Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • mariaz18 4 posts

    I wonder if someone can help and advise.
    I have a flight booked LHR-SYD using my companion voucher on 10/04 in first class. I don’t have a return booked flight as there isn’t anything suitable on the return journey until now.
    We are wanting to stay in Singapore for a few days on the way back. The issue i’m having is that there isn’t any reward flights from SYD- SIN but we don’t mind paying for a cash flight. On the SIN-LHR leg there is reward availability on 23rd in CW. Will BA let me book the return leg from SIN-LHR instead from SYD-LHR? Or if there any other option people might be aware of?

    Any help appreciated.

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    That’s a good result getting F to SYD!
    I think SIN-LHR falls within the open-jaw rules so would be eligible to use the return portion of your companion voucher on.
    The issue with mixing F and CW is that it normally results in higher surcharges, so instead of calling BA and asking them to book the return, it might be better to book it online (if you have enough avios) and then request 50% of those be refunded afterwards. There’s a lot more info about this process in the “booking the return with the 241” thread.

    mariaz18 4 posts

    Thanks for the info, northanlass
    If I initially book the open jaw flight online from SIN-LHR without calling BA to combine until the last minute, is it easy to cancel and get a full refund if something better comes up?

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    Apologies, I think I may have given you the wrong info here! I didn’t pay close enough attention to your travel date, which is fairly imminent. BA have recently been refusing to add on inbound legs to a 241 booking where the inbound had been released when the outbound was already available so you may struggle to use the return portion of the 241 on this booking. There’s nothing stopping you from booking an open jaw with full avios and using the “inbound” portion on another flight within 12 months of the outbound. BA don’t combine the bookings so you’d have 2 separate PNRs in any case.

    Another option would be to cancel the whole thing and re-book it on the phone, however that might lose you the F seats if they don’t come back into the inventory.

    But yes, very easy to cancel if you need to, subject to £35pp fee.

    mariaz18 4 posts

    Quick question: If I was to to cancel my Avios reward booking, are the Avios instantly available again in your account or do they take time to come through?

    NorthernLass 7,573 posts

    Usually instant – you might need to log out and back in to see them. Occasionally there’s a glitch and you have to chase them up.

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