UuA Expedia booking with IB numbers

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Old Nov 5, 18, 3:44 am
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UuA Expedia booking with IB numbers

I'm looking to book WTP and UUA to CW where there is availability. I noticed Expedia is selling the same flights for £789 compared to BA's £1131. I also noticed that the Expedia flights are being sold as IB flight numbers (it also says 'promotional fare' in case that's relevant). I rang the Silver line to ask whether this flight would still be upgradeable using Avios and they said yes, but the agent's tone didn't instill that much confidence in me.

Can anyone confirm that BA metal with IB numbers sold through Expedia are upgradeable with avios?
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Old Nov 5, 18, 3:55 am
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Old Nov 5, 18, 4:19 am
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Thanks. Would any flight with Iberia flight numbers be an Iberia ticket instead of 125?
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Old Nov 5, 18, 4:36 am
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Would any flight with Iberia flight numbers be an Iberia ticket instead of 125?
The most important thing to remember is that even though the flight may be operated by BA, if you have bought the IB flight number you have bought an IB flight.

If all of the flights being sold on this ticket are IB flights, then I think it's very likely to be an IB-issued ticket.

In any case, if you look at section 03 of the post that you've been directed to, if you're trying to upgrade an IB flight then:-
  • Flights must be booked directly through BA. Flights booked through a travel agent are not eligible.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 4:51 am
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Ah thanks for highlighting that part. That does seem unequivocal. So I wonder why the ba agent said it could be upgraded.
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So I wonder why the ba agent said it could be upgraded.
I don't know, but it is often the case that the collective (and collected-in-writing) experience of FT is more accurate than the knowledge of a particular call centre agent who may be struggling to remember off the top of his head all the arcane rules that are in play concerning stuff like this.
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Can anyone confirm that BA metal with IB numbers sold through Expedia are upgradeable with avios?
IB*BA flights can't be upgraded through BAEC regardless of the point of purchase. Prime IB flights can be upgraded but they must be purchased directly from BA.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 7:10 am
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Thanks all. I had a feeling the agent's answer was wrong so I'm glad I checked here. I do have more faith in Flyertalk than the average call centre agent!
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May I ask what about GUF1 voucher in this case? I found a PE flight on Expedia at a right price (approx £350 cheaper than buying from BA directly), but they are IB flight number and all BA metal. Can I upgrade by using the GUF1? Or maybe is it the same rule applies as UuA? Thanks.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 7:26 am
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@ziz do you care to share the detail of the flight that you have found. I am intrigued, especially if BA codes can be had for not much more.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 7:39 am
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@ziz do you care to share the detail of the flight that you have found. I am intrigued, especially if BA codes can be had for not much more.
It's these flights: https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#fl...091*.GBP.77091
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May I ask what about GUF1 voucher in this case? I found a PE flight on Expedia at a right price (approx £350 cheaper than buying from BA directly), but they are IB flight number and all BA metal. Can I upgrade by using the GUF1? Or maybe is it the same rule applies as UuA? Thanks.
you can only apply a GUF to BA flights booked under the BA flight number.
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
you can only apply a GUF to BA flights booked under the BA flight number.
thank you very much KARFA! Luckily I didnít go ahead with it.
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