Spare joker and no time to spend it :(

Old Mar 7, 17, 1:41 pm
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Spare joker and no time to spend it :(

As per the title, I have a Joker left and my year ends tomorrow.

The next 11 months are so busy I really don't have the time to make use of it

Any suggestions for what to do with it, before it evaporates ?
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Old Mar 7, 17, 1:46 pm
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My understanding is it needs to be spent today, as it disappears at the end of the 7th.
I used one on an Bank Holiday Y RFS redemption when the cash fares were 600. I can certainly think of worse uses.
Either way if you are staying GGL no reason not to speculatively book an RFS that you can cancel later.
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Old Mar 7, 17, 2:03 pm
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I suppose you can book a flight, have the first flight (AMS/MAN/EDI-LON) in 364 days, then the proper longhaul/rest of itinerary up to a year from that. All using the same Joker.
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Old Mar 7, 17, 3:09 pm
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You don't have to use it just because you have it.

I must have let a lot of Jokers lapse.
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Old Mar 7, 17, 3:30 pm
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I am yet to use one of these...

Never had any use of it as I don't spend Avios on longhaul BA flights and shorthaul can be used GPRs usually.
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Old Mar 7, 17, 3:49 pm
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Why would you use GPRs for shorthaul, paying double Avios, when you can have it free with a Joker?
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Old Mar 7, 17, 5:00 pm
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My advice would be - if something suits book it, if something doesn't don't worry about it. I've never redeemed any myself (mostly because I didn't know what they were, doh) but if you're not missing out don't feel pressured into booking anything.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 1:25 am
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slightly off topic, but can a joker be used for one way flights?
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Old Mar 8, 17, 1:34 am
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It can indeed.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 3:40 am
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It's a shame to lose a Joker as they can offer great value in the right circumstances. I've just used the last one from this year (my membership year ends today) booking SCL in J over Xmas and New Year. The other one got used for a long weekend in CPT (J/F). Particularly when stacked with an AMEX 241 and / or GUF, they can create redemption bookings worth many 000's.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 3:56 am
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Like LTN_Phobia, I have let quite a few jokers lapse.
This year we have 5 Jokers to use and chances are at least 2 will lapse unused.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 6:13 am
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I'd have it :-D
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Old Mar 8, 17, 7:29 am
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Just came off the phone with the GGL line - no problem at all to make a one-way booking for December.

It's on a route I may well travel, and the taxes & fees weren't a fortune, so not worried about parking the Avios and cash there for a few months.

I wonder if anyone (dylanks perhaps ?) knows how flexible Jokers are ?

At a later date, would I be able to vary dates/times/routes/pax and if so how often ?

In any case, it's fully refundable up to 24 hours before departure so a pretty low risk option to use it rather than lose it ...
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Old Mar 8, 17, 7:32 am
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You can change dates, times and routes within the same zone at your will. Outside the zone can sort-of be done if you ask nicely but best avoided (it has to go through supervisor level). Pax can't be changed/added but can be removed.
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Old Mar 8, 17, 7:45 am
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That's good to know thanks.
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