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That’s not my experience – I never invoked the double miles option and we were able to fly in our preferred premium cabin within one day of every trip I wanted to take.
I have noticed availability is tight for the next 12 months, but this seems to be more of a trend towards releasing seats closer to the time of travel, rather than far in advance. Handy if you want to MFU.
I have noticed that large blocks of redemption seats do get “dumped” from time to time, and it’s as well to keep checking back.
As ever, BA Miles do not give you a “right” to a redemption seat, but those prepared to make a little effort will find they are generally able to get the seats they need, as I have demonstrated on more than 15 planned redemption sectors during 2011.
But of course the more people are put off acquiring BA Miles, the fewer people we have to compete against.