Old Oct 24, 08, 4:28 am
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Lightbulb Thought for the day: Think before you book that award flight !

We are all aware that the pound has been in freefall lately. That is going to play havoc with some award bookings. While airlines don't amend their exchange rates on a daily basis, the next upload is sure to be a kicker, partcularly on airlines that charge YQ in US$.

Example: TG LHR-BKK-LHR, YQ charge $440.

Three months ago that was roughly £222 ($1.98), booked today it's £257 ($ 1.71). This morning the pound is trading at $1.55, so unless things improve quickly (yea right !), the next exchange rate upload could see that YQ charge head to over £280 !

So, think about that award. You might want to get it booked this week, or you may want to hold off a while and hope the pound recovers somewhat and that those airlines continue to drop their YQ charges; or pick a carrier that quotes YQ in £ or €.

Edited to add: of course, as mentioned below, our friends across the pond are luvin it !

Last edited by FlyingOnceMore; Oct 24, 08 at 7:52 am
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