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Your guide to spending Avios | 2021 edition

Old Apr 10, 21, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by KSVVZ2015 View Post
I think it has to be W which tends to be very expensive
Aye thought so. When I use my very limited Matrix skills to try and source the flight as a W fare bucket it becomes over £1200 each. Ah well - thought Iíd found a cheap way to one way for a moment!
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Old Apr 17, 21, 12:15 pm
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Anyone have any recent experience of doing or attempting to do a UuA on a booking with another airline on? I'd like to book a LHR-JFK-LHR - outbound booked in BA T and UuA to CW and inbound in AA O and SWU to Business.

I believe I would need a TA to book this as the AA flight needs to be AA coded (125- stock is OK). Per the 2012 rules above this then wouldn't be possible to UuA as the ticket should only contain BA flights but I've read experiences that this doesn't get enforced consistently.
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Old Apr 19, 21, 8:09 am
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Is it possible to upgrade 1 leg of a multi-city booking (where there's availability), and any idea of the additional charge that usually incurs? Specifically looking at upgrading the LHR-BOS leg of a DUB-LHR-BOS-JFK-SFO trip from Business to First. Would this be something the agent can do at time of booking (or if i'm getting a good fare, is it best to ticket it, then call up and UuA for the sector i want)?
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Old Apr 19, 21, 8:35 am
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Do it at the same time. Then there will be no fee, just tax difference, if any.
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Old Apr 26, 21, 2:37 pm
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I can rarely find AA reward flights available on the BA site. If I'm seeing them show as available on the AA site, are they guaranteed to be available through BA? Do I just need to call BA to book them?
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Old Apr 26, 21, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by lucelib View Post
I can rarely find AA reward flights available on the BA site. If I'm seeing them show as available on the AA site, are they guaranteed to be available through BA? Do I just need to call BA to book them?
No. Only AA milesaaver availability is bookable by BA and other partners. Also, ba.com often has trouble displaying milesaaver availability involving connections and when there are many flights each day between cities. Sometimes there is availability and you just need to call. See, for example, the discussion earlier in this thread and the threads listed therein:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/32929430-post14.html
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Old Apr 26, 21, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by jerry a. laska View Post
No. Only AA milesaaver availability is bookable by BA and other partners. Also, ba.com often has trouble displaying milesaaver availability involving connections and when there are many flights each day between cities. Sometimes there is availability and you just need to call. See, for example, the discussion earlier in this thread and the threads listed therein:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/32929430-post14.html
Very helpful, thanks! So if the AA site shows milesaver availability, am I guaranteed to be able to book it if I call BA?
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Old Apr 26, 21, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by lucelib View Post
Very helpful, thanks! So if the AA site shows milesaver availability, am I guaranteed to be able to book it if I call BA?
Itís not always clear if the availability is milesaaver (ok) or websaaver (not ok), you often need to select the flights and check.
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Old May 1, 21, 4:58 am
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I have now updated the BA redemption table in post #3 which shows the revised rates for bands 1 to 3. The rates shown are based on conditions where multiple price points are not offered, such as companion voucher bookings.

The revised bands 1-3 Reward Flight Saver rates have also been updated in post #5.
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Old May 2, 21, 12:54 pm
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Could someone point me in the direction of the thread with advice on using an Amex companion voucher with a Gold upgrade voucher .. assuming you can apply this to a flight and hotel booking (in Y)..
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Old May 2, 21, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Dicksbits View Post
Could someone point me in the direction of the thread with advice on using an Amex companion voucher with a Gold upgrade voucher .. assuming you can apply this to a flight and hotel booking (in Y)..
See:
BA Gold Upgrade Voucher Discussion and Wiki Thread
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Old May 5, 21, 1:52 pm
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Does the change fee waiver for BA apply to partner award bookings?I did a search but can't seem to confirm one way or another, https://www.britishairways.com/en-us...booking#change does not explicitly mention award bookings.
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Old May 12, 21, 6:19 am
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Quick question - I'm looking to book an open-jaw return to the USA (into SFO, return from LAS) in WT+ and use Avios to upgrade to CW. I've got particular dates in mind so looking to do this as soon as the LAS redemption seats are released, as CW LAS redemptions seem to be being snapped up pretty quickly.

Was planning to book online at 1am when the flights are released via the multicity tool, and immediately upgrade using Avios in Manage My Booking, but I'm not sure how quickly that upgrade option becomes available - anyone know the answer to this? Is there a better alternative approach?

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Old May 12, 21, 6:23 am
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you can upgrade as soon as you have booked the underlying WTP fare - you don't have to wait. you would have to call to do the UuA though as I doubt it will work online on mmb.
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Old May 12, 21, 6:49 am
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thanks for the info - so probably easiest to just call and book the whole thing if I'm going to have to call anyway

can you still call the overseas contact centres and book through them at 1am when the UK call centre isn't open? if so, which one would you recommend?
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