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Feb 8, 20, 10:03 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,676
Posted By relaxonbarton

Probably is a good idea to remove it from J at...

Probably is a good idea to remove it from J at least. The Lobster I've seen was more like a large prawn and massively overcooked.
Nov 13, 19, 11:35 pm
Replies: 1,332
Views: 248,209
Posted By relaxonbarton

I don't think it can be even booked as 2 awards...

I don't think it can be even booked as 2 awards now. The USA to HKG portion is OK, the married segments don't seem to be blocking availability there. But the HKG to Australia segment is totally...
Nov 13, 19, 12:13 am
Replies: 1,332
Views: 248,209
Posted By relaxonbarton

Does anyone have any tips on how to book CX...

Does anyone have any tips on how to book CX flights to Australia now. With Married Segments basically locking out all HKG to Australian destinations it seems AS rewards are totally blocked except in...
Oct 26, 19, 9:28 pm
Replies: 57
Views: 15,552
Posted By relaxonbarton

I was monitoring 2 x 1st Class JAL, ORD to NRT...

I was monitoring 2 x 1st Class JAL, ORD to NRT leading up to availability on AA and AS for 15/16 Sept 2020, using BA as a control to show forward availability. AA showed availability for the 15th a...
Oct 12, 19, 4:49 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 3,950
Posted By relaxonbarton

This is a CX decision to invoke married segment...

This is a CX decision to invoke married segment logic on award bookings to south-east asia, Australia and NZ. It seems directly targetted at other One World partners and AS. It can be resolved by...
Aug 2, 19, 6:30 pm
Replies: 1,343
Views: 391,373
Posted By relaxonbarton

You can get Swiss chocolate in the airport for...

You can get Swiss chocolate in the airport for the same price as in Zurich city shops, and as getting into the city is quite expensive by Taxi, (but fast and cheap by Train) I would stay at the...
May 24, 19, 10:07 pm
Replies: 1,908
Views: 377,939
Posted By relaxonbarton

Recently my wife and I flew QR first from CDG to...

Recently my wife and I flew QR first from CDG to PER with a short stop in DOH, and having experienced fabulous first class lounges with CX, LH and QF we were keen to experience the much vaunted Al...
May 24, 19, 9:32 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 4,033
Posted By relaxonbarton

I would never book an award flight on Air China...

I would never book an award flight on Air China again. I had a flight booked in April between VIE and BCN which every check showed was correctly ticketed and seats assigned. 24 hours before...
Sep 21, 18, 9:20 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 8,689
Posted By relaxonbarton

Of course it does when we are talking about award...

Of course it does when we are talking about award flights. If a flight from HKG-LHR costs 120,000 miles (of whatever variety) and at the moment the additional taxes and fees costs about HKD300, but...
Sep 4, 18, 11:00 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 5,752
Posted By relaxonbarton

Totally agree, unfortunately the QF lounge seems...

Totally agree, unfortunately the QF lounge seems to accumulate assorted Bogans that have no respect for others. Apparently the late evening flights turn the lounge into a slumber party with assorted...
Sep 4, 18, 10:53 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,307
Posted By relaxonbarton

Qantas and Virgin are outright disrespectful of...

Qantas and Virgin are outright disrespectful of ADL for embarking on International flights, however ADL is well serviced by other OW partners including Cathay Pacific, Qatar and Malaysia Airlines, as...
Aug 11, 18, 2:38 am
Replies: 1,025
Views: 139,392
Posted By relaxonbarton

I bought 2 x 20,000 Avios coupons on 4th August. ...

I bought 2 x 20,000 Avios coupons on 4th August. Redeemed the coupons same day and they have now show in my IB+ account today, 7 days. The process was straightforward, as it has been every time...
Aug 11, 18, 2:29 am
Replies: 1,025
Views: 139,392
Posted By relaxonbarton

Whenever I've bought the Groupon Avios coupons...

Whenever I've bought the Groupon Avios coupons I've always had to enter the IB+ member number to redeem them. Otherwise how would they know what your membership number is?
Aug 9, 18, 9:42 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 4,990
Posted By relaxonbarton

I always take a self-inflating hiking mattress...

I always take a self-inflating hiking mattress with me even in 1st class as the seats tend to be lump and the mattress pads are only about 1 cm thick. The brand I find is quite good is thermarest...
Aug 7, 18, 7:50 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 4,378
Posted By relaxonbarton

Hi, I'm looking into the question of YQ being...

Hi, I'm looking into the question of YQ being charged by IB+ on award flights booked on BA HKG-LHR. It appears that IB+ are charging YQ = EUR 224.41 , despite the HK CAD setting a maximum YQ for...
Aug 7, 18, 7:22 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

It also appears that Gary Leff from the View from...

It also appears that Gary Leff from the View from the Wing blog reported on AAdvantage doing the exact same thing last year. (i.e. overcharging YQ on award bookings of BA flights departing HKG) ...
Aug 7, 18, 6:27 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

It appears this exact same issue was discussed in...

It appears this exact same issue was discussed in 2015 in relation to BA Executive Club overcharging carrier Fees for flights originating from HKG for a number of carriers. At that time it appears...
Aug 7, 18, 5:33 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Not sure where you got your quote but when I do...

Not sure where you got your quote but when I do the same quote on BA's own site, the YQ as shown in the breakdown of the taxes and fees from the quote is 0.00

So unless the various selling...
Aug 6, 18, 6:05 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Yes, hopeless and yet very good at pushing away...

Yes, hopeless and yet very good at pushing away any polite requests for review by customers. In this case it seems that they are deliberately creating a charge and mislabelling it because they can...
Aug 6, 18, 5:54 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Thanks, yes I'm trying to take it up with IB but...

Thanks, yes I'm trying to take it up with IB but you'd be aware their customer service is quite adept at putting up stone walls.
I was hopeful of perhaps alerting others that carrier charges seem...
Aug 6, 18, 5:51 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Sorry I'm using the term agent in respect of a...

Sorry I'm using the term agent in respect of a commercial arrangement between BA and IB to sell flights on their behalf. Carrier charges probably are something legally defined by the carrier not by...
Aug 6, 18, 5:46 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Sorry the post only included the actual carrier...

Sorry the post only included the actual carrier charges and taxes, the flight also cost 120,000 Avios which is the same number of Avios BA charges for that flight.
Aug 6, 18, 5:45 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

I thought it maybe of interest to BA flyers that...

I thought it maybe of interest to BA flyers that sometimes they need to be wary of dealing with some other Avios partners. Also input from BA officialdom would be welcomed.
Aug 6, 18, 5:38 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Its a First Class ticket on BA28 HKG-LHR The...

Its a First Class ticket on BA28 HKG-LHR
The charges charged by the agent are as follows:
​​​​​​Carrier charges /Cargos del operador EUR 224.41
Taxes and duty /Tasas e Impuestos EUR 37.52
Price...
Aug 6, 18, 5:15 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By relaxonbarton

Cool Is it legal for an agent to "create" a Carrier Charge out of nowhere

Is it legal for an agent to create a carrier charge of say EUR 224.41 for a flights from HKG to LHR that the airline actually providing the flight doesn't charge?
Seems like a form of fraud, a bit...
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