Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • valueflyer 1 post

    Hi everyone,

    A close friend, BA staff,has offered to check friends and family rates via their hotline for flights. Does anyone know if these are a particular bucket or have further info? I don’t want to inconvenience him if I can check stock etc myself.

    I have 2 small kids so any saving during school holidays would be great.

    Any advice or guidance welcome.

    Thanks

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,286 posts

    Rhys may well know, he has access to them via a friend. Will nudge him on Tuesday.

    ATP 61 posts

    Hotline tickets book into the lowest fare category in each class. In short, they are not upgradable with avios. They still warn avios/TPS however. I believe you can still upgrade using cash.

    In my experience, the discount will vary wildly.

    I am conscious about putting too much info online, but feel free to ask Rob to pass my email on if you need anything further.

    Michael C 677 posts

    I also have access, and can confirm ATP’s wise words!
    Almost unforeseeable discounts as to where and when!
    No Avios upgrade.
    No HBO: even lowest fares include suitcase.
    Sometimes DO have ok one-way fares (either inbound or outbound)

    Long and short is, your friend will have to kindly check for you!

    ATP 61 posts

    Yes Michael C makes an excellent point! No HBO fares means often the fare quoted on ba.com for HBO will include checked luggage via Hotline. One of the best benefits I think.

    Mighty Hunter 36 posts

    It’s very variable. Best discounts are often domestics, particularly one-way where commercial price is ridiculous.

    Recently booked two 5 night euro breaks in J to get the double tier points, both times the hotline flight + hotel was significantly more expensive than the BA holiday price.

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