US to South America on BA metal

Old Nov 9, 19, 6:53 pm
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US to South America on BA metal

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Odd question- I have a Visa reward vouchers and I am trying to use them around Christmas time to go somewhere warm Can I book from US to Argentina thru LON? Not ideal I know but I have a bit of deadline to use the miles and stop over in London would be an okay


I must say considering how expensive it is to use BA Aviios, I am very surprised there is so limited availability?

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Old Nov 9, 19, 9:18 pm
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I'm almost certain that no fares would be filed for such a routing, so effectively, it would count as a US to LHR returned combined with a LHR to EZE return. Needless to point out to the obvious which is that it is an entirely absurd itinerary compared to an AA or LA itinerary within Americas, and in most cases a certain recipe for horrid connection times...

The limited availability is no surprise at all: xmas is ultra peak time for flights from Europe to South America, and peak time for flights across the North Atlantic. The unusual combination does not create an ad hoc availability bonus beyond that of the individual segments.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 4:08 am
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I'd try putting it is as a multi city route in the search on the BA Web to see if you can even get it on a single ticket, pretty sure it would work but of course that's only half the issue. I cant see them seeing that as a valid route for a reward ticket.

You'd likely have to buy 1 leg of the trip and use the reward for the other half in the end, of course whether this is a sensible route to get from your A to B is certainly a valid debate but ultimately your choice.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 4:57 pm
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Iíve always thought it a bit bizarre, but yes you can book US-LON-South America on BA, no problem. A typical LHRGRU flight has a surprising number of customers connecting from New York.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 5:34 pm
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Surely going via XYZ to get from A-B is seen as normal behaviour on here?

I once dragged the missus back from blighty to EZE via YVR-SEA-ORD and she didn't demand a divorce. Can't offer you any help OP as I haven't a clue what Visa reward vouchers are.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 6:41 am
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Could you not do USA to LHR and then nest the LHR to SA the middle. Buy the US legs in cash, then use the voucher for LHR to South America? Also, to cut risk, spend 2 days in London going each way and enjoy a little City break too?

You'd use the money you'll pay in ex USA fees on hotels instead
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Old Nov 11, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by DCTomD View Post
I must say considering how expensive it is to use BA Aviios, I am very surprised there is so limited availability?
Booking long haul with Avios is wasteful, as is upgrading economy to premium. The two smartest uses are avios are reward flights savers (fixed, low-tax redemptions within Europe) and upgrading long haul from premium economy to business, or business to first. It's these that result in the low availability.
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