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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 27th Feb 12, 12:42 PM
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    Avios Points Boosting guide discussion
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    • 27th Feb 12, 12:42 PM
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    Avios Points Boosting guide discussion 27th Feb 12 at 12:42 PM



    Hi all, we've written a new Avios Points Boosting guide to help you earn flights (plus taxes) worldwide and max points' value when redeeming.

    How did you find the info? Do you have any other ways to boost your points? What are your top ways to spend Avios points?

    Thanks
    for your help!


    MSE Jenny

    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 27-02-2012 at 12:48 PM.
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    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 13th Mar 12, 1:57 PM
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    Doshwaster
    Oh-oh! Booked the cheapest! Have to really, we are retired and want to see first grandchild in the USA as often as possible.

    It is my dream to travel First class home - just once in my life!

    Not heard the terms Y, B & H for tickets before. I assume they refer to flexible tickets.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    The letters refer to the Fare Code
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IATA_class_codes

    Y means a fully flexible i.e. expensive economy ticket. B and H will have some restrictions in terms of ability to change or get a full refund.

    Under the BA rules only the most expensive (ie. Y) tickets can be upgraded to World Traveller Plus (WTP) which means that it's usually cheaper just to buy a discounted WTP ticket in the first place. However, the beauty of the BA rules is that *ALL* WTP tickets are upgradable to Club World. That means you can buy the cheapest ticket you can and use miles/points to upgrade. At the going rate of 12,500 per sector there are few better ways of using your points - especially if you are a BA Executive Club member as you get credited extra miles for flying in CW so the actual cost is lower and sometimes almost self-sustaining.
  • fi_earthling
    booking tickets for other people
    I have a question about booking tickets for friends and family...

    I've been a member of BA Exec Club for years but I can't book a ticket through this for my other half or his son to travel with me, as it's for the account holder only (we can't open a household account as you have to live at the same address)

    There doesn't seem to be the same restriction through the main Avios site, so I could potentially book for both of us through this. Can someone confirm this is the case? I'm finding it hard to find the info on the site.
  • oasis1979
    can you use your own avios number when booking a flight for someone else?
  • 1Highlander
    Air Miles Points Vouchers
    A question on what to do next about vouchers not being honoured.....

    I have some of the original Air Miles vouchers that were sent out when it first started, to encourage saving - several 1 mile, 5 mile, 20 mile, 100 mile, etc.
    I have queried with Air Miles a couple of times whether these were still valid and if I could exchange these for online points and was told that they were still valid and it was best just to wait until I booked and exchange them then.
    Now Avios appears so I checked again.
    This time I was told the vouchers are no longer valid.
    I explained the history and confirmed I had not received anything with the Avios marketing or separate communication to say these would no longer be valid.
    I was told there was something on the website and they were just telling people when than rang to enquire !! Bit late then.
    Where do we stand ?
    • tulip12
    • By tulip12 24th Mar 12, 7:21 AM
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    tulip12
    Hi
    I hope I have posted this question in the right place.

    We have some points that we have had for many years and never used, about 6000. I have recently added a few points to keep the account from lapsing.

    We don't really collect these any more and would just like to use them, then close the account.

    My question is what would be the best value for money way of spending them?
    Could I sell them?
    Thanks for your help Tulip
    Last edited by tulip12; 24-03-2012 at 7:29 AM.
    • worldtraveller
    • By worldtraveller 23rd Apr 12, 8:06 PM
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    worldtraveller
    Buy BMI dividend miles and convert to BA Avios Points with saving
    Please note that I have not had time to look into this fully, so please check it out thoroughly first, but if you need to purchase some Avios Points for your BA Executive Club account it may be worth buying BMI destination miles instead and transferring them to Avios Points.

    With the recent purchase of BMI by IAG, it's my understanding that, from the 3rd July, BMI Diamond Club members will be able to transfer their destinations miles to Executive Club Avios Points at a rate of 1:1.

    Currently BMI Diamond Club members can purchase 24,000 destination miles (maximum possible) for 303.00, but the same number of Avios Points, purchased as a BA Executive Club member, would cost 399.00. You can purchase less of course, but the percentage saving will not be as large.

    (To complicate this slightly you can currently get a bonus number of Avios Points if you purchase them on the BA Executive Club site using a BA Amex Card and there is a similar deal on the Avios site using Lloyds TSB cards to pay, so I don't think that there is any benefit with the above if you have those particular cards)
    Last edited by worldtraveller; 23-04-2012 at 8:29 PM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 23rd Apr 12, 8:44 PM
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    richardw
    Perhaps do full research worldtraveller before posting, disinformation is no good to anybody.
    Last edited by richardw; 23-04-2012 at 8:46 PM.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • lfc84
    • By lfc84 23rd Apr 12, 8:49 PM
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    lfc84
    you need to take into account redemption rates as well
    • budgetflyer
    • By budgetflyer 23rd Apr 12, 8:54 PM
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    budgetflyer
    info seems to match what was said on http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bmi-diamond-club/public/en_gb
    • worldtraveller
    • By worldtraveller 24th Apr 12, 5:23 AM
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    worldtraveller
    Perhaps do full research worldtraveller before posting, disinformation is no good to anybody.
    Originally posted by richardw
    If you have time to research it fully and read all the terms & conditions on both BA & BMI websites and all the other legalise about the takeover, please feel free to do so. There is absolutely no disinformation in what I posted and as far as I know it's totally clear & accurate and, IMHO I spent sufficient time on it before making the post, with a helpful link.

    As a matter of course I've always made similar suggestions regarding the checking of all the details whenever I've made a similar post on MSE in the past and I will continue to do so in the future. Maybe I just shouldn't have suggested that people, to be safe, check it out fully first, and you would have maybe been a tad happier!
    Last edited by worldtraveller; 24-04-2012 at 5:53 AM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 24th Apr 12, 8:44 AM
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    richardw
    ...There is absolutely no disinformation in what I posted and as far as I know it's totally clear & accurate and, IMHO I spent sufficient time on it before making the post, with a helpful link....
    Originally posted by worldtraveller
    Well the 3rd July 2012 represents something that isn't clear in your post.

    Bmi Diamond Club have e mailed.

    "As part of the transition of bmi into British Airways, from 1 May 2012 British Airways is inviting you, as a Diamond Club member, to also join the Executive Club ......

    You will also be able to transfer your destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1. British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer from Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1. For example 100 destinations miles could be transferred into 100 Avios points and vice versa."
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • worldtraveller
    • By worldtraveller 24th Apr 12, 9:51 AM
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    worldtraveller
    Well the 3rd July 2012 represents something that isn't clear in your post.
    Originally posted by richardw
    ???

    Please explain. My post is very clear about people being able to convert their destination miles 1:1 to Avios Points after the 3rd July and has a link to the BA website which was to support that.
    Last edited by worldtraveller; 24-04-2012 at 9:55 AM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 24th Apr 12, 10:03 AM
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    richardw
    Transfers can be done from 1st May, 3rd July represents when the online tool will be available to do transfers.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • Andy Philpott
    • By Andy Philpott 24th Apr 12, 12:44 PM
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    Had an e mail from Avios on 19th April offering to sell me 24000 Avios for 399 and if I pay with the LTSB card I get a bonus 9000 Avios. Implication is that this a "special" deal! I then enquired about using Avios for a ferry crossing (cost 276) and they want 60,500 miles for that! Using their valuation of the miles (excluding the bonus) that would make the cost equivalent to over 1000. I know there will always be a difference between what someone sells something for and what they will buy for but the discrepancy is IMHO excessive.
    • worldtraveller
    • By worldtraveller 24th Apr 12, 12:45 PM
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    worldtraveller
    Transfers can be done from 1st May, 3rd July represents when the online tool will be available to do transfers.
    Originally posted by richardw
    That's not my understanding of the situation. The following is from BA Executive Club FAQ's regarding the changes:

    How do I transfer my destination miles to Avios and vice versa?
    You will not be able to transfer your destinations miles to Avios until 3 July. We will contact you with details on how to transfer your Miles from your Diamond Club account on ba.com in the very near future.

    I'd be interested to see where it says that you are able to do this before the 3rd July. Can you please post a link.

    It's my understanding that if you wish to "Tier Match" between the BMI Diamond Club & BA Executive Club, you will be able to do that from the 1st May.
    Last edited by worldtraveller; 24-04-2012 at 12:48 PM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 24th Apr 12, 1:26 PM
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    richardw
    I'd be interested to see where it says that you are able to do this before the 3rd July.....
    Originally posted by worldtraveller
    As bmi's e mail to Diamond Club members

    "As part of the transition of bmi into British Airways, from 1 May 2012 British Airways is inviting you, as a Diamond Club member, to also join the Executive Club at your equivalent tier status level. Diamond Club Gold customers will be invited to become Gold members of the Executive Club and Silver members to become Silver, which will be in addition to your Diamond Club membership. Further details will follow shortly.

    You will also be able to transfer your destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1. British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer from Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1. For example 100 destinations miles could be transferred into 100 Avios points and vice versa."
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
  • mynameistallulah
    As bmi's e mail to Diamond Club members

    "As part of the transition of bmi into British Airways, from 1 May 2012 British Airways is inviting you, as a Diamond Club member, to also join the Executive Club at your equivalent tier status level. Diamond Club Gold customers will be invited to become Gold members of the Executive Club and Silver members to become Silver, which will be in addition to your Diamond Club membership. Further details will follow shortly.

    You will also be able to transfer your destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1. British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer from Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1. For example 100 destinations miles could be transferred into 100 Avios points and vice versa."
    Originally posted by richardw
    worldtraveller is correct - the BA link specifies that transfers (in either direction) will only be available from July 3rd. There is no way it would be possible from May 1st, as DC members can still redeem at their current rates until May 31st.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 24th Apr 12, 1:43 PM
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    richardw
    worldtraveller is correct - the BA link specifies that transfers (in either direction) will only be available from July 3rd.
    Originally posted by mynameistallulah
    The BA link says that an online tool will be available from 3rd July


    There is no way it would be possible from May 1st, as DC members can still redeem at their current rates until May 31st.
    Originally posted by mynameistallulah
    Why isn't it possible from May 1st?
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  • mynameistallulah
    The BA link says that an online tool will be available from 3rd July

    Why isn't it possible from May 1st?
    Originally posted by richardw
    No, it states:

    From 3 July, Diamond Club members will be able to transfer their destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1.

    British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer their Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1.
    We are creating an online tool that will allow Diamond Club and Executive Club customers to undertake transfers, which will be available from 3 July.
    Clear enough?
    • richardw
    • By richardw 24th Apr 12, 1:54 PM
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    richardw
    Clear enough?
    Originally posted by mynameistallulah
    That's for the online tool, they've only announced the 1st May in e mails to Diamond Club members.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
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