Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

    A rare evening flight from MAN for me. Friendly and efficient check-in staff, slightly annoying security (which is a plus, despite them rearranging my stuff meaning it takes me longer to repack), no kerfuffle in the (still crap) T3 lounge, and… most shockingly: they’re boarding the right groups, in the right order, early for a hopeful early departure.

    Going to buy a lottery ticket!

    Whilst they may be calling out group numbers separately, are they actually enforcing them? I live for the Lufthansa boarding process that red lights anyone who boards prior to their assigned group and sends them on their merry way back to the melee.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The “He said/She said” relates to Swissport closing ranks and claiming the passenger failed to arrive within good time. Skullduggery I know but still a possibility. The OP hasn’t said whether any BA coding was included on the rebooking; to BA it might’ve looked like discretionary benevolence on the part of their handling agent

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I remember you posting this story. I was incensed on your behalf.

    If no response to a 261 claim, progress to a letter before action giving them a fixed time period to react. After that proceed to a Money Claim Online. There’s CEDR as an arbitration option too, and I’m not sure if that’s more helpful in your case as there’s going to be an element of “He said/She said” to your case – unless you filmed it all? If you do a forum search there’s loads of helpful advice on both. I’m no expert having only had to MCOL BA once.

    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.

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

    On the point of Dutyfree shopping being exempt from luggage allowance, has anyone bought a suitcase airside? I always wondered how do the gate crew deal with that type of purchase? Particularly if it’s one of the large suitcases, or if you tried to board with 2 cabin bags?

    I did. I had a cabin wheelie case with me and bought one in Lisbon airport. I told the shop they could bin my old one and language barriers meant it wasn’t to be. I then tried offloading it at the TAP lounge but they saud it’d be a security risk so I’d have to take it with me. I happened to be on TAP’s Embraer service to MAN and a couple with kids got on ahead of me and completely filled the J cabin overheads with buggies and paraphernalia. Upon landing a cabin crew member held the braying horde back and stepped into the Y cabin to retrieve my bags from above. He exclaimed that one of them was entirely empty. I shrugged, took it from him and sold it the following week.

    in reply to: Lisbon and Estoril ICs
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I’m at the IC Lisbon this weekend if anyone wants anything checked

    in reply to: The Loft
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Just to clarify re access, business class only

    in reply to: Lisbon and Estoril ICs
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    This is a niche consideration but the IC Lisbon is on a slopey part of city and I have lost my footing there when walking downhill. Lisbon really requires the right footwear. Don’t be like me who on my first visit took my footwear off to find blistered feet and then couldn’t get them back on. I limped to the door to let room service in but that was it for my first night of my first trip.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 24th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Hi Guys,

    I been trying to check in with BA for my early morning flight tomorrow to no avail…. 🙈

    Other than that! what is the best lounge to visit in Heathrow T3 at 0530? Not flew out of T3 for a very long time!
    I am flying business with BA to Oslo on a positioning flight before my QR flight tomorrow afternoon….
    I have no status with BA but have Gold with QR.

    Thanks in advance 👍 😎

    You’ve committed the cardinal sin of ex-EU by flying your positioning flight same day as your proper itinerary. I hope the best for you and you encounter no delays. I was 30 mins late leaving for BRU today because the crew were playing along with the overhead baggage nonsense instead of carting bags to the baggage handlers below. I’d say the best lounge is wherever has the best wifi so you can keep track of how things are looking in terms of on-time take offs and plot whether there’s an alternative positioning flight you could fall back on if the worst happened to yours.

    Sorry to sound negative but when doing ex-EU same day as a positioning flight, you need to be prepared and keep a cool and clear head.

    in reply to: The Loft
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The consensus is indifferent. It’s basically a galley with soft finishes that you can walk around in.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    When a firm I worked for was becoming FC regulated a few years back, one of the changes was removal of notepads to be replaced by individual whiteboards (tablet sized) the idea being they could be wiped throughout/at end of day, with no risk of paper with personal details being discarded.

    I presume this is what the agent meant, rather than a classroom-style whiteboard that anyone could view.

    This is pretty much what it hinges on. The data protection act requires orgs to take “appropriate technical and organisational measures” to protect personal data. Appropriate is not defined in absolute terms, but instead is appropriate to the data in question and the context in which the firm operates. If BA have satisfied themselves that an individual virtual white board is sufficient safeguarding, there’s not a lot of recourse for you unless and until a breach occurs. Even then, a regulator may still agree with BA that the white board method is appropriate, considering it is a fallback option rarely used.

    in reply to: Best use of Amex/Avios points to book Marriott
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    When is this reservation for? Don’t rush into anything. Start reading the 101 type archived articles on here about best use of Amex points, etc.

    Generally Amex points have most value squeezed from them when converted to airline points.

    Also generally it is a bad idea to convert hotel points to airline points and vice versa and you always lose value on the exchange.

    in reply to: Beware: Stolen Avios
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    All breaches do not have to be reported. Only those that are likely to pose a risk to ‘rights and freedoms’ of those affected.

    Even those that are reported to the regulator don’t necessarily have to lead to informing all affected customers.

    There are many breaches every day that the public never hear about. And that is perfectly within the law.

    in reply to: 777 LHR to JKF with elderly mum (in CW)
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I think that’s right yeah. Keeps you on the same aisle.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 22nd January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Thanks all!

    @Aston, lol, my mistake was trying to search for “anywhere” instead of “everywhere” 😂. And now I have the Bangles stuck in my head!

    Arghh – thought I had it sorted but it doesn’t seem possible to filter by direct flights doing it that way!

    It is if you start with one city and set all your filters as necessary. Then amend only the destination city to Everywhere. However, Everywhere is not exhaustive. It takes a punt at a few places IME. Better to search by regions, e.g. Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe.

    in reply to: Lost /stolen Luggage
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It’ll be filthy on arrival. I am convinced delayed baggage delivery vans double up during the potato harvest.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 20th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    @Strickers, check rates at The Westminster, ok hotel but not the best. However, rates are sometimes comparatively low dsndering it the best value around. OT: have you done your CX SGN flight yet, did you get the longhaul A330? Just got the regional variant for my third HKT-HKG flight in succession so it seems bedded in on that route.



    @BJ
    was thinking of trying the Westminster in Feb. half term: it has bowling, right?!

    The Westminster has those very odd room layouts where you walk straight into the bathroom and have to walk through it to get to the bed area. No door either. That layout may not work if you have a fussy sleeper child in tow.

    in reply to: Iberia Express experience
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I’ve only ever known a boarding scrum with IB at LHR and MAD. I am not sure it would be within their culture to address it.

    Oddly, with a rare positive for MAN, their ground handling agent there does a better job of boarding by group.

    in reply to: Earn 2K points every 2 nights – invitation only
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Diamond Ambassador here and got the 8K for 4 nights. Running concurrently with the Appy Days free night voucher offer for 5 nights in (parts of) Asia.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 20th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    What are the varying Hilton’s like around Hyde Park? We will be in town for a weekend in July for a concert in the park and currently have Bankside booked.

    You’ve chosen one of the better ones then. I’m not sure I’d spend on any of the Hiltons west of Park Lane. Many are in the 3s on Google Reviews, with the highest being 4.0 and 4.1.

    Bankside is well regarded here so maybe stick with it. Personally I am not sold on the location and prefer the transport convenience/late night safety of the Hilton at London Bridge Station (the nicer More London end) or the Doubletree Tower Hill.

    in reply to: Curve > more cashback retailers
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I always get het up when choosing as to whether to go for frequent but small (Boots) or infrequent but large. Deliveroo was one of mine but keen to bin it now I get 2x£5pm on Amex PRG

    in reply to: Curve > more cashback retailers
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Uber abroad – yes

    Boots abroad – yes

    So ends my evidence

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 17th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    That was me – so it’s definitely open to ordinary guests now? It’s a very reasonable (compared with Dublin city centre) 25k points pn on my dates.
    Thinking we could get an Uber to Malahide Castle quite easily on Day 2 when we’ve only got a few hours to explore before heading to LHR.

    Or take the motorway south and you could get to the Phoenix Park’s Castleknock gate and visit Farmleigh, the old Guinness family ‘country’ house that is now the state guest house. There’s often exhibitions or markets on there. And there’s also Ashtown Castle and its rustic cake shop in the same park, Dublin Zoo that abuts the president’s house, the US Ambassador’s residence (and the mobile signal blackspot it generates – a tourist attraction in itself), plentiful deer, etc. Basically it’s a huge park that feels like country in the city.

    in reply to: LNER – dramatic fare increases announced
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Someone has to pay for all the cashback in recent years!

    Genuinely LOLing at that!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 17th January
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    @mradey Absolutely, go the day before. Book a cheap hotel near the airport and catch the local bus into town so you can spend €9 a pint whilst enjoying the atmosphere.

    The CP DUB is 25k points on our dates and of course saves us carting our luggage to the much more expensive hotels in central Dublin! How much for a pint though?! Is Ireland in Scandinavia now?

    Many lovely guesthouses in Ireland so don’t be limited to just airport hotels when doing an ex-DUB.

    And yes Ireland is wild when it comes to prices. Not just alcohol. My parents’ local convenience store seems to make up its prices based on what they think the public would call taking the pi55 and then adding 20c to it. I suppose you just have to enjoy the ambiance of wherever you do go to drop the best part of €20 on drinks.

    A warning on CP DUB: this was blacked out for booking for a long time due to housing Ukrainians. Worth checking recent reviews to ensure guests are actually now staying there. For a time, the 2 on site DUB hotels (Radisson Blu and awful Maldron) were a licence to print money as the hotels off-site had been bought out by government

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