Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • AL 631 posts

    So you can book a connecting itinerary with points on EI + VS?

    I’ve only ever seen points bookings on JV airlines (usually DL), so if this is as it seems, it opens up VS burning on OW… They have long let you book BA/EI on rev, of course, because they need the feeder traffic.

    AL 631 posts

    How were they routing ex-DUB? BA/EI back to LHR?

    in reply to: Upgrading cash flights with VS miles
    AL 631 posts

    (1) Yes. If you use a voucher, then they’ll keep the other half of the voucher on account. Pricing for miles only is on the website and is return pricing, so simply half it. Taxes will be a little over fifty per cent one way versus return.

    (2) Yes. You have a variety of options. If you have enough miles and want to do it all, then you can do that. Or, you can have him transfer or gift them to you (one way incurs a small fee – forgotten which) via the website.

    in reply to: Best way to get to Virgin Upper Class Wing?
    AL 631 posts

    You’ve long been unofficially able to do it – a quick word with the Gold line was usually all that was needed, but they did occasionally refuse if it was peak season or they had multiple VVIPs in.

    in reply to: Double points promo
    AL 631 posts

    It also works with PPM, which means this is a points multiplier in some circumstances – pay the lowest amount in cash. Nice easy earner – and a relaxing sleep each way 🙂

    Sadly, status multipliers don’t apply 🙁

    in reply to: Best way to get to Virgin Upper Class Wing?
    AL 631 posts

    As a regular there, get a black cab from outside T3 or your hotel – T3 to Wing price in Uber is regularly in excess of £35, which I balk at, when it’s a third of that (minus the fiver fee) in a black cab.

    As an aside, UC Wing has been updated – a bit more spacious and new scanners 🙂

    in reply to: ‘Missing’ credit card voucher – datapoint
    AL 631 posts

    +1 to checking. They are known to issue vouchers around, but not necessarily after, a spending threshold has been hit. And I have chased up missing Gold renewal vouchers before now, and done quite well out of that…

    Always worth keeping an eye on these things.

    AL 631 posts

    Operating carrier’s policies apply – the fact you paid with Virgin Points is moot, although if you have SkyTeam status, you may get baggage perks through that. The link above has all you need to know.

    in reply to: Understanding SkyTeam booking process
    AL 631 posts

    wheretocredit.com will give you a good idea of what to do. Generally, an airline’s own FF scheme is going to give you the maximum reward available, but it’s then all to play for after that. The website above lets you compare, for a given bucket and airline, where to credit.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 18th July
    AL 631 posts

    This is a surprise positive: https://grind.co.uk/blogs/features/british-airways

    Grind isn’t bad coffee, actually. But didn’t they used to have Union in the Lounge?

    Grind’s alright – been a customer since the days of Shoreditch Grind opened. I remember the days we had a Grind in our offices. Union is, quite frankly, crap – bitter, possibly burned, beans. I presume that, if Grind goes well in the sky, they’ll be being tapped up to increase production for lounge supply, too.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 18th July
    AL 631 posts
    in reply to: Shanghai flights cancelled
    AL 631 posts

    For Korean/Asiana to happen, VS needs to keep Seoul (and will be strongly pushed to by Korean). The slots are coming from Korean, so they just need a frame to continue to plan running that route. I suspect that the dropping of PVG means that India routes that increase in frequency from end Oct. now have an airframe.

    Re: carrier, suspect SkyTeam member, so China Eastern likely. Default option is likely to be a refund, but I suspect they will be amenable to rebooking on to MU without much push. Non-Sky members, though, might need a bit of a push…

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 17th July
    AL 631 posts

    Haven’t yet seen it mentioned (unless I’m blind), but MR to EK going from 1:1 to 4:3 however MR to QR going to 1:1 from 3:2, probably to bring it in line with BA’s 1:1 given QR now use Avios.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 10th July
    AL 631 posts

    On BAEC TP collections…

    My TP collection year end is 8 Dec, and I will renew status by the end of July. I am expecting a TP reset in December, and then any TPs I have accrued from April 1 to March 31 ’25 to be totalled up and dropped in to my account for the following year. I assume, then, that my status renewal at the end of July grants me benefits for the following year. By the time it gets to March of next year, I will likely have earned enough to renew again, so does that renew my status for the new-style year from April onward?

    AL 631 posts

    Thanks both for all your help. Does anyone know what the typical points or cash price is from economy to economy delight – there is no PE or Upper available on our outbound leg so we have had to book economy for now

    Given that Y rewards book in to A, and they only book them as Economy Classic, you may find points redemptions are either unavailable or are not good value. But they should be able to give you a price to move in to Economy Delight – you’ll probably need to give them a call. If you’re unlucky, it’ll involve rebooking, which might incur some cost.

    in reply to: Able to bid for upgrade despite sold out cabin
    AL 631 posts

    The bidding system knows when a flight is truly sold out – and will tell you. It may well be that they’ve still got reward inventory but will flip it for sale if they get close, haven’t sold and have bids waiting.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 10th July
    AL 631 posts

    For what it’s worth, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed BA CityFlyer’s appeal so staff sickness cannot be considered ‘extraordinary circumstances’. That doesn’t change the previous position, but confirms the matter for UK courts, now obliged to apply the Supreme Court judgment.

    https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2021-0098-press-summary.pdf and https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2021-0098-judgment.pdf for anyone who wishes to read the summary and judgemente.

    AL 631 posts

    VS waive the fee. If you’ve been charged it, @MC, give them a call and ask them to check it out – Swansea’s probably best.

    in reply to: Partially used Virgin Atlantic voucher
    AL 631 posts

    In short, you can trade your whole credit card voucher for a Clubhouse pass for one person only, when travelling on a VS/DL/AF/KL-operated service as long as you are Silver or Gold. No guests. Golds get two passes, but Golds don’t usually redeem against Clubhouse access, anyway.

    Your partially-used credit card voucher is really only valid as a companion or upgrade voucher. As a companion voucher, it is valid for one passenger, one way for no points (unless you’re Red and booking in to Upper, in which case you’ll need 50% of the points required, as well). As an upgrade voucher, it’ll get you an upgrade to the next cabin (booking in to P or G for Premium and Upper respectively) one-way on a VS-operated service.

    AL 631 posts

    For clarity: you can do it via live chat – if there are agents free, the option will appear – but it is just as fast, if not quicker, as @davefl says, to do it by ‘phone.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 1st July
    AL 631 posts

    My own personal redemption record has just been beaten: LHR VS BOM P to G for 12,000 plus £153. If we assume 0.88p (per sale), then that’s £258.60. I might start doing some TP runs to India at this rate.

    in reply to: Upgrading requires availability in both cabins?
    AL 631 posts

    As an aside, if you’re doing a multi-cabin hop (e.g. Y to J, which BA doesn’t support), then you do need P and G availability – it isn’t sufficient to just have G.

    in reply to: Upgrading requires availability in both cabins?
    AL 631 posts

    The rule of thumb, if you’re given a non-answer, is to call back during UK hours and get Swansea. On the off chance you are scrambling for availability (e.g. to the Maldives), book it to keep it, feel free to ask here and then call back and they can re-calculate.

    in reply to: Tier points on Delta
    AL 631 posts

    Yes but it’s pathetic. A $280 DL flight from ORD to SEA in standard economy got me a whacking 1379 VS points and a whole 5 TP. (and that’s as VS Gold)

    Indeed. I used to single-ticket with DL sectors, but no longer do, and use my BA Gold to earn on AA instead.

    in reply to: Tier points on Delta
    AL 631 posts

    The table at https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/partner-airlines/skyteam/delta.html covers it. Since VS is part of the DLAFKL JV, then the fact that the flight has a VS number makes no difference. It would only be a concern if you were flying a native VS partner, such as Indigo, where only VS-numbered flights accrue credit.

    Note that a DL-earned TP (or, indeed, any non-VS-earned TP) does not count toward lifetime TP count.

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