My "Soft Landing" from Gold to Silver

Old Sep 19, 23, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by PGberkshire
It will get worse, come Jan MCT will go to 90mins.
Originally Posted by flarmip
Yes, on a single booking. Of course you're free to try and make a shorter connection on separate bookings, but that'd be entirely at your own risk.
Effective January 9, 2024, BA will extend the MCT by 15 minutes within the same terminal, bringing it to 75 minutes
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Old Sep 19, 23, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by AviosTreasureHunter
The Silver lounge at LHR is atrocious and a total waste of time, contrast that to 2E AF lounge which much quieter, champagne and decent food.
But there is quite a difference between the French and the Dutch concept of food...
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Old Sep 19, 23, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Lefly
....cancellations, delays and reduction in flight frequencies bring people to spend more time in the lounges, especially during layovers.
As an example, last week I had to wait 1h more in the lounge since my flight was delayed. Also, my ticket price was lower if I opted for a 4h layover instead of a 2h one...
...and the late arrival of my long-haul meant i missed my 06:45 connection to MAN: BA breezily put me, and a bunch of others, on a flight leaving at 21:30.

Travelling through LHR rarely seems to go smoothly these days. The reduced frequencies on the route make it even more sensible for those based in the north to turn to airlines offering connections through hubs other than Heathrow. GGL is very nice, but spreading the load of status acquisition across three alliances brings wider benefits.
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Old Sep 19, 23, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingScientist
But there is quite a difference between the French and the Dutch concept of food...
Of course.
KLM Crowne isn't brilliant for food. BA lounge food better.
BA and KL are very similar, BA more polite FAs.
AF has very polite FAs though, and great food in lounge. Used to hate CDG but since getting gold it's actually fine with lounge and fast track security/immigration.
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Old Sep 19, 23, 6:12 pm
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I have to agree about Silver being the sweet spot. If my travelling patterns didn't get me to Gold organically I don't see the point in going for it over Silver. In fact since all my travelling is in J I think I might start going back to Star as Silver is very easy to maintain on BA for my UK itineraries and also from Canada BA almost never matches the Star and ST sales
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Old Sep 20, 23, 5:10 am
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I've stopped actively looking to fly BA, especially Short Haul. Done some flying Blue as got a status match and found that pleasant enough and have done some *A though no status. Both generally offer better options from Manchester and take LHR out of the mix.
​​​​​My current Gold expires in Feb and I have a TP run and and a couple of other SH flights to immediately get Gold which will see my get to Feb 26. My plan during that time is to focus on one of those others, probably *A, and burn my BA Avios.

Perhaps things will change, I hope so.
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