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

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

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Jul 31st
1700 BA782 LHR>ARN vintagepilot

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, gosha
1600 AY813 HEL>ARN vintagepilot
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 31, 18, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
Maybe someone else will pip me to the 'last minute booking' gong
i hope so... i wrote down my travel dates earlier in this thread... anyone who is willing to join me will be treated with all the German kindness i can provide!

happy new year everyone, you're an awesome community. cant say and cant stress this enough.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 3:32 am
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The fare is gone, but BA1 on the 2/8 is still showing I0 so it doesn't look like anyone else will be able to join us on the Babybus, regardless of a new fare being filed.

Of course Rev Mgmt could always change that.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
The fare is gone, but BA1 on the 2/8 is still showing I0 so it doesn't look like anyone else will be able to join us on the Babybus, regardless of a new fare being filed.

Of course Rev Mgmt could always change that.
FTers take up 10/32 seats on that plane (or more, if there are lurkers). No idea what the load factor will be, but even if full, is 1/3 of a plane an FT record?
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Old Jan 2, 19, 4:03 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
FTers take up 10/32 seats on that plane (or more, if there are lurkers). No idea what the load factor will be, but even if full, is 1/3 of a plane an FT record?
I reckon some of those TLL planes were pretty well stocked with FTers!

EF shows 12 seats occupied on that flight. Obviously we don't know how many more are sold but currently don't have anyone allocated (people without status, TA bookings, etc.) but it's showing J9 so at the very least there are 9 unsold seats meaning worst case scenario we are 44% of the load.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 4:43 pm
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Long time lurker here, I jumped on this fare a little while ago. I’m looking forward to my first BA1 and meeting some fellow FTers.

Aug 1st
  • 1635 AY814 ARN>HEL
  • 1930 AY1339 HEL>LHR
Aug 2nd
  • 1240 BA1 LCY>JFK
  • 2145 AA4454 JFK>DCA
Aug 3rd
  • 1011 AA2278 DCA>MIA
Aug 10th
  • 1215 AA145 MIA>ORD
  • 1735 AY10 ORD>HEL
Aug 11th
  • 1155 AY863 HEL>GOT
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Old Jan 3, 19, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by Selador View Post
Long time lurker here, I jumped on this fare a little while ago. I’m looking forward to my first BA1 and meeting some fellow FTers.


Welcome @Selador, thanks for un-cloaking I've added your flight details to the Wiki. That makes 11 of us on BA1 - or just over 1/3 of the aircraft. I hope they've remembered to stock up well on food and beverages…

Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
I reckon some of those TLL planes were pretty well stocked with FTers!
Certainly the back 3-4 rows were FTers on the trips I did But that's still 'only' about 25% of the aircraft...

Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
EF shows 12 seats occupied on that flight. Obviously we don't know how many more are sold but currently don't have anyone allocated (people without status, TA bookings, etc.) but it's showing J9 so at the very least there are 9 unsold seats meaning worst case scenario we are 44% of the load.
I've not selected a seat on BA1 yet, as the window seats near the front have all gone. I assume I can blame that on everyone who got in first

Now, which seat to pick? Who will be the best seat-mate for 8+ hours LCY-SNN-JFK...?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 4:41 am
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So it looks like the BA1 I was booked on for 5th July has been cancelled/removed from the schedule – got a “Your seat has been changed” email from BA which I didn’t quite understand at first, but when I went into MMB the flight has moved from Friday to Sunday that week, which is not terribly helpful – I’ll need to be moved to an ex-LHR service on the Friday, which is not the end of the world (but a shame)

In checking the schedule for that day on EF and on ba.com the BA1 has disappeared so must not be operated.

Problem is this does not seem to have filtered through to AA properly as the booking there now shows me on the BA1 on both the Friday and the Sunday (and in BA MMB, they have simply moved the booking from Friday to Sunday).

Does anyone have past experience of this – I need to call AA rather than BA right? (it’s 001 plated obviously). Presumably AA be able to move me onto either BA or AA services ex-LHR on the Friday? (I would guess they can given it’s the Joint Business).
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Old Jan 3, 19, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by daftboy View Post
So it looks like the BA1 I was booked on for 5th July has been cancelled/removed from the schedule – got a “Your seat has been changed” email from BA which I didn’t quite understand at first, but when I went into MMB the flight has moved from Friday to Sunday that week, which is not terribly helpful – I’ll need to be moved to an ex-LHR service on the Friday, which is not the end of the world (but a shame)
I was due to fly BA 1 on 4th July and had the exact same - it looks like it is cancelled all that week.

My ticket is a BA one (125-) so I was hoping I might be able to use the rebooking guidelines to move this to an autumn trip, but I think the same fare class needs to be available if moving it more than 14 days forward, and there seems to be zero I class availability on BA2 for the Sundays in October and November. Will have to look at the different options.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 9:11 am
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Originally Posted by lewincg View Post
I was due to fly BA 1 on 4th July and had the exact same - it looks like it is cancelled all that week.

My ticket is a BA one (125-) so I was hoping I might be able to use the rebooking guidelines to move this to an autumn trip, but I think the same fare class needs to be available if moving it more than 14 days forward, and there seems to be zero I class availability on BA2 for the Sundays in October and November. Will have to look at the different options.
i was on the babybus on July 1st too, got rescheduled to June 30th
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Old Jan 3, 19, 3:27 pm
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Thank you for the warm welcome @squawk and for adding my flights to the Wiki, it’s much appreciated!

Originally Posted by squawk View Post
Welcome @Selador, thanks for un-cloaking I've added your flight details to the Wiki. That makes 11 of us on BA1 - or just over 1/3 of the aircraft. I hope they've remembered to stock up well on food and beverages…



Certainly the back 3-4 rows were FTers on the trips I did But that's still 'only' about 25% of the aircraft...



I've not selected a seat on BA1 yet, as the window seats near the front have all gone. I assume I can blame that on everyone who got in first

Now, which seat to pick? Who will be the best seat-mate for 8+ hours LCY-SNN-JFK...?

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Old Jan 3, 19, 8:45 pm
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There seem to be a couple of groups coalescing around the ex Sweden fares to the east coast. One with the BA1 leg on the 5th June, and another on the 2nd August, both Fridays. It seems there are 5 seats already taken on the 2nd, which include myself and another FTer. Anyone else, make yourself known. It's not that easy to get to the East coast for a grand in CW, so can potentially be used as the basis for an actual stay (perish the thought!).

My routing is as below, I'll set up a wiki too..

I couldn't squeeze out the full 680 TPs which are theoretically available, seems I hit some limit or other as the pricing is trebled after you press the "pay" button. If you're playing with the fare, it will price via bookwithmatrix all the way through into the AA website, but there is a reprice at the last moment. The way of knowing whether this will happen or not is to look at whether there is a flight network price on the first page of bookwithmatrix. If there is a price, AA will be OK. If not, the fare will be repriced. As of just now (when I checked) this routing was pricing OK.

My routing avoids overnighting in New York which is a little expensive, and it gets me onto the top deck of a 747 on the way back, which I've never done so looking forward to that. You can start in GOT (or open jaw between GOT and ARN I think) and can also route back through PHL or BOS. I think you can get both HEL shuffles plus a maximum of three internal US flights, that seemed to be the limit I hit. In principle you can take a standard LHR flight over instead of the babybus which might give you more options (some possibility the Shannon hop is confusing the transfer limit calculation on the babybus).

I like that price! Any idea what period those fares are valud for?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 9:04 pm
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I like that price! Any idea what period those fares are valud for?
This post should have the fare rules for the fare https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30506836-post4971.html
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:09 am
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This post should have the fare rules for the fare https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30506836-post4971.html
Yes, and unfortunately it includes the following:

TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 31 DEC 18.
So unless this has been re-filed (@KARFA?) I'm afraid this one has gone @Will100...
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So unless this has been re-filed (@KARFA?) I'm afraid this one has gone @Will100...
Aha, yes it looks like it has gone now.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by daftboy View Post
So it looks like the BA1 I was booked on for 5th July has been cancelled/removed from the schedule – got a “Your seat has been changed” email from BA which I didn’t quite understand at first, but when I went into MMB the flight has moved from Friday to Sunday that week, which is not terribly helpful – I’ll need to be moved to an ex-LHR service on the Friday, which is not the end of the world (but a shame)

In checking the schedule for that day on EF and on ba.com the BA1 has disappeared so must not be operated.

Problem is this does not seem to have filtered through to AA properly as the booking there now shows me on the BA1 on both the Friday and the Sunday (and in BA MMB, they have simply moved the booking from Friday to Sunday).

Does anyone have past experience of this – I need to call AA rather than BA right? (it’s 001 plated obviously). Presumably AA be able to move me onto either BA or AA services ex-LHR on the Friday? (I would guess they can given it’s the Joint Business).
Just to follow up on my own post in case anyone finds it helpful in future - I sent a direct message to AA via Twitter with my name and record locator and briefly describing the issue - they responded with some alternate options, I chose one and I was rebooked within a few minutes. Such an easy process!

Now routing AA39 LHR-MIA and then connecting to MCO (to then turn around a few hours later and head back to MIA), which is probably a more sensible routing for the same TPs I would have received anyway.
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