Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Amex 24 months query
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    Indeed, I think I’ll leave it and hope for a decent sign up bonus later in the year. Very odd no record found or it on their behalf though

    in reply to: Amex 24 months query
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    Similar situation, I cancelled the BAPP card early summer ’22, but didn’t make a note of the exact date, and am looking to reapply, but concerned about the 24 month period. I tried Amex chat on the website, and despite checking last 4 previous addresses, claim they have no record of me ever holding the card, but I should try phone help as they can sometimes “see more”. Called up and had a lovely chat, but essentially same result, as far as the system shows, I have never held the BAPP card.
    Discussed the reapplying situation with the agent in regard to the 24 month gap, and she said she has added a note to the system that I have tried to find closure date of the account I claim to have had via chat and phone, but the system holds no record of it, so I SHOULD be eligible for a sign up bonus, but that if it is denied, to call back up and discuss it and hopefully the attempt by me and the note added would mean they would be able to manually adjust the bonus if necessary.
    This is all slightly reassuring but ultimately not particularly watertight, so I checked my credit history to see if that held any details. Account history for a closed AMEX account is there, showing about average use until statement date of July ’22, the £0 payment in August’22, then £206 in September ’22 which sounds like it may have been a guaranteed booking perhaps held over from cancelling the card, but that is the last record of that account.
    So the question is, do I apply now and hope the same system that the agents look at checks the history, and so I have never held the card, or do I hold out until September to allow for cleared payment of the August statement?
    And, of course, how do AMEX have no history of an account I held for perhaps around 20 years?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 23rd April
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    OS2142, LMGTFY…. AER Lingus LHR-DUB or SNN-JFK return business £3120 4th to 11th, plus, if BA calculator is to be believed, 360TP

    in reply to: Seeing seat selection costs
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    Personally I wouldn’t worry. Book now as silver and reserve the pair you want, but the “honeymoon” seats are usually the last to get reserved, because other than your loving selves, most couples seem to want a window pair or an aisle + 1 pair to avoid the ‘climbover’, and singles don’t usually want to become honeymooners on a first flight…. If BA move you later I’d bet you’ll be able to swap when on board, plus the plane may change anyway.

    in reply to: Avios Balance jumped 10k?
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    Have you complained about any onboard issues lately, or had any recorded for you by the crew? 10k is a quite usual Avios Adjustment for some service delivery cockup…

    in reply to: Any disadvantages to two one way bookings?
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    Generally one way flights are (much) more expensive than returns, especially the outbound leg.

    in reply to: Smart meters – any experience?
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    Smart meters not working is not that uncommon, 9% according to Commons report last year. Doesn’t specify how many of these failures are ‘old’ meters or whether new ones are better, but from my personal experience, our meters fitted 5 years ago have never worked. British Gas installed them, the engineer saying at the time “I’ll be back next week, none of this batch work”. Turns out he was correct, and ended up coming back 5 times, replacing them twice, and still no joy. Before they could sort them out we changed supplier to EDF who have so far been ‘looking at it in the back office, they’ll be able to sort it’ for more than 4 years, despite regular prodding through the app. Basically, as we don’t have an electric car to make use of a variable tariff, we’ve given up caring, and now just occasionally prod EDF to see what excuse they come up with next.

    in reply to: Buses, not runways, at LHR
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    Yes, HS2 is roaring success story…

    in reply to: BA Holidays fare type / tier points
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    If it helps, have done several BA Hols in mixed cabins, so far always been O (econ lowest) E (lowest premium econ) and I (business lowest).

    in reply to: Flying First – Dallas or Houston?
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    Boot Barn carry a large range of stetsons, more reasonably priced, and boots too surprisingly…

    in reply to: Peak changing to off-peak overnight?
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    BA itself is not much better. Booked a pair of Avios returns to VEN, showing as off-peak on ‘select your flights’ then pricing as peak on payment page. The HfP calendar agreed they should be peak, just another BA IT thing I suppose…

    in reply to: BA Holidays charging whole amount, not just deposit
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    Our last ‘holiday’ did this, just charged the whole amount. It wasn’t booked specifically through the ‘BA holiday’ page, as that wouldn’t bring up the correct flight options, but through ‘book a flight’ then added car next. I suppose I could have phoned and got them to process it on the BA end and just pay the deposit, but we were certain we were going and cash flow wasn’t an issue, and it’s BA isn’t it, so something’s got to be pointlessly difficult. Mentioned this on these very pages, and was warned by many that we wouldn’t receive double tier points, but as many others opined, and we had experienced before, we did indeed receive the tier points bonus.

    in reply to: BA0043 Heathrow to Cape Town – aircraft used
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    14th March CPT 777 was changed to old from suite on Tuesday…

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    How much do you value being able to choose seats? Thankfully BA aren’t yet resorting to Ryanair tactics of deliberately splitting seats for bookings, so would probably end up together if not in ‘preferred’ seating. And of course, even reserved seats aren’t guaranteed…
    If you really want to pick and choose, and have the time to do it, TP runs would seem the better option as you’d generate a few Avios too, and of course Silver would get you and a guest into the lounge if the ticket doesn’t, but then if there’s 4 of you, maybe not so useful…
    Personally, paying nearly £2000 to attempt to sit where you want, especially if including short hauls, seems crazy.

    in reply to: The car hire tips thread
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    Just returned from a MIA trip, Usual carnage at return, about 50 cars in the lot infront of us, 2 agents doing the checking, and the couple ahead having been there 25 minutes already and no sign of being any nearer the actual agents. Given the state of MIA and the number of people around, we just left the car in the queue and went off to check in. Lo and behold a few days later, the invoice from Avis including $13.99 refuelling charge, apparently fuel only on 7/8 full and 1 mile more than we left it on. Very odd, especially the mileage as it’s usually copied down in situ as part of the check, but as I say it was very busy. Fortunately I’d taken a photo of the dash before leaving it, very much full. All sorted after a few days emails, but a little suspiciously like profiteering?

    in reply to: Brazil to Bangkok
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    £2900 cash ticket on QR sounds infinitely better value than burning a huge amount of miles…

    in reply to: Any arbitration route for Hotels.com complaint?
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    Update…
    after fearing for my sanity after a 13 message email trail, hotels have now refunded me the £30 odd on my card and my 2 free night vouchers. Very happy finally, though this experience has somewhat tarnished my previously high opinion of their customer service. Even though all the details were set out in the conversation, every response was from a different agent, and 3 times started referring to a completely different booking. Persistent rejection of their rejection seems to have been key, having been told 4 times absolutely nothing else could be done.

    in reply to: 788 Club Suite on BA222/223 to Nashville
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    There’s at least one refurbished 777 at Gatwick, which was a pleasant surprise last week returning from San Jose.

    in reply to: Do you actually take notice of adverts at airports?
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    Personally, I like to make a point of remembering adverts which I consider, in my strange way, worthy. My current “favourite” is Taylor’s coffee, repeating ad nauseum on Freevee or whatever it’s called, whilst watching Bosch Legacy. There’s a possibility that it is purposely bad of course, but I have made a mental note that should I ever be given the chance to sample, let alone buy said products, to actively avoid it and attempt to encourage others to actively avoid also. I’m positive that in the grand scheme of things it is a pointless gesture, but I feel like every little helps.
    Like others have said, the only airport advertising I really remember is the HSBC air bridges, but then when imprisoned in a metal tube, heading to another imprisoning metal tube, the mind apparently does strange things. I’m not sure if I react to them in a good or bad way, but as I’m already with an HSBC subsidiary, it feels too late…

    in reply to: Re-timed flight and schedule changes EDI-LHR
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    If it’s convenient enough to still work with your plans, you could wait until the day, then change the flight online (don’t check in first) if there’s availability on a different time flight. Being so far out I’d agree with just sit and wait, it’ll probably change again before you get there…

    in reply to: What constitutes a BA Holiday?
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    Personally I’d say yes, providing you meet the minimum 5 nights car included and start from the UK, and BA flight numbers, and added the car to the flights before paying. I’ve often had trouble with the BA Hols start page too, my litmus test would be at the bottom of the confirmation email, does it give the BAHols address under Contact Us, or the “this is an automated email….” with no mention of BA Hols… although obviously that requires booking it first to find out…
    I’ve done this method before and received the double tier points, but you do seem to lose the option of just paying the deposit for some reason, assuming you’re far enough out from departure to qualify for this anyway.

    in reply to: Getting to South Korea on oneworld
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    Cathay via HK from London, or keep using RJ/Qatar to far east then Cathay connection via HK? Currently around £3700 LHR-HKG-ICN for next week…. sounds a relative bargain…

    in reply to: BA Holidays Double Points offer – MASTER THREAD
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    LON-SJO return, outbound is LHR_MIA (BA) then 18hours later MIA_SJO (AA), return SJO_LGW (BA). When I first looked it priced then offered to add a car, and repriced as a total, now won’t let me book either as a holiday or as flight then add car…

    in reply to: BA Holidays Double Points offer – MASTER THREAD
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    Presuming it’s just BA IT being useless but trying to book a BA Holiday which includes an AA operated connection outbound, and the holidays page won’t offer me the flights, but the flight only page will. Presuming I can get it to wake up, or speak to someone to book it, am I correct thinking will still count as a holiday for double TPs but may not include the AA leg depending on how it’s numbered, but would still collect double on the initial BA operated outbound and the BA return?

    in reply to: Zurich advice please
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    Two weeks ago, arrived about 8pm Friday, felt quite busy, but through inside 10 minutes even with half an A320 in the queue ahead of us.. bags another 10 after that.

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