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  • in reply to: Iberia change of flight by 5 minutes
    yonasl

    Checked with IB and if the schedule change had been more than 60 min they would allow a change of plane. For 5 min they don’t (which makes sense but is a pain for those with 40min changes as discussed above).

    in reply to: Executive Club year end dates when gifting status
    yonasl

    When you say you “got offered a silver card”, you mean by somebody that can gift such a perk somehow?

    in reply to: Cancelled easyJet flight
    yonasl

    EU/UK261 says the airline has to prove it is an extraordinary circumstance and document it. It is not your responsibility to scan the internet for the reason the flight was delayed.

    So simply reply saying you want to see proof (documents) showing there was a security issue at AMS.

    in reply to: Japan opens again
    yonasl

    Correction: 3 jans OR negative test

    All this from 11 October 2022

    in reply to: 4 Eligible Flights by Dec 31?
    yonasl

    Yes. With BA or IB.

    I suppose you booked separately:

    1) LHR-HND Booking 1
    2) FRA-HND Booking 2
    3) 2 x HND-LHR booking 3

    If indeed 1) and 2) had their schedule changed you should be able to move to another ANA flight (or Star Alliance). You have same rights as if it was EU airline (refund or change to a new time/date). You can move to another flight regardless of award availability. What you may not be able to do is change FRA to LHR for 2), you can change the date not make a full new itinerary.

    However for 3) as you arrive EU/UK but with a non-EU airline you have less rights than if you flew back with BA or Lufty. You will need to check with them what their conditions are for a change of date 9don’t know if Japanese legislation kicks in then).

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

    My god, all that hassle to fly from or to Marseille … cannot imagine how hard it is to have flights to places that actually people may want to go to!

    in reply to: Hilton complaint
    yonasl

    Hostels have free wifi but when you ask why 4 and 5 stars hotels charge you for daily usage of their network there is always some IT guy that jumps and starts explaining how building a wifi for a whole building with good speed and reliability is not trivial. Well ,it is not that easy indeed as many seem to be down more often than not.

    in reply to: Is it possible to get Gold in one trip?
    yonasl

    No personal experience of doing that but if you book a custom flight and hotel trip with a hotel booked for at least 5 nights of the trip , that seems to satisfy the Ts and Cs…….

    I think that was the case before (at least 5 days of hotel or car). But now you need to book the hotel or car for the whole trip.

    in reply to: Lost luggage claim with American Airlines
    yonasl

    Lost luggage compensation is a well defined formula based on weight and some max value.

    Receipts and all that are more for when you say “my luggage had a new Sony Alpha camera worth £2,000”. But if you try to claim that or any other luxury/jewels items they may just say “you should have insured it or not given it to us on the first place”.

    in reply to: Wizz Air flight cancellation reason
    yonasl

    Shortage of staff is not a exceptional circumstance. You don’t really need anything if they are saying that themselves. As I mentioned, pout two separate claims (one for hotels, food, transport) and another for compensation. Both should be paid but I had cases where they do one and not the other because they are not very organized and then you have to chase.

    With Wizzair, it is important to use free tools like https://www.flightradar24.com/ to check your flight. If you are flying MAD to LGW you need to check the plane and see what route it has on that day (say LGW to CDG, then CDG to LGW then LGW to MAD …) usually delays start building up and Wizz will never let you know of that. I was in Romania when the runway in Luton melted and the flight that was supposed to pick us up landed in Stansted. Wizzair was simply delaying our flight by a few hours while I could see it was impossible it would take place at all. The 9pm flight was delayed to 1AM and sure enough at midnight they cancelled it. I can only imagine what the people at the airport must have endured. I was in bed at the time just checking the state of the booking every 30min.

    Because of BA’s IT, since they seem to have given the extra TPs once your year ended, when they made you Silver they did it for this year and next! This is a known issue (same happens if you use the 2 week grace period for instance)

    If you requalify for Silver this year it will make no difference to you then. You won’t extend the expiry.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Wednesday 14th September
    yonasl

    QQ If a 241 flight gets cancelled and I’m offered the next available BA flight (which happens to be 27 hours later), can I ask to be re-routed on the original date with Iberia?

    tia

    YES. Regardless of award availability your rights are the same as any other passenger. So just find your best One World combination and they should be able to put you on one of those planes. (it helps if you know exactly the flight number and provide that vs. jut asking what can they offer)

    in reply to: Wizz Air flight cancellation reason
    yonasl

    Having had the same with Wizzair I can give you the following advice:
    – Use their system to ask to be paid for the extra AirBNB night and any transport back and forth to the airport and food. This they have to pay for because of duty of care

    As for compensation:
    – Simply put an separate request on their system for EU261 compensation due to flight cancelation. They will most certainly reply saying it was exceptional circumstances. Reply back saying “Can you detail what the exceptional circumstances were and provide documented evidence”

    Just to be clear, it is for the airline to prove the circumstance was exceptional and they have to show you why (the onus is on them).

    Also: If you provide the flight number and date some people here can check on ExpertFlyer. We can also check what the plane did that day.

    in reply to: 5TP to get to Silver
    yonasl
    in reply to: Iberia change of flight by 5 minutes
    yonasl

    The question is do you want to change the flight? If you do, call them. They may say no, they may say yes.

    If you don’t want to change the flight then just accept it.

    Personally I don’t, but I thought this could help anyone needing to make a change and having this sort of situation like @dougzz99

    in reply to: Iberia change of flight by 5 minutes
    yonasl

    No charge of flight number. Just takes off 5 min earlier.

    You do need to accept the “changes” before being able to check the booking (change seats etc.) and a link is provided to your rights as a passenger as if it was a much bigger issue.

    I have seen in the past these 5-10 min changes in schedule and accepted them but never tried to use them as an excuse to change the booking. That is why I was asking if anyone ever had.

    Change of flight number is a cancellation (of the old flight) so you can request a refund without penalty.

    But the flight number has not changed … still the same, just being told it will leave 5 min before.

    The strange thing is that I am asked to “accept the changes” as if this was material for some reason

    in reply to: Iberia change of flight by 5 minutes
    yonasl

    Usually for small changes like this it’s automatically accepted.

    Does it have the same flight number?

    No charge of flight number. Just takes off 5 min earlier.

    You do need to accept the “changes” before being able to check the booking (change seats etc.) and a link is provided to your rights as a passenger as if it was a much bigger issue.

    I have seen in the past these 5-10 min changes in schedule and accepted them but never tried to use them as an excuse to change the booking. That is why I was asking if anyone ever had.

    in reply to: 5 nights in Bucharest
    yonasl

    Bucharest is quite ugly in my opinion, you will be done in 1-2 days. In December it is cold in Romania but you may want to try and drive outside of town and visit Brasov, the castle of Sinaia, Sibiu. Driving in Romania is easy but expect not to go more than 60-90km/h so 100km take 100 min to drive.

    in reply to: Status match question
    yonasl

    Tap used to run a status match. Any luck from anyone recently?

    in reply to: Reasonable to leave teens in economy
    yonasl

    At that age your kids want to sit as far away from mum and you as they can. No matter how much they may love you and get along with you.

    in reply to: Holiday tier points – nearly Gold
    yonasl

    They will backdate your tier points but the good news is that they will manually change your status to Gold for the new year (meaning you get the new year, next one and then the third as silver).

    If anything, I would recommend you wait so they post the new TPS on the new year.

    Just fyi, I did have the same with silver. Finished my year as bronze and then when they posted my double TPs they did it for the previous year but the status was for the new year and the next one.

    in reply to: First flight in CE with toddler
    yonasl

    If you have a full row in CE, nothing stops you from removing the middle table and using the 3 seats (you can fold the table yourself).

    I would just go in economy. Unless you really are after the CE food or lounge access.

    in reply to: October prices to LAX
    yonasl

    Airlines already do this. It is called overbooking. They can continue to sell tickets, now at very high prices and “buy you out” closer to take off and simply pay the EU261 compensation (putting you on the next flight is free for them).

    in reply to: October prices to LAX
    yonasl

    As you approach the date of a flight the interest of an airline is to sell any remaining places as expensive as they can. They are after all about to realise the full cost of running the service so any new passengers can be charged high fares as they have no other option at that point.

    The high price you see does not represent the value of the ticket you hold but that of the person that now needs to do a trip in October.

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