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Amex companion voucher - world record attempt

Amex companion voucher - world record attempt

Old Aug 16, 2018, 10:02 am
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I managed to use a gold upgrade voucher as soon as it arrived, ALONG WITH a companion voucher, Hawaii here I come (although I did have to pay for some of it.

LHR LAS LAX HON ands return.

Helpful phone person took care of it all.
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 10:08 am
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My plan is usually to take the longest possible time to trigger the 2-4-1 voucher. Mrs TigerTanaka's card is has been sitting 30 short of 10k for about 3 months now and her year end is November. Not sure how late I dare leave it.
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by firstlight
I already have a one way flight for 2 booked with avios, converting it into a 2-4-1 is I believe from previous posts eminently possible although I have to phone up to do so. The released avios will then be used to make the outbound booking using gold priority reward or existing V class availability.
Along with what others have said I was under the impression that that Avios did not credit back again straight away. Never tried it though, just thought I'd read it somewhere on here!
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by tigertanaka
My plan is usually to take the longest possible time to trigger the 2-4-1 voucher. Mrs TigerTanaka's card is has been sitting 30 short of 10k for about 3 months now and her year end is November. Not sure how late I dare leave it.
because mrs firstlight and i have 2 accounts (each has an additional card on the other account) we have 2 vouchers. So we can get one quick And delay for the other. We don't like leaving many avios in our account as BA may depreciate them at any time.
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 10:50 am
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I think we can officially stand down the Guinness World Record judges
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by gms
I think we can officially stand down the Guinness World Record judges
Well, we'll set the record and then it's up to someone else to try and beat it!
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Old Aug 16, 2018, 12:46 pm
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Maybe I've misunderstood what you're doing, but why use it on a one way? Wouldn't it make more sense to look for a round trip?
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Old Aug 29, 2018, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Soft Top
Along with what others have said I was under the impression that that Avios did not credit back again straight away. Never tried it though, just thought I'd read it somewhere on here!
The Avios did credit back immediately
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Old Aug 29, 2018, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by lev441
Whenever i've taken the gamble it's been instant and i've been able to rebook. No guarantees but this has been around the t-355 dates...Not sure what it is like closer to the date of departure.
The agent said it might take up to 5 minutes, placed me on hold, on this occasion taking the chance did not work...
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Old Aug 29, 2018, 2:34 pm
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So for those who are interested in the process here's what actually happened.

T0 - date for new companion voucher arrived, 10K amount spent immediately appeared as a pending transaction
T+2 days - spend appeared in Amex account, 0 avios showing
T+ 3 days - companion voucher awarded, avios for spend (30K as its BA) awarded
T+4 days - companion voucher appears in account, and spent on award flight

This process might have been quicker by a day had it not been over a bank holiday weekend...

In addition while it was possible to get reward flights using Mrs. firstlight's companion voucher but my extra seat availability as gold, it was not possible to transfer the existing CW reward seats into the voucher. Had to cancel the seats and they have not yet reappeared in inventory. The agent was very helpful and did wait a few minutes to see if they would reappear but no luck it appears this time...
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Old Aug 29, 2018, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by firstlight
I'm setting up to earn and spend an amex companion voucher in the least possible time.
Why?
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Old Aug 29, 2018, 11:11 pm
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Originally Posted by golfmad
Why?
needed to book near term return flights with flexibility to cancel with limited avios balance, with cash flights looking very expensive
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Old Aug 30, 2018, 1:06 am
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Originally Posted by golfmad
Why?
Why?

May I draw your attention to the TP run thread!
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Old Aug 30, 2018, 2:01 am
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Originally Posted by firstlight
So for those who are interested in the process here's what actually happened.

T0 - date for new companion voucher arrived, 10K amount spent immediately appeared as a pending transaction
T+2 days - spend appeared in Amex account, 0 avios showing
T+ 3 days - companion voucher awarded, avios for spend (30K as its BA) awarded
T+4 days - companion voucher appears in account, and spent on award flight
So that's pretty much the same as for any other occasion on which an Amex voucher is triggered.
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Old Aug 30, 2018, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by firstlight
needed to book near term return flights with flexibility to cancel with limited avios balance, with cash flights looking very expensive
That's a very good reason to use a companion voucher and Avios but why the desire to make some sort of speed record? It's ok. You don't need to answer. This is FT after all
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