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  • MKB 75 posts

    It used to be that when you booked a direct flight that had a stopover on route using Avios, it would ask you if you wanted to stop over. I haven’t booked such a route for a while, so didn’t realise it no longer has that feature.

    I have just made a round-trip booking to Grand Cayman with a 4-day stopover on the outbound in Nassau. I had to phone up to do this, and they voluntarily waived the service fee.

    I was surprised that BA price the (off-peak) Avios for Club World differently, so LHR-NAS-GCM-NAS-LHR without stopovers is 180,000 Avios return but 195,000 Avios with one stopover. I presume that that is correct and I haven’t been diddled?

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    I do this route every year and I don’t think you ever got the stopover option; it might be something to do with NAS-GCM being a “5th freedom” flight. Someone else posted something similar about another Caribbean route a few months ago.

    BA may have you charged an extra 5K avios separately for NAS-GCM. I’m doing this in reverse next year and paid about that plus the RFS fee. (I’ve booked it as a stand-alone sector as we’re using Virgin to return to the U.K.) I can’t explain the other 10k avios unless one of your travel dates is actually peak.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    The other thing which occurred to me is that if you paid max avios, min cash, they’ve charged you that as well for NAS-GCM. Also, which cabin is it in? I booked economy as it’s only a 90 minute hop, but if BA booked you into PE or CW, that might account for 15k avios.

    MKB 75 posts

    It was with an Amex 2-for-1 voucher, so, yes, this is the max Avios, min cash option with cash at £450 each.

    It’s Club throughout and all dates are off-preak.

    So, in total for two passengers, booking online LHR-NAS-GCM-NAS-LHR with no stopovers would have been a total of 180,000 Avios plus £900.

    Booking over the phone with a four-day stopover in NAS on the outbound, I’ve been charged 195,000 Avios and £901 No idea where the extra £1 came from.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    One way NAS GCM on max miles in J is 15000 plus 50p, so they have charged you for the extra leg (7500 each using a 241) and then the 50p each RFS charge.

    MKB 75 posts

    Is charging that leg separately correct?

    Froggee 986 posts

    I think it will be. If you book Sydney as one flight it is quite a bit cheaper than if you wish to stopover in Singapore. Once the stopover becomes more than 24 hours it stops being a connection and therefore they like to make you pay for it.

    MKB 75 posts

    Ok, thanks.

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