start date for your next 2-4-1 or is it still linked to the start date of the free card

          • Rob says:

            Free card date – your card year never changes.

  • Iain says:

    The whole BA website after the upgrade is a shambles! Flight unliaterally cancelled but can’t accept alternative in manage my booking and on another unable to use Avios for an upgrade to business!

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    He’ll be the oldest teenager in town 😎

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Rhys that is

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Congratulations Rhys, very well deserved.
    I love how you write review peices in the HfP style/format but sneak in distinctive humourous side-comments in your own style that are different to the ones Rob would make (that I also very much enjoy), so that reviews are always instantly identifiable as you without looking at the name.

    • Alex Sm says:

      Congratulations Rhys! And also thanks for getting me and my partner into a BBC piece last year!
      I also hope you will be telling us more about your companions on your trips and their impressions about stays and services, like Rob often does!

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