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Any last minute benefits or actions to take advantage of?

Old Oct 4, 12, 3:45 pm
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Any last minute benefits or actions to take advantage of?

Here we are winding down one of the best ff programs ever. It looks like the opportunity to status match from... say... Delta or another airline is now gone.... or is it?

Are there any other things that we should be moving on here as the wind down happens?

Should we move our points to Avios now or later?

Should we or could we do something else more useful with our points?

What is left out there, that we could do?
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Old Oct 5, 12, 2:45 am
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Still stuff to do, albeit less so if not UK based.

Get a BMI credit card for every breathing adult you are related to
Decide whether or not to convert BMI WorldPoints now at the higher BMI rate
Take the opportunity to do as many Hilton nights as possible before 31 October
Decide whether a Qatar, Jet or Transaero redemption is needed before they go

If outside UK and you have a redemption booked for after 1 January, find a UK mailing address NOW. Otherwise your account is closed on 1 Jan and if you cancel your redemption you won't get the miles back, only the taxes.
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Old Oct 5, 12, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
Get a BMI credit card for every breathing adult you are related to.
Hehe very well put, Raffles!
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Old Oct 5, 12, 11:08 am
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Worth chasing up missing miles too!
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Old Oct 5, 12, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
Get a BMI credit card for every breathing adult you are related to
Er.. Raffles, how does that work? Sorry, but since I was turned down for the card (probably cause I'm no longer UK based and have almost no financial activity there) I kind of overlooked anything to do with it, so I'm a bit green. I have a sister, albeit she has taken the name of her husband.. and another sister, who hasn't taken the husband's name.
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Old Oct 5, 12, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Concerto View Post
Er.. Raffles, how does that work? Sorry, but since I was turned down for the card (probably cause I'm no longer UK based and have almost no financial activity there) I kind of overlooked anything to do with it, so I'm a bit green. I have a sister, albeit she has taken the name of her husband.. and another sister, who hasn't taken the husband's name.
Obviously they must be UK based.

You apply for the card for them (bung them something as a favour) then create a family account with you as head and them as members. When they get their 20k, you can move it to your account and then across to BA.
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Old Oct 6, 12, 2:45 am
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But presumably they have to complete a minimum spend with the card. I seem to remember it was GBP250 or so.
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Old Oct 6, 12, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by Concerto View Post
But presumably they have to complete a minimum spend with the card. I seem to remember it was GBP250 or so.
You could do that, with chip and pin. I use my wifes cards all the time and noone even looks at the name.

One transaction would do it if you bought a pile of gift vouchers for your supermarket.
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Old Oct 6, 12, 5:41 pm
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You're right! I'll give it a shot, and report back. Do the family names have to match mine, given that my sister has married someone who does not have my name?
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Old Oct 6, 12, 8:39 pm
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You're right! I'll give it a shot, and report back. Do the family names have to match mine, given that my sister has married someone who does not have my name?
No need for them to match. Plenty of people don't change their name when they marry.
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
Still stuff to do, albeit less so if not UK based.

Get a BMI credit card for every breathing adult you are related to
Decide whether or not to convert BMI WorldPoints now at the higher BMI rate
Take the opportunity to do as many Hilton nights as possible before 31 October
Decide whether a Qatar, Jet or Transaero redemption is needed before they go

If outside UK and you have a redemption booked for after 1 January, find a UK mailing address NOW. Otherwise your account is closed on 1 Jan and if you cancel your redemption you won't get the miles back, only the taxes.
Thanks again, Raffles. I guess I will be using a UK address yet again (in part because of my need for Qatar awards which are subject to my changing plans/planes).
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Old Oct 7, 12, 4:10 am
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But remember, after the end of October it is unlikely that you will be able to change any Qatar ticket that you might have in the form of a DC redemption.

Anybody ever done a redemption on Transaero? I have no idea what they are like, but given it is Russian it is probably mildly scary to say the least.
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Old Oct 7, 12, 2:06 pm
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Anybody ever done a redemption on Transaero? I have no idea what they are like, but given it is Russian it is probably mildly scary to say the least.
Not a redemption but I have flown with them. More Chinese water torture to Aeroflot's water boarding but give me Avios any day!
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The only people I know who've flown them have said Aeroflot is better.
One of the only other things to bear in mind is whether you can transit in the same airport in Moscow, or have to work your way across town to another airport..
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Old Oct 7, 12, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jbfield View Post
The only people I know who've flown them have said Aeroflot is better.
One of the only other things to bear in mind is whether you can transit in the same airport in Moscow, or have to work your way across town to another airport..
I have flown UN once on an internal Russia flight in C.
IMO, there is nothing much to choose between S7, SU or UN. SU has improved big time, at least in C on board, while ground service is still awful (service without a smile).
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