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Jun 25, 20, 3:04 am
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Posted By ratypus

I see - so someone who was Silver (or lower) but...

I see - so someone who was Silver (or lower) but hit 1500 TPs to qualify for Gold (for 1st time) in the current TP year is now Gold until 2022, but if I was already Gold and merely re-qualified in my...
Jun 25, 20, 2:54 am
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Posted By ratypus

Now I’m confused again - carrotjuice’s post above...

Now I’m confused again - carrotjuice’s post above has screenshots which are almost exactly aligned with my situation, but show different extension dates to 2022 (whereas mine was extended to 2021...
Jun 23, 20, 12:53 pm
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Posted By ratypus

Apologies if this has been done to death, but my...

Apologies if this has been done to death, but my extension just showed up in the app and - as I feared - it adds absolutely nothing for me...

card expiry for my current year was October 2020 - I...
Jun 11, 20, 5:34 am
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Posted By ratypus

I had already requalified for Gold in the first...

I had already requalified for Gold in the first few months of my TP year. So my current TP year ends September 2020, and I have already re-qualified so would be expecting to have Gold until September...
Mar 5, 20, 8:57 am
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Posted By ratypus

All my trips now cancelled - fortunately this is...

All my trips now cancelled - fortunately this is possibly the year I re-qualified for Gold quickest (2000+ TPs in sub-6 months) so I'm not that bothered - would not likely have hit 5000 TPs for...
Feb 19, 20, 3:44 am
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Posted By ratypus

Donít pay any attention to the seat map on expert...

Donít pay any attention to the seat map on expert flyer - or even the available fare classes; just came off a long-haul where the seat map was showing a more than half empty Club World cabin and lots...
Feb 10, 20, 3:09 am
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Posted By ratypus

Join and credit to BAEC, you'll earn Gold quickly...

Join and credit to BAEC, you'll earn Gold quickly and have a shot at earning 'Concorde Room' status. You can then fly Cathay on the UK-HK trips (superior PE product and excellent treatment of...
Feb 10, 20, 3:02 am
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Views: 1,645
Posted By ratypus

I'd probably chance it - worst case you get...

I'd probably chance it - worst case you get automatically re-booked to the later departure (which would give you a long stint to wait but...) - either pro-actively, or by missing you connection: but...
Feb 10, 20, 3:01 am
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Views: 1,645
Posted By ratypus

I have made similar connections before, and found...

I have made similar connections before, and found OneWorld reps at the gate of the arriving aircraft with "fast-track" passes which somehow got me waved through the diplomatic channel at immigration...
Feb 10, 20, 2:56 am
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Posted By ratypus

No specifics on the visa equation, but flying...

No specifics on the visa equation, but flying direct would make sense - immigration in Austin is not *too* bad as not that many international flights (not like JFK, ORD etc) - plus connecting...
Jan 31, 20, 12:45 pm
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Posted By ratypus

Same on some of the other Caribbean stops -...

Same on some of the other Caribbean stops - Antigua (continuing to St Kitts or somewhere else (canít recall) etc

Only really Singapore on the Sydney route which has passengers de-plane, I think.
Jan 29, 20, 8:40 am
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Posted By ratypus

Allegedly if you produce a Gold card from BAEC on...

Allegedly if you produce a Gold card from BAEC on checking into a Langham hotel, you get signed up for almost top tier status with them

not all that useful though given how few Langhams there are...
Jan 28, 20, 11:03 am
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Posted By ratypus

As others have said, AMS isn't a particular...

As others have said, AMS isn't a particular problem on this front. Also because quite a large proportion of passengers from AMS may be "hand luggage only" (relative to the norm).

In any event,...
Jan 28, 20, 9:55 am
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Posted By ratypus

maybe also try pricing this from AGP - many...

maybe also try pricing this from AGP - many easy/cheap options to position to Malaga and start from there; not sure whether flight timings allow a B-2-B in Helsinki - probably not - you'd have to...
Jan 28, 20, 9:10 am
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Posted By ratypus

AMS is an easy back to-back; and LGW is fine ...

AMS is an easy back to-back; and LGW is fine

If you wanted to try and make a weekend/overnight of it in a single trip without all the back-to-back madness....try positioning to HEL (or fly there...
Jan 27, 20, 11:23 am
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Views: 3,274
Posted By ratypus

Occasionally through BA app I will get a sensible...

Occasionally through BA app I will get a sensible price on an upgrade.

Never been offered a cash upgrade at LHR, and have not asked either.

I have quite often been offered cash upgrades at US...
Jan 27, 20, 6:33 am
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Posted By ratypus

also a more dedicated "quiet zone" would be good...

also a more dedicated "quiet zone" would be good - again very like what the AA Flagship lounges do - a room with more private "cocoon" type chairs/loungers for solo travellers, with calls / loud talk...
Jan 27, 20, 2:49 am
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Posted By ratypus

Depends on your travel policy - many are very...

Depends on your travel policy - many are very strict and donít allow any deviation, even if money could be saved.

Others are more liberal - we are ďencouragedĒ
to only book through the corporate...
Jan 26, 20, 11:16 am
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Posted By ratypus

there are no brilliant seating options for solo...

there are no brilliant seating options for solo travellers - other than those few armchairs along the window by the water / drinks bar

perhaps some area (the work / champagne area - which is quite...
Jan 24, 20, 4:55 am
Replies: 64
Views: 13,036
Posted By ratypus

For those eagle-eyed readers...yes I know I was...

For those eagle-eyed readers...yes I know I was very recently telling someone on another thread to use AA not BA on this route - I stand by that, and that’s my usual practice (all the more so if the...
Jan 24, 20, 4:53 am
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Posted By ratypus

Does anyone know the timing of the refurbishment...

Does anyone know the timing of the refurbishment work for Chicago, and what that means in terms of the Club / First lounge and pre-flight dining being open or closed? I’m through there several times...
Jan 23, 20, 7:41 am
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Views: 2,887
Posted By ratypus

sounds like mis-information from the call centre...

sounds like mis-information from the call centre to me: you can definitely book non-golds into Row 1 where they are on the same booking (indeed, you can also book a non-gold into 1A/K in long-haul...
Jan 22, 20, 9:50 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,677
Posted By ratypus

For this flight, I would pick AA for the...

For this flight, I would pick AA for the following reasons. This is a route and comparison I have done a number of times now.

- 787 over 747 will be better for jet-lag (cabin air pressure helps)...
Jan 21, 20, 10:55 am
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Views: 2,737
Posted By ratypus

Walking is great - and entirely predictable. At a...

Walking is great - and entirely predictable. At a normal walking pace I would allow 10-12 minutes ďall inĒ from CCR to a B Gate, and 15-20 minutes ďall inĒ for a C Gate.

One tip - whilst itís nice...
Jan 21, 20, 9:42 am
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Views: 160,810
Posted By ratypus

OK thanks - have booked anyway as that's the...

OK thanks - have booked anyway as that's the flight which works for me, but will be keeping eyes open for an equipment change....!
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