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  • LittleNick 155 posts

    Hi all,

    I’m hoping this is possible, but wanted to check, is it possible to do the following (assuming availability):
    Outward: Domestic/ex-EU>LHR>AUH (F) (Book using companion voucher – solo trip)
    Return: DXB-LHR (Premium Econ) (as a separate booking but using the same avios/cash option as outward and then ring up for 50% avios deducted?)

    So I think I can book this online but would BA return me 50% of the avios for the return journey despite not starting/ending in the same place? I would go to DXB on the outward but no Business availability for dates I’m looking at or would I need to go back to original starting point?

    Thanks

    e14 293 posts

    Totally possible, although I would caveat that I would try and book it over the phone all as one transaction, you’d also possibly get the extra I class availabilty on the DXB leg if you added on a regional

    Due to the nuances of RFS you’d actually pay less Avios if you go F/F and don’t forget if you do an ex EU then that will cost extra Avios rather than a regional which will be ‘free’

    JDB 4,841 posts

    As above, your proposed itinerary is fine in respect of the IATA fare construction rules, but will totally blow up the fare calculations and the perceived wisdom (and I have no idea if it is correct as some have noted different experiences) is that in order to get the 50% back you need to have picked the same Avios / cash combination which you can’t do. However, you do it, combining F with J or PE won’t yield a very attractive outcome.

    Anna 458 posts

    You would save a lot on surcharges this way:

    Book outbound in F ex-EU with companion voucher.
    Separately, book inbound at RFS rate with same ratio of avios/cash to outbound.
    Request 50% avios back from BA for the inbound.

    You don’t specify your travel dates – there is a caveat here that someone posted recently that a BA CS told them they will only refund the 50% avios if the inbound was not available when the outbound was booked, and not just because it’s open jaw.

    LittleNick 155 posts

    As above, your proposed itinerary is fine in respect of the IATA fare construction rules, but will totally blow up the fare calculations and the perceived wisdom (and I have no idea if it is correct as some have noted different experiences) is that in order to get the 50% back you need to have picked the same Avios / cash combination which you can’t do. However, you do it, combining F with J or PE won’t yield a very attractive outcome.

    That’s sort of why I wanted to book as two separate trips as not sure the phone agent would give a very attractive figure for the cash element if combining it in one booking unless I possibly returned to original starting location which might yield lower YQ? Not sure why you can’t pick the same avios/cash combination? It would just be max avios option for both.

    You don’t specify your travel dates – there is a caveat here that someone posted recently that a BA CS told them they will only refund the 50% avios if the inbound was not available when the outbound was booked, and not just because it’s open jaw.

    Oh that’s possibly very annoying if refund (50% avios) only applies for the booking where it’s more than 365 days out, as trip would be well within that. Would it be a case of HUACA to get the avios back?

    Anna 458 posts

    Very possibly but just something to be aware of.

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