Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • mcoward 3 posts


    Sorry if this question has been asked before but is there any way that I can book Avios seats and cash seats in the same booking?

    We are travelling as a family of four and on most flights there are only 2 Avios seats. I’m thinking that if I book 2 Avios seats on one booking and two cash seats on another, it might cause problems.

    Ideally I’d be booking 4 Avios seats.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,387 posts

    No. Simply not possible.

    HfP Staff
    2,378 posts

    No, it can’t be done.

    There are only two issues with having separate bookings. The biggest is that, if only one person has BA status, the people on the other booking won’t get free selection.

    There are also minor issues if the flight is cancelled / delayed and BA accidentally splits you up because it doesn’t know you are one group but, frankly, I wouldn’t let this drive any decision.

    mcoward 3 posts

    That’s a real shame. Thank you for coming back to me so quickly.

    NorthernLass 8,490 posts

    As Rob says, it’s really not a problem. I’m assuming you are 2 adults plus 2 children so having one parent and one child on each booking is what you would do. Consider using BA Holidays for the cash booking as well, if that fits in with your travel plans, as you would get extra benefits like being able to pay the balance nearer the travel date and even a better price by adding a hotel or car hire to your flight. We have travelled like this on numerous occasions and only had a very minor issue once when one of our domestic legs was cancelled and BA IT hadn’t realised we were together but it was quickly explained to the human ground crew!

    Edit – you don’t say what your travel dates/destination are but if you book far enough in advance you may well find more than 2 avios seats available – BA guarantees to release 6 x economy (IIRC) and 4 x business on each flight and often releases more.

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