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Oct 9, 16, 12:39 am
Replies: 2,168
Views: 140,103
Posted By Budley

I have previously booked one-way business awards...

I have previously booked one-way business awards BKK-CBR, for 30,000 miles, BKK-SIN (SQ/TG) and SIN-CBR (SQ). There really isn't any alternative for CBR.

Now, the same itinerary will cost double,...
Apr 26, 16, 2:02 am
Replies: 176
Views: 93,262
Posted By Budley

Same with EK (and they have plenty in their...

Same with EK (and they have plenty in their lounge too).
Replies: 5
Views: 1,752
Posted By Budley

If no beer there next month I'll probably head...

If no beer there next month I'll probably head off to the Plaza Premium lounge, where they do at least have some beer, from memory. The Diners Club card does come in useful from time to time.
Apr 24, 16, 1:54 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By Budley

Has anyone had any success making a Qantas...

Has anyone had any success making a Qantas redemption booking using miles on the EK website recently?

Every time I try and make an online booking for a Qantas flight with my EK miles, I get the...
Apr 7, 16, 2:55 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,428
Posted By Budley

Cai-bkk r/t $967

CAI-BKK R/T $967 on http://www.qatarairways.com. Mixed first/business. Books into A/I class.
Apr 5, 16, 3:00 am
Replies: 16
Views: 7,776
Posted By Budley

Well, FWIW, I found out the answer for myself,...

Well, FWIW, I found out the answer for myself, even if I arrived at OSL a bit earlier at 10:30 pm.

Quite simply, the the security person at the transfer gate said no, you can't come in here now,...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,016
Posted By Budley

I've spoken to someone in the local UL office in...

I've spoken to someone in the local UL office in Melbourne and they told me that I might be able to change the destination to one of the other UL European ports, but probably not be ticketed all the...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,016
Posted By Budley

Yes, I certainly intend to do that. However, I...

Yes, I certainly intend to do that. However, I was not impressed by what I saw of my booking on their website. The flights were cancelled and I was being asked to confirm the changes to the...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,016
Posted By Budley

Well, that's my booking gone down the gurgler. ...

Well, that's my booking gone down the gurgler. Haven't heard anything from UL, but when I look at my booking on their website it shows that the flights CMB-FCO-CMB have been cancelled. No attempt...
Forum: Nordic Region
Jan 2, 16, 8:19 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,955
Posted By Budley

I'll be doing a Schengen-Schengen transfer at OSL...

I'll be doing a Schengen-Schengen transfer at OSL in March. Flying LIS-OSL-CPH (an award ticket). The gate 42/43 procedure seems quite straightforward, but as I'm arriving into OSL after midnight I...
Dec 31, 15, 9:08 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 7,776
Posted By Budley

I'll be doing an international to international...

I'll be doing an international to international transfer at OSL in March. Flying TP from LIS (arriving just after midnight) and transferring to a SAS flight to CPH at 8 am. I'm *Gold and will be...
Dec 28, 15, 12:22 am
Replies: 80
Views: 23,713
Posted By Budley

Well, seeing as Swiss (and SAS for that matter)...

Well, seeing as Swiss (and SAS for that matter) wants to behave like a LCC, I have decided to cancel my LX flights (fully refundable) and book a real LCC (Vueling) for my trip instead. Saves heaps...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By Budley

Well, IMHO, not really. I found that an hour was...

Well, IMHO, not really. I found that an hour was more than enough, but YMMV.
Replies: 14
Views: 2,016
Posted By Budley

Well, I made a booking for June a couple of weeks...

Well, I made a booking for June a couple of weeks ago and my credit card hasn't been charged yet (it's still "pending").

Sounds a bit ominous?
Dec 19, 15, 3:13 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 23,713
Posted By Budley

I'm UA 2.5MM (lifetime *Gold) and recently made...

I'm UA 2.5MM (lifetime *Gold) and recently made an award booking in economy FCO-MUC-ATH on LH. I was automatically allocated seats on these LH flights. However I decided to change the flights as I...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,016
Posted By Budley

Sri Lankan to Drop European Destinations?

I've heard a rumor that UL is to cut its European destinations to the bone in the first half of next year, leaving only London (similar to Malaysian?).

Anyone aware of any further details?
Forum: India
Nov 11, 15, 2:13 am
Replies: 477
Views: 95,726
Posted By Budley

FWIW I feel that my decision was vindicated. I...

FWIW I feel that my decision was vindicated. I booked 2 tickets on EK, SYD-CMB and CMB-FCO (one paid and one FF award). Transit time in CMB was approx 90 mins, but was quite effortless, as I...
Nov 11, 15, 1:18 am
Replies: 365
Views: 99,865
Posted By Budley

Received an upgrade Y-J on possibly my last ever...

Received an upgrade Y-J on possibly my last ever flight on EK. Booked an el-cheapo sale ticket MEL-SIN-CMB-SIN-MEL and had an empty seat next to me on the first 3 flights in Y. On the last flight,...
Forum: India
Oct 17, 15, 1:31 am
Replies: 477
Views: 95,726
Posted By Budley

Thanks for all the advice, but in the end I have...

Thanks for all the advice, but in the end I have decided to transit through Sri Lanka rather than India. I just couldn't cope with all the hassles that India imposes (and I have been there several...
Oct 7, 15, 3:37 am
Replies: 345
Views: 38,571
Posted By Budley

A rather large generalisation, I think. I didn't...

A rather large generalisation, I think. I didn't overly "go out of my way to chase status" on UA, but when I hit 2MM I was most pleasantly surprised, with lifetime Premier Platinum status (Star...
Forum: India
Sep 30, 15, 4:58 pm
Replies: 477
Views: 95,726
Posted By Budley

Well, according to the Vfsglobal website...

Well, according to the Vfsglobal website (www.vfsglobal.com/india/australia/Transit_Visa.html) I should be able to get a 15 day double entry transit visa for AUD 45 if visiting their office in person...
Forum: India
Sep 29, 15, 2:36 am
Replies: 477
Views: 95,726
Posted By Budley

Thanks for that, glad to hear it worked out...

Thanks for that, glad to hear it worked out (eventually). I assume that with an extra hour I shouldn't have a major problem.

However, based on oliver2002's recent comments, I assume that I will...
Forum: India
Sep 27, 15, 6:12 pm
Replies: 477
Views: 95,726
Posted By Budley

I am planning to transit DEL next month, using 2...

I am planning to transit DEL next month, using 2 separate tickets:
1. DXB-DEL-DXB on EK;
2. DEL-MUC-DEL on LH.

I will have a layover of approximately 4 hours in each direction, and was planning...
Sep 22, 15, 2:49 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,511
Posted By Budley

My booking is on one ticket (UA award). However,...

My booking is on one ticket (UA award). However, I have now changed the booking to connect with Asiana in Nagoya, which allows 1.5 hours for the connection NH-OZ. I assume that this should be...
Sep 18, 15, 10:50 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,511
Posted By Budley

Thanks for that. To be honest I'm not sure if it...

Thanks for that. To be honest I'm not sure if it is a legal connection as it resulted from a schedule change (was previously a more comfortable 2 hours).

My concern is that I will have to exit...
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