Need some help to understand the charge

Old Aug 26, 17, 9:55 am
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Need some help to understand the charge

Hi FT friends:

Just used BA Avios to book 3 Aer Lingus RT coaches from ORD to DUB through phone. The charge was 62400 points + $568.47 cash. And the cash breaks down into $210 + $358.47 tax/fee/charge. I was confused because I thought the points charge should be 78000. And the charge was also different from what Avios.com which shows more than $600. But the agent confirmed that is correct. I have 1 child (<6 Years) come with us. So did the agent mistakenly use Avios+Money to book my tickets or the $210 is the carrier surcharge?

Thanks a lot!

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Old Aug 26, 17, 10:16 am
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What does MMB show? Is this listing that you will earn TPs and avios? If you look at the flight what fare code is being shown?
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Old Aug 26, 17, 10:43 am
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Just a guess but, as the number of Avios is exactly 20% less than you expected, is this possibly the rate for an "off peak" redemption? For flights originating from the UK, the discount is approx 15% off a peak redemption.
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Old Aug 26, 17, 10:47 am
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It may help us a bit if you made it clear which is what. Is this 2 adults and 1 child over 2 years (which I suspect), or 3 adults plus the child? Overall it's easier to look at a per passenger cost rather than aggregating.

As a general point though, Avios.com charges different fees to BAEC on Aer Lingus bookings, and it seems that BAEC uses a lower off peak rate than Avios - this has been reported before. In round terms, based on sterling value, Avios charges 200 return, and BAEC 150, per person. And so your dollar component about seems fairly close to that. Avios does have a peak and off peak level for Aer Lingus, but it appears to be higher at both points compared to BAEC.

You should get an eticket email with the pricing breakdown, and you may see something on the e-ticket tab here:

https://classic.checkmytrip.com/plne...&SITE=XCMTXXNS
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Old Aug 26, 17, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
It may help us a bit if you made it clear which is what. Is this 2 adults and 1 child over 2 years (which I suspect), or 3 adults plus the child? Overall it's easier to look at a per passenger cost rather than aggregating.

As a general point though, Avios.com charges different fees to BAEC on Aer Lingus bookings, and it seems that BAEC uses a lower off peak rate than Avios - this has been reported before. In round terms, based on sterling value, Avios charges 200 return, and BAEC 150, per person. And so your dollar component about seems fairly close to that. Avios does have a peak and off peak level for Aer Lingus, but it appears to be higher at both points compared to BAEC.

You should get an eticket email with the pricing breakdown, and you may see something on the e-ticket tab here:

https://classic.checkmytrip.com/plne...&SITE=XCMTXXNS
Thank you very much for your reply. I have 3 tickets (2 adults and 1 kid >2) I found my receipt with your link. It shows $189 for tax per person. Even my kid has the same tax.

I am actually pleasantly surprised. It's a great deal to pay 20800 points plus $189. I can at least extract 1.8 cent per point from this deal.
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