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Picking up on loyalty schemes, long haul and shorthaul awards/loyalty schemes should be separated. I know there is also the issue of lounges.
BA short haul (avios), I agree is up there with the best (not the best, but certainly up there)…
BA longhaul is pure sh*te…
As for the GUV….. generally, unusable… (although I have noted a claimed change, in that they can now be used if there is a non BA sector on your ticket.
Longhaul AVIOS are only really any good for the 2-4-1 voucher.
One area I find them useful and excellent value for are non-BA OneWorld flights. There are some good sweet spots. As the Avios required works by ‘bands’ the extreme high end of a band can represent excellent value. My favourite regular is PER-MEL or vv on QF. MEL-PER is on the limit of the 1152-2000 mile bracket. It is a flight duration of 4hr10min. It is primarly operated by long haul configured wide bodied aircraft with the latest generation flat beds and offer international level catering. A one way in Business is 22K Avios plus low taxes of £20. BA also allows you to pay more to reduce the Avios. I tend to reduce the Avios to 14,100 and pay £89.
For me, 14,100 Avios and £89 for a one way four hour flight on an internationally configured aircraft represents excellent value. Especially as domestic J flights in Australia tend to be very expensive. You will not see fares on the MEL-PER route fall below AU$1500 each way and sales are a rarity.
Unfortunately PER-SYD is over 2000 miles so there’s quite a jump for another 30-odd min flying time.
I also enjoyed a PVG-TYO flight in J with JL recently. 16.5K avios plus £26. 2hr45min flight, 787 with flat beds, great catering. Excellent value. Apparently there are some good ones on CX intra-asia as well.
Aer Lingus used to have a stonking good one between Shannon and Boston. It just fell shy of 3000 miles so was considerably less Avios than the other East Coast destinations from Ireland. However I believe Aer Lingus has ‘moved’ Boston a couple hundred miles away and this sweet spot no longer exists.
I guess the best aspect of BA exec club for me is to use it for any airline other than BA!22 Dec 2019
People who work for them don’t seem to have much to say about their ‘excellence’. 19/20 comments negative.26 Dec 2019