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  • ConstantFlyer
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    Sorry to spoil the party, but BA’s seating computer does not purposely split up passengers on the same booking. It’s not that clever or devious. It will allocate seats together wherever possible. If passengers are travelling together but on separate bookings, they can phone up and ask for the bookings to be ‘TCP’-ed, which will add a codeword to the bookings so the seating computer will allocate seats together.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Hi capetonianm. August is a nice time to visit, albeit verging on warm. Many Russians will have left the steamy city for some respite at their country cottages – even the inhabitants of the tiniest city apartment have a glorified shed in the country. Traffic will also be lighter, and the metro less crowded. Russian midges are industrial in size, strength and voracity, so any time outside the cities requires suitable protection. Moscow taxi drivers can be equally voracious, so stick where possible to the metro, buses and trams, which are cheap and easy to use for independent travel. Hope your relatives have a lovely time.


    ConstantFlyer
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    I was in Russia a few weeks ago, and will be going again soon. I have a multiple entry business visa, which is great, as it gives the freedom to make trips at very short notice. Don’t worry about Russians not smiling – they don’t when they have a serious job to do. Don’t worry either about the list of recently visited countries on the visa application form. Mine included Ukraine and Georgia, and I still got the visa! Like any big city, Moscow is different to the rest of the country, where international political issues are less to the fore. Russians and Americans are very similar in many ways: Just avoid subtlety, irony, innuendo and humour, and you’ll be understood fine.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Thank you rferguson. Very interesting report. Saudi society is undergoing a long awaited overhaul under the new Crown Prince, so let’s hope the toilets in the SV terminal follow suit.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Don’t they understand that you hand in the prescription to the chemists in exchange for the medicine? So you don’t have it anymore. The security person was most likely just making it up. Hope the complaint bears fruit.


    ConstantFlyer
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    – 44 sectors: longest 6315 miles, shortest 34 miles
    – 13 airlines: new ones incl. LATAM, Air Canada (Jazz), Transavia
    – 24 airports across 5 continents
    – Best airline: Swiss Airlines
    – Worst airline: Iberia
    – Best airport: Lima (great food hall/spicy chicken/ice cream sorbets)
    – Worst airport: Madrid (toooooo big/boring/drab/unfriendly)
    – Best security: Nanaimo (tiny airport in Canada – friendly and efficient)
    – Worst security: Geneva (long queues, cramped)
    – Nicest surprise: Russian airline Izhavia (with full service meal and hot drinks from real kettles)
    – Best lounge: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (great view, relaxed service), and Moscow-Domodedovo/Domestic Terminal (good food)
    – Worst lounge: London City Airport (no lounge!)
    – Great planes: Got to be Izhavia’s Soviet era Yakovlev Yak-42, and the brand new Swiss Airlines Bombardier CS-100
    – Best deal: First on BA London-Moscow on a 777 for 34000 Avios and £27.50 (Reward Flight Saver)


    ConstantFlyer
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    BA’s World Traveller Plus/Premium Economy cabin is only on long haul routes(*). The sector from JNB-CPT, as Lugano Pirate says, is Business and Economy only operated by Comair (BA franchisee). Just like BA on domestic/European routes, where it’s only Club Europe and Eurotraveller. (* LHR-Moscow also has WTP when op by 777/787.)


    ConstantFlyer
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    Wow! That’s some conspiracy theory 🙂 It’s much simpler than that: When Heathrow’s runways are contaminated with slush, to clear them requires the gaps between landing aircraft to be lengthened.

    As LHR is full, this means all airlines being asked to cancel x% of their flights. This impacts BA most as the biggest operator there.

    When choosing which flights to cancel, they look at frequency/loads/connecting pax and alternatives. Domestic and short-haul cancellations impact fewer pax less.

    The BA booking computer automatically rebooks affected pax onto other flights; if not convenient, pax can call in for better options.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Don’t read too much into it. Dynamic ticket pricing is a Dark Art, and it’s all down to algorithms and computer programs these days. Anomalies will arise, but they are normally ironed out once market forces prevail.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Seriously, I think the most toxic fumes air passengers breathe are the exhaust fumes from cars, buses and taxis sitting with their engines running outside arrivals.


    ConstantFlyer
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    It was BA286, not 826. Frankly a ‘Charter of Rights’ is a ridiculous over-reaction. Sounds like an underworked lawyer has too much time on their hands. Just ask BA for an explanation, or wait for the AAIB report.


    ConstantFlyer
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    The availability of Avios seats seems to have improved of late, and I was told that there are at least 2 Club and 4 Economy seats on every flight when first released. Some flights have many more. Of course, the likelihood of getting any to Orlando in the Easter school holidays, or to Barbados over Christmas, is slim. But I have found good availability, even quite near the date of departure, for several routes. If going to the US West Coast, a good route in is via Seattle; to SE Asia, via Kuala Lumpur. Using the GUV for the long haul sector, and both travellers paying with points for the onward legs, if any, has worked well for me.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Sorry to hear that Mr Pollo. To be fair, the crew was probably grumpy due to having to get up at silly o’clock in the morning to spend four hours being humiliated by security at Tel Aviv Airport before even starting work.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Pedrito – Don’t worry. It can be done. First piece of advice: Do not try to manipulate your circumstances to fit an application. Whatever you choose, it will cost a bit of money. Tourist visa requires you to pay for a hotel; private visit visa involves your host in a lot of hassle; student visa requires a course booking and an HIV test; and a business visa requires a host company and your own company details. Second piece of advice: Use a professional agency, such as “Real Russia” or “Russia House” in the UK, to do it for you – They charge a (modest) fee, but are definitely worth it in avoiding huge amounts of hassle. We Brits are required to give fingerprints for a Russian visa, but I don’t think that applies to Canadians yet. Good luck!

    in reply to: Need help on visa!

    ConstantFlyer
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    Good. I hope it improves things for passengers flying to or from the only real London airport, as opposed to those serving East Slough, South Crawley or West Essex.

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