Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • runnerbean 58 posts

    Enjoy! We were there in April and it was fabulous food and excellent wine pairing.
    We will be back – just not yet.

    Ps the Coffin Museum just round the corner is worth a visit (booked tours)

    runnerbean 58 posts

    Thanks @Johnykp, I’ll give it a go.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 11th May
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Good morning from sunny and warm Three Counties’ish.

    You may be interested to know I’m actually planting my runner beans this morning..

    runnerbean 58 posts

    @chrisorr85 what mechanism did you use eg phone, in person, other?

    Does NatWest say it accepts credit cards for overpayments?

    The reason I ask is that I asked nationwide about this a few weeks ago and got a clear no irrespective of card used (I explicitly asked about Amex and Barclaycard Avios.

    runnerbean 58 posts

    To get a better feel for it, have a go at booking with a companion voucher for the route you’re interested in. Don’t need to go as far as completing the booking/ paying. Or try several different routes and see how the numbers move.

    Are you comfortable that you know both the value of the Avios sitting in your account and the cost of acquiring more? Do yourself a spreadsheet or have a calculator to hand to check which of the various options is the better value.

    Don’t do a straight Avios purchase! The sterling to Avios rate is way high. Subscribe, boost, acquire through sign up bonuses on cards etc etc

    It may help you to make sense of the wealth of info on this site.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 7th May
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Thanks

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 7th May
    runnerbean 58 posts

    I made a number of hotel bookings on Booking.com yesterday via the avios app and this morning have received a number of emails all saying ….

    BA shopping portal is a scam. They’d find a dozen ways to refuse payout. Either that or they’ll immediately award you the avios and quietly take it away when you don’t notice, sometimes even after 6 months or a year. I found TCB to be the most reliable.

    TCB??

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 3rd May
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Thanks @Freckles. I’ve looked again and at aerolopa and the problem was my failure to read the text description of the seating arrangement.

    I won’t make that mistake again!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 3rd May
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Belatedly sorting through receipts etc from Feb/Mar delicious trip to SE Asia and have a question.

    We flew out on BA0031 CW 20 Feb and back on BA0012 CW on 13 March. Both were that tired and uncomfortable yin yang style seating.

    Not wanting to repeat this, I had a look at our booking and it says Boeing 787 each flight, but I can’t match any of the versions on seatguru etc to what we were actually in.

    What am I doing wrong?

    runnerbean 58 posts

    From the numbers you’ve given it appears to be finely balanced ie 22k avios per annum for £15k x 1.5 for BAPP and doubling the value with a 241 vs a non-fee card at 15k Avios plus £300 (30k Avios from Avios boost.

    But Reney has a good point. If you give up by the BAPP now, depending on your income you may not get back in.

    A suggestion: 1. see if you can make it work for you for another full year. 2. Go through your current account and non BAPP credit cards and move everything you can through the BAPP. Start with bigger standing orders and direct debits. This includes council tax (where your council will accept pay point/ pay zone), check energy bill options, annual subscriptions etc. 3. Order through BA shopping to get Avios multiplied 4. Use Avios boost each month

    If after a full year it doesn’t work for you then time to decide what you can better use the £300 subscription for.

    in reply to: Amex Stays via OTA’s
    runnerbean 58 posts

    We did Hotel Du Vin Birmingham on the same offer last week and our room was £278. They (oddly I thought) asked for us to pay on check in. I explained i needed £300 to go through as a single transaction for an Anec offer. They adjusted the amount and this gave us a credit for the bar which we duly spent on bottled beer to bring home,

    £75 refund has showed on my Amex account.

    in reply to: Tenerife troubles?
    runnerbean 58 posts

    We spent a very cold, wet and miserable week in the north in Tenerife some years ago. Pool went unused, woolly jumpers on.
    Drove back to the airport and met the blazing sunshine…

    in reply to: Honeymoon ideas for India
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Andaman and Nicobar look pretty good options, and I’ve not come across Coorg so will have a look at that too.
    Starting to look like a really interesting trip.

    Thanks to all so far!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 26th April
    runnerbean 58 posts

    +1 on the @Jill Kinkell comment. What’s more, last time we came into LHR from Changi I recognised pretty much all the business class passengers standing with us for c45 mins long after all the others had gone. So not priority last, not even priority ignored.

    in reply to: Mortgage payment to earn Avios?
    runnerbean 58 posts

    I’ve just phone Nationwide. As expected, no way of paying mortgage using credit card. Also asked if I could make overpayments using any credit card. Still no, overpayments are drawn from the same current account as main payment, no option to pay through separate route.

    It was the answer I expected but thought it was worth asking re overpayments.

    in reply to: Honeymoon ideas for India
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Ok, I’ve put Oberoi into my trip ideas.

    Beach angle? Not keen on Goa. Maybe a flight somewhere else on the way home

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 25th April
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Good morning from sunny and chilly Birmingham!

    We are taking advantage of the Hotel du Vin £300 get £75 off. Lovely red brick building, industrial size room and bathroom.

    But the highlight was dinner at Opheem. It was absolutely stunning. Highly recommend a detour if you’re near the midlands, or a trip here if you’re not.

    in reply to: Honeymoon ideas for India
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Very helpful suggestions, thankyou. Interesting idea to dip into Nepal, the suggested hotel groups etc

    Will no doubt be back in due course to sound you out as the plan develops!

    in reply to: Honeymoon ideas for India
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Not honeymoon, but asking on this thread because of some of the suggested areas/ itineraries.

    OH has an urge for North India for say 10 -14 days plus a beach add on of maybe 5 tacked on the end. This would be autumn/ winter 2025 so am looking at how many avios, and possible itineraries so that I’ve got clear options lined up for the booking window. I’ll have a BAPP 241 and the Avios coffer should be fine.

    Yes I know it’s still some months off but I’m a planner…

    Any initial views particularly the beach add-on?

    We were in Kerala many years ago (just after 9/11) and although lovely have no particular urge to go back yet.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 24th April
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Thanks @Nick. We’re in London in July for the RA summer exhibition (not exhibiting I should add..), and will try it out

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 24th April
    runnerbean 58 posts

    @NickN I do like a good Thai meal, but have struggled to find more than meh in that London other than the delicious Nipa Thai at the Royal Lancaster.
    Spill the beans on Simon Calder’s favourite ie have you been and is it worth a visit?

    in reply to: Travel Suggestions for first reward flight
    runnerbean 58 posts

    I agree! Think twice before you use those vouchers on economy.

    And you will get the best value and results from planning one year plus ahead.

    Your first voucher expires in just over one year. To get a long haul of your choice in a business cabin it will need booking at the time and day that the seats are released ie between now and the expiry date minus one year.

    And then you need to build up avios for the date you want to book the next flight.

    Singapore is lovely, but not after sitting upright for 13ish hours.

    This is a tangential way of answering the ‘is it good value’ question. Are you open to rethinking the cabin class?

    in reply to: Seeing seat selection costs
    runnerbean 58 posts

    @ NorthernLass, I wondered who would be first to bite!
    Try going into any non- Waitrose supermarket with my OH.

    in reply to: Seeing seat selection costs
    runnerbean 58 posts

    Less than 12 posts so far on non grammar topic…😆

    in reply to: BA Companion Voucher – Tokyo May 25?
    runnerbean 58 posts

    And do trial runs online at midnight to see the seats appear.

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