Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    A very short list this time round. But a decent enough window to spend within.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Thanks so much everyone. Any views on Air Canada vs United? Looks like Air Canada might have more earning partners (Emirates etc)? But not sure how they compare for earning / redemption rates?

    It sounds like either would be better than Lufthansa given the points expiry point and broader range of partners.

    Do you have/are you likely to have Marriott Titanium status? If so, that matches to United Silver. Silver isn’t that bad; I get discounted award seat prices, extra baggage, use of the Premier Access check in and security, priority Group 2 boarding (albeit still after about 5 other categories).

    in reply to: Direct booking only?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Status match should be fine as all they ask for is the Virgin booking reference which your travel agent would provide you with anyway. Not sure re the bonus points.

    in reply to: New Virgin Atlantic website
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    So i can still expect to have to reset my password every time i use it? Much improved so!

    in reply to: Houston flight options
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    +1 re DUB flights allowing baggage to be thru-checked (if on same itinerary)

    What time of year is this trip? It strikes that all other things being equal, MIA is not the US connection point I’d choose due to tropical storms.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Thanks again! I booked on ba.com, so only have that booking reference, is that going to be an issue? Not bothered about where we sit and checking in at MAN would be ok as we need to check the 30 kg of bags anyway!

    That’s fine. The same Menzies team who do the BA flights at MAN do the EI ones. Some team members more useful than others as you know.

    The EI main check in queue can get very long at MAN when both DUB and BHD flights are going.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Thanks @BWS! Yes, I have the email and booking confirming the 20 kg allowance safely filed away as I’d read about this on FT, but it didn’t cover the hand baggage scenario.

    That’s pretty good then, effectively 30 kg of hold baggage pp? So far I’m loving this plan of a mini break in Dublin funded by the savings from our DUB-LHR-MEX redemption in F with still plenty of cash left over for spends!

    Also – presumably you get a seat at OLCI? It’s not an issue with it being a very short flight but it’s our first time with EI so not familiar with their procedures.

    Yes 30Kg checked baggage. You can call Aer Lingus to book seats on Avios tickets, though they do charge. You will also need the EI booking ref to check in online so make sure you got that from Avios.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Jumping on this as the EI experts seem to be out today! I have avios flights booked MAN-DUB in November. In MMB it says we can have 20 kg of hold baggage each, but refers me to the EI website for hand baggage allowances. EI website only a small bag is permitted but I can book 10 kgs of hand baggage for 9.99 euros – or check this in free at the airport.

    I’m confused now – is this 10 kg in addition to our 20 kg checked allowance? This will be a max baggage trip due to OH diving gear (final destination is Mexico)!

    Yes, you get your 20Kg large case and then your 10Kg hand luggage case….goes in the hold. Unless you’re an EI elite in which case you must board with your 10Kg hand luggage case. It is confusing I grant you.

    It is to do with EI Avios tickets booking into the Saver fare type. I would advise printing off the full Avios ticket paperwork as check in agents at outstations can claim no 20kg entitlement on what they see is a Saver fare.

    in reply to: Rome – 5* hotel advice
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    +1 on NH. Some nice properties plus an Anantara too. I stayed at the Westin Excelsior after the Intercontinental failed to open on time. Westin cost a bloody fortune and was full of Americans and little else. I did get upgraded as a Titanium to a suite though; 4 juliet balconies and decorated as if Mussolini’s dotty great aunt had only left it yesterday. One problem with the Westin is that it is due a refurb and a reflag as The Luxury Collection so at present no kettles and no irons in the rooms due to fire risk from the old furnishings.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Popping up to make my regular pedantic point that EI tickets on EI flight numbers earn EI tier points. Which for some readers outside of London should not be discounted. EI Silver status at 301 TP, Platinum at 601.

    Good point – though I think that for most people here, a low OneWorld status is more valuable than a higher EI status, especially when it comes to benefits and redemption

    If you’re never going to reach BA elite status, still worth having EI Silver if only for the Avios elite earning bonus. Aer Club status is also one of the few free ways of entering the DUB lounge post-US immigration. No one wants to be out by the gates in that barren narrow part of Dublin Airport

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The Emerald hand luggage size is small but I’ve found they never question bag size leading to bags being left all over the (small) cabin wherever overhead space can be found and/or large men sitting with their knees up to their chin cos they’ve had to place their bag by their feet.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – earning Avios and BA tier points?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Popping up to make my regular pedantic point that EI tickets on EI flight numbers earn EI tier points. Which for some readers outside of London should not be discounted. EI Silver status at 301 TP, Platinum at 601.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Redemption in Business LHR – CDG – MRU

    Then yes, lounge access and all other business benefits on all legs

    in reply to: New York JFK T8 premium checkin and security
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The glass door to the special check in area in T8 is marked for OneWorld Emeralds. So you’ll be fine as BA Gold to take a guest with you. I’m not sure if you can drop a bag for Iberia in there but perhaps you could use it as a means to get brought to the front of the TSA queue

    in reply to: New InterContinental just outside of Paris
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Defo on the list for A View To A Kill pilgrimage

    in reply to: KLM reward seats disappearing searching through VS
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Thanks. Can VS call agents see accurate availability or is it a case of “try booking it and see”?

    I’m not entirely sure. I believe VS agents see any of the lowest priced AF-KLM availability. Whereas other reward seats seem to involve them pinging a query into the system to see

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I use United because:
    – no expiry
    – matches to United Silver from Bonvoy Titanium
    – vast reward seat availability
    – low points price for upgrading donestic US cash flights, which can be booked as a punt due to the mandatory 24hr free cancellation

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Tripcase shows BA seat maps up to the point of boarding completing.

    in reply to: KLM reward seats disappearing searching through VS
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    AF-KLM availability on virgin isn’t always accurate. And you have to call up to book as the booking fails at payment stage if you do find seats

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 3rd February
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I just don’t get how BA get away with it. Surely they should be taken to task by someone. It’s a blatant disregard for the law.

    I feel an inside panorama programme or the like will need to happen to expose the management and scripts that staff are given to adhere too and then management saying “oh, we didn’t know that was going on!”

    Businesses flouting rights is widespread and far beyond air passenger rights. I expect AI may improve things, if regulators can deploy AI to hunt down and collate some of the poor practices

    in reply to: Thanks Jim! (Friday’s Chat)
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Depends if you value hard product or soft product. I often don’t eat on flights and prefer to just sleep. But i still always fly business or first – because i value the hard product above all else. Premium economy does not offer me a lie flat bed, a private space and (usually) avoidance of the airport scrum. Therefore the food served in premium economy is of no consequence to me.

    What about a daytime flight?

    Same logic. I sleep anywhere and everywhere. At any point in a work week I could be on a 2am video call or such like. Sleep is something I take when I can get it. Same for a private space to work in, be it actual work or personal admin.

    in reply to: Thanks Jim! (Friday’s Chat)
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Depends if you value hard product or soft product. I often don’t eat on flights and prefer to just sleep. But i still always fly business or first – because i value the hard product above all else. Premium economy does not offer me a lie flat bed, a private space and (usually) avoidance of the airport scrum. Therefore the food served in premium economy is of no consequence to me.

    in reply to: Hotel cancellation from Booking.com
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Speak to your travel insurance provider for guidance considering the tight timeframe

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 30th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Not sure if this has been covered (have had a look but couldn’t see anything), but seems like Bonvoy has a new promotion running.
    https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/promotion.mi?promotion=HE24

    “Earn 1,000 Bonus Points & 1 Bonus Elite Night Credit Each Night.”

    Seems like a no-brainer and very similar to the one I think they ran last year 🙂

    Excellent spot. Now I need to unpick all my spring travels to take advantage. I’m all in on Hilton and IHG for now in the absence of a Marriott offer.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Sunday 28th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Good evening from the TAP Schengen Lounge LIS. The non-Schengen lounge has the lights on, tv screens hooked up, furniture in place, but still not yet open. I am mystified by the popularity of a buffet food labelled Camel’s Drool which is being snapped up by the bowlful.

    Intrigued- do try and tell us more

    It appears to be a school dinner guilty pleasure dessert.

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