Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • davedent 44 posts

    The story of my mega miles run MAN-LHR-DOH-AUH-CMB-KUL-CGK-CMB-AUH-CMB-KUL-CGK-KUL-CMB-AUH-DOH-CMB-DOH-AUH-DOH-OSL-LHR-MAN

    flown man-lhr – security at Manchester it usual dreadful self – my hoody was rejected – asked if I packed it myself!
    Escape lounge at terminal 3 its usual grubby self – don’t ever pay to get in.
    The club flight to LHR was great – really good service and left and arrived on time. 40 tp
    LHR-DOHA – fast track was super quick at terminal 4 and the Qatar lounge great.
    Currently in seat 10A q-suite great food and service as ever. no tier points avios flight. Really need to get some sleep.

    iEimis 75 posts

    Watching this with interest! What was the Escape lounge like from a capacity standpoint? I have a PP, wondering if I should reserve or not.

    QwertyKnowsBest 301 posts

    Watching this with interest! What was the Escape lounge like from a capacity standpoint? I have a PP, wondering if I should reserve or not.

    If you really want to use, reserve as the PP no welcome is the de facto, but in my opinion not worth the effort.

    Lady London 2,139 posts

    Can’t wait to see the rest of this. Fare construction would be interesting to know about too.

    AJA 1,129 posts

    Oh wow. That is one hell of a TP run. How many TP does this earn? And how many days is this taking. I too would like to know how much this is costing. Presumably in J. Imagine doing that routing in economy!

    I do hope it all goes smoothly. I will also be following with interest. Not sure I would

    davedent 44 posts

    The escape lounge was nearly empty and they stopped serving food at 7.30pm.
    In the calm space of the Qatar business lounge now – waiting for my only economy flight to AUH. 10 tier points !
    The AUH- CMB – CGK flights in J are usually £700 return and get 560 tp. Srilankan have cancelled numerous legs hence the KUL reroute but CMB- KUL- CGK is 80tp instead of the CMB – CGK which is 140.
    The last AUH – CGK was cancelled so I booked AUH-DOH-CMB with Qatar instead (same price) which gets 400 tp.
    I will still end up as gold so long as there are no more changes.

    davedent 44 posts

    A 35 minute flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi – not sure I would bother with first class – row 3 at the front of economy has more leg room.
    12 hour stop in Abu Dhabi so booked a day hotel ( Novotel £40) .

    Gagravarr 71 posts

    If you haven’t already, do you Indonesia “visa on arrival” online in advance. Same price, queueing for the VoA desk before immigration. Also do the customs declaration online, and print both. Oh, and keep hold of your baggage tags, Indonesia generally wants to match them to your bags before you leave baggage claim

    Malaysian seem to be having some catering issues at the moment, so you might want to plan on eating in the lounge. Beware of the infinitely refilling champagne glasses on Sri Lankan if you have a good crew. And above all, have fun!

    davedent 44 posts

    Thanks for the advice – I have no checked luggage – already done the visa on line – thanks loads tho !

    Gagravarr 71 posts

    Customs declaration is another thing you need to do, as well as the visa. You get a QR Code you show to customs when exiting the baggage hall. https://ecd.beacukai.go.id/

    davedent 44 posts

    Just boarded AUH-CMB 140 TP – reclining seat but I will sleep. The lounge at AUH is one of the worst -roll on the new terminal. Huge queue to get in and the fire alarm sounded for the whole time I was in there. Noise cancelling head phones are amazing.
    Just had the hottest towel ever – still think Oman are the only ones who offer hot/cold choice.

    davedent 44 posts

    Customs declaration is another thing you need to do, as well as the visa. You get a QR Code you show to customs when exiting the baggage hall. https://ecd.beacukai.go.id/

    Thanks for the tip.

    davedent 44 posts

    In the Srilankan lounge at Colombo – great range of food but lounge is a bit past it best.

    davedent 44 posts

    Now completed flight number 6 with Malaysian so in Jakarta.
    MH service wasn’t as good as Srilankan and the seat was smaller but the lounge was pretty impressive.
    Stayed at the SamiSami at KL as a day hotel – this is a really good hotel for the money – even take you in a buggy to the terminal.
    Currently in Raffles in Jakarta – totally beautiful – booked here purely because they have a roast duck station at breakfast.
    TP count 270 so far.

    strickers 718 posts

    Giving me ideas for a retirement present for myself, you’d have to be a special kind of crazy to do this sort of thing so it’s right up my street. Do you mind me asking the £/TP ratio?

    davedent 44 posts

    Giving me ideas for a retirement present for myself, you’d have to be a special kind of crazy to do this sort of thing so it’s right up my street. Do you mind me asking the £/TP ratio?

    If it had been as booked before srilankan cancelled 4 legs it was 0.8 tp/£.

    davedent 44 posts

    In the plaza premium lounge at Jakarta – really quite nice. The back to back at Abu Dhabi is looming tiny bit nervous.

    Gagravarr 71 posts

    Hope you got to enjoy all the fun street art drawn around CGK airport, especially the fire extinguishers? There’s some really good ones!

    The Plaza Premium lounge in CGK does some good cooked-to-order noodle dishes. The bar also does coffee, which is nicer than the stuff from the machine by the dining area

    The Sri Lankan lounge in Colombo has showers, ask at the entry desk. You might want one, and/or a stiff drink, before carrying on!

    Oh, and enjoy the tea menu on board Sri Lankan, they have some really nice ones

    Gagravarr 71 posts

    So, how did the back-to-back in Abu Dhabi, and the return flights, go?

    AJA 1,129 posts

    I’m wondering how this trip is progressing – 3 days now and no news. Do we need to send out a search party?

    tomahawk 71 posts

    I’m not sure I’m understanding this correctly but this looks like 22 flights in (mostly?) business class to get 1500 TP’s at a cost of about 0.8TP/£, so roughly a cost of £1900. Is that right?

    AndyGWP 278 posts

    Busy week for me so only just catching up on all this since seeing the original post in the daily chat thread last week

    Currently in Raffles in Jakarta – totally beautiful – booked here purely because they have a roast duck station at breakfast.

    this made me lol

    How are you getting on @davedent – just 3 days till you finish now isn’t it?

    Omegaman 39 posts

    I’m not sure I’m understanding this correctly but this looks like 22 flights in (mostly?) business class to get 1500 TP’s at a cost of about 0.8TP/£, so roughly a cost of £1900. Is that right?

    Wouldn’t it be £1200 ? Either way a bargain!

    SteveJ 1,000 posts

    I’m wondering how this trip is progressing – 3 days now and no news. Do we need to send out a search party?


    @davedent
    seems to be progressing per their post in yesterday’s chat

    Qatar first short haul is bonkers – shown to your seat and a boarding glass of champagne plus super thick blanket on a 45 minute flight – BA please watch.

    strickers 718 posts

    @Omegaman No, 0.8TP/£ or £1.25/TP, so £1875.

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