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  • rferguson

    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.

    I agree.

    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!

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    People who work for them don’t seem to have much to say about their ‘excellence’. 19/20 comments negative.

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