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  • Richard Thomas 1 post

    Anyone else notice that Booking.com has disappeared from BA Shopping? (very annoyed, have managed to get about 70,000 avios via booking.com hotel bookings through this site).

    Kev I 4 posts

    It’s there for me first thing i see.

    Ash 620 posts

    It’s off my app but still on the desktop eStore

    masaccio 806 posts

    hotels.com currently 14:1

    CTEDIN 9 posts

    I can’t see booking.com on BA Shopping desktop estore either. Only Hotels.com, which doesn’t have the hotel I want. I use booking.com all the time and have collected a lot of Avios this way.
    If BA Shopping has removed booking.com permanently, they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,385 posts

    Avios Group has just launched its own hotel booking platform so not surprising that similar third party options are being pulled.

    charlie27 7 posts

    I noticed tonight that a couple of retailers I was looking at have disappeared from the exec club shop app (Dreams beds, Manchester airport parking). I found Dreams on the desktop version, but is this just a glitch after an app update (looks like they’ve changed things and added a useful tab that splits online and in-store purchases), or are BA trimming things?

    Ash 620 posts

    Avios Group has just launched its own hotel booking platform so not surprising that similar third party options are being pulled.

    Where can we find it?

    freckles 198 posts
    zapato1060 719 posts

    So ‘potentially’ they remove booking.com and launch new hotel group, remove 15 avios per £1 and make it now 10 avios per £1. How very BA.

    masaccio 806 posts

    The new site is much better but like before some hotels as as cheap as other OTAs, some are more expensive and plenty are missing. Browser performance is massively improved so it’s easy to check if they are matching elsewhere.

    Current hotels.com rate is 14:1, but the best room rates are only when logged in which means you get a 6:1 Avios conversion instead due to earning hotels.com rewards. And those are now devalued of course.

    meta 1,466 posts

    For UK accounts, hotels.com rewards are still not devalued. They will be some time in early 2024. I just earned another 3 stamps.

    jjh4yb 2 posts

    In a similar way, I couldn’t find Sainsbury’s groceries on the laptop on Thursday, it had reappeared on Friday.

    Sainsbury’s was available on the Android app throughout.

    Lady London 2,163 posts

    For UK accounts, hotels.com rewards are still not devalued. They will be some time in early 2024. I just earned another 3 stamps.

    My account was devalued and it has always been a UK account with unchanging UK details. A number of people on here have reported the same.

    Indy500 139 posts

    I assume existing pending Booking.com bookings will be honoured? If not, that’s 22k points up the spout….

    meta 1,466 posts

    For UK accounts, hotels.com rewards are still not devalued. They will be some time in early 2024. I just earned another 3 stamps.

    My account was devalued and it has always been a UK account with unchanging UK details. A number of people on here have reported the same.

    I understand these are the accounts who have at some point during the lifetime of the account logged in via US website accidentally or not and booked a room via that site. For example, If you are booking while abroad it will automatically throw a US or foreign version of the site. If you contact hotels.com they will restore it for you. They know about the glitch. I did the same for my partner.

    wookie192 81 posts

    I noticed tonight that a couple of retailers I was looking at have disappeared from the exec club shop app (Dreams beds, Manchester airport parking). I found Dreams on the desktop version, but is this just a glitch after an app update (looks like they’ve changed things and added a useful tab that splits online and in-store purchases), or are BA trimming things?

    Manchester Airport Parking is still showing for me, I use this several times a month. You nearly made me cry when you said it’s not there anymore haha

    Damian 24 posts

    Still on my rewards app this evening, currently 6 per £1.

    FatherOfFour 286 posts

    I’ve just checked the new BA Avios hotel booking page and it is indeed an improvement. Things I’ve noticed:
    +Flexible / Non Flexible rates far more easily displayed
    +Shows the option of Avios collection or Avios spend on the same page- no need to navigate to different links
    +Much better summary of information about the hotel
    +The rate of a hotel I looked at was EXACTLY the same as on booking.com (rounding the pence). A fraction above booking with IHG direct. (£275 vs £263) but collecting 2750 Avios in the process.

    -Like most hotel booking engines it asks for the kids’ ages in a dropdown when booking. Booking.com at least saves my preferences or last entered details. this is really useful when piecing together an itinerary the course of several web browsing sessions. I presume this only matters if the child is an infant or not- so it would be better to allow children and infants to be separate fields, rather than setting the default age of a child to Under 1 as the Avios/BA site does.

    On adifferent, but related note: BA Holidays appear to have withdrawn the ability to book multiple hotels (sans flights) via ba.com. I have used this in the past where the cost of my main hotel (to accompany a 241 redemption) was reduced by adding a Gatwick Airport hotel stay. The 2 hotels without flights were cheaper than booking directly with the hotel too. Sorry to see this facility go. (unless it is just hidden)

    I have also previously added an Avios hotel at the time of making a 2-4-1 redemption on the phone to turn the booking into a “package” affording me ATOL benefits. I wonder if this is something AGL plan to integrate with BA.com (ok, stop laughing!) ie Avios Holidays booking.

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