Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 17th September
    PaulB

    I’m booked LHR-DXB-SYD on Emirates. Ticketed with Qantas, the first sector on an EK flight number and the second on a QF codeshare number. Just a couple hours in Dubai. As I understand it from HfP I could earn Avios & TP for the second sector since it’s got a QF number, but not the first since it’s an EK one.

    It seems I can only specify one FF number for the booking as a whole. Do I correctly interpret if I specify my BAEC number I’ll get nothing for the first flight? If I instead specify an EK loyalty number, will I be able to then update it ahead of my second flight given that the BP will presumably already have been issued etc? Ultimately I’m more fussed about the risk of losing precious TPs than I am losing out on EK points though ideally I’d do both.

    Thanks for any advice.

    PaulB

    Anyone know if foreign spend is permitted to contribute to the required £4k spend for the upgrade bonus? I guess few will have tangible experience of exactly this but presume it’s the same as for regular sign up bonuses.

    in reply to: Curve Amex bill
    PaulB

    Curve will block you without fronted on. With fronted on Curve will allow the transaction but pass through the genuine MCC of the transaction so your underlying card may block / charge / etc

    in reply to: Club Europe flight configuration
    PaulB

    Steve, if you’re not aware BA will reserve row 1 for Gold exec club members. That can mean it’s not available as bookable to you (indistinguishable from booked by another passenger in BA’s app) but will become bookable by anyone (if it’s still vacant) at check-in time. You can see if it’s blocked rather than taken using online tools such as ExpertFlyer. So it could be that they don’t need to move the curtain, and there’s still room for all (or of course they could expand the cabin, as you say).

    Officially you need to travel on at least the outbound sector of a return booking before the 2 year expiry. In reality, I was able to book recently and a kind customer service agent was willing to book for travel entirely after the voucher expiry (but obviously booked before expiry), though she acknowledged that’s not the official rule and shouldn’t be relied on in future.

    in reply to: 2-4-1 voucher and upgrade voucher – Silver tier
    PaulB

    I know it’s easier said than done at the moment, but if you call Flying club (and can actually get through to them!) then they’ll be happy to confirm exactly what vouchers are on your account. When I rang a few weeks back they kindly emailed me a summary of vouchers and expiry dates and I was delighted to find that I had more than I thought since those due to expire during Covid had been extended.

    I don’t think there’s a single place you can see vouchers listed online which is super annoying, though you should see an entry in your Flying club transactions on the date each voucher was earned.

    in reply to: Upgrading travel agent booking?
    PaulB

    You would need both Upper class availability (check online, in a dummy booking, if there’s availability to book in Upper with miles) _and_ for your current economy ticket to be booked into an ‘upgradeable’ fare code. Typically that means it can’t be the cheapest economy tickets. If you can find your booking class e.g. on a booking confirmation email then check it against this list: https://v-flyer.com/toolbox_fare_codes.php (M,L,R,B,Y is what you want).

    in reply to: Virgin redemptions using a 2-4-1 voucher – how?
    PaulB

    Yep, I’m afraid you’ll need to phone to book. Check the availability first online, as you say, and expect to pay the full amount of £ charges quoted, but only half the miles. I’ve done a couple bookings recently, both times super friendly sales agents able to book exactly what I wanted, but long wait times to get through unfortunately. Great shame there’s no way to use the voucher online.

    in reply to: Is it risky to use Virgin card -> Curve -> HMRC now?
    PaulB

    If you login to your HMRC account and click to ‘Pay Now’ you’ll be prompted to enter an amount. Within reason HMRC will have no problem with you entering multiple smaller amounts over successive occasions that sum to the total you owe. Obviously you do need to clear the balance by the due date to avoid a fine. Limit concerns aside, the payment on account for next year’s bill can be paid in exactly the same way. No need to ‘notify HMRC’ about any of this; you’ll see the individual payments you make show separately offset towards the amount you owe within a few days.

    You’re right that ideally you’d have started this sooner – the big issue is going to be the Curve limits. Do remember that the Curve metal £10k is supposedly per calendar (not rolling) month; although I’m not sure that’s been everyone’s experience of late. So you might want to sign up today to at least take advantage of whatever your day limit is to make a payment, in the hope that the monthly £10k is then reset from tomorrow for subsequent payments in January.

    PaulB

    Somewhat to my surprise, despite my original flight not being cancelled (albeit falling at a time most Brits wouldn’t have been permitted into the US) VS did allow me to move my booking – same destination, but offpeak->peak dates, with no mileage availability showing, exactly as I requested and without any payment of further £ or miles. I was impressed. I used the online rebooking form as someone on here kindly recommended.

    Did anyone who was charged hear back from curve? Is the only way to hear back quickly from them to contact via Twitter? Chat function appears to be a waste of time. Will be cancelling shortly as if they can’t respond within a week I don’t want to give them my business.

    In fairness to them (and far be it from me to stand up for Curve’s customer support which has always unimpressed me) but do remember that today is only the second working day in the last week given all the bank holidays…

    60k landed in my BA acc within 3 weeks of me hitting the spend. I’d call them to make sure it’s on it’s way

    thanks! will contact Amex

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