Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: BA latest Avios Subscription offer – value?
    Joephe 13 posts

    Make sure you’re maxing out Avois Booster before subscribing for Avios, as the price is cheaper and the avios is transferred straight away rather than over 12 months.

    in reply to: Tokyo reward flights
    Joephe 13 posts

    After successfully booking a J outbound for 21 March I couldn’t book the inbound on 6 April due to BA’s IT issues two nights ago, but last night I managed to secure a J inbound for 7 April by booking online.

    I was confused by the peak pricing and selected the 4th option on the inbound after selecting the 3rd option on the outbound, but the agent I just spoke to was nice and refunded me 50% of the avios anyway even though she acknowledged that’s not usually the policy. Unfortunately it means the avois/fees combo paid wasn’t optimal but I only overpaid by £50-100 or so.

    Pretty pleased with that to secure a return to Tokyo during peak Cherry blossom season at (almost) the first attempt!

    PS. tried calling the US number both nights to book the inbound, at around 12:45-12:50. I got cut off a 12:55. So recommend calling earlier than 12:45 if calling.

    in reply to: Tokyo reward flights
    Joephe 13 posts

    Managed to secure 2x J outbounds for 21 March next year by booking online. That was my first attempt so surprised I was successful given the activity in this thread!

    in reply to: Refunds after closing Platinum account
    Joephe 13 posts

    Thanks all for the responses. I think I will risk it; for one because cancelling one hotel would save me £500 by rebooking on different dates, which is hard to turn down. I put about £50k/annum through Amex (albeit currently through the other half’s BAPP account), so hopefully I’m not viewed as the worst customer despite the churning.

    I’m not eligible for a BAPP sign up bonus again until later in the year, but will try to remember to update this thread!

    in reply to: Argentina – advice?
    Joephe 13 posts

    We are off to Patagonia next week. Flying to Buenos Aires with BA which was booked about a year ago when it was a direct flight, which they have since changed to indirect. Annoying as we would have saved a bunch of avios if we instead went with Iberia. At least the plane has club suite.

    The plan is
    Fly to Ushuaia and spent 3 nights there mainly hiking plus a trip to see the penguins
    Fly to El Calefete for 2 nights. Hike the Perito Moreno Glacier, which can only be done with a £lol priced tour unfortunately.
    Hire car and drive to Torres Del Paine, spending 4 nights in a hotel from which we’ll do day hikes (W trail plus some others).
    Drive to El Chalten and spend 3 nights there. More day hikes
    Drive back to El Calefete and fly to Buneos Aires for 2 nights there before flying home

    Joephe 13 posts

    Hakkasan (Chinese) or J Sheekey (Seafood) are both great and have good value set menus that will set you back around £150 for three.

    Joephe 13 posts

    I booked LHR – SIN in First for June when a load of availbility appeared in November. The fees were £549.29 pp, which were less than the fees for the J booking I had made previously and cancelled so we could switch to First.

    I was also surprised how low the fees were!

    in reply to: Platinum Harvey Nichols credit
    Joephe 13 posts

    Considering the price of the full price bottles, his seemed like a decent deal in the sale for an easy use of the credit

    https://www.harveynichols.com/harvey-nichols/luxury-halves-x3-887901-na-77981/

    Joephe 13 posts

    Sign her up for Credit Karma (free) which will show her credit history. It will show if she has held a Barclaycard in the last 24 months, so that will do the trick unless she has held a Barclaycard that is not the avios card during that time, in which case you will be none the wiser.

    in reply to: Share your success stories
    Joephe 13 posts

    I started collecting points in 2017. My earning strategy has been to churn the BAPP, Platinum and Barclays cards with my partner, plus earn a few avois through the Barclays current account. This year I’ve also started buying points through the subscription and booster, when I can get a good rate (around .9p per point).

    In that time we’ve flown to St Lucia, Miami, Seattle and Mexico City in business using 241/upgrade vouchers and next year I’ve snagged business flights to Buenos Aires and Singapore. Occasionally I have used Avios to purchase economy flights to Europe during peak times as well.

    I’ve found booking flights to be pretty straightforward if you’re flexible. Usually I have a few destinations in mind so around 12m out I’ll look for outbound flights on decent days that are still available and then log in at midnight t-355 the return date and book them both online in one booking. I haven’t had to call yet to secure a flight although I’m very keen on Tokyo soon so will likely need to book the outbound t-355 and then call up to book the inbound when it becomes available.

    Overall its been a big success. It’s allowed us to fly business to various destinations for around £1500-1,800 or so (valuing a point at 1p). I’ve never seen those sort of prices pop up in a cash sale over the past few for the places we’ve visited, unless you’re happy to fly at non-peak times or indirect / ex-EU

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