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  • TedFu 3 posts

    I’m planning to book reward flights to Japan departing around 25th July and returning around 31st August. As I’d need to wait until the end of August 2023 before I can book both the inbound and outbound flights on the same companion voucher, my fear is that all the outbound flights for July will have already gone by then. So I was wondering if I could book the return flights with outbound on 25th July and inbound on, say, 30th July, then change just the inbound date to 31st August when I see that those slots have become available. Would that be feasible without incurring a huge penalty? Hope my question makes sense! Thanks in advance.

    tiriavpo 303 posts

    You can book just the outbound and then add the inbound later when it becomes available. Search through this forum as there are lots of previous posts about all the pros and cons and methods available.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 1,843 posts

    You would pay the £35 change fee plus any changes in proper taxes, airport fees and surcharges to change the date once availability pops up.

    There aren’t any huge penalties to pay when changing rewards flights.

    You could just book it as two separate one ways which would generate no change fee but I’m not sure what that does to the taxes and surcharges.

    TedFu 3 posts

    You can book just the outbound and then add the inbound later when it becomes available. Search through this forum as there are lots of previous posts about all the pros and cons and methods available.

    Thanks for the reply. It would be great if I could add the inbound flight later to the same booking under the same companion voucher. However, BA told me that it would be treated as a separate booking, meaning using up another companion voucher for the inbound flight. I don’t really want to do that. I’ll dig around a bit more in the forums. (BTW, the search doesn’t seem to be working for me.)

    NorthernLass 6,658 posts

    Unless Japan is a special case for surcharges, the cash elements should now be identical on the out and inbound, so just book them separately when they’re released. There are pros and cons to this – e.g. you have to pay 2 lots of cancellation fees if you scrap the entire trip, but you can also cancel one leg if you need to without affecting the other one. I’ve found it quite useful in the past to have separate bookings, for instance we decided to change our return airport mid-holiday in January.

    NorthernLass 6,658 posts

    Just seen your last post – BA is talking rubbish here, as previously suggested, go through the relevant forum threads and articles on BAEC and using 241s to find out how you actually do this.

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