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  • in reply to: Black boarding pass
    owjey 37 posts

    I had a black American Airlines boarding pass recently. I remember thinking it looked pretty cool, but I presume black’s the standard AA colour for OneWorld Sapphire? I never fly AA and only did because BA had to rebook me when my flight was cancelled, so what do I know. Regardless, a more attainable way of acquiring a black boarding pass maybe?

    in reply to: App issue
    owjey 37 posts

    We should compose a strongly worded letter to the BA CEO and all sign it. There are so many issues with their app and website all the time, but if they have a bunch of high tier customers threatening to take their business elsewhere, maybe they would finally sort it out. This is so annoying!

    in reply to: App issue
    owjey 37 posts

    I’ve had it for a couple of weeks…!

    in reply to: App technical issues
    owjey 37 posts

    My current technical issues with the app are: When I go into “cheapest fares” and select a duration that’s anything BUT 7 days, it defaults back to 7 days. This has been an issue for a very long time.

    These last few days I’ve been unable to see my account details, i.e. progress to Gold etc. It just says “Something went wrong.” I’ll say…

    owjey 37 posts

    Yes. Don’t pay.
    Every day tens and tens of thousands of people fly without ever paying a penny to select seats. Not because they have status so don’t have to but because they see no need to.

    Well, I wouldn’t if it were just me. Unfortunately, my brother has reasons for wanting extra leg room and such, and if there is a way to make it happen through status matching, then I will. If there isn’t, then I won’t. I just thought it was worth asking – especially for such a long flight.

    in reply to: Which LHR T3 lounge should I pick?
    owjey 37 posts

    It was particularly terrible because I almost always fly Business Class and hold BA Silver status + people who have fast track look all sorts of ways. It was so offensive. But yes, the flight was nice and short (to BLL), the food (smoked salmon tartare) was lovely, and the staff was nice. But as this was my first flight from T3 as opposed to T5, I wasn’t exactly impressed. I should complain to Heathrow…

    in reply to: Which LHR T3 lounge should I pick?
    owjey 37 posts

    I ended up spending more time in the BA lounge than the Qantas lounge. The Qantas people seemed a little snobbish, and I was already annoyed because some Heathrow employee had the audacity to shout after me as I went into the Fast Track security lane, “Excuse me, ma’am, are you flying Business Class?” I suppose I didn’t look the part, but looking at some of the other people in the queue… Anyway, I was already angry because he had shouted after me – and only me, not anyone else – rather than just wait to see whether my boarding pass would scan and let me through, so when the Qantas staff seemed a bit snooty, too, I decided to just go home to good old BA. lol. Is the hot food always mainly Indian in BA lounges, or am I just unfortunate to repeatedly catch them on those days? It’s not my favourite cuisine at all.

    in reply to: Which LHR T3 lounge should I pick?
    owjey 37 posts

    Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve been in the Qantas and BA lounge so far. I’ll save the rest for next time.

    in reply to: Which LHR T3 lounge should I pick?
    owjey 37 posts

    Silly question, I’m sure, but: As I don’t imagine I’ll often fly from T3, I’d love to try both the Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges whilst I’m there. I presume it’s possible to do one and then the other, as long as I have time before my flight?

    in reply to: Which LHR T3 lounge should I pick?
    owjey 37 posts

    Oh, brilliant! I was hoping there’d be something like that. Thank you!

    in reply to: Goodbye DoubleTree drinks vouchers
    owjey 37 posts

    I can confirm that drinks vouchers are still available at DoubleTree in Woking. They just gave me one. However, I’m too lazy to go back down to the bar…

    in reply to: Delayed and then cancelled flight
    owjey 37 posts

    Claim for the cancellation and expenses through BA’s website here: BA compensation page

    There’s lots of information and how-to. The link to the actual form is at the bottom of the page. I claimed for a cancelled flight on the 24th, and they’ve already approved my claim. I’ve also had to claim for expenses in the past with similar luck. I know not everyone has had similarly smooth experiences, though, but there’s the link anyway. I’m glad you had a lovely stay in my other home country. 🙂

    in reply to: Goodbye DoubleTree drinks vouchers
    owjey 37 posts

    Looking at the hotels I’ve reviewed on my blog, I see I got drinks vouchers at DT Southampton, DT Greenwich, DT ExCel, Hilton Gatwick, DT Woking, and DT Heathrow (Bath Road).

    I did, however, not receive drinks vouchers at DT London Hyde Park, DT London West End, DT Bristol City Centre, and Frankfurt Niederrad.

    It seems to be pretty random.

    My blog is here

    in reply to: Upgrade offered in App: I have Q’s!
    owjey 37 posts

    I regularly fly to Copenhagen, usually in Club Europe, but when I do travel Economy, I almost always get an “Upgrade to Business for £90” offer in the app. I think it’s £90 anyway. It’s certainly always the same price that doesn’t get cheaper, and they call it a “limited special offer”, although it seems to be available right up until check in. I usually give in unless I don’t need the tier points.

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    I thought I would just round off my experience with what happened since:

    I took the flight via PHX. It was a full night flight, and because I couldn’t elevate my leg, it went just as I expected: It aggravated my medical issues and I’m now getting treatment. Not great.

    I immediately put in a claim for the delay and have just received an email from BA confirming that I will be compensated £260. Pretty swift service! They also offer me 10,000 avios as a goodwill gesture because of my medical issues and me being “a valued Silver Executive Club member”. The avios have already been added to my account. I’ve seen in other threads that this is a standard offer, which can be challenged/negotiated, but I don’t know. The medical issues might have happened anyway, so I suppose I’m satisfied with the outcome.

    in reply to: The O2
    owjey 37 posts

    Bankside is actually not bad – short walk from Jubilee Line at Southwark and a good hotel.

    There is a DoubleTree in Greenwich if you fancy doing some touristy stuff the next day – would need to take a bus from the O2.

    The DoubleTree in Greenwich is a lovely hotel and not one I often hear mentioned – possibly because it’s a little off the beaten London track. But it is a gem that I used to frequent a lot. If OP would consider it, my review on my blog might help: DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich.

    owjey 37 posts

    Funnily enough I last flew with BA in March and only yesterday (four weeks after the trip)I received the pre-departure/check-in email. Not just their app and website are faulty! Now even their CRM

    lol. I had a similar experience the other day. I got an email saying I could now check in for my flight to Gran Canaria – which I took two months ago. 🙄

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    In an interesting twist of events, my BA app now invites me to check in for my 1600 United Airlines flight to LHR. Meanwhile, I’m sitting by the boarding gate for the Phoenix flight. I’m so confused. 😅

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    @OP your flight on another carrier is likely to get TP even if your original flight was a reward flight 🙂

    Indeed? I should let them cancel my flight more often! Except I now know I prefer the lounge in the International Terminal to the AA one here in T1 at SFO. ☹️

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    At least you’re getting an A351 aircraft and not a B777 from PHX.

    Fact. I must admit I am excited about that!

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    I definitely regret not staying an extra day or maybe even two so that I might at least be on a flight with a blocked seat next to me or the option to pay to upgrade to CW, where I’d be able to elevate my leg. I consider this a rookie mistake. It’s my first cancellation where there were options on the same day. I presume I was put on the PHX flight due to my Silver status, but as I have nowhere important I need to be (except at work, but whatever!), I would have happily relinquished my seat and stayed overnight in favour of someone of lower/no tier with places to go. I’ll know better next time! The impending leg pain is not worth £260.

    PS. I saw the flight path of that A380 from and back to SIN. Poor passengers! 😳

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    I got an email from BA saying, “ We’re really sorry your flight to London Heathrow has been cancelled at short notice due to aircraft serviceability.” I presume that makes me eligible for compensation. I wish it was £520, but I’m going by the assumption that it’ll be £260, as I’m not landing 4+ hours after my original arrival time – as Lady London mentioned. Sadly, I won’t get any extra tier points for my troubles by going via PHX, as I’m travelling on a reward flight. I also need to elevate my leg for medical reasons, but the flight is completely full (of course), so I won’t be able to spill into what was originally a blocked seat next to me nor upgrade to CW (I asked the agent who said I couldn’t pay to upgrade because it’s a reward flight. It’s full as well). In other words, I’m beginning to feel I would have been better off waiting an extra night and letting someone else who’d rather get back today do so. I don’t suppose that’s possible now that I’m checked in and all?

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    I just called the Silver Exec number and spoke to someone who also offered to book me onto a direct earlier United flight or the BA flight a day later. I’m torn. 🤔 I’ll probably just go with the original one via PHX. If nothing else it’s an opportunity to fly with an A350 for the first time and bag some compensation (he said the cancellation was due to an “operational incident, whatever that means).

    in reply to: My flight home is cancelled
    owjey 37 posts

    I just want to add that I’ve now found an old post here on the site, and as far as I can see, I am entitled to stay here an extra night and fly direct, if I want, but I presume I would have to pay for my own accommodation. As for the compensation, how is that calculated? Will they go by when the flight via PHX lands at LHR even if I don’t take it? I would be surprised if I get compensated for a 24hr delay just because I prefer to fly direct.

    in reply to: BA The Club competitions
    owjey 37 posts

    I’ve entered all the competitions for a long, long time, thinking I could always sell the stuff I didn’t want (alcohol, luggage etc.), but I haven’t won anything. I do intend to win this current holiday in Barbados, though. I feel I deserve it…

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