Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Club lounge at IC Park Lane
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    I think when I was last there they offered at check in if I wanted lounge access for around £150/night. This is the rate for ambassadors. Have you booked as you can access it with bookings via Emyr as well as it’s included in the rate, I do think it is a very nice lounge.

    in reply to: Heathrow T5 Club Europe lounge
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    I’ve typically found they do mini pies mash and gravy too but that might just be the BA T3 Club lounge. Would be odd that isn’t also in T5?

    in reply to: Best oneworld lounge at Changi?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    It’s a separate lounge:

    https://www.qantas.com/gb/en/qantas-experience/at-the-airport/airport-lounges/all-qantas-airport-lounges/singapore-international-first-lounge.html

    Oh apologies, good to know, didn’t realise it was a separate location in the terminal, interesting not listed on oneworld site

    in reply to: Best oneworld lounge at Changi?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    The Qantas First lounge, if you are eligible, is up the escalators across from the Gucci store. Not sure where the business lounge is, sorry.

    Pretty sure it’s the same one for both business and first, as I think that’s where I went and Oneworld website just lists as the Qantas lounge eligible for Business/First/sapphire/Emerald

    in reply to: Best oneworld lounge at Changi?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    QR lounge probably more superior to QF J lounge and had stricter access rules – no economy with status allowed in. If you have BA Gold (or equivalent) then the QF First lounge is probably the best.

    QF lounge opens at 2:30pm (not sure there’s a QF F lounge, least I did not see one a couple weeks ago when I was there but I don’t have Gold status so wouldn’t know entirely) and QR lounge opens about 6pm I believe. QR has hot a la carte offerings and good cold buffet selection but QF offers a good hot buffet selection and some cooked to order dishes. If I had to choose one I would probably opt for QR as you’ll have access as flying in Business.

    in reply to: oneworld downgrade from Emerald to Sapphire
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    OW websites states it provides seat, Malaysia Airlines website is contradictory depending what page you look at and then contradicts the OW website…. Malaysia Airlines act like they are in the Wild West and seem to enact whatever they feel like regardless of stated benefits in OW.

    Just as a side note, had a MH flight on a QR codeshare a few weeks ago and Avios/TP did not credit to BA, apparently this is a common occurrence with MH. They don’t seem the best in applying OneWorld rules/systems etc sadly

    in reply to: First time flying with Gold status
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Being able to use the CX First lounges at LHR T3 and HKG is probably the biggest attraction of BA Gold for me. It’s good CX play fully with oneworld rules unlike BA & Qatar.

    in reply to: Flying Qatar Airways with BA Gold status
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    It’s using points , will I get into Al Mourjan

    The only caveat is if you’ve used points to upgrade an economy ticket on QR, then no Al Mourjan business lounge access from the ticket

    in reply to: HfP London Summer Party 2023
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Rob – once again you’ve arranged the summer party when I’m out of the country😣😂

    If it makes you feel any better, also out the country and gutted to be missing it!

    I guess there’s no chance Rob of say another much smaller-scale HfP drinks meet up is there another time later this year in London for those of us that can’t make this year’s party?

    What I forgot to mention if the £5k spend is direct airline spend (you mentioned flights) on a gold card, this would get you 2 MR points per £1. Also if you put it on a gold card you accumulate towards the bonus points (up to 12,500/year) spend which you don’t get on Plat.

    Alternatively, you could both look into BAPP Cards if you’re happy to move away from MR Points.

    Looking for advice. Bit of background info……My partner had the AE Preferred Gold Card. Not sure what she did but basically downgraded it to a ‘free’ non points earning card, to maintain her MR points (She now has 0 MR points as they got used). It has been over 24 months since she received any SUP.

    To me, it doesn’t make much sense she downgraded to a Non-points earning card to retain the MR points, it must have been the free points earning card to retain the MR points, you can’t upgrade/downgrade across different classes of Amex cards.

    If what I have said is the case then she would unfortunately not qualify for the Platinum Bonus as stated per the amex site:”I understand I will not be eligible for any Welcome Bonus award if I hold or have held any personal Membership Rewards-enrolled American Express Cards in the past 24 months.” She would have to cancel her Amex MR Free card and wait 2 years to qualify. This is all assuming she meets the other Platinum qualification criteria including the unofficial minimum income threshold.

    You could refer her for the platinum card though and gain the referral points though even if a different category of card.

    in reply to: Lack of priority pass lounges in Norway
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    UK Amex Platinum cardholders can definitely enter the OSL Lounge – I’ve done it many times. Whether you would want to is another question, it’s not the greatest lounge across Europe – particularly for food offerings.

    Yep was in OSL lounge last September, didn’t think much to it, specially in terms of the food offerings, to my memory only thing hot was soup which was ok. The only other savoury on offer was just salad, nothing to get excited about. Not a massive sweet person, so can’t remember if they had any cakes on offer.

    in reply to: Qatar – Avios redemption in Business Class
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    @Peggerz, did you book via BA or QR website? I had to be quite persistent about getting seat selection as BA Silver, but my bookings are both in economy – so maybe you get free seat selection from the time of booking in business?

    Once you’ve booked via Qatar, can you not change the frequent flyer info to your BA number so you get your status benefits?

    in reply to: BA voucher contact with BA
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    You could always use Skype to contact BA Cheaply

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    @VALittleRed – I don’t know how you can say the worst outcome is having your account closed (even though you put a ?).

    Sorry my apologies, it seemed the most obvious thing that could happen but clearly not the worse as it’s fraud as you rightly say.

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Not in regards to me but what happens if “you put down 50k but earn less?”.

    And is this new 50k min concerning BAPPs aswell or just Plat?

    You run the risk that they ask for proof. And if you can’t then you run the risk all your accounts are closed in the worst case scenario?

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Inference was the min earnings requirement was temporary though and to try again in couple of months….

    To me it clearly seems no coincidence this requirement coincides with the increased bonus offer.

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    What’s frustrating though, is that Amex applications only let you declare one specific source of income, whereas you could have 2 or more guaranteed income streams, e.g. pension plus part-time job which could take you well over the £50k figure. As it stands, you have to put the 2nd income in with the “household income”, which now doesn’t count towards the minimum requirement.

    Personally I wouldn’t see an issue in putting the total personal income from both streams into your income and choosing the option that best reflects the majority of that income. And other household income for any one else in your family you live with.

    in reply to: Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 transfer at Heathrow
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    It’s a 5 day stay with BA holidays hence the double points. All on one tickets and flying in from Madrid on Iberia.

    On a side note, maybe I’m missing something but not sure how you qualify for the double Tier Point offer as your BA Holidays Booking doesn’t originate from the UK?

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Just another data point, referred said family member for Plat, income way below 50k but homeowner (no mortgage) and was also rejected, bit of a shame I guess but oh well.

    in reply to: Good use of 35k Amex Rewards points
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Thanks all for the really helpful suggestions here, Bonvoy does seem a good option I hadn’t thought about. The reason why Eurostar Bus prem has value is the things you listed as I’m trying to close any MR cards and don’t want to take out Plat as I don’t qualify for a bonus, hence trying to reset the 2 years and don’t hold an EU passport.

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Agree with comments, min income seems to be around 50-55k and household income now only counts for credit limit. If you have some savings and close to line then they also accept interest payments as income which allowed my friend to be approved from an inital decline

    This is frustrating as said family member planning to refer won’t qualify on the income but would qualify on the enhanced bonus they’re running! Likely other way round for me, might just qualify for the card but not the bonus 😬 can’t win. Would be good if HfP team could please informally confirm the new income requirement?

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    Oh wow, this is a bit frustrating to read, was planning to refer a family member but I might not bother now

    in reply to: Amex Platinum minimum income?
    VALittleRed 122 posts

    They don’t usually have an income requirement. However they do take into account mortgage payments etc so if he has a large mortgage it’s possible that is preventing him getting it. Does he have any other debts including a mortgage? They are apparently tightening up giving credit to people with mortgages etc

    VALittleRed 122 posts

    I hadn’t thought about whether you can vary the amount of cash and avios used for an upgrade, but yes you can absolutely upgrade from ET to CE if there are avios CE seats available. I imagine the avios for the upgrade would have to come from the account which the original booking was made from (unless you’re referring to a HHA, in which case they would be taken pro-rata).

    It’s the difference between the highest Avios amounts

    You need to be booked in N or higher fare class (so not O Q or G) and of course you need seats in CE

    Bottom line is that, for most leisure travellers, they will not have a qualifying fare to upgrade in the first place.

    Ok thanks all, I just wasn’t sure if the fare class restrictions that applies to World Traveller fares applied to Euro Traveller fares too as I have UUA’d before in the past on a BA Holidays booking some years ago pre-Covid and had no idea these restrictions applied, I guess that was a qualifying fare.

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