Programs: BA Silver, BD Blue :(, Le Club Accorhotels Silver, AF/NH Pleb
Originally Posted by diamond club freeloader
Closure of the LR does seem likely, though bear in mind that BA will continue to fly to BHD and, later on, to LBA from T1. Perhaps the BA T1 lounge operation will go to the GBL.
If VS extend their domestic plans beyond MAN the LR might well become attractive to them - and that would be good for balance in the market! ...watching with interest...
With BHD staying in T1 and, LBA starting and DUB going to 8x daily there's going to be plenty to keep the London Room busy this winter. In fact given that there will be no more jungle jets kicking around the place I don't think the actual number of domestic seats being offered from T1 is going to fall that much.
Check my BA97 Calendar to see if I can guest you into a lounge
BHD pricing had been screwy from day one. Every time you think it's settled downed, off it goes again like a five year old with ADHD you just fed a bottle of full fat Coke! They had "normal" one way, add the two together pricing, a couple of weeks ago, so I don't know what they're at.....
I have previously whinged on the BA forum about how BHD connections to long haul connections in WT+ are extortionately expensive - often £250-300 (RTN) more in comparison with connections from other UK cities. Disappointingly screwy indeed... and something that I really hope gets fixed or I'll struggle to fully benefit from this shiny new BA-G card!!
Not sure if it's universal, but I can't find a LHR-DUB or vv. for less than GBP70 or EUR70 each way. That's well over what I used to pay on BD and, more importantly, well over what EI want for the same dates and times.
Price-sensitive point to point traffic will presumably migrate to other carriers, so it's EC members choosing BA out of loyalty who stand to get shafted most by this.
I've yet to book a revenue ticket on BA, only last minute awards; a most welcome benefit of BA Avios I must say, so I'll give them a brownie point for that.
EI have had all my revenue business to date and I can't see that changing much. Not because of BA pricing per se, the one-way prices for some of the dates I was looking at are more than fine, more from my annoyance at their continued revenue management antics on the route. Having both of them down at BHD from the end of next month won't help BA get any more point to point cash from me either. Nor will BA be getting connection revenue from me either. Not with DUB a mere 100 minutes down the road with multiple choice airlines and savings of what can be several hundred pounds to boot, even on simple European routes. Longhaul savings are easily four figures heading east in C...
...and before someone thinks I'm on an anti-BA rant, I'm not, just stating fact; I have no problem with them whatsoever, but I'm not going to pay them a large premium just because they're BA. They're not that good!