Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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It may also be helpful to note that you don’t need to phone to book the outbound. The only advantage of doing that is, for a destination seats redemption seats disappear rapidly, the call centre can hold the seats whilst completing the booking. The challenge at the moment is timing to get them to pick up just before midnight given the long hold times.

In practice, the online booking process is quick if you know what you want. Assuming it is your 2for1, your details will be pre-populated as the lead passenger. If you are in a household account, your son/daughter will need to be also (or on your friends and family list), so check that ahead of time but it then really is a case of select your flight and booking class, select 2nd traveller details from drop-down, enter payment details and submit.

Adding the return may be a bit more challenging as I believe it can be hit and miss as to whether they will do it if you call the US number at midnight. May be worth having fallback options prepared (route and/or date) just in case you don’t get your first choice but unless you are going for a route where the minimum release is being snapped up over night you may well be fine anyway.

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