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  • alig4th 322 posts

    Grateful for anyone who can explain why this is or possibly what I’m doing wrong…

    Looking to book off peak returns to Barcelona as a family in CE.

    If just looking to book with Avios, price options include:
    – 40,000 Avios + £1 per adult, 4,000 + £1 infant
    – 27,000 + £50 per adult/child, 2,700 + £5.90 infant

    So far so logical (about 10% using RFS pricing).

    However, when using a 241, it changes to:
    – 0/£50 adult (*2), 27,000/£50 for child, but 2,700/£37.17 for the infant.

    Why is it an extra £30 in taxes for the infant when adults/child remain RFS pricing? Am I doing something wrong?

    I mean, I’m also surprised the 241 gets the 2 adults free (saving 54,000) rather than child and infant (saving only 29,700), so I should probably just take the £30 hit, I’m just interested more then anything else…

    NorthernLass 8,065 posts

    With the 241 you only get the old-style RFS pricing option so it’s probably to do with that.

    alig4th 322 posts

    With the 241 you only get the old-style RFS pricing option so it’s probably to do with that.

    But the old-style RFS is still an option (£50) alongside the £1 tax option when just using Avios…

    And this £50 option is what we’re paying with the 241 for the adults, so why is it only the infant taxes that change (and by 700%)?

    NorthernLass 8,065 posts

    You get various options when booking an avios flight without the 241, including the old pricing. With the 241 you ONLY get the old pricing – this has been known for some time. BA sets the cash element on all these fares and who knows what logic they use?!
    How many of you are travelling? If you’re that bothered about the difference in tax you could book 1 adult and the child with the 241, then the other adult plus infant separately and get the lower cash rate.

    alig4th 322 posts

    You get various options when booking an avios flight without the 241, including the old pricing. With the 241 you ONLY get the old pricing – this has been known for some time. BA sets the cash element on all these fares and who knows what logic they use?!
    How many of you are travelling? If you’re that bothered about the difference in tax you could book 1 adult and the child with the 241, then the other adult plus infant separately and get the lower cash rate.

    Yeah, I have known this for some time, which is why I was surprised to see the tax element of a old Avios pricing (using the voucher, i.e. £50 for adults) so different than the tax element of the same optional pricing point (i.e. at the old £50 tax level for adults) for effectively the same infant fare. If, as you say, there’s no known rhyme or reason to BA’s pricing on this, that’s fine.

    And I have priced it up in multiple combinations of booking, taking into account Barclays vouchers in the mix and how we’d arrange future travel (e.g. not being able to mix old and new 241s)… my spreadsheet is a work of art if I do say so myself

    aseftel 272 posts

    I just tried pricing up a BCY CE trip with an infant and using a (new Amex) 241 and I get £5.90 for the infant when I select £50 for the adults.

    alig4th 322 posts

    I just tried pricing up a BCY CE trip with an infant and using a (new Amex) 241 and I get £5.90 for the infant when I select £50 for the adults.

    Oh yeah, just tried to do same booking with old 241 and new 241. As you say, different prices. How strange

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