Redeeming DC miles for flights to Malta?

Old Sep 29, 12, 2:40 pm
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Question Redeeming DC miles for flights to Malta?

Hi and apologies if this is the wrong place to post it - still relatively new to it.

Does anyone know if it is possible to redeem Diamond Club miles for flights to Malta (MLA)? I believe BMI had a code share with air malta but can't find any details.

I know I could transfer DC to Avios but from what I can see BA or partners don't fly to MLA...

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Old Sep 29, 12, 2:44 pm
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Not possible under DC with any partner, nor with BA IIRC.

Good luck!
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Old Sep 30, 12, 1:32 pm
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It is actually doable as LHR-Barcelona-Malta according to the OneWorld timetable. However, Barcelona to Malta is operated by Vueling so I think this is only bookable with Iberia Avios. You'd need to transfer to Iberia to book this - and you can't move BA Avios to IB Avios until your IB account has been open for 90 days.
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Also, there are some cheap tickets from some EU airports (FCO comes to mind, ), depending on the taxes and surcharges, might be a better option, although it's always risky flying on two separate tickets.

BTW, MLA lounge is very nice (I did get inside flying on a redemption ticket on Y being *G on DC, although this is not clear by reading KM's website), but nothing soooo special. Enjoy Malta. Can't wait to go back there.

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Old Oct 1, 12, 3:41 pm
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Smile Thanks very much!

Both options look promising !

All the best
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Old Oct 1, 12, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
It is actually doable as LHR-Barcelona-Malta according to the OneWorld timetable. However, Barcelona to Malta is operated by Vueling so I think this is only bookable with Iberia Avios.
The Vieling flights are seasonal (Apr-Jun) -- there are currently no OneWorld options for MLA:

[KVS Availability Tool 7.0.7/Diamond - FS: Departures/Arrivals]
Code:
MLA  Malta Luqa MT [LMML]
SUN  30 Sep 2012 | Departures

Carrier    Flight  From  Schedule  To    Revised   A/C      Flt Status | Term | Gate
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  --------------------------
U2         8828    MLA   00:55     LGW             319      Landed
KM         943     MLA   04:30     FRA             75F      Unknown
KM         454     MLA   07:10     LYS   07:13     319      Landed
KM         100     MLA   07:20     LHR   07:31     320      Landed
EY/**      7190    MLA   07:20     LHR   07:31     320      Landed
KM         308     MLA   07:30     MUC   08:07     319      Landed
LH/**      6313    MLA   07:30     MUC   08:07     319      Landed
FR         8811    MLA   07:35     KRK   07:43     738      Landed
FR         8852    MLA   07:35     STN   07:46     738      Landed
KM         352     MLA   08:00     DUS   08:14     320      Landed
LH/**      6315    MLA   08:00     DUS   08:14     320      Landed
KM         466     MLA   08:15     ORY   08:46     319      Landed
KM         116     MLA   08:45     LGW   09:25     319      Landed
KM         368     MLA   08:50     HAM   08:58     320      Unknown
KM         396     MLA   09:00     AMS   09:30     320      Landed
KM         306     MLA   09:25     MUC   09:37     319      Landed
LH/**      6307    MLA   09:25     MUC   09:37     319      Landed
DY         3531    MLA   10:05     CPH   10:05     73H      Landed
AF         4371    MLA   10:05     TLS   10:11     319      Landed
KM         376     MLA   10:30     TXL   10:34     320      Unknown
FR         1685    MLA   10:40     NYO   11:14     738      Landed
FR         3775    MLA   11:15     BRS   12:10     738      Landed
FR         3883    MLA   11:15     LTN   11:55     738      Landed
U2         8824    MLA   11:15     LGW             320      Landed
SK         1846    MLA   11:45     ARN   11:40     73H      Landed
LG         982     MLA   11:45     LUX   12:03     ER4      Landed
[KVS Availability Tool 7.0.7/Diamond - FS: Departures/Arrivals]
Code:
MLA  Malta Luqa MT [LMML]
SUN  30 Sep 2012 | Departures

Carrier    Flight  From  Schedule  To    Revised   A/C      Flt Status | Term | Gate
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  --------------------------
U2         7244    MLA   12:40     LPL             320      Landed
LH         1277    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
UA/**      9129    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
SK/**      3360    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
OS/**      7426    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
LO/**      4992    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
KM/**      2800    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
AC/**      9504    MLA   12:45     FRA   13:08     321      Landed
KM         478     MLA   13:10     CDG   13:03     319      Landed
UG         1301    MLA   13:15     TUN   13:06     AT7      Unknown
AZ         887     MLA   14:00     FCO   13:58     321      Landed
SU/**      3275    MLA   14:00     FCO   13:58     321      Landed
KL/**      3594    MLA   14:00     FCO   13:58     321      Landed
AF/**      9793    MLA   14:00     FCO   13:58     321      Landed
FR         3875    MLA   14:15     TSF   14:17     738      Unknown
KM         490     MLA   14:25     ZRH   14:43     319      Landed
LX/**      4371    MLA   14:25     ZRH   14:43     319      Landed
KM         328     MLA   15:25     FRA   15:45     320      Landed
LH/**      6305    MLA   15:25     FRA   15:45     320      Landed
FR         8658    MLA   15:30     KUN   15:51     738      Unknown
EK         108     MLA   15:45     LCA   17:23     332      Landed
KM/**      2108    MLA   15:45     LCA   17:23     332      Landed
KM         696     MLA   16:00     TIP   17:08     319      Unknown
KM         420     MLA   16:05     BRU   16:13     319      Landed
SN/**      4002    MLA   16:05     BRU   16:13     319      Landed
KM         512     MLA   16:25     VIE   16:20     320      Landed
OS/**      8714    MLA   16:25     VIE   16:20     320      Landed
KM         102     MLA   17:00     LHR   17:10     320      Landed
EY/**      7198    MLA   17:00     LHR   17:10     320      Landed
KM         476     MLA   17:00     ORY   18:00     319      Landed
KM         614     MLA   17:20     FCO   18:10     320      Landed
IG/**      9214    MLA   17:20     FCO   18:10     320      Landed
KM         626     MLA   18:25     LIN   18:39     320      Landed
IG/**      9226    MLA   18:25     LIN   18:39     320      Landed
FR         7793    MLA   19:00     BLQ   19:30     738      Landed
KM         436     MLA   19:55     MRS   20:35     319      Landed
KM         642     MLA   21:00     CTA   21:06     319      Landed
IG/**      9242    MLA   21:00     CTA   21:06     319      Landed
FR         2449    MLA   21:05     LBA   21:35     738      Landed
FR         4163    MLA   22:25     TPS   22:40     738      Unknown
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Old Oct 9, 12, 9:49 am
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This was my number one frustration with collecting miles. Malta is the place I want and need to travel to the most, but being a UK based traveller my miles-based options were greatly eroded when BA (GB Air) stopped flying there a few years ago.

Of course there are plenty of Ryanair and Easyjet flights, but the prices are still not low and full service carriers were competitive. BD only had a code share with KM....I had hoped for so much more. KM's own scheme is very hard work, and really not worth it for the occasional flyer.

Air Berlin offer some seasonal services, but I'm not sure that they are suited to connecting flights? Coupon Connection might help, but you don't have enough posts.
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Old Oct 12, 12, 6:08 am
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Yes, in terms of OW, you have limited or no options. Looks like your best bet is *A especially because AFAIK, KM is being courted to join them. Or fly OW to FCO and get an AZ ticket for less than 100 return, but I believe you'd have to fly very early because, I if I recall right, AZ departs for MLA around noon. The problem is that LH low economy yields almost no points.

Last year I sussed out all options of getting a cheap OW trip from Lisbon to Malta, including low cost airlines and ended-up with LIS-LIN on TP, LIN-CTA on Meridiana, plus catamaran to Valletta for roughly $200. Not the cheapest option, but I stopped in Milan for New Year's eve (serious contender for worst travel decision I made in my life) and on Catania (lovely) on the 1st and got to know two more cities.
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Old Oct 15, 12, 10:50 pm
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However, Barcelona to Malta is operated by Vueling so I think this is only bookable with Iberia Avios. You'd need to transfer to Iberia to book this - and you can't move BA Avios to IB Avios until your IB account has been open for 90 days.
Does IB Avios use the same award chart as BA Avios. ie. 7,500 miles for a one way from BCN to MLA in Y ?

Would someone who has some IB Avios miles kindly check and see what availability is like on the Vueling flight from BCN to MLA in Y during April of 2013.

Thanks very much.
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