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  • Graham-Walsh 61 posts

    So I want to book a trip that I postponed to the US last year and book it for this year. The flights get released in a few days, so I can right up and book the outbound. I’ll then need to ring up in 10+ days time too book the return journey. Will BA just hold the points, cash and 241 element until I book it?

    Or should I wait until 10 days time and book the full journey?

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    SteveJ 974 posts

    You ring and book the outbound using your FTV with bundled 241, then ring and add the return to the same booking, using any left over points/cash in the FTV plus additional (still benefit from 241).

    Graham-Walsh 61 posts

    Thanks @SteveJ

    MajaS 17 posts

    There is also an alternative if you have lots of avios for booking the inbound leg – you can book it yourself on the dot at midnight using the “full” price (as in what you would be paying if you used the 2-4-1) and then ring up the next day, ask them to link it with your outbound flight, and they would credit you half the miles for this inbound flight as they would associate it with the voucher (they make a note on the booking and credit the miles to your account).

    Keely 78 posts

    Hi all , looking to book Costa Rica reward flights for Jan 2023 using 241 but in a voucher so I know I have to call . Am I right in thinking that’s it’s only Exec club phone line that can do this? They open later than other call centres and I’m slightly worried I won’t snag the seats I want ….and I’ll have to do it twice to get the return flights too !

    SteveJ 974 posts

    @Keely yes you need to use Exec Club line, try global lines. Japan works well

    Keely 78 posts

    @Keely yes you need to use Exec Club line, try global lines. Japan works well

    Japan ? I thought there was only a UK line for Exec club?

    Gary 293 posts

    Could one book (non T-355) reward flight for 2 over the internet at full price then ring up to have a FTV containing avios/cash/companion voucher applied to it with relevant components refunded if applicable? Suspect might be a no but thought to check.

    Keely 78 posts

    241 cannot be applied retrospectively.

    SteveJ 974 posts

    @Keely yes you need to use Exec Club line, try global lines. Japan works well

    Japan ? I thought there was only a UK line for Exec club?

    All listed here, just click between countries
    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/contact-executive-club/public/en_gb/About_Country=GB

    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks SteveJ …that’s really useful!

    Keely 78 posts

    Morning ! t-355- if I want to book flights for 15 January, will they be released on 24 Jan at 12 midnight or 25 Jan at 12 midnight ? Thanks

    NorthernLass 7,453 posts

    Keely – you can tell the exact day your flights will be released by doing a dummy booking and checking the latest available date. Then just count forward to your preferred travel date. I normally get it as travel date minus 11, I think, but I do tend to check every day in the week running up to a date I really want to grab!

    Also have a back-up plan. My desired 3 J seats to MIA next December disappeared while I was in the process of making the actual booking but I was ready to start over and pounce on 2 x F and 1 x J to IAD which will do fine for my purposes. (In fact there’s a slight advantage as I can use You First in the case of any problems).

    * Or could be plus 11, I haven’t woken up properly yet 🤣

    • This reply was modified 54 years, 4 months ago by .
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks Anna . Sorry been out all day and there’s no response notification! This is useful.
    I’m fairly flexible on dates but it is compounded by the fact that’s it’s an Evoucher 😩😩. I do need to have a back up plan , just not sure what that would be !

    NorthernLass 7,453 posts

    Might have to be a bit creative as Costa Rica isn’t quite as accessible as mainland US! I think you can connect there fairly easily from the US though, MIA would be a good option, I would guess, or NYC is always my fall back if I want good award availability with lots of options for onward travel, especially to the Caribbean region.

    Keely 78 posts

    Yeah I was thinking Miami . Wouldn’t be the end of the world if I had to add on a few nights there ! Thanks Anna . This will be my first ever long haul Club redemption ! I’ve done loads of short haul CE but we were meant to be going to Singapore in Nov 20 then my husband got ill and then Covid hit …want to make the best use of it 😁

    memesweeper 1,242 posts

    Might have to be a bit creative as Costa Rica isn’t quite as accessible as mainland US!

    They have two internationally connected airports, LIBeria as well as San JOse. I needed a return ‘plan B’ recently and discovered CR is served by a surprising number of US cities.

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    NorthernLass 7,453 posts

    @memesweeper – that was my point! There may be 2 international airports but that pales into comparison to the number in the US from where you can connect.

    • This reply was modified 54 years, 4 months ago by .
    suipedali 13 posts

    Hi all , looking to book Costa Rica reward flights for Jan 2023 using 241 but in a voucher so I know I have to call . Am I right in thinking that’s it’s only Exec club phone line that can do this? They open later than other call centres and I’m slightly worried I won’t snag the seats I want ….and I’ll have to do it twice to get the return flights too !

    I used the “calling from outside the UK” number, yesterday (Friday) and got through in less than 2 minutes. I used a 2-4-1 that was packaged up within a FTV. I thought I’d get another FTV as there were Avios and a Tax Credit left over. To my surprise they refunded both Avios and Tax Credit. I got the distinct impression from the super-efficient woman who dealt with me that they have the ability to do this for you. Alternatively I may have just got lucky.

    SteveJ 974 posts

    Hi all , looking to book Costa Rica reward flights for Jan 2023 using 241 but in a voucher so I know I have to call . Am I right in thinking that’s it’s only Exec club phone line that can do this? They open later than other call centres and I’m slightly worried I won’t snag the seats I want ….and I’ll have to do it twice to get the return flights too !

    I used the “calling from outside the UK” number, yesterday (Friday) and got through in less than 2 minutes. I used a 2-4-1 that was packaged up within a FTV. I thought I’d get another FTV as there were Avios and a Tax Credit left over. To my surprise they refunded both Avios and Tax Credit. I got the distinct impression from the super-efficient woman who dealt with me that they have the ability to do this for you. Alternatively I may have just got lucky.

    That’s the norm. When you use a FTV any residual is refunded.

    pauline 43 posts

    I think BA only fly to Costa Rica Tuesday Thursday and Saturday so 15th January (Sunday) may not be possible

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    Keely 78 posts

    @pauline you’re right- I realised this later . Have moved my dates around so that I take less leave so now looking slightly later in Jan . Still checking availability daily 😬

    myarnall 5 posts

    @suipedali which number did you mean by the “calling from outside the UK” number” (this one? (0) 207 949 3086) – surely the UK call centre is shut at that time?

    SteveJ 974 posts
    SteveJ 974 posts

    @suipedali which number did you mean by the “calling from outside the UK” number” (this one? (0) 207 949 3086) – surely the UK call centre is shut at that time?


    @myarnall
    see this post up thread

    All listed here, just click between countries
    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/contact-executive-club/public/en_gb/About_Country=GB

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