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Staying loyal to BA?

Staying loyal to BA?

Old Aug 29, 21, 2:31 pm
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Staying loyal to BA?

For a number of years Ive been BA Gold. Based in DUB, most of my flying is in J with 3/4 transatlantic trips each year plus a long haul to somewhere else such as South Africa or the Far East. Whilst BA were never anything amazing, I was happy to give them my for what I got. Now however

I fully understand BA are under huge financial strain but so too are all other airlines so Im cutting them the same slack as any other carrier.

Obviously with the US still closed to EU tourists, my opportunity to earn TPs is limited. Other carriers have already announced further status extensions but with <6 months to go until my gold status expires Im still in the dark. (Yes I know of the double TP offers but if you cant actually get into a country its useless).

At the same time, Im flying to DXB next month and Ill have no lounge access at my home airport because BA havent bothered to renew the lounge contract despite other OW carriers having done so.

Im starting to plan my travel for next summer and BA have decent fares to USA. Theyre a little more expensive than UA/AC & involves a more circuitous route via LHR but in the past the ability to upgrade to F with avios has always swung it. But for the whole month of July (11 months out) theres no F availability to the 6 destinations Im looking at for myself & my partner.

As a final (and not the fault of BA) but transit via UK now means added Covid tests versus transit via another EU hub.

For the first time, Im really wondering if I should just ditch BA
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Old Aug 29, 21, 3:07 pm
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I've been using the airline that suits my needs best all my life. Doesn't everyone?
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Old Aug 29, 21, 3:10 pm
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Why not have both? It is fairly easy to maintance status with Aegean or Turkish and on the same time probably have BA silver or gold status.

Like this you have more options
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Old Aug 29, 21, 3:12 pm
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For genuine leisure travellers not USA tier point runners, I’d say it’s never been easier to achieve and maintain status!
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Old Aug 29, 21, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
For genuine leisure travellers not USA tier point runners, Id say its never been easier to achieve and maintain status!
How so? USA, South Africa, most of Asia, Australia all closed / effectively closed to tourists
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Old Aug 29, 21, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell View Post
How so? USA, South Africa, most of Asia, Australia all closed / effectively closed to tourists
400 or so tier points for up to two years silver is no trouble. Double TPs on holidays through to March. A Malta in CE for five nights and car hire starting from the regions (inc DUB) will do this for a very small sum of money. What other alliances are making it so easy. Remember, lots of folk get status through short euro trips not big long haul jaunts
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Old Aug 29, 21, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell View Post
For the first time, Im really wondering if I should just ditch BA
Not worth the effort.

Not a BAEC member and never earned a single Avios in my life. But I can tell you this - all airlines are suffering from COVID-19. If you honestly believe moving is the solution, then do it. But grasses are not always greener elsewhere.
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Old Aug 29, 21, 4:13 pm
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Club Cabin of 48 from Santorini today. I priority desk and final priority passengers accepted long after Euro traveller cleared. You have to ask where the premium experience is when this is how they handle. Guy in front travelling with partner but she was on easy jet, she had checked in and came to say bye bye. Theyd arrived at same time! He waited another 40 minutes to checkin.
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Old Aug 29, 21, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by binman View Post
Club Cabin of 48 from Santorini today. I priority desk and final priority passengers accepted long after Euro traveller cleared. You have to ask where the premium experience is when this is how they handle. Guy in front travelling with partner but she was on easy jet, she had checked in and came to say bye bye. Theyd arrived at same time! He waited another 40 minutes to checkin.
at LHR allowing Bronze to check in in business class desks is fine, plenty of capacity. at outstations its nuts, should be Silver and above
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Old Aug 29, 21, 8:31 pm
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Club Cabin of 48 from Santorini today. I priority desk and final priority passengers accepted long after Euro traveller cleared. You have to ask where the premium experience is when this is how they handle. Guy in front travelling with partner but she was on easy jet, she had checked in and came to say bye bye. Theyd arrived at same time! He waited another 40 minutes to checkin.
A result of the fares for CE being too cheap maybe?
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Old Aug 29, 21, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell View Post
How so? USA, South Africa, most of Asia, Australia all closed / effectively closed to tourists
Yeah because those are the only places BA flies to right?
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Old Aug 30, 21, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
A result of the fares for CE being too cheap maybe?
703 one way a week out. Hardly cheap!
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Old Aug 30, 21, 2:10 am
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Originally Posted by PGberkshire View Post
at LHR allowing Bronze to check in in business class desks is fine, plenty of capacity. at outstations its nuts, should be Silver and above
i think its even simpler than this. Pull from front of priority queue and use all available desks. There is then no need for anyone to wait more than 10 mins or so. But it needs focus, attention to detail and manning. Simply something BA does not do!
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Old Aug 30, 21, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
A result of the fares for CE being too cheap maybe?
Just had notification of seat change
26th Sept. Edinburgh to Heathrow BA1445

​​​​Kicked out of my exit row seat to halfway back up the plane

12 rows or CE on a one hour flight
Really, what's the point
the cabin crew will have to move to serve that lot

# just checked the price
267 one way
Ouch hardly cheap for a one hour flight
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Old Aug 30, 21, 2:48 am
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I have been BA gold for 20 years or so but regularly fly BA metal less than 10 times a year.
I generally use CX/JAL/AA and only BA if it suits my timetable better.
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