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Going for Gold with BA in 2021
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May 21st -May 24th has now switched from Belfast to Newcastle due to NI Govt not opening Hotels till May 24th.
June 1st-4th now going to Belfast rather than Dublin - Hotels in Dublin not opening till June 2nd at earliest.
July 3rd to 6th now going to Dublin - previously Italy (Bologna) too dodgy with testing et al Ireland should be clear by then and no existing testing requirement to return to the UK.
The British Isles Trips are often dearer than the foreign ones which is extremely annoying.
Should be up to Silver by end July and will then start culling most of the remaining trips to Cattle Class as I qualify for Lounge Access and Free Seat Selection.
Will probably leave the "240's" intact in order to hopefully reach Gold by the end of the Year.
Will be Bronze by the end of the week.
July 3rd to 6th changed to Jersey and a trip to Dublin later that month will take me to Silver by the end of July hopefully.
Great trip today from EDI - BHD via LCY on BA Embraers - Glenlivet on free-flow
Going to Belfast again on Saturday which will take me within touching distance of Silver.
Due in Dublin later in July which will take me to Silver but getting a bit worried about this one and may have to adjust. Jersey my other "banker" have started categorising England and Scotland as "Red" - Wales still "Green"
Was supposed to be going there not Belfast this week. Am double vaccinated but can't put up with the hassle of any restrictions/testing.
Looks like I may be in Belfast quite a bit until things settle down.
First "proper" Foreign Trip is Germany in August (I think !!)
However this was tempered somewhat by being able to book front row WTP Seats on a booked Florida Trip (3rd attempt) next June with my son.
What would have cost £292 yesterday was zilch today
Then again the lure of the even nicer lounges and the first wing at LHR make gold very attractive.
As things stand at the moment they often shut The Galleries Lounge and turf everyone into the 1st Class one later in the Evenings.
Lounge Access and Free Seat Choice from point of booking are the highlights.
I was rather disappointed you don't get a physical card anymore - it's all virtual. Gold can still request one.
Did my first BA flights a couple of weeks ago with a quick trip to Edinburgh to collect 80 Tier Points. Just need a plan on how to get back to Silver by next summer.
Point runs from Edinburgh are easier as you are going via LHR and stacking up 160 on a trip to Belfast/Dublin/Jersey with no dreaded tests or quarantines.