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Help please - Royal Jordanian to Bangkok - a good idea?

Help please - Royal Jordanian to Bangkok - a good idea?

Old Apr 13, 22, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Interesting that you got the 140 Tier points! Thanks for the reply.
I've just checked the BA Avios calculator and it now shows 80TPs for that route on RJ - it was definitely showing 140TPs on the calculator when I flew late last year so they must have changed it recently...
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Old Apr 13, 22, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I saw that fare but I thought the return was via Stockholm, meaning a horrid BA Club Europe end to my trip! Iíll check again.
Finnair short haul business is worse than Club Europe. If you can get the A350/A330 on both Finnair legs for LHR-HEL and HEL-LHR then maybe itís better but otherwise BA CE is the same as Finnair business but with better food. Occasionally BA has used the 788 on ARN too.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Hello,
Please can you advise me. I want to fly LHR-BKK return in November, in business class. I need a OneWorld carrier as Iíve decided to hang onto my BAEC Gold status. My options are limited. I had intended using Qatar but the World Cup has sent fares sky high. Finnairís only cheap fare is via Stockholm, meaning a cramped BA Club Europe connection to London, rather than a flat bed. LHR-HEL-BKK is now c£2500+ for decent times - not good value for a rather utilitarian carrier. And this winter thereís no BA- hardly inspiring, but still a modest TP earning option.
This brings me to Royal Jordanian. It has obvious disadvantages, being only a 3 star airline, but itís cheap, looks reasonably ok on video reviews and, more importantly, earns good Tier Points. I notice the LHR-AMM-BKK route earns 140 + 140 Tier Points each way although BA values LHR-AMM at only 80 TP. This is my point. Can you tell me please? When I try to transfer the tier points to BA, will they give me only 80 for the LHR- AMM leg or will I get 140 because I earned them on a RJ aircraft and on a RJ ticket? Also, are there any major disadvantages in using this airline? I know times have to be coordinated carefully as there are not many flights and that theyíre mean with Avios. This fareís below £1700 on Skyscanner. Itís cheap but am I being a fool? I feel everythingís poor value at the moment so perhaps itís time to take a punt on a cheapo!
Iíd really appreciate your views please. Should I go for Finnair instead! Or any other airline you suggest? Or should I take a totally different strategy and ignore TPS and fly with someone like SQ, ( although itís Star Alliance) as itís currently offering a terrific deal and do some separate day trips like LHR-HEL for my tier points instead? It smacks of desperation, I know, but it all depends on how poor the other options are.
Please do comment. Thanks so much.
Take the terrific deal with SQ. Way better than the other carriers youíve mentioned and if the price is rightÖ
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Old Apr 13, 22, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by danmushman View Post
How fixed are your dates/times? Quick search I can find AY return flights LHR-HEL-BKK £1731. Business Light (as long as you're happy with using OW status for luggage and lounge access).
I was looking at AY for LHR-HEL-BKK Biz light fare. I assumed my OW status (I'll be BA silver by the time I travel) would grant lounge access, but does status give check in luggage and seat selection?
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Old Apr 13, 22, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingWelshie View Post
I was looking at AY for LHR-HEL-BKK Biz light fare. I assumed my OW status (I'll be BA silver by the time I travel) would grant lounge access, but does status give check in luggage and seat selection?
Yes - I've just booked an AY business light fare and status benefits still apply. Lounge access, seat selection, luggage etc are all provided.

When you book your ticket and enter your BAEC number it does not show up in the confirmation that you have lounge/baggage allowances - but in the small print it notes that if you have status then you will be granted the status privileges for your level. And when going into MMB you will be able to select your seats for free.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 1:05 pm
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I have done this a few times, turning a trip to HK into a v cheap TP run. RJ is actually quite fun. The hard product is plenty good enough and there is something about the service which is both professional but quite relaxed. I would not hesitate, esp at the fares they charge.

Also maybe think about a 23 hr stopover in Amman (no extra cost on the ticket. Its an interesting bonus if you have a day to spare.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by citiflyerUK View Post
Finnair short haul business is worse than Club Europe. If you can get the A350/A330 on both Finnair legs for LHR-HEL and HEL-LHR then maybe itís better but otherwise BA CE is the same as Finnair business but with better food. Occasionally BA has used the 788 on ARN too.
Thanks for reply. BA’s Club Europe is ok ( just) for an independent short flight but when you’re tired and have been flying for many hours in genuine business class with a flat bed and all the attendant space, it would be a real downer to spend the last couple of hours in a cramped A320 neo with those horrid thin seats and no leg room.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station View Post
Take the terrific deal with SQ. Way better than the other carriers youíve mentioned and if the price is rightÖ
Yes, I like SQ very much. I agree they’re in a different class from the One World carriers I mentioned I’m but I don’t get my Tier points and doing separate Tier Point runs seems excessive. LHR is my home airport and I’m using T5 quite a bit at the moment so Gold status is useful for access to the First lounge, which I actually quite like although it’s not a patch on EK’s First Lounge in Dubai or the CX Pier in Hong Kong.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 1:57 pm
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I have flown RJ on their 787s a few times between LHR and BKK/HKG with a layover in AMM. Personally I really enjoyed the RJ service. QR is definitely better, but the RJ experience didnít disappoint.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:01 pm
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Think I would bin BA and try Swiss for £1505

PS: what is the SQ deal that is being mentioned. Can't see anything special on GF.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Saligo View Post
Yes - I've just booked an AY business light fare and status benefits still apply. Lounge access, seat selection, luggage etc are all provided.

When you book your ticket and enter your BAEC number it does not show up in the confirmation that you have lounge/baggage allowances - but in the small print it notes that if you have status then you will be granted the status privileges for your level. And when going into MMB you will be able to select your seats for free.
Yes, I know your BAEC status carries over into OneWord so you get the perks you’re entitled to irrespective of your class of travel. Did you book direct with the airline online or did you use one of those online sellers listed on Skyscanner? . I generally use the carrier’s website to book but often you pay more but I like a solid point of contact in case I need to make a change. Finnair gets quite good reviews but it looks terribly plain and pared to the bone to me. Also, none of the seats have much storage compared to the big window storage bins on the A380s which I miss badly.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:04 pm
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I think considering the Skytrax rating is unwise. RJ are a good solid airline - not QR or SQ but plenty decent. If solo I would have a marginal preference for AY to avoid the horror of a seat mate, if in a pair RJ would be just fine.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:26 pm
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:45 pm
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I think considering the Skytrax rating is unwise. RJ are a good solid airline - not QR or SQ but plenty decent. If solo I would have a marginal preference for AY to avoid the horror of a seat mate, if in a pair RJ would be just fine.
Perhaps you’re right.Skytrax just gives an idea. Alone I would not choose RJ’s seat configuration but there are two of us so it’s fine, as you say.. I still like single pods however but the problem with AY is that it connects with short haul and I’d dread a couple of hours in a cramped short haul cabin after a long flight home.
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Old Apr 13, 22, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Yes, I know your BAEC status carries over into OneWord so you get the perks youíre entitled to irrespective of your class of travel.
I mention this since QR doesn't give you access to their main business lounge when you fly on light fares with status. And also since BA doesn't provide your status baggage allowance when flying on HBO fares. The AY light fares don't seem to have any restrictions if you hold OW status (or so it seems!).

Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Did you book direct with the airline online or did you use one of those online sellers listed on Skyscanner? . I generally use the carrierís website to book but often you pay more but I like a solid point of contact in case I need to make a change.
I always book direct. The price direct with AY for my flight was maybe £20-30 more expensive compared to some of the OTAs - a price I'm happy to pay to avoid going through the hassle of a third party.

Originally Posted by Dorowilson View Post
Finnair gets quite good reviews but it looks terribly plain and pared to the bone to me. Also, none of the seats have much storage compared to the big window storage bins on the A380s which I miss badly
Will be first time flying AY so don't have any feedback there unfortunately. The colour scheme does look very plain - although personally, as long as the seat lays flat, I'm usually happy
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