Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: BA105 and BA109 – both Club Suites?
    Biki 117 posts

    I tend to use the seat alerts app by expert flyer, as you can do a dummy alert for a flight and will show the map for a particular flight and day

    Biki 117 posts

    We don’t know the full nature of the alleged misdemeanour here but if the collection of loyalty miles isn’t expressly forbidden by company policy, I suspect the underlying issue may be the use of Avios to reduce the cash price of a ticket for business travel while the full price (pre discount) has been submitted for reimbursement. Although it sounds petty (and it is in the grand scheme of things), I can imagine many employers would be miffed to find that their employee has part paid with loyalty points but wants a full refund of the purchase in cash, effectively selling loyalty points to their employer for cash. The fact that points have no legal cash value is an aggravating factor, on paper it’s like selling Monopoly money in exchange for legal tender. On top of all this, some or all of the points used have been earned on business travel at no direct cost to the employee, taken in aggregate the optics of this are poor it can come across as fiddling expenses. If I were presented with this opportunity, I’d ensure I pay fully in cash and submit a claim for the same cash amount.

    In the original post they say it was to reduce the cost of a personal flight, which i took that to mean that it was not a business related flight. If it was then i could see how they would be a bit upset!

    Biki 117 posts

    I’ve always understood that airline loyalty points actually belong to the airline and are accrued to the frequent flyer account of the passenger that actually takes a flight regardless of who paid for the flight as companies cannot be individual members of airline frequent flyer schemes (certainly true of BAEC).

    So using Avios earned on flying on business for your employer for your own personal holiday is perfectly legitimate (in the UK anyway). I have never known any UK employer to insist that Avios earned on flights paid for by a business can only be used for future company business flights.

    The only “points” that belong to a business are those earned via BA’s On Business scheme. I could see using On Business points for a personal flight would be frowned upon.

    Might be reason enough to NOT provide a FF# at the time of booking, retain boarding passes and manually claim post-trip.

    I was thinking this. They may be able to see the BAEC number if it is added before the flight is taken, but they shouldn’t be able to if it is added on at check-in or claimed after?

    Biki 117 posts

    I flew to Barbados in January from Gatwick and it was a refurbished 777 with good in flight entertainment and seemed in a really good condition. On the return I flew back to Heathrow on a tatty old 777, with the arm rest falling apart, crackling noise and knackered screen on the entertainment…

    Biki 117 posts

    I’m not 100% sure on this but the usual rule is that you can only upgrade by one class which would mean from economy to premium. I think to change your return to CW you might need to cancel and rebook (and risk the seats not going back into the inventory).
    For the extra availability you need to call or ask someone with a new-style voucher to search for you. There’s also a way to search for I class inventory but I can’t remember how this works – maybe on ITA matrix?

    That’s only for upgrades to cash bookings I think? On a points booking you can just pay the admin fee and change to whatever is available as far as I know.

    If the OP says what dates they are after then maybe someone on here with a new style voucher can take a look

    Biki 117 posts

    It seems that both credit, from what others have said on here

    in reply to: BA Shopping taking ages to credit points
    Biki 117 posts

    If the rates are on par I would always go with TCB, once it pays out that is that, no chance of them being taken back months or even years down the line like the BA portal. Missing transactions are dealt with better too from my experience.

    It’s a shame they haven’t had a 25% boost to BAEC for a few years now.

    Yep I agree, I always choose TCB over BA shopping portal, even if the earning rate is slightly worse, as had too many reversals with BA. I’ve been waiting ages for a BA conversion bonus from TCB though!!

    in reply to: BA Shopping taking ages to credit points
    Biki 117 posts

    Yeah we purchase a lot of computers from Dell so add the points here as well as hotels.com

    I understand hotels.com take a while but since Dell went from Speedy to normal they have not credited me any points.

    With regards to the removal I lost 20% of my points from Dell as they credited with VAT to begin with which was incorrect so they took 20%.

    Have earnt close to 200k airmiles from BA shopping before the pending ones. I wonder if I am on a watch list

    Maybe it’s also worth using TCB and then converting to avios from there? I’m not sure how the % compares to the BA shopping portal, but sharing it out so you don’t raise any flags might be worth while

    in reply to: New £300 Platinum dining credit July 2022
    Biki 117 posts

    Anyone got recommendations for Madrid on AMEX. Went through the reviews of each and every one the other night and none jumped out at me.

    I went to Amazonico in 2019 and really enjoyed it.

    in reply to: Dubai Feb upgrades
    Biki 117 posts

    I didn’t get an upgrade at GH booked BA holiday December. I have gold through platinum Amex and let them know in advance. The room was fine anyway and ended up getting upgraded to a suite after 2 nights due to a dodgy air con fan keeping me up all night!

    in reply to: Amex Nando’s cashback offer
    Biki 117 posts

    I’d like to think it would credit, but a transaction in Leon at Euston failed to track recently.
    It’s ages since I’ve been to a Nando’s, but in a rush tomorrow at the O2. I assume the alternative is ordering on screens like McDonalds.

    Euston and some of the other Leon’s transport hubs appear to be a franchise or something, as they come up with a different company name whenever i’ve used them.

    in reply to: Dubai virgin – best Hilton hotel option?
    Biki 117 posts

    ove individual beds and you won’t get

    We went over to LRM one of the days and it wasn’t too bad finding a sun lounger at around 11am, and probably still could have found seats after that. However, we liked GH a bit more, as its a smaller and quieter area by the pool, plus they bring over water, orange juice and melon when you first sit down, then usually little ice lollies later on. At LRM they didn’t bring over water etc., but did bring an ice lolly. another downside were and were a few kids running about maing a bit of noise (although not too bad).

    The only down side at GH is that you’re in shade from around 1.30-2.30 onwards (depending if you use tower 1 or 2 pool). It’s worth trying out both GH and LRM if you have time though.

    in reply to: Dubai virgin – best Hilton hotel option?
    Biki 117 posts

    still offered by the time we travel! I can’t find any specific details in the booking

    I just looked back at my booking and it didn’t mentionyhting in the email, but the hotel voucher which BA normally say to print off and take to the hotel confimred it was Half Board. The hotel were really responsive and sent pdf’s of all of the set menus in advance, plus added on my membership number (although it didn’t really get much extra, apart from managing to get a 3pm check out) their email address is grosvenorhouse.concierge@marriott.com if you want to contact them.

    in reply to: Dubai virgin – best Hilton hotel option?
    Biki 117 posts

    I realise this has moved a bit from HH but don’t think it’s worth starting a new thread – just booked Grosvenor House for December via BA Holidays as half board is included at the moment. Works out about £280 pn which feels like decent value as I’m only Bonvoy gold so wouldn’t get free breakfast. I’ll pay for it using the bonus avios BAPP offer as well.

    We were there in December and really enjoyed it. The half board deal really is a good deal, as you’d easily spend £100+ on a meal for 2 without drinks. The half board includes a set menu at most places (except for the buffet at Sloanes of course) or you can use the credit toward the main menu. we stuck with the set menu and enjoyed all of them! particularly liked Bushra & Toro Toro at GH, and Maya & Zengo at LRM.

    Biki 117 posts

    @dougzz99 Interested in how you achieved gold on 3-5k spend. Are you able to share more detail?

    Depending on how willing you are to take indirect routes you can get extra points pretty easily. For instance, Budapest-London-New York-LA-Hawaii and back in club is about 60% of the way there for around £1,600 to £2,200, depending on dates. There’s more convoluted routes too if you’re a bit more adventurous. Or BA holidays with double tier points on Qatar metal also gets a decent way towards Gold.

    in reply to: Dubai virgin – best Hilton hotel option?
    Biki 117 posts

    Taxis are cheap and easy to get in Dubai, so easy enough to get to most places if you need. Some hotels do a day pass which includes credit towards F&B if you wanted a day by the beach or pool anyway, if that’s what you wanted.

    We stayed at Grosvenor house in December and it was really good. We had the half board package where you could dine in a number of resturants at GH or Le Royal Meridien, all of which were great. Eating out has got pretty expensive generally in Dubai, so if you can get a food package included, or have breakfast and lounge access then this will save you a lot.

    If you like a drink and don’t want to spend too much then you can bring 4ltrs of wine or spirits in each, to drink in your room. also Saturday brunch is a big thing, with some big buffet and all you can drink offers, or some that are a la carte.

    The flights to Doha are generally timed for people comuting backwards and forwards for work (or at least they used to be). I worked in Qatar for a while and lived in Dubai. I’d get the 5.30am flight out, work there for a couple of days and then fly back to Dubai. You’d see pretty much the same people, in the same seats every week!

    in reply to: Thoughts / advice on A380 Club World seating
    Biki 117 posts

    No Problem! If your wife has mobility issues will she be OK going up/down the stairs on the A380? It doesn’t always use a seperate airbridge for the top deck, depending on which airport you go from/to, so potentially you’d have to walk up/down them and they’re quite steep from memory.

    In which case, maybe the middle pair at the very back of club on the lower deck might work (although they might be blocked for bassinet use), as you’re sat next to each other and don’t need to step over anyone. As long as you’re happy facing backwards of course! otherwise the seats you mentioned might be best.

    in reply to: Thoughts / advice on A380 Club World seating
    Biki 117 posts

    You do get a bit of a queue for the toilets at times, so could get a bit annoying at the very front. A lot of people like the 53 or 59 a/k seats as theyre step free aisle access. I don’t like them personally as 53 you are close to the galley and 59 you are practically next to the front row of PE, so both can be noisy.

    I usually go for an a/b or j/k pair in the middle of the cabin, but I’m happy to step over the person in the b seat.

    Alternatively choose a middle pair facing backwards on the lower deck?

    in reply to: No ‘Upgrade with Avios’ link on booking?
    Biki 117 posts

    Have you ever worked it out? I don’t have upgrade link either. I can see award availability on return flight. My reservation is also open jaw, so I wonder if it’s causing the issue.

    I was struggling with this the other day and figured it out. Looking at the booking on a computer you need to click on the bit at the very top which goes back to the old layout (I forget the exact wording). Then when you click on upgrade it should give you the option to use cash or points.

    One other strange thing I found was that a offer to upgrade was showing in the classic view, but not in the new one. £299 vs over £1k each in the new view, so I snapped it up as it was 30k avios plus fees otherwise.

    I just called BA to get a refund of half the avios points on a return leg of a companion voucher booking, after booking it on the website at midnight last night. On the retun leg i chose a different mix of avios/fees compared to the outbound, so the agent said they weren’t able to combine, you have to use the same number of points as the outbound.

    Luckily there were still 2 seats available for the return flight, so she just added those onto the original booking and cancelled last nights flights. If they hadn’t have been available it might have made things a bit more tricky though, so thought it was worth letting you guys know so you don’t run into the same problem!

    in reply to: Use 241 now – Is my logic sound?
    Biki 117 posts

    What is the cost of booking a premium economy flight and then upgrading with avios to club? Taking into account the avios and tier points you get for the premium economy element, it might work out better overall?

    Biki 117 posts

    You should get a bonus for referring player 2, if it is treated as a new application. They obviously won’t get a bonus though

    in reply to: Collecting Avios from CX flight
    Biki 117 posts

    No, afraid not. You can set up an account for your travel partner and then make a household account, so you can at least use the avios though.

    in reply to: Which card to start 2 year timer but still use 241?
    Biki 117 posts

    Or get the nectar card and you can still get BA and the platinum card bonus’s when 2 years have passed?

    in reply to: 32 hours in Bahrain – any advice?
    Biki 117 posts

    My experience of Bahrain from work trips around 10 years ago was either go to the Brit club for very cheap drinks, or watch the US squaddies get beaten by Filipino ladies at pool.

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