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Old Apr 8, 2024, 2:36 am
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 3:52 am
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I kinda liked that the old avios.com system was clunky, fell over a bit and took ages to return results. It meant that only the more persistent booker could use it successfully, especially when you had to phone up if you wanted to cancel, add seats etc. With the apparent ease of the new system, I imagine more will be using it, and likely the cheaper tax compared with booking on BA.com will not last as a result.
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by tangey
and likely the cheaper tax compared with booking on BA.com will not last as a result.
Wasn't that removed some time back?

Along with some other drastic changes, such as preventing making reward bookings for departure in the following X days....
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by tangey
I kinda liked that the old avios.com system was clunky, fell over a bit and took ages to return results. It meant that only the more persistent booker could use it successfully, especially when you had to phone up if you wanted to cancel, add seats etc. With the apparent ease of the new system, I imagine more will be using it, and likely the cheaper tax compared with booking on BA.com will not last as a result.
I had similar thoughts when the new site launched. Reward Flights on EI are about to become "mainstream". Greater accessibility will drive higher usership and increase competition for seats. In recent months I was often surprised to find availability on high-fare summer routes during peak periods which I put down to the Avios site simply being under-used.

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Old Apr 8, 2024, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by EI320
I had similar thoughts when the new site launched. Reward Flights on EI are about to become "mainstream". Greater accessibility will drive higher usership and increase competition for seats. In recent months I was often surprised to find availability on high-fare summer routes during peak periods which I put down to the Avios site simply being under-used.

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Long haul reward seats became mainstream pre-Covid and availability has lessened even further as the Avios family grows. That said, Im not convinced short haul reward fares have the same attraction for US, UK other frequent flyers based outside Ireland. Plus the treatment of Avios bookings as effectively TA channel was a complete PITA for booking management and FFP benefit recognition. Sorting that out is a welcome change (I hope anyway).
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by irishguy28
Wasn't that removed some time back?
HfP blog had a post the other day about some EI Short Haul awards being 30-40e more if booked on BAEC
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 6:46 pm
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Originally Posted by irishguy28
Unlike the Avios.com interface, this booking interface only allows queries that are served point-to-point by Aer Lingus themselves....🤦‍♂️

Starting from Amsterdam (for instance), you can only book a ticket to DUB or ORK. Hopefully this is an oversight on their part. (And eventually they will add BA/IB etc...right?)
Just noticed the point-to-point restriction. Anyway one can book an itinerary with a connection?

lastly, I see BA avios prices out DUS DUB BOS as 17k + $300...would the surcharges/taxes be lower is booked through Aer Club?
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Old Apr 9, 2024, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28
Wasn't that removed some time back?
Unless it was was in the last month, because at the start of March I checked the new DUB-DLM-DUB route

1) 90K Avios + 54 booking on Avios.com
2) 90K Avios + 150 booking on BA.com.

That's for 2 people...cash almost x3 on BA.com compared to Avios.com.

As I previously reported, 22.5K avios for a 1-way DUB-DLM is scandalous, given that DUB-ATH is only 10K
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Old Apr 9, 2024, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by tangey
Unless it was was in the last month, because at the start of March I checked the new DUB-DLM-DUB route

1) 90K Avios + 54 booking on Avios.com
2) 90K Avios + 150 booking on BA.com.

That's for 2 people...cash almost x3 on BA.com compared to Avios.com.

As I previously reported, 22.5K avios for a 1-way DUB-DLM is scandalous, given that DUB-ATH is only 10K
Correction, DUB-DLM is 22K OFF-PEAK, it is 27.5K peak.
Boston in economy is 13K/20K off peak/peak
West coast USA 16K/25K off peak/peak

DLM is the most expensive economy reward on the EI network.
The other two new routes cantania and heraklion are 8.5K/10K

This must me a mispricing surely, if they don't want reward flights then why not do what they do on the USA flights and make very little available.
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Old Apr 10, 2024, 3:27 am
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Originally Posted by tangey
Correction, DUB-DLM is 22K OFF-PEAK, it is 27.5K peak.
Boston in economy is 13K/20K off peak/peak
West coast USA 16K/25K off peak/peak

DLM is the most expensive economy reward on the EI network.
The other two new routes cantania and heraklion are 8.5K/10K

This must me a mispricing surely, if they don't want reward flights then why not do what they do on the USA flights and make very little available.
The most expensive reward ticket but the cheapest cash ticket. DLM not selling too well.

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Old Apr 13, 2024, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by EI320
The most expensive reward ticket but the cheapest cash ticket. DLM not selling too well.
I don't think that's true!

Some Saturdays in May are currently going for over 500 one-way:


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Old Apr 13, 2024, 5:43 am
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Hopefully after Tuesday some issues such as booking on partners, booking connecting itineraries, and the relative paucity of award availability on the shorthaul network within 60 days of booking will be resolved...

They're really eager to spread the word that the site will be temporarily offline in the early hours of next Tuesday

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Old Apr 13, 2024, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28
I don't think that's true!

Some Saturdays in May are currently going for over 500 one-way:

This is after the 24 hour bargain basement sale covering April and May. With every seat priced at 49.99 the flights are most likely close to full. The promotion achieved its aim.
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