Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: BA bronze travelling on hand bag only fare
    harley

    Yes 🙂

    in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 16th January
    harley

    Yes its same as domestic so no charges, even got morrisons offer at the time to trigger!

    This might be a daft question but we’re going to Gibraltar in April for 6 nights (only done day trips up till now) – if you pay for things with a UK credit card, do you get charged any kind of fees? I know their £ is essentially the same as ours, but Gib is not classed as UK as I understand it?

    Best check with your cc provider.

    in reply to: Currency exchange
    harley

    https://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com/ is what i use but as rob says if its a small amount might be worth waiting till arrival

    in reply to: First Class – but where?
    harley

    Posted in another thread but F on my flight was downgraded, looks like they have added another flight so 4 a day but reduced the a380 on some days because of this, worth checking your booking incase you have also been changed. After a lot of calling managed to get moved to another F flight the day before- will still let you know how it is if i do manage to retain F !

    When are you flying? I am doing the same route in F in March, will let you know how it is

    Flying at the end of May, LHR<->DOH in QSuites and DOH<->BKK in F. Would be interested in your thoughts as well!

    in reply to: Check in hand luggage always available?
    harley

    Sometimes the checkin staff use discretion. Although there was once where it was denied and then the plane was so busy they forced people to checkin in the hold anyway! They should work out a procedure on busy flights but unfortunately you will have to just gamble or pay

    in reply to: Downgraded by Qatar Airways – what to do?
    harley

    Thanks all, HUACA worked and got a sensible agent who has booked me for first the day before, means i will have less time to look around doha but thats life. Now a prayer that they don’t downgrade that one closer to the time either! Know the Qsuite is similar but the one booked was the old 2-2-2 config so even worse!

    in reply to: Club Suite in Gatwick
    harley

    I made a booking over the phone this week and the agent confirmed my flight was showing as club suite and i have reserved a window seat already with silver. He said that they were rolling out to most of the long haul gatwick planes with the aim of finishing by early 2023. Hoping they dont change the type last minute as usual though

    in reply to: InterContinental Miami – fluctuating points prices
    harley

    I believe there are two as i was going to stay at the miami doral one, but changed mind

    in reply to: First Class – but where?
    harley

    Wanted to do Qsuite but there was no availbilty so opted for first for the extra 25k avios

    Interesting, thanks for the insight. I do find on QR the service is a lot of asking if you need anything, rather than just topping things up like water.

    I guess I can see that QR F doesn’t feel as large a jump as QR J. We’ll be flying QSuites from LON to DOH before getting the F flight, I’ll remember to lower my expectations for the F leg! Though I am looking forward to seeing what the F lounge in DOH is like. Might need to eat there rather than on the plane!

    in reply to: First Class – but where?
    harley

    When are you flying? I am doing the same route in F in March, will let you know how it is

    We found QR really quite poor in most respects

    Flying QR F DOH to BKK next year, will be our first time in QR F, though have flown J a few times, what did you find poor about it JDB?

    harley

    Check in will be fine but regarding the bag am not sure which fare type you have, if its hand baggage only then obviously cant check in the bag even with silver benefits as does not apply to HBO

    in reply to: Barclays app error code 00002
    harley

    Ditto, probably the app being as bad as it is. Will probably fix itself

    harley

    Welcome! What you need to do is select the option on your executive club to book a flight totally with avios – what you are doing now is booking a cash ticket and discounting with avios. There will be a drop down on your exec account to ‘book an avios redemption’ you will then see different options

    in reply to: No liquids at Heathrow
    harley

    Just checked and seems to be on the EK website too, a strange decision

    in reply to: Amex to Avios
    harley

    Mine have transferred within 24 hours most times, or sometimes 48 hours

    in reply to: No response to BA complaint for almost 3 months!
    harley

    I dont know how they prioritse them as i had a case i submitted 3 weeks ago and they already replied whereas i have another case i submitted over 13 months ago and never got a response even with following up ( could someone send me the sean doyle email as i may try that). My assumption is the agents take on the easier cases with preformatted responses and leave the hardee cases to another team who are hit and miss. For tier points i was given email callba.loyalty@ba.com from contact centre amd found the tier points were then added quickly.

    in reply to: Silver seat selection on AA
    harley

    Did JFK to MIA in september. Silver allows you access to flagship lounge but not sure on how many guests if any. Would reccomend flagship lounge over admirals. R.e seat selection we got the exit row free which was brilliant but dont expect much food. We were offered one small bag of pretzels and one soft drink. Staff did not even come around once to ask if we wanted anymore let alone buy one so would eat/ drink before flight. Luggage also very generous, allows 2 pieces per flyer even on HBO

    in reply to: Club suite on 77W ( 777-300ER ) seat help please
    harley

    I use this website after someone shared it on here, should be able to see to scale https://www.aerolopa.com/ba-boeing-777-seat-plans

    in reply to: Cabin upgrade voucher
    harley

    It seems to trigger the day after you have hit spend, i hit my spend yesterday and voucher was in my ba account today

    Is there still any type of reward for upgrading in terms of points since the promotion seem to finish or did you just do it for the other benefits?

    in reply to: Silver guesting rules
    harley

    Yes,

    If I book myself a business class flight using avios, can I still take a guest in the lounge with me? I’m silver status, and they would be on a paid economy ticket they’d booked themselves.

    I believe if compensation is approved should be circa £220

    Sorry to hear. You will be entitled to compensation but it depends on the reason ba cancelled the flight- sometimes they dont kick a fuss and sometimes they use a strict reason to deny it. You can start the process for this by filling out the complaint and claims form on their website. Regardless of the reason for cancelling you will be entitled to duty of care so in your case the shower and any food purchased will be covered. Regarding rerouting unfortunately BA lied to you as they always do and it is EC261 law that if they cannot reroute you then you can be put on a different airline. I have only learnt this the hard way and now what i do is simply book the other airline ticket if the airline cannot reroute me and then try to claim the cost back after

    in reply to: WHICH? Travel cancellation campaign
    harley

    Also needs to be some kind of transparent portal which details reason for cancellation of flight with evidence- i feel sometimes the airlines make up the excuse

    in reply to: WHICH? Travel cancellation campaign
    harley

    Have signed. It comes to an overall revamp in airline systems too. I have had many cancelled flights by the airline and they have refused to reroute on another airline – all phone agents have said they point blank do not have an option on their computers to do so even if there is no flight that day with said airline and agree they would do it if they were able to. Forcing consumers to pay for an alternative flight themselves and pray for a refund in any extra paid half a year later and usually with a fight. All airlines should be able to reroute as per the law which in my experience BA, TAP and Virgin all refuse to do

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