AS Miles redeemed on BA

Old Apr 20, 17, 11:17 pm
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AS Miles redeemed on BA

has this happened to anyone
booked First to LHR from USA and then a legal 3 day stop over
then LHR to Rome,
getting seat assignments, at no cost in First was a breeze
but they want to change me 30 dollars/pounds to reserve a seat in Biz class from LHR to Rome FCO
odd Odd Odd to me

plus their damned fuel surcharges<<<<<<<<<
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Old Apr 21, 17, 12:11 am
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Originally Posted by Tony10s View Post
has this happened to anyone
booked First to LHR from USA and then a legal 3 day stop over
then LHR to Rome,
getting seat assignments, at no cost in First was a breeze
but they want to change me 30 dollars/pounds to reserve a seat in Biz class from LHR to Rome FCO
odd Odd Odd to me

plus their damned fuel surcharges<<<<<<<<<
You've just enumerated why I have no intention of ever redeeming on BA. 60k miles one-way in J, plus YQ around the same cost as a coach ticket on DE or FI. And you still don't get to pick your seat until check-in.
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Old Apr 21, 17, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by Tony10s View Post
Has this happened to anyone? Booked First to LHR from USA and then a legal 3 day stop over. Then LHR to Rome, getting seat assignments, at no cost in First was a breeze but they want to change me 30 dollars/pounds to reserve a seat in Biz class from LHR to Rome FCO
odd Odd Odd to me
Yes. With BA you pay for seat selection, even in business class unless you have mid-top OW status.
Every week on the BA forum there are new threads on this topic.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...icy-guide.html
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Old Apr 21, 17, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Yes. With BA you pay for seat selection, even in business class unless you have mid-top OW status.
Every week on the BA forum there are new threads on this topic.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...icy-guide.html
And quite unacceptable when you take into account the lousy hard product BA has in J.
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Old Apr 21, 17, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by jinglish View Post
You've just enumerated why I have no intention of ever redeeming on BA. 60k miles one-way in J, plus YQ around the same cost as a coach ticket on DE or FI. And you still don't get to pick your seat until check-in.
Well, so one way to look at it is perhaps that you buy a coach seat in a fare class without miles earnings and then upgrade that with miles to J.

United charges an arm and a leg in co-pay in addition to miles for an upgrade from economy to business class.

But yes, I haven't gotten myself to buying either a BA J award or a UA miles upgrade award. It just is painful and not in the spirit of "free flights" that the loyalty programs dangle in front of our noses.
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Old Apr 21, 17, 1:59 pm
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Two years ago I booked a BA J award BOS-LHR-CPT over the Christmas Holidays. Was very happy I snagged it, even though the YQ was $500 or so. A plain J ticket would have been $7000+.
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Old Apr 22, 17, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by fly747first View Post
And quite unacceptable when you take into account the lousy hard product BA has in J.
Curious what exactly that means to you?
I went DUB-LHR-SFO and back a few times in recent months and it seemed fine to me. The 744s are a bit dated in comparison to the 380s, which aren't exactly new either, but the comfort and service seemed fine.

What are you comparing it to?

Unrelated; for leisure travel BA W is quite nice with a seat that's a whole inch wider than DL for example.
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Old Apr 22, 17, 10:35 am
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Curious what exactly that means to you?
I went DUB-LHR-SFO and back a few times in recent months and it seemed fine to me. The 744s are a bit dated in comparison to the 380s, which aren't exactly new either, but the comfort and service seemed fine.

What are you comparing it to? .
To me it means without four across, all-aisle access, BA is not competitive.
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Old Apr 22, 17, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by flytoeat View Post
To me it means without four across, all-aisle access, BA is not competitive.
I have found that a quick peek through the curtain into steerage helps with that.

Of course, people might also say that I suffer from Stockholm Syndrome as a long time UA flyer

But in reality, given the scarcity of J awards if your schedule isn't very flexible, I generally don't bother to optimize quality of the product I buy with my miles if it means not flying to the destination I need to get to on the day that my schedule prescribes.

Maybe when I am retired and have a lot more flexibility, this will change. Hopefully award flights in comfortable classes are still an option then
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Old Apr 23, 17, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by flytoeat View Post
To me it means without four across, all-aisle access, BA is not competitive.
Understood. I think it's a valid concern when considering award redemption.

I think that when looking at the Europe to US West Coast TATL flights BA primarily competes on price in I/J where the (minor?) inconvenience of having to step over someone does come with quite substantial savings over main competitors which are AS mileage partners.
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