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Booking date for Dec 27 2011, return Jan, reward tickets

Old Dec 10, 10, 4:54 am
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Booking date for Dec 27 2011, return Jan, reward tickets

Please, anyone with a definitive answer to what date I can book London/Beijing on 27th December 2011 with a two for one and miles, and a return from Tokyo in January 2012?
I cannot find one clear answer on here... Thanks.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 5:04 am
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There are 2 options - the sneaky one and the correct one.

The 'correct' one is that you can book 355 days in advance of your RETURN date. (It is actually easy to work this out for yourself. Today is 10 December, and if you look at ba.com you will see that the latest date you can book a reward flight for is 1 December 2011.)

The 'sneaky' one, to guarantee seats, is to book 354 days in advance of your OUTBOUND date, with a FAKE return date of the next day. You then ring up 2-3 weeks later when your return flights become available and move them, for a small fee.

So ... flights for 27/12/11 should be available c 7 January 2011. You could book the outbound for 27/12 and the return from Narita for 28/12. This lock-in your outbound seats and means no-one else will take them. You then ring up BA a couple of weeks later (depending on your length of stay) and move the return.

PS. Beijing is very cold in December!
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Old Dec 10, 10, 5:11 am
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If the question is actually - "can I book an open-jaw 2-4-1 redemption?", then the answer is yes, but only over the phone.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 5:16 am
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Raffles - just brilliant. A huge thank you.
One question: if I take the sneeky route, is there a risk? Are BA wise to this and I get stuck with what I don't want?!!
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Old Dec 10, 10, 5:20 am
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No - it's a perfectly legitimate way to book.

Redemptions are completely refundable and changeable (bar small fees) before outbound travel.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 5:20 am
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Originally Posted by mlb7171 View Post
Raffles - just brilliant. A huge thank you.
One question: if I take the sneeky route, is there a risk? Are BA wise to this and I get stuck with what I don't want?!!
The only risk is that the return dates you want don't become available.
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Old Dec 10, 10, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
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PS. Beijing is very cold in December!
there is a rather remarkable temperature swing also in PEK during the winter...could be lows of minus 12 and then up to plus 6 during the day...
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