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  • WoodyYork 29 posts

    This question may be answered somewhere already, but I can’t find it specifically answered right now.

    I’m travelling from the North of England to Tokyo next Easter with a family of 5. For various reason (a very long story, in part due to the glitch the other day with tickets not being released as expected at 1am) we have secured tickets to fly from Madrid to Tokyo at the start of the Easter holidays. I have to say, I’m chuffed to have got 5 economy tickets for 119,000 avios + £361 (I had one companion voucher), even if I’ll need to book a flight out from Manchester to Madrid.

    My question is this: In a couple of weeks time, I’ll be looking to secure inbound tickets. I’m aware that I can add an inbound flight and claim back avios due to the CV used on the outbound flight. Does that still apply if I managed to secure tickets from Tokyo to Manchester (via LHR)? i.e. can a companion voucher be used on a return flight to a different city?

    NorthernLass 8,270 posts

    This is certainly covered elsewhere – read up on open jaw bookings and the usual articles and threads on avios plus 241.

    But in a nutshell, you can get BA to add your return to MAN on your inbound so you can get your luggage checked through on the return. This will be free if you are flying on a BA flight, otherwise you’ll be charged the relevant avios and fees.

    WoodyYork 29 posts

    Thanks! I’ve read up on open jaw bookings, but most articles only reference travelling back from a different airport, rather than to a different destination airport.

    That’s great to know it can be done (if I can secure the tickets).

    NorthernLass 8,270 posts

    It works both ways. In the threads you see a lot of examples of people starting outside the U.K. to avoid high surcharges, but returning to the U.K. I’m doing this in November, DUB-LHR-MEX in F then returning MEX-LHR-MAN in CW. It was £600 less than BA’s F surcharges from the U.K.!

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