Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Crediting Aer Lingus flight to BA
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Ask them at the airport to change it

    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Do you get double points if you book the BA holiday with Iberia flights changing in Madrid?

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    just got email that Wise rates are going up.. so -1 for Wise

    Except they are also going down. If you convert more you will win, if you convert less you lose.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 15th May
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Wise put up the fixed fee, but reduced the variable. So better for larger transactions.

    Same for me, an extra 54c per transaction but a lower conversion rate. Break even for EUR>GBP is 1325 EUR, send less than that and you pay more, send more and you pay less.

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    A wise choice 😉

    in reply to: Rampant knife crime in London
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    “group of males have been spotted with a knife”

    Maybe they were sat in the park in the sunshine having some nice cheese and wine?

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    A colleague looked at live rates every few minutes over the course of a day with Revolut and the range was 0.16%-0.18%. My last exchange was 0.18%. The OP was asking about AUD 100k and one person mentioned AUD 1M, so small variances matter.

    This is where you are going wrong – you need to look at total amount received, not the rate.

    OP mentioned a 5 figure sum.

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Revolut Premium is as low as you get (average spread is 0.18%) so if it’s a large amount, upgrading a free account for a month is easily the cheapest. Much more so than even Wise or TorFX.

    On your first large transaction you will probably need to go through a proof of funds dance. Wise will be no different.

    Even with a premium account the rate for 10k is right between Wise and Zing, before the costs of premium are added on top.

    It happens rarely, but I’m always bemused when people say Revolut is ‘easily the cheapest’ – I wonder what combination of currency/amount they are converting, or if they don’t understand that the total amount that reaches the recipient is the key number here.

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Just for a laugh, I checked NAB – they will only give you 5,127.

    in reply to: Cost effective International Money Transfers
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Wise is great, it works well and the rates are very good.

    Zing seems to be slightly cheaper for larger volumes of money.

    Just checking for 10,000 AUD > GBP, Wise gets you 5,240, Zing gets you 5,250.

    As you are sending quite a big sum, I would be tempted to split it over a few days just to reduce the chances of it getting stopped, especially if you don’t have an account already.

    in reply to: Birmingham – No1 lounges on Sunday?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    until then pax should continue to remove liquids and electronics from hand luggage.

    Interesting, on my sample of one man monitoring one lane yesterday, you MUST NOT take things out of your bags!

    in reply to: Birmingham – No1 lounges on Sunday?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    @ChrisBCN Are you saying all the scanners are now swapped out for the new kit? If so, I assume that explains at least in part the carnage airside as people had gone prepped for a 2hr wait in security and were suddenly through in 5 mins.

    Yes. The old area is boarded away, the new hall is in use. The route to the new hall is still a mess, so I assume that is still being worked on.

    It’s still a very long wait in security (20 minutes through fast track, regular was much, much, much longer).

    Don’t automatically assume that the new scanners will speed things up – it’s all about how many lanes you have open i.e. how many staff you want to pay for…

    in reply to: Birmingham – No1 lounges on Sunday?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    To try and find a positive in the sorry disaster that is BHX, I went through the new security hall yesterday, fully equipped with ‘leave everything in the bag’ machines, so there is that. But this being BHX, there were zero signs informing this so people were busy taking stuff out of their bags, being shouted at, and repacking their bags before they went through the scanner.

    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    My Vueling login details don’t work on Aer Lingus. And vice versa

    They won’t – Rob seems to think this but I’ve never understood why.

    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    You do it via BA when combine my avíos works; if it doesn’t and you have an Iberia account, try using the Iberia combine my avíos.

    You just send from one avíos partner to BA or IB, then send back out to the other avíos partner.

    All simple and straightforward when combine my avíos works.

    in reply to: Rampant knife crime in London
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Death penalty for drug smugglers? Bring it on.

    Is it the drug smugglers that are the problem or the drug takers? Or even the drug laws?

    in reply to: Amex eligibility checker disagrees with others
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    I would argue that’s not great advice as if you do apply and get rejected, a hard search will be applied to your credit report.

    That’s only a problem in certain circumstances which don’t apply here (see above).

    in reply to: Amex eligibility checker disagrees with others
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Not sure why you are spending all this time worrying about something which may or may not happen – just apply for it already! You won’t actually know the outcome until you do.

    in reply to: Aircraft change – no seats for me?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    You might be screwed. You might be ok. Unfortunately, nobody can tell you either way until you check in. It sucks, I’m sure – you expect better booking first.

    Onky thing you can do is check in the very second check in opens and cross your fingers.

    If you don’t get first, there is a good level of downgrade compensation…

    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    I’d update it with what your current salary is anyway

    …But only if that’s over the new minimum….

    in reply to: Birmingham – No1 lounges on Sunday?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    The new security hall is supposedly on track for June 1st completion though

    I hope there will be an alternative way up to it – the new lifts simply cannot cope, it will be horrendous on a peak day

    in reply to: Birmingham – No1 lounges on Sunday?
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Not sure if your parents have gone yet, but I can confirm BHX is still carnage, both arrivals and departing. Departing is now an additional queue to get into the lifts (the staff on hand are not managing the scrum, meaning people block the doors and lifts don’t move, queue gets longer, repeat…).

    Fast track gets a separate line to the lifts, but only for one of the lifts and you still need to fight with the main queue. Once you get out of the lifts, you wait to join the next queue.

    There is no non-lift route and it’s also the only way to the train station link (unless you take the 10 minute walking assault course).

    I would love to claim BHX to be worse than MAN right now, but I have not had the pleasure of MAN in a little while…

    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    It’s a difficult one

    It’s not difficult at all – if you don’t have the status, then you pay. Simple as that.

    in reply to: Trains in Spain
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    Renfe site is best – always worth the upgrade if the price difference is small. Note that there are different fast and semi fast trains and the pricing will vary on both depending on the exact train and day. Bargains can be had, but peak times can cost.

    If you have more time you can always high speed to Madrid and have a separate break there for half a day or more before you high speed to BCN.

    in reply to: Upgrade offered in App: I have Q’s!
    ChrisBCN 261 posts

    1) could be either or both
    2) no. But there is sometimes a different offer at airport check in at a fixed price, somebody else will advise what the current fixed price is

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