Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Can anyone confirm whether the voucher is still valid while the outbound is operated by Aer Lingus and the inbound is operated by BA?

    I keep getting this error when mixing these two airlines: ‘Sorry, there’s a problem with booking this journey online. You can try selecting other flights or contact us so an agent can help you book the flights you have selected’.

    I did some tests, there is no problem with BA only or Aer Lingus only redemption.

    Thanks.

    You will have to call and book this over the phone as BA IT cannot handle mixed bookings with the voucher.

    To get an idea as to what the Avios and taxes should be I would do a dummy booking for each trip and add the totals together. This should give a ballpark figure as to what to exppect to get charged on the phone as sometines adding a BA reward to another airline reward results in HUGE discrepancies and over payments of Avios and fees!

    Thank you very much, will calculate the cost before calling them!

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    You can mix and match – so you should be able to call and ask BA to book the full itinerary (make it clear that you can’t do this online or you will be charged extra), or book the outbound with your voucher and ask them to add the inbound. Don’t book the whole route without the voucher as they’ll have to cancel and rebook you and you risk your seats not reappearing.

    Thanks for the reply and advice, seems have to call them lol

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Or maybe I can book them separately and contact BA to use the voucher and combine the two bookings? As long as they allow two airlines while using the voucher.

    in reply to: Curve Card for Thai Baht
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Get some THB in the UK so that you can buy sim cards at the airport (when I was there, it was cash only). Once you have a local sim card, you can use Grab (like Uber) to call a taxi, the app allows you to link a non-fx fee UK card for the payment.

    Also, prepare some England notes (they may not recognize other notes, I got England notes in a local Bank of Scotland branch) and exchange them for THB when you run out of cash at stores such as Superrich (lots of branches in the city center) other than those in the airport, the rate is different.

    in reply to: BA Gold member travelling on cash QR in economy
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Free seat selection — Yes. However, if the flight transfer time is tight, I would recommend the lower floor, otherwise, you would be the last to get off the plane.
    Lounge — There is a lounge for Emerald in Doha as SamG stated.

    I always receive greetings from the crew when traveling with QR (in economy), but never on BA LOL.

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Upgrade from Prem to Upper for the Shanghai route was 57400/return, now it is 70000.

    Back to 57400 according to the latest table provided by HfP article

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Upgrade from Prem to Upper for the Shanghai route was 57400/return, now it is 70000.

    in reply to: Fast Track for companion
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    I’m gold (silver should also be allowed to bring a guest)and based in Edinburgh, just say something like she’s with you, and they will let both of you in.

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    bonus show up for me again

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    How believable are these sources? Platinum was paraded around as now not having a minimum income, in fact AMEX was quite proud of removing the income related requirements from their applications and moved to an affordability model.

    So now they would undo that – for what? I’ll be trying my luck early June but I do not have a 50k salary either, however I am a BAPP holder so maybe something can work out there. Who knows.

    P2 has other Amex cards, applied for platinum, and got an instant decline, the email says it is because of income (stated much less than 50k during the application).

    in reply to: UK Amex for non / dual UK resident
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Not to hijack, but is it possible to easily obtain a UK Amex Platinum without having UK residency or citizenship via the Global Transfer program (or otherwise), in a manner similar to how a U.S. Amex can be had with little-to-no connection to the United States?

    As long as you have a UK address, they will ask for a document that can prove it.

    But no need for any kind of UK ID or paystub, etc.?

    They will ask for ID, but a non-UK passport will be accepted.

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Thank you. I can see those, not sure why I couldn’t yesterday. The only issue is that they’re priced at 186k one way vs the 100k to London, which is strange and doesn’t make sense to pay such a huge premium.

    I think it should be 150K for two?
    You can book on the QR site, the availability is the same, and the price is right (150k).

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    That’s the plan, makes a lot of sense! I did have a quick look last night and actually didn’t find many flights from Bangkok to Edinburgh for 2 people in business. In fact none solely on Qatar from memory. I was using BA’s site but I imagine more show on Qatar but with the ‘flexi’ fare so double Avios. Business should be 75k one way with Qatar.

    Had a look again for BKK-EDI in Nov for two seats (on BA site)
    Business available on 5,6,7,10,11,12,14,16,20
    First available on 2,7,8,9,11,12,14,15,16
    For BKK-MAN in Nov
    Business available on 3,5,6,7,9,10,11,16,23
    First available on 4,7,8,9,14,16
    Hope one of the dates suits you.

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Thanks. Royal Jordanian is an option but significantly more Avios than Qatar. Edinburgh could be a good option for the return if just getting the onward flight back to London.

    How long is your trip? Maybe spend some days in Phuket (so LHR to Phuket), take a flight from Phuket to Bangkok, and then some days in Bangkok (BKK-EDI)?

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Just did a quick look.
    If you do not stick to Qatar
    For outbound, on 3 and 15 Nov, 2J available on Royal Jordanian (LHR-BKK).
    For inbound, loads of J and F availability on Qatar (BKK-EDI) in Nov.

    in reply to: UK Amex for non / dual UK resident
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Not to hijack, but is it possible to easily obtain a UK Amex Platinum without having UK residency or citizenship via the Global Transfer program (or otherwise), in a manner similar to how a U.S. Amex can be had with little-to-no connection to the United States?

    As long as you have a UK address, they will ask for a document that can prove it.

    in reply to: Amex situation moving from UK to US
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    Did it last year.
    1. Amex US can offer you a card based on your Amex history in the UK (through the Global Transfer service).
    2. You can keep your UK card as long as you have a UK address (actually, they don’t ask whether you want to keep it or close it, they don’t care), so you don’t have to switch from the US back to the UK.
    3. GT does not stop SUB, the limitation is that you can only apply through a public link rather than refer if you want to GT (if you have US credit history, you can try refer), so Hilton Aspire is a good choice as the SUB is the same for applying directly or through refer (gold and platinum is not a good choice with GT, as you get much more through refer, if I were you, I will apply for these cards in the future).

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    It is because the min fee is 0.3 GBP, which is around 0.38 USD.

    BTW, I believe you can see the fee before making the transfer. I tried typing 700 in, and the app says there will be a 2.11 USD fee.

    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    I paid the IHG Ambassador $200 membership fee using my BAPP for the same reason on the 20th February. When the transaction appeared some days later, I was charged a total of £170.77. The FX rate applied was 1.2061 and included a non-sterling transaction fee of £4.96.

    Next time you can try at the front desk of Intercontinental. They charged me 155 GBP instead of 200 USD, and I don’t have any reservations with them as well. Just go to the front desk, buy the Ambassador, and leave.

    in reply to: BAPP 70k offer – OK with acceptance after 21st?
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    You should get 70k as long as the application was submitted before the deadline. Once you have the card, you can actually track the progress in the app and online, it displays the amount of your welcome bonus.

    in reply to: BA Amex new boosted welcome bonus?
    hwqcgsw 24 posts

    I’m also waiting for BAPP boosted welcome bonus lol

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