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  • 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.


    ConstantFlyer
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    It’s the Albigensian Heresy all over again! Poor Air France. Maybe OP has never heard of codeshare flights.


    ConstantFlyer
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    Fortunately, I have found foolproof methods of avoiding Heathrow Express’s ludicrously high prices: If travelling to London, it’s called City Airport; if travelling further afield, it’s called changing at Schiphol!


    ConstantFlyer
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    I travel a lot in Eastern Europe, and, for the most part, the lounges there are outstanding. Two I would single out for special praise are the ones at Moscow Vnukovo and Kyiv Boryspil. I use Priority Pass, not an airline tier benefit, to gain access. I’ve not used the BA lounges at LHR, as I tend to avoid the place like the plague; but from what I’m reading here, I shouldn’t be in a hurry to.


    ConstantFlyer
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    I do wonder sometimes just what it is that people have to take so much of and why. I recently did a whizzy work trip round Eastern Europe, visiting eight countries in 10 days. One little wheelie as hand luggage; one suit and one coat, both with capacious pockets; and several padded envelopes. The latter were filled with papers and small acquired items from the meetings, and dispatched back to HQ by post. Most were waiting for me when I got back, and the rest arrived soon after.


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    I’d have been pretty miffed if, having paid good money for a J seat, I then found SwissExPat sat next to me, he having paid significantly less. Probably because he would have gone on about it for the entire flight. 😉

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