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BA and CX have jointly blocked close in booking between HKG and Taiwan and parts of China with a minimum of 5 days before departure.

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Unfortunately as a result of significant levels of fraudulent activity CX have removed access to redemption availability -5 days to departure until further notice. (BA Executive Club)
It is not sure that when this limit will be lifted and people are advised to phone up to book their flights if it is short to departure (even though it may not work)

UPDATES:
- 12/07/2016 The block has been lifted for flights to and from Taiwan.
- 28/10/2016 Looks like there is a 7 days block for flights between HKG and PEK, PVG, XIY (Xi'an), CKG (Chongqing). There may also be a 5 days block on TPE again...
- 28/10/2016 Flights to CTU and WUH still face the 7 days block afaik
- 30/11/2016 Even for TPE there is a 7 days block
- 13/12/2016 Basically everything is blocked, including TYO, LHR and so on.
- 28/02/2017 RIP redemptions to MAINLAND CHINA T-5
- 11/03/2017 Blocked all CX/KA online & phone redemptions to/from All Mainland China, TPE, Malaysia & Singapore flights 9 days from departure !
- 14/03/2017 Ok, folks. CX is blocking ON MOST award spaces for BAEC members (whether online or phone) up to 9 days prior to departure now.
- 15/03/2017 CX (or rather BA) is blocking CX/KA redemptions blocking ON MOST award spaces between HKG and USA, EU, Japan, Taiwan flights for BAEC members (whether online or phone) up to 22 days prior to departure! Each destination is inconsistent with availability. Some are not available less than 7 days, some as in the case of Japan is 22 days prior to departure.
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Old May 31, 16, 4:58 pm   #1
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CX blocking award availability when it's close to departure?

I happen to notice that CX has recently blocked all redemption spaces between HKG-TPE when it is close to departure. For example no seats available this week but a lot of seats on Tuesday 07 June.

Is this just an error or do they really block them? (Looked up on BA) there are plentiful of seats to TYI for example but not TPE.
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Old May 31, 16, 5:27 pm   #2
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Are there lots of revenue seats available?

I used 4-June as an example and on EF, for any flights after 9am, availability is very low with only Y/B fare classes available.
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Probably oversold?
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Old May 31, 16, 6:39 pm   #4
  
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I happen to notice that CX has recently blocked all redemption spaces between HKG-TPE when it is close to departure. For example no seats available this week but a lot of seats on Tuesday 07 June.

Is this just an error or do they really block them? (Looked up on BA) there are plentiful of seats to TYI for example but not TPE.
...pretty sure flights to TPE are packed these few days. no need to overthink it.

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Probably oversold?
yup.
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Old May 31, 16, 8:03 pm   #5
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...pretty sure flights to TPE are packed these few days. no need to overthink it.
Uni holidays commencing? It's not even school holidays yet...
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Old May 31, 16, 8:07 pm   #6
  
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Uni holidays commencing? It's not even school holidays yet...
not sure, but a few colleagues were whinging about buying "expensive" fares (pretty sure Y or B class), and I know some ID staff who were waiting halfday to get on a few days ago.

Personally I was trying to score cheap business but got stuck buying C and J class.

It just happens sometimes I suppose.
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Old May 31, 16, 8:27 pm   #7
  
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Are you referring to BA redemptions or Asiamiles?
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Old May 31, 16, 10:11 pm   #8
  
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It is not CX who is blocking the redemption space. Only the problem of BA, no problem at all with QF (and CX of course). (cost me 10k QF miles instead of 4.5k AVIOS last week)

See post#1572 and #1577 Issues, bugs and glitches on ba.com website [Please keep thread clutter-free!]
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Old Jun 1, 16, 2:34 am   #9
  
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Agree, Unable to book via BA this week. But plenty of space available via AM redemption. Eventually redeemed via AM. Think could be blocking Close in 7 days for BA redemption
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Old Jun 1, 16, 5:58 am   #10
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Are you referring to BA redemptions or Asiamiles?
Searched on ba.com and BA mobile. Nothing is available in the next week. CX is only selling Y/B though spaces that were once wide open for Avios disappeared as time goes by.
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Old Jun 1, 16, 10:29 am   #11
  
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Searched on ba.com and BA mobile. Nothing is available in the next week. CX is only selling Y/B though spaces that were once wide open for Avios disappeared as time goes by.

Good availability at CX redemption though



Nil at BA



Good availability at QF as well


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Old Jun 1, 16, 10:38 am   #12
  
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I happen to notice that CX has recently blocked all redemption spaces between HKG-TPE when it is close to departure. For example no seats available this week but a lot of seats on Tuesday 07 June.

Is this just an error or do they really block them? (Looked up on BA) there are plentiful of seats to TYI for example but not TPE.
BTW, BA has just extended their block till 11 June Sat
Nil availability on 7th 8th 9th and 10th
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Old Jun 1, 16, 2:50 pm   #13
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Good availability at CX redemption though



Nil at BA



Good availability at QF as well

LchChester thank you for the screenshots. I will try to contact BA on FT and hopefully they can fix it/

Yes the block has been extended.
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Old Jun 1, 16, 6:17 pm   #14
  
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The BA block has been going on for about three weeks now; it's very frustrating, especially for last minute redeemers like me!
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Old Jun 1, 16, 8:26 pm   #15
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Storm too. But I don't think BA was simply being prophetic:

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