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Anonymous12 Aug 2009
BA.com has today released a Low Fare Finder – quite handy if you want to fly for leisure on a fixed budget but are not tied to a particular destination.
Also useful for those looking to make the odd Tier Point run in order to maintain their Silver or Gold Card.
This is another weapon with which to challenge the Low Cost Carriers, and a welcome addition to the webiste’s functionality.12 Aug 2009
But remember the lowest BA economy fares, don’t receive any tier points. The exception being the recent promotion where the lower fares were awarded 25% of the normal points. i.e. Next to nothing to be of any use.12 Aug 2009
Well it’s helps looking for cheapest CE fares whic do earn TPs.
Personally I think it’s a great addition, in particular for the leisure traveller who might want to go for a long weekend somewhere, they can now check out the cheapest fares in a particular month.12 Aug 2009
But all Club Europe, Premium Economy/WT+, Club World and First fares always earn full Tier Points.
I have earned about 20 TPs on Domestic/European flights off the back of this “limited TPs on discounted fares for Silvers and Golds until August 18” promotion – I thought it was a nice gesture especially for those whose travel policies have changed in light of the economic circumstances. Certainly aided short term retention, and I very much hope the promotion is continued beyond next week.
The promotion helped a few colleagues pip over the post for requalification, where otherwise they would have failed to make the grade, especially in the European market where TP thresholds are less. Probably stopped a few of them experimenting with the LCCs.12 Aug 2009
Not much use to me in the Middle East, where I’m based. However flying Europe on BA, the economy TP’s help. BA should look to keep this “special offer” permanent and not a short term fad. Helps to keep brand loyalty.12 Aug 2009
The “limited TP on cheapest fares” counts for oneworld partners, too.
So you could still earn on, say, Royal Jordanian flights.
And of course BA does have a few (previously very TP lucrative) flights internally within the Middle East; BAH-DOH being the most famous.
Not *entirely* useless within the Middle East, though obviously membership of the BAEC for residents of the Middle East is only really useful for those who regularly use BA/oneworld carriers or transit London regularly.12 Aug 2009