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The babybus (Sweden<> East Coast) Fare meetup thread

The babybus (Sweden<> East Coast) Fare meetup thread

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Aug 1st
1255 AY808 ARN>HEL bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, squawk
1300 AY864 GOT>HEL awoxp, gosha
1315 AY804 ARN>HEL IFE Wizard
1435 AY810 ARN>HEL vintagepilot

1600 AY1337 HEL>LHR bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, squawk
1635 AY814 ARN->HEL tsmnc, Selador
1700 AY1341 HEL>LHR awoxp, IFE Wizard, gosha
1930 AY1339 HEL>LHR tsmnc,vintagepilot, Selador


Aug 2nd
1240 BA1 LCY>JFK awoxp, bisonrav, IFE Wizard, vintagepilot, mtikky, Wozza2404, KARFA, tsmnc, gosha, squawk, Selador
1850 AA2580 JFK>CLT IFE Wizard
2053 AA1240 JFK>MCO [ CANCELLED? ] awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, gosha
2040 AA2272 JFK>AUS awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky
2145 AA4454 JFK>DCA
[ CANCELLED? ] squawk, Selador
2232 AA2092 CLT>MCO IFE Wizard

Aug 3rd
0630 BA4362 JFK>MIA tsmnc
0635 AA1479 MCO>MIA IFE Wizard
0842 AUS>DFW bisonrav, awoxp, mtikky
0850 AA2657 MCO>MIA awoxp, gosha
1000 AA2136 LGA>BOS KARFA
1011 AA2278 DCA>MIA Selador
1125 AA260 MCO>MIA Wozza2404
1219 AA388 JFK>CLT vintagepilot
1253 AA2314 DFW>MCO awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky

1259 AA291 JFK>MIA squawk
1409 AA1609 CLT>MIA vintagepilot
1937 AA1194 MCO>MIA awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky

Aug 4th
0700 AA1571 MIA>JFK awoxp, gosha
0831 AA2199 MIA>CLT vintagepilot
0849 AA291 MIA->JFK bisonrav, mtikky
0900 AA260 MIA>MCO Wozza2404
1224 AA1002 CLT>JFK vintagepilot
1315 AA2352 MCO>JFK Wozza2404

1830 BA112 JFK>LHR bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, vintagepilot
1900 BA174 JFK>LHR awoxp, gosha
1925 BA212 BOS.LHR KARFA

Aug 5th
06.50 AA1495 MIA-ORD IFE Wizard
0815 BA1340 LHR.LBA KARFA
0825 BA794 LHR>HEL bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404
1020 AY832 LHR>HEL awoxp, vintagepilot, gosha
11.44 AA272 ORD-JFK IFE Wizard

1155 AA1340 MIA>DCA IFE Wizard
1405 AY909 HEL>ARN bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404
1455 AA4532 DCA>JFK IFE Wizard
1600 AY865 HEL>GOT awoxp, vintagepilot, gosha
1610 BA6080 LHR>HEL tsmnc
1830 AA6133 JFK>LHR
IFE Wizard
2345 AY825 HEL>ARN tsmnc

Aug 6th
0825 AA6538 LHR>HEL IFE Wizard
1600 AY813 HEL>ARN IFE Wizard

Aug 8th
0849 AA291 MIA>JFK squawk
1830 BA112 JFK>LHR squawk

Aug 9th
1020 BA6032 LHR>HEL squawk
1600 BA6043 HEL>ARN squawk

Aug 10th
1215 AA145 MIA>ORD Selador
1735 AY10 ORD>HEL Selador

Aug 11th
1155 AY863 HEL>GOT Selador


Hotels

bisonrav:
July 31st: Cockpit Suite, Jumbo Hotel (in around midnight, so unfortunately no cocktails on the terrace or playing with my knobs)
August 2nd: Staybridge Suites, Austin Airport
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Old Dec 14, 18, 7:10 am
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Originally Posted by Palty View Post
Hi
yeah sorry about that I only realised after asking that I've actually asked that question already and had an answer too just forgot lol sorry about that
but though not sure about the earning points sticky any link somewhere ?
Have you already checked the post "Earning Avios and Tier Points on flights" in the "Your guide to the Executive Club, attaining status and earning Avios 2018 edition" thread?
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Old Dec 14, 18, 8:35 am
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will check it to now thanks lefly; )
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Old Dec 25, 18, 2:25 pm
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With the original itinerary that @bisonrav posted, I make that out to be (for me at Gold) 28,503 Avios and 640TP.

Not too shabby for a weekend!
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Old Dec 30, 18, 5:33 am
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I'm still considering jumping on this fare - I recall reading somewhere that it has to be ticketed by tomorrow, 31st December?

However, I'm struggling to persuade Google Flights to allow a route back from the US via LHR and HEL (rather than simply, e.g., BOS-LHR-ARN). I've routed, for example, ARN-HEL-LHR // LCY-JFK // JFK-DCA-MIA // MIA-LGA-BOS // BOS-LHR-ARN. But you can't have more than 5 'flights' on Google multi city. I see it can be done via Matrix, as above, so will try that next - but Google is quite handy for seeing things at a glance and trying different options.

Edit: trying to get this up on Matrix for the first weekend in August, but coming in at approx £3600 (or even more).

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Old Dec 30, 18, 6:00 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post

Edit: trying to get this up on Matrix for the first weekend in August, but coming in at approx £3600 (or even more).
i know that problem, tried it for october, 1999 Ä is the best i can find... i wanted to use it for an Hawaii trip (babybus ARN-MIA pls second ticket MIA - LAX - HNL - LAX - MIA)... any ideas on that?
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Old Dec 30, 18, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
I'm still considering jumping on this fare - I recall reading somewhere that it has to be ticketed by tomorrow, 31st December?

However, I'm struggling to persuade Google Flights to allow a route back from the US via LHR and HEL (rather than simply, e.g., BOS-LHR-ARN). I've routed, for example, ARN-HEL-LHR // LCY-JFK // JFK-DCA-MIA // MIA-LGA-BOS // BOS-LHR-ARN. But you can't have more than 5 'flights' on Google multi city. I see it can be done via Matrix, as above, so will try that next - but Google is quite handy for seeing things at a glance and trying different options.

Edit: trying to get this up on Matrix for the first weekend in August, but coming in at approx £3600 (or even more).
I can price it on Matrix. See below:

Do note that BA1 is showing only 1 seat left in the I fare bucket on that date.
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Old Dec 30, 18, 2:44 pm
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Old Dec 30, 18, 4:37 pm
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I have tried to order a trip now to MIA from GOT. I started a bit before midnight on the 30/12 and now suddenly the prices went up a lot. I have checked the ticketing rules and they say:

Category 15: Sales restrictions
TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 31DEC 18.

Doesn't that mean that the prices are valid to and inclusive of 31/12? Or does it mean that they are not valid on the 31/12? For me ON should also include the 31?
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Old Dec 31, 18, 2:07 am
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Iím still able to price up ARN-MIA which indicates offer ends at midnight tonight, presumably at the departure airport time, so midnight ARN, 11pm UK.
Donít know if routing through HEL impacts that as thatís UK+2 so to be safe Iíd plan to complete booking by 10pm UK time.

You may find ĎIí class on one of your sectors has sold out, resulting in a higher fare.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
I can price it on Matrix. See below:

Do note that BA1 is showing only 1 seat left in the I fare bucket on that date.
Ahh. I had the legs slightly differently (e.g. LCY-JFK rather than LCY-MCO via JFK). Thank you @Wozza2404 - your two posts are incredibly helpful for getting this to price up right.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 4:02 am
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Ahh. I had the legs slightly differently (e.g. LCY-JFK rather than LCY-MCO via JFK). Thank you @Wozza2404 - your two posts are incredibly helpful for getting this to price up right.
No worries. I find Matrix a lot better if you can keep each day on a single line (so here you finish in MCO on Day 3 despite it actually being a ticket to MIA) and use advanced routing to for the connections.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 8:12 am
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There's going to be more FT'ers than normal passengers on the babybus at this rate.

Not that it's a bad thing, of course.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 2:31 pm
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First TP run (ish)

Sneaking in at the last few minutes hours before the fare expires this evening, I've just booked my first ever TP run and look forward to meeting other FTers between ARN and MIA!

It's not quite a true TP run as I'm turning it into a short break elsewhere in the US, and it also ticks a few items on my bucket list: the Babybus, and hopefully an upper deck seat on the 747 on the way back. There are actually a nice selection of 8 aircraft types on this trip!

Particular thanks to @Wozza2404 for their help with Matrix, @bisonrav for the hint on the US address upthread, and the many others who flagged up this fare.

My flights are as follows, and I'll update the Wiki shortly.

1st August
12:55 AY808 ARN-HEL (NoRRA, E90)
16:00 AY1337 HEL-LHR (Finnair, A330)

2 August
12:40 BA1 LCY-JFK (BA, A318)
21:45 AA4454 JFK-DCA (Republic/American Eagle E75)

3 August
12:00 AA1048 DCA-MIA (AA, 737-800)

8 August
11:15 AA1340 MIA-DCA (AA, 737-800)
14:55 BA5158 DCA-JFK (Republic/American Eagle E75)
18:30 BA112 JFK-LHR (BA, 747-400)

9 August
10:20 BA6032 LHR-HEL (AY, A350)
16:00 BA6043 HEL-ARN (AY, A321)
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Old Dec 31, 18, 2:46 pm
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so i am the only one doing it in July? damn! :/
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Old Dec 31, 18, 2:59 pm
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so i am the only one doing it in July? damn! :/
Maybe someone else will pip me to the 'last minute booking' gong

An oddity: I've managed to retrieve by BA booking code via Qantas, but logging into BA MMB with this only shows the outbound flights to MIA. There's no flights showing for the return journey, which means I've not (yet) selected an Upper Deck seat on the way back.

Any suggestions on how to make these magically appear in MMB?
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