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  • ratiom 11 posts

    I’m prepping to book SYD-LHR avios flights next week. I did a dummy booking for two CW seats this morning – to my surprise the cost is 380k avios + £591 for an off-peak date (24th Jan 2025). I was expecting 290k avios (145k each in off peak). This is a bit of a shock. I’ve already booked the outbounds to SIN, so am in a bit of a bind as I don’t have 90k spare avios knocking about at this time.
    Has anyone seen similar bumps in avios prices recently, or could it be a pricing glitch that might come down? The avios price to SIN when I booked last week was as I expected from the “How many avios do I need to fly to…” chart (110k each)
    Understandably, I’m not super-keen on buying avios for this. TIA

    JDB 4,643 posts

    You have maybe chosen a different Avios/cash mix – higher Avios but less cash. The ‘base’ for want of a better term is 145k/170k off peak/peak + £375 each way.

    ratiom 11 posts

    Thanks JDB. My understanding of the avios/cash ratios is that 145k is the “max avios” off-peak rate for this route, and it was the top rung of the avios/cash ladder I was looking at when doing the dummy booking.
    I’m thinking now that BA offer a “direct” SYD-LHR route (which is already sold) and another option consisting of BA16 and BA12 (which I am looking at now). It may be the case that this split option is more expensive.
    It could be a blessing in disguise anyway. I looked at Qatar reward flight availability for the first time in a long time and there are 90k avios J seats available from BNE to LHR on the same day so fingers crossed that the same are available next week!

    Froggee 985 posts

    Search for one seat on 14 February. You get two different prices depending on whether you’re on BA16 or BA12 from Singapore.

    145000 Avios + £ 328.76 “non stop”

    190000 Avios + £ 295.87 “one stop”.

    So it is the split option as you thought.

    Good luck nailing down BA16.

    ratiom 11 posts

    Thanks for verifying that @Froggee

    truthbetold 155 posts

    Taking a break in Singapore makes for a much better journey. Even in CW

    JDB 4,643 posts

    Taking a break in Singapore makes for a much better journey. Even in CW

    On this very long route, transiting or stopping over in Doha makes for an even better journey. The two BA sectors are also both overnight flights with the arrival in Australia around 6am which isn’t a good start to the trip in my book, even if it saves the cost of one hotel night.

    Having had two vastly superior flights, arriving late afternoon/early evening, dinner and sleeping in a real bed makes a huge difference to the whole trip.

    Skgwho 14 posts

    The BA avios charges to Syd are ridic. The split flights are more expensive (think they are charged as two individual flights). The Qatar redemption, so long as you are happy coming back off peak, makes a heck of a lot of sense!

    AFKAE 151 posts

    I just thought I’d start doing some preparation for LHR-SYD outbound using a companion voucher. I thought at midnight tonight it would click over to 27/1/25.

    I went on line to look at th screens in readiness to see quite a bit of availability 13 Jan, 20 Jan and 25 Jan.

    On 13 Jan which I booked there were 5 Club World seats available. Hope when it comes to doing the return it’s as straightforward!

    HughR 22 posts

    I have got a vaguely related question! Thinking of booking LHR > SYD Return for 2 people using companion voucher. There is currently availability for the dates I am looking at but only about 70% sure we can go, so very good chance we will need to cancel, but tempted to grab b the seats whilst they are available!

    I think the cancellation fee £35 per person per flight, so think it will cost me £140 to cancel if we book then change our minds. However I am wondering if it might be more than this! Does both BA15 count as one flight or 2? On return flight I have an option dependent on date of BA16 right through (which as noted above is fewer Avios) or BA12/BA16 mix. Are these going to attract different cancellation fees?

    NorthernLass 8,248 posts

    It’s £35 pp, per booking (so each separate PNR), regardless of how many sectors there are in the booking.

    HughR 22 posts

    It’s £35 pp, per booking (so each separate PNR), regardless of how many sectors there are in the booking.

    Thanks that’s good to know! Sorry, for a follow up question (I should know this as I have cancelled flights before but I can’t remember) Is that £35 per booking each way or just literally per booking? So it is £70 to cancel 2 people return or £140?

    Whisper2 42 posts

    Just £70 to cancel 2 people return.

    HughR 22 posts

    Just £70 to cancel 2 people return.

    Thanks

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