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Calling to add return flights to 2-4-1 booking

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  • CharlieUK

    I managed to get 2 J seats to Santiago just before next Christmas and am eagerly scanning seatspy to book the return flights next January. Is the advice still to try phoning the US line just after midnight UK time? Or is that likely to be fruitless, bearing in mind the current state of BA’s phone service?

    • This topic was modified 53 years, 1 month ago by .
    FatherOfFour

    Give it a go! Timing is tricky to get right, but I got through at 00:15 on a “hard to get” route and managed to get the tickets I wanted. I gave my tactics on another thread a couple of hours ago.

    CharlieUK

    Give it a go! Timing is tricky to get right, but I got through at 00:15 on a “hard to get” route and managed to get the tickets I wanted. I gave my tactics on another thread a couple of hours ago.

    That’s great – thanks for your help, FatherofFour!

    SteveJ

    Try Japan, they’re just opening up then

    CharlieUK

    Try Japan, they’re just opening up then

    That’s good to know too – thanks SteveJ.

    CharlieUK

    Just following this up for anyone else needing to book the return of a 2-4-1 itinerary.

    I chose to call the Japan number, as midnight UK time is 9am in Japan, when their line opens. If you call the number prior to midnight, you’ll get a recorded announcement in Japanese. But after midnight, you’ll get an announcement in Japanese and English, with the option to press 2 to continue in English.

    I called at 00.00 exactly and waited 5 minutes to be connected. I think it was the Indian call centre. It took about 10 mins on the call to get the 2 J seats I wanted. I noticed that the other 2 J seats went at about the same time – so it’s well worth calling at midnight.

    SteveJ

    Good work, glad to hear! Japan worked well for me recently, seems a better option than the US.

    CharlieUK

    Good work, glad to hear! Japan worked well for me recently, seems a better option than the US.

    Thanks SteveJ!

    pauline

    If you have enough avios is it still better to book the return on line at midnight and call to add the booked return to the 2 – 4 – 1 outbound? Being based in edinburgh the lon – edi leg doesn’t appear until the next day so its a 3 stage process!

    tiriavpo

    If you have enough avios is it still better to book the return on line at midnight and call to add the booked return to the 2 – 4 – 1 outbound?

    Swings and roundabouts – taxes can be cheaper as 2 one-ways (usually to/from far east) or can be significantly more if going to/from USA. 2 one-ways can be convenient when changing trips as you can do them independently, but would cost you double the £35pp to cancel.

    Doing it online, I have had tickets in my basket but still lost them by the time I’ve finally checked out, probably to a phone agent who can snaffle them whilst processing the rest of the transaction.

    travelwell

    May I ask which Japan number you used?
    Was it the general contact us or for exec club?

    CharlieUK

    May I ask which Japan number you used?
    Was it the general contact us or for exec club?

    The number I called was for the Exec Club: +81 3 3298 5209

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    SteveJ

    May I ask which Japan number you used?
    Was it the general contact us or for exec club?

    If you’re doing a points booking you have to use the exec club number.

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