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Special Seoul launch offer | BA Board excursion

Old Nov 16, 12, 12:10 pm
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i Preface
This wikipost (and thread) exist because BA introduced a new route in Dec. 2012 from London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 5 (T5) to Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, Korea. This wikipost links to the latest, most relevant information we have collected for FTers flying or considering this route. The extensive nature of the thread is due to 80 FTers having taken up the special fare conditions during the first month.

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Date our next group is underway:





Our first few groups have now made their way across to Seoul, hopefully after enjoying some of this on the flight:


(admittedly not Dom but you get the idea)


ii Contents
01 The original post along with the fare conditions during the sale
02 The 80 FTers that are "launching this route"
03 The lounge and Enroute DO's in Dec 2012
04 The Dates People are Meeting in Seoul
05 The Route Details (aircraft type, cabins fitted, timings)
06 Information for those not familiar with BA or Heathrow
07 Making of an FT legend 80 fliers little bit of crazy whole lot of Seoul Trip Report
08 Publicity of this event
09 Returning to the UK (ICN airport info)
10 Hotels FTers have chosen and recommendations
11Things to do in Seoul
12 An Example itinerary for the overnighters
13 Food / Drink in Seoul
14 Transport while in Seoul
15 Weather
16 Links to FT Trip Reports and other sources of info
17 Language
18 Cultural Points
19 Money Matters (VAT, TIps, Cash or Card, ATMs)
20 Shopping
21 Health / Insurance
22 Electricity / Time
23 Legal Points to consider
24 Disabled/Gay/Smokers/Women travellers/Safety and Security
25 Internet / (mobile) Phones / Apps
26 Hazards (we may not be aware of)
27 The city never sleeps (opening times, holidays)
28 Police / Fighting / Taekwando
29 Public Toilets
30 Current offers (any sales we know of)
31 Following the launch antics via twitter
32 Archived Info (to keep the first post relevant)
iii Acknowledgments
This thread (guide) is an ongoing collaborative effort and could not have been produced without everyone here first being informed about the new route and incredible sale conditions by BApilotinsider, who started this thread originally, the resultant large interest from the FT community, and finally the kind contributions of many throughout this thread, with a special nod to itsmeitisss and UTA_flyinghigh. We hope it is of use not only to those going during the introductory month but also evolves later on when the route is mature.
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Special Seoul launch offer | BA Board excursion

Old Nov 9, 12, 4:35 am
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Awesome as the young use the word today and not as I was taught to use it.

Clearly we have some people with very high disposable income to have £1500 or so to spend at the drop of a hat on a weekend or to go to Seoul in the depths of winter.

I'm not sure if I am shocked or impressed. I do wonder sometimes what outsiders (lurkers?) casually perusing this Forum would make of this.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:37 am
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Originally Posted by Stez View Post
I paid £1390 for the F out, and £640 J return including a domestic connection. There was the option to pay £726 each way if it was in J only. But selecting F reduces the J outbound to £640.
Yes, you have a normal sale fare. The special fare is 777 all in, return, but on the very restricted outbound dates (with a Saturday night stay).
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Clearly we have some people with very high disposable income to have £1500 or so to spend at the drop of a hat on a weekend or to go to Seoul in the depths of winter.

I'm not sure if I am shocked or impressed. I do wonder sometimes what outsiders (lurkers?) casually perusing this Forum would make of this.
I save annually for this kind of thing for when BA do special offers in Nov/Dec. Like others, I always wanted to visit Seoul, but never had an opportunity to do so.

Bah, I didn't realise it was a normal sale fare, but never mind, I was happy to pay for that.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:49 am
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Well.....I am kind of semi-trembling with excitement now or looking back nervously thinking what the hell have I done...BUT I have booked a weekend in Seoul on the £777 CW offer...out on Friday 7th Dec (arrive Sat am) and departing Sunday 9th Dec am (arrive same day LHR in the afternoon)...Up for joining a do if anyone else is!

Just need a hotel for the night now!

This, together with a £1200 LCY-JFK trip to see a friend booked earlier this week will now get me to Gold, in all 700TP for just under £2k ^^ (Recognise not as good a deal as doing transamerican flights on AA or several CE trips in Europe but I do get to go longhaul CW to some destinations I actually want! )
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:49 am
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Many many thanks to BApilotinsider for this heads up

Can't believe it but I managed to book it - just wish the inaugural flight was sooner!!! Would have left on the Fri or the Sat

Btw - completely OT (kind of..) - If I want to connect to a CX flight how long should I leave? If this flight arrives at 855 will a 1020 connection be OK

My bags will be tagged OK correct?
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:52 am
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big thanks to OP for the heads up!

yesterday i booked out in F, back in J, for £2200 14th Dec - 5th jan (same price as stez, normal sale fare)

today rebooked 13th Dec - 4th jan, for £992 and used the 30k miles to upgradios the outbound to F,

massive result!
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:54 am
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Maybe we should be looking at OZ for their response!
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Old Nov 9, 12, 4:55 am
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Originally Posted by BotB View Post
A fellow FT'er and I are booked on the BA17 out on Friday, the 7th Dec and coming back on Sunday, the 9th on the BA18.

Anyone else? Maybe we can make an FT DO out of this...
The iWife is pondering the madness of the concept at the moment. Looks bloody cold, though. I suspect that will be the big turn-off.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by nh1980 View Post
Well.....I am kind of semi-trembling with excitement now or looking back nervously thinking what the hell have I done...BUT I have booked a weekend in Seoul on the £777 CW offer...out on Friday 7th Dec (arrive Sat am) and departing Sunday 9th Dec am (arrive same day LHR in the afternoon)...Up for joining a do if anyone else is!
I just booked the same, see you in the lounge!
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:12 am
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Originally Posted by Stez View Post
Bah, I didn't realise it was a normal sale fare, but never mind, I was happy to pay for that.
I too thought the normal sale fare was excellent - this one is exceptional I still think you've got a good deal either way.

Unfortunately (I do like Seoul, having been several times for work) I can't make the dates work for this due to an existing trip at the start of the travel period, and then already having booked a cheeky IST in the CE sale at the end of the period. So I have no free Saturday nights in the sale period, or I'd have booked it too.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:12 am
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Hmm, I'm open for either a longish weekend or ideally new year's.

Let's see what's still available now that you vultures have had your pick.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:17 am
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Originally Posted by nux View Post
I just booked the same, see you in the lounge!
For sure - in the CCR? I just upgraded my flight out with Avios, making the trip now Avios neutral (after earning the Avios for the flight and Amex) - I need to stop looking so smug or my office colleagues will slap me.
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:18 am
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Blasted! What a good deal. Shame that I have a baby to take care of and we are flying out
to PHX on the 13th of December. I somehow doubt my wife would be keen on me jetting of
for the weekend. Not that I don't deserve it mind

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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:21 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
I'm not sure if I am shocked or impressed. I do wonder sometimes what outsiders (lurkers?) casually perusing this Forum would make of this.
They would think we are bonkers and they would be right well that's what my work colleagues thought when I booked the Friday off for a day trip to Seoul!
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Old Nov 9, 12, 5:22 am
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Seems like there's complete availability for all the dates mentioned. Very tempted, but my common sense instinct seems unusually strong today, which is a shame.
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