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Old Feb 1, 22, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
Yep, agree with BA covid flexibility - but I much prefer the AA flexibility during IRROPS - all sorts of possibilities open up. My recent experience was to be put on a short hop on Delta and then transcon with Delta - arriving about 4hrs before AA could get me there. (plus TPs and avios eventually came through too) Swings, Roundabouts - as they say.
in case of IRROPS at the airport AA would help with your BA ticket too, no?
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Old Feb 1, 22, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by rosswill View Post
I have found with past bookings that using a TA can be advantageous where sometimes the point of sale, say New York, opens up additional I inventory on some busy routes such as the transcon services that are not available with UK-sold tickets.
The point of sale can also be selected directly with the airline by choosing which contact number you reach them through. E.g. AA and BA through the US contact numbers result in the point of sale being in the US. Same goes for having e.g. the UK as the point of sale. The point of sale also dictates the currency used. It's not something that's dependant on using a travel agent (TA or OTA).
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Old Feb 1, 22, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying Yazata View Post
The point of sale can also be selected directly with the airline by choosing which contact number you reach them through. E.g. AA and BA through the US contact numbers result in the point of sale being in the US. Same goes for having e.g. the UK as the point of sale. The point of sale also dictates the currency used. It's not something that's dependant on using a travel agent (TA or OTA).
Thats good to know. I always assumed it was tied to a billing address or location.
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Old Feb 2, 22, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by Dicksbits View Post
which was exactly my point, someway up the thread: 1 Feb things change.
it's 2nd Feb, while traveldoc.aero shows correct entry requirements, timatic seems to be not updated... and VeriFly demands a PCR test for my flight on Friday...



Note it has invalid transit rules too - nothing was and is required to transit.
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Old Feb 2, 22, 6:28 am
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Not enjoying the new matrix site. Feels harder to navigate at first look.
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Old Feb 2, 22, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by rosswill View Post
Not enjoying the new matrix site. Feels harder to navigate at first look.
Same here! I'm going to give it a go and see if it is just because its slightly different and I'm not 100% used to it yet. Seems to be pretty much the same as the older version but just laid out differently?
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Old Feb 2, 22, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by lewincg View Post
Same here! I'm going to give it a go and see if it is just because its slightly different and I'm not 100% used to it yet. Seems to be pretty much the same as the older version but just laid out differently?
I should add I'm actually highly appreciative of it existing still and grateful to the developers keeping it going. I'm pleasantly surprised Google haven't shut down the project but none the less the changes will take some getting used to. I will feedback directly but I'm definitely finding it harder to navigate in the latest form.
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Old Feb 2, 22, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by rosswill View Post
I should add I'm actually highly appreciative of it existing still and grateful to the developers keeping it going. I'm pleasantly surprised Google haven't shut down the project but none the less the changes will take some getting used to. I will feedback directly but I'm definitely finding it harder to navigate in the latest form.
limiting search origin/destination to one country each really limits its use for me. i don't know why they would take away its best functionality.
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Old Feb 2, 22, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by rosswill View Post
I should add I'm actually highly appreciative of it existing still and grateful to the developers keeping it going. I'm pleasantly surprised Google haven't shut down the project
Unless Ive misremembered, being allowed to keep it going was a condition of the wonderful developers who built it, when asked to transfer to GFS. Google agreed, because they wanted the people (they were really why they bought it).
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Old Feb 3, 22, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
it's 2nd Feb, while traveldoc.aero shows correct entry requirements, timatic seems to be not updated... and VeriFly demands a PCR test for my flight on Friday...

Note it has invalid transit rules too - nothing was and is required to transit.
This was fixed this morning, but now Bulgaria is not a valid country in VeriFLY. In addition, despite a Green tick, I am forced to check in at the airport tomorrow.
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Old Feb 3, 22, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Markie View Post
This was fixed this morning, but now Bulgaria is not a valid country in VeriFLY. In addition, despite a Green tick, I am forced to check in at the airport tomorrow.
It was indeed updated, I got the green tick in VeriFLY and was able to check-in for my tomorrow's flight to Sofia
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Old Feb 5, 22, 4:46 am
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I've got a trip to the West Coast coming up, I want to book a preferred seat but do resent the c300 cost of this for two. I'll be silver after the trip but won't make gold with current trips booked. Got me thinking are there any trips around Europe I could do in the next couple of weeks to get Silver (need 270 points) now and get closer to gold. Appreciate it will cost more than 300 but any pointers on routings I should be looking at?
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Old Feb 5, 22, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by Plu2370 View Post
I've got a trip to the West Coast coming up, I want to book a preferred seat but do resent the c300 cost of this for two. I'll be silver after the trip but won't make gold with current trips booked. Got me thinking are there any trips around Europe I could do in the next couple of weeks to get Silver (need 270 points) now and get closer to gold. Appreciate it will cost more than 300 but any pointers on routings I should be looking at?
I'd look at a 80TP CE route from the regions - for example MAN-LHR-IST return would get you 240 TP return (dates 13/02 > 15/02) for 535 - Buy a positioning flight to MAN and hope for a POUG for an extra 40TP LHR-MAN (or MAN-LHR) . IST has the benefit of no issues to visit (presuming your fully vaccinated) .
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Old Feb 5, 22, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by Plu2370 View Post
I've got a trip to the West Coast coming up, I want to book a preferred seat but do resent the c300 cost of this for two. I'll be silver after the trip but won't make gold with current trips booked. Got me thinking are there any trips around Europe I could do in the next couple of weeks to get Silver (need 270 points) now and get closer to gold. Appreciate it will cost more than 300 but any pointers on routings I should be looking at?
You can get 160 TPs going LHR-SOF out Saturday Mar 27 and back Mar 28 for 240 in CE. Not the most amazing value and you'd need to book hotel for that night too. Maybe you could add EDI or MAN before that for the extra 80 TPs, plus points for psitioning flight.

I'm assuming youre in London.

EDIT: If you can swing 5 nights away and work from home in Sofia, you could do Mar 30 - Apr 4 and get 320 TPs for arounf 450, using the Flight + Hotel double TP promotion. I'll be there around those dates doing precisely that!!

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Old Feb 5, 22, 6:09 am
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Thanks for the replies so far. Im in the middle of Heathrow and Manchester so they are both equally inconvenient.

5 nights away wouldnt work, could I book the 5 nights in the hotel though and nest a return trip to UK in the middle? Leaving the hotel room empty for 3 nights, but remaining checked in.

If I paid for seat selection now and then get silver before the flight could I get a refund. Long shot I know but you never know!
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