Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: BA Holidays Double Points offer – MASTER THREAD
    achoogirl

    Does this offer work if you do miles for upgrade too? Thanks

    in reply to: Which IC hotel in the new ad?!
    achoogirl

    What kind of room did you book? looks to be a very expensive/busy weekend in Paris!

    It’s fashion week so everything is booked. I actually wanted to stay in Kimpton but they had been booked for weeks.

    I booked a premium King

    in reply to: Which IC hotel in the new ad?!
    achoogirl

    I’m here now and it’s lovely. Nice big room and Byredo products. Didn’t get my upgrade as full but 10000 points compensation.

    in reply to: Is it possible to get Gold in one trip?
    achoogirl

    Thank you. Assume that hotel/car hire doesn’t need to be in the same city to qualify. Just as long as you book 5 nights somewhere?

    achoogirl

    Mine still shows Dec 22 although I’m only Plat Elite not Diamond.

    in reply to: Reward flight ex-EU return
    achoogirl

    Ex-EU produces big savings on cash tickets because the BA fares/surcharges are much lower, but for Avios redemptions, while you take off c. £180 APD, the surcharges are often not very different and the original question was about redemption tickets.

    Mine is a redemption ticket and I did read the question. Rather than pay over £840 taxes and charges I paid under £300. My flight to Dublin is £95 – so as I said saving is worth it for me and it is an open jaw.

    If you only paid less than £300 cash, how many Avios did you pay as it looks as though you may have part paid Avios rather than cash for some of the charges? I’m interested as I can’t seem to get that answer. From Dublin or Shannon the cash fares to the US are interesting and you get pre clearance so improves the journey time. The outbound DUB-LHR-NYC adds a huge amount of journey time, forgetting LON-DUB and allowing enough connection time.

    115k Avios Business Off Peak.

    in reply to: Reward flight ex-EU return
    achoogirl

    Ex-EU produces big savings on cash tickets because the BA fares/surcharges are much lower, but for Avios redemptions, while you take off c. £180 APD, the surcharges are often not very different and the original question was about redemption tickets.

    Mine is a redemption ticket and I did read the question. Rather than pay over £840 taxes and charges I paid under £300. My flight to Dublin is £95 – so as I said saving is worth it for me and it is an open jaw.

    in reply to: Reward flight ex-EU return
    achoogirl

    I’m doing this later this week. Just book the return leg for where you want to end up. It’s called an open jaw. I’m doing DUB – LHR – JFK EWR – LHR. Savings are really quite extraordinary

    in reply to: Great savings via Dublin
    achoogirl

    Just to follow up on this. My flight from DUB is 13:00. Would you risk flying out from LOn to Dublin in the morning or play it safe and go the night before? Even with accommodation it’s still cheaper than flying from LHR.

    I’ve done ex DUB trips for several years and have saved significant amounts doing so. I would say that if you are a risk-averse person then go for the overnight option even though the odds are that you’ll make a 1300 hrs connection from an early same-day flight to Dublin. My own rule of thumb is that I’m comfortable connecting the same day if the ex DUB flight is after 1400 hrs (my start point is MAN not LHR) and that approach has never resulted in me missing my flight. What I never do is take the last available connection because I want there to be a back up if unforeseen problems arise.

    Ultimately, I think that if you have the time to spare on going the day before and will feel more comfortable about it all that’s what you should do.

    Thanks. I think I’ll go night before for peace of mind!!

    in reply to: Great savings via Dublin
    achoogirl

    Just to follow up on this. My flight from DUB is 13:00. Would you risk flying out from LOn to Dublin in the morning or play it safe and go the night before? Even with accommodation it’s still cheaper than flying from LHR.

    in reply to: Great savings via Dublin
    achoogirl

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve just booked DUB -LHR -JFK. Then EWR -LHR for £300 tax in business. A huge saving. Even the woman in the phone said taxes and charges from London were madness

    in reply to: Problems booking redemption on Virgin
    achoogirl

    Hi

    I think it’s just Virgin’s website being poor. If you search separately it only shows economy and premium economy coming back.

    Weirdly their website shows all classes if you search in economy but not the other way round.

    So do the search again for economy (I assume you’re searching upper class) and that should show you what is actually available in all classes.

    If that isn’t your issue then I’m out of ideas.

    Thanks their website is shocking. I searched for UC using cash then view the points calendar that shows availability 85k miles plus tax. I’ll try to do it the way you suggest. Thanks.

    in reply to: Problems booking redemption on Virgin
    achoogirl

    Thank you. Flying to New York 22/23 June. Coming back 2/3/4 July

    Thanks.

    in reply to: Can I use Avios to upgrade a BA Holiday booking?
    achoogirl

    Yes, you can do it. I have first-hand experience of this from a trip earlier in the year. I did the holiday booking online, selecting flight for which I knew there was plenty of redemption availability in Club World, and then immediately phoned to do the UuA upgrade. I don’t think I was able to do the upgrade online, at least not immediately after booking.

    Note there is some risk attached to that in that the redemption availability could have been snapped up in between. If you are travelling after 30th September when Book with Confidence ceases to apply it may be better to phone them to make the booking and upgrade at the same time.

    They will add the additional taxes and fees to the holiday balance.

    Good to know. I asked when on the phone to BA a few weeks back and they said now. May have been because calls were diverted to the Avios team. Am sure I’ve done this in the past so good to know you’ve done it

    in reply to: RFS to Lisbon is it good value?
    achoogirl

    When exactly are you travelling?

    If you value Avios at 1p then that works out to be £401 including the taxes.

    Looking at Google flights BA is charging between £526 and £554 return to fly between 17 and 22 May so 40k Avios +£1 is quite a saving.

    I suspect that paying more cash and fewer Avios is a better option. Try to go for the option where taxes are around £50, Avios should drop to below 30k which would be around £350 in total.

    Edit I see you posted the options and indeed the £50 + 27k Avios works out at £320. That said the highest cash and lowest Avios is strangely best value.

    But if you’ve got lots of Avios earned for free through flying on business then you may be happy to burn 40k

    Thanks. That’s amazing. I’ll go for the £50 option. I do have ‘free miles’ but with business travel still off for my org at the moment keen for keep as many back for transatlantic!!

    in reply to: RFS to Lisbon is it good value?
    achoogirl

    I assume this is return and in club? Usually paying a slightly higher cash amount and less avios works out the best value per avios are you able to give us the 4 other options it shows?

    Thanks:

    38500 Avios + £ 9.00
    30000 Avios + £ 35.00
    27000 Avios + £ 50.00
    20000 Avios + £ 115.00
    16000 Avios + £ 145.00

    I think Rob did an analysis once of the value of the different payment options – usually the standard RFS is the best. If you’ve got an option to stop over in Madrid that’s probably going to involve Iberia or another carrier at some point so the surcharges might be different.

    I think Rob did an analysis once of the value of the different payment options – usually the standard RFS is the best. If you’ve got an option to stop over in Madrid that’s probably going to involve Iberia or another carrier at some point so the surcharges might be different.

    Thanks I think he did but for the life of me can’t find it. I’ll grab a coffee and have another look!

    in reply to: RFS to Lisbon is it good value?
    achoogirl

    I assume this is return and in club? Usually paying a slightly higher cash amount and less avios works out the best value per avios are you able to give us the 4 other options it shows?

    Thanks:

    38500 Avios + £ 9.00
    30000 Avios + £ 35.00
    27000 Avios + £ 50.00
    20000 Avios + £ 115.00
    16000 Avios + £ 145.00

    in reply to: British Airways have closed their sales line
    achoogirl

    I think you may have understood the phone message / difficulty on getting through / being cut off.

    If BA had really closed the lines full stop then merry hell would have errupted on flyer talk but there is nothing there on this issue.

    I haven’t misunderstood. BA are prioritising customer service calls so Exec Club and BA holidays sales closed for a few weeks. This was also confirmed when I got through on the phone. This was from yesterday

    in reply to: British Airways have closed their sales line
    achoogirl

    Also, what message are you getting from exec club? Are they sending all the staff to airports to deal with the chaos?!

    . Looks that way. I’m just staggered at the lack of joined up thinking across the brand. They are running a promotion and can’t fulfil basic queries on the phone.

    I’m off to New York so fingers crossed I’ll be able to upgrade

    in reply to: British Airways have closed their sales line
    achoogirl

    just keep calling until you can get through.

    g

    They’ve closed the lines for Exec Club and also sales for a few weeks!

    in reply to: What am I doing wrong? Miles for Upgrade?
    achoogirl

    You are far more likely to get CW to NYC than MIA. The RFS options will show up when you make the booking, you’re looking at 35k avios and £75 each MIA to LHR for economy, a bit more for PE.

    It’s a very long way to go for a few days though, I would think NYC would have many more options than MIA for a short break. If you want a few days in the sun I’d be looking at Canaries or somewhere like Egypt.

    Thank you. I once did a Wednesday- Saturday return to Mumbai! I’m flexible around length of stay just need to get daughter back in school 21st Feb. I know NY well and love it there so suspect that’s where we will end up. I also have Virgin Miles but jeez their website is terrible

    in reply to: What am I doing wrong? Miles for Upgrade?
    achoogirl

    What exact dates are you looking at? There’s very little CW availability for MIA around half term, unsurprisingly as it’s a very popular route. It’s also going to be expensive for cash. Without a 241 you’ll have to be creative with your avios. One option would be to book outbound to NYC in business, get a connecting flight to MIA, then return from MIA using the RFS options. If you found off peak dates this would cost about 160k avios plus the taxes/surcharges.

    I was thinking of flying out Tuesday and back Sunday. I like the NY idea thanks. I didn’t realise I could do RFS long haul will take a look.

    in reply to: What am I doing wrong? Miles for Upgrade?
    achoogirl

    You guys are so helpful thank you. I haven’t travelled in the back of a plane for years (business travel has spoiled me) and even though financially it makes sense I cannot do it 😀. I may try LHR to MIAMI and fly back from NY see if that’s feasible as a return.

    in reply to: What am I doing wrong? Miles for Upgrade?
    achoogirl

    Apologies my brain is a bit fried from hours on the BA site. My overall aim is to get away die half term. Ideally Miami (warm) or could do New York. I want to fly in Business with my daughter. I have c 200k Avios. I am trying combinations of using miles to upgrade and just standard miles searches. The cash price for PE seems to be the highest PE fare being quoted so in my example £4K plus 125k miles. Hope this makes sense. I’ve also read on here is might be cheaper to fly from Madrid or Paris as taxes and charges are cheaper. Hope this makes sense

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