Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: PP lounges at Charles de Gaulle T2B
    slidey

    T2B only reopened last? year having being closed since like 2013. Its actually quite a nice terminal and it does have a couple of lounges, but currently PP has no agreement with them so there is no PP lounge access in T2B. Allow time to get through passport control when leaving, if its anything like when I was there it was pathetic. 4 flights to uk departing at similar times and only 2 members of french border control checking passports.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 27th September
    slidey

    Whats the process to credit points from an already flown flight on United to Aeroplan? Do you have to request the points from the Air Canada side or do it from the United side?

    I had a flight with no flyer number at.tached to it so now want to credit it to Aeroplan, but trying to do it from the air canada website is saying that its not able to submit the request

    slidey

    Can it be added during online check in or only at the check in desk?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 22nd September
    slidey

    Trying to find out how many points Id get for crediting a United flight to Aeroplan, it was P class, where to credit says 150% but 750 miles below it, anyone know what the 750 miles mean?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 9th September
    slidey

    Just noticed PAW has Hilton at 2/£

    None of the other cashback/points earning sites have had hilton for well over a year.

    Its not exactly great but the US version of voldeportal still gets 1.05% 🙂

    in reply to: How do British Airways profit from Avios?
    slidey

    Are ba not making a profit everytime anyone books a flight from london? The lol fees are getting close to the cash fares that you can/could get exEU?

    in reply to: Day trips from Bangkok by air?
    slidey

    If you do this I strongly recommend you use Air Asia from DMK and not a flight out of BKK or with a flag carrier because punctuality of both is poorer in my experience. My first choice would be Chiang Mai simply because of the contrast and also because the airport is very close to the city so you can have time to see it, the mountains, temples and river. If you do this take the earliest flight to minimise possibility of delays, and I recommend a private driver guide to meet you at airport.

    Yeah, I was gonna try and use DMK as I thought it may be a better option than BKK. Are the private drivers booked online?

    I think its probably going to be either chiang mai or saigon.

    in reply to: Day trips from Bangkok by air?
    slidey

    Unless you’re absolutely desperate to get on a plane, I would instead recommend taking the train up to Ayutthaya. It’s an incredibly rewarding side trip from Bangkok. There’s so much incredible history just lying around and hardly any tourists when you get outside the top couple sights.

    I was thinking of going there on one of the other days, how is the train journey up there?

    in reply to: Venice – help please!
    slidey

    I stayed at the indigo a couple of weeks ago, I thought the location was fine. Its a couple of mins walk from the hotel to the vaporetto, which then takes about 10 mins to get to san marco (zaccaria stop). It takes like 45 mins to get from indigo to rialto on the vaporetto but its way easier to just exit the boat at zaccaria and walk from san marco to rialto as there is a direct path from the middle of san marco square, it takes <10 mins to walk. The vaporettos from the grand canal can also get busy. Can also walk from indigo to san marco, supposedly takes about 25 mins 🙂

    in reply to: Which Hilton in Bangkok?
    slidey

    @Slidey, you’re coming at this backwards. First decide where in the city you want to stay and only then decide on the most suutable hotels. The four most popular choices are Silom, Sokhumvit, Central World or Riverside. Franly nether Hilton or Marriott would e top of my list in any if tge four. If you want to use points you will get better value, and arguably now better hotels across all budgets with IHG. Unless things have changed very recently, it is better to pay cash not points at the moment.

    Main reason I was looking at the Hiltons is I need a couple of nights to renew diamond and if I dont get them in BKK I’ll need to do a matress run at some point.

    Ive not been to Bangkok before so will probably be doing the touristy bits so location, or more accurately ease of getting around (BTS/MRT), is important, Id previously discounted the millennium as Id read the other side of the river wasnt a good location in terms of getting to places?

    slidey

    IC Paris Le Grand, zero status recognition at checkin, not offerred breakfast (or even told about it) or 15e credit, not told about upgrade (had already seen upgrade from cosy to premium in app), not offered late checkout until I asked. Used amb voucher and at checkin was told I was there for 2 nights ‘one paid and one free’ lol.

    When I went to ask about breakfast it was as tho it didnt exist, but eventually got it added. Was expecting way better service.

    Are they ever going to reopen the arrival lounge at LHR?

    in reply to: Ways round ‘dynamic pricing’?
    slidey

    I just tried this for the hampton..

    Go to hilton site without logging in, pick random date of sep 16-17 and its king room, says book from £135. Actual price is 135 non-canx for hh members, 143 non-canx for non members. Flex is 160 for hh and 169 for non-hh

    Tick book with points option (still not logged in) and it now says book with points from 55000 and quick book 169, with ‘more rates from 135’ below it, clicking that then shows the same prices as above.

    Tripadvisor shows 152 for the same night, which is a non-canx rate. Id say that you just happened to be booking at the point that the price went up.

    in reply to: Ways round ‘dynamic pricing’?
    slidey

    How are there two different prices with hilton? ie 128 and 164?

    in reply to: How to add FHR booking into Hilton Honors
    slidey

    Do amex hotel collection bookings also get Hilton night credits/status benefits or is it just FHR?

    slidey

    Downgrade from business to economy is double downgrade so 2x compensation?

    in reply to: Abu Dhabi F1 2022
    slidey

    There was pretty much no points availability on VS/*A/BA when I looked a few weeks ago and unless you have etihad points, you’d need to go to DXB.

    If youre only planning on staying there for 5 nights and are booking a cash ticket, your only option is likely to be etihad for ~700, its not worth flying to DXB wed-mon imo as it will be ~100 in return taxi fares for little flight price saving. If your dates are more flexible so you can do a couple of nights in dubai before going to abu dhabi, the cash options improve a little as you can get a swiss air premium econ ticket for the same price as the econ etihad ticket, tho with a 90 min stop in zurich.

    If its the same as last year, you get a ticket that gives you access to the fan zone inside the circuit and the pit lane walk, you dont get a race ticket tho so if you want to be in a grandstand (or even abu dhabi hill) that needed a bought ticket

    slidey

    I moved mine to next spring. The most surprising thing was it was movable via MMB which saved me from having to talk to the liars on the phone who wouldve said it was outside of ticket validity and issued an involuntary refund.

    in reply to: Fraud on my Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
    slidey

    P2 card arrived in a royal mail plastic bag as the side of the envelope was ripped. They probably need to revise the packaging cos this many ripped letters is nonsense.

    slidey

    Didnt there used to be a DXB-LHR flight that left at about 0200? If so, that seems to have gone too.

    in reply to: Delay time to be eligible for compensation?
    slidey

    Dublin to New York is definitely over 3500Km, so the comp is €600 for 4 hours plus, and €300 for a delay of 3 to 4 hours.

    Do you know where the €300 comp for a 3-4 hour delay is detailed? I have checked over the ec261 doc and could only find the reference for 600 over 4 hours when over 3500km, but couldnt find a reference to the 300 comp for between 3 and 4 hours?

    in reply to: Delay time to be eligible for compensation?
    slidey

    Its about 3200 miles, which would suggest that theres no compensation until 4 hours, but while trying to validate that, one of the sites I checked suggested that a 3 hour delay for such a distance would be eligible.

    in reply to: easyJet refund/expense costs
    slidey

    heh 🙂 Just to nitpick remember opening the door of the aircraft after landing still doesn’t count as the plane’s arrival time unless the ramp or steps are attached to the aircraft *and* the first passenger is allowed to step onto ramp or steps. That’s the aircraft arrival time.

    Is the thing about the doors being open and the passengers being able to disembark documented somewhere that can be quoted to the airline?

    in reply to: Capital On Tap and American Express
    slidey

    No.

    Can we start banning the trolls?

    in reply to: BA refusing to rebook on non oneworld airline
    slidey

    needed to email the customer relations team

    Does anyone know what that email address is?

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