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You get better seat availability if you book and upgrade using a travel agent.
When you book direct with BA there has to be availability of Avios / Redemption seats in the cabin you want to move to.
I have used mine in the past to buy J and upgrade to first. If there is availability of “A” class fare in first the agent can use the voucher. Booking direct with BA there has to be availability of a “Z” class (reception) fare which is far less likely.
There is a complex process the agent has to use to use the voucher but most of them know how to work it!
1 user thanked author for this post.in reply to: BA gold upgrades18 Jul 2018
I am doing something similar in USA and have agreed company will pay for ‘Tax equalisation’. They will pay for preparation of tax returns for U.K. and US and cover any additional liability resulting from the time spent overseas so I am covered if there is an unforeseen additional tax liability.
1 user thanked author for this post.in reply to: International secondments6 Jul 2018
A few reports have already speculated on the zodiac seat eg……..in reply to: New BA Club World Seat1 Jul 2018
This seems to be working really well and hoping they continue. I haven’t experienced the car transfer yet although have done loads of long haul over the last couple of months in First. “Rodders” I am also GGL for life so I guess they just like you more than me ….. haha! I will try and cope with the rejection.
The first priority bag delivery has worked well for me. The one really crappy part of the premium service is when travelling First and departing T5 on bus from the dreaded Gate 10. Just awful. Would be great if they could figure out a solution to that and offer a better boarding service to those sitting in the pointy end.in reply to: BA Premium Tarmac Transfers16 Jun 2018
Well, shock horror, the trial seems to be working. Arrived LHR from LAX on a full A380 and the First bags were delivered first, even ahead of the crew bags.
Usual mess up with a “learner driver” on attaching the air bridge meant the upper deck was practically all off before door 2 was finally attached, but at least meant less than a 5 minute wait at baggage reclaim.
Let’s hope it survives beyond a trial period. Big improvement.in reply to: BA FIRST priority bag delivery4 Jun 2018
I hate United but their group boarding process is great. If you are in group 2 and try to board with group 1, your boarding pass won’t scan so the gate agent can’t let you through!
Avoids any confusion!
I agree on Vegas by the way, but I think it partly works as there is loads of space at the gate area to form the queues. Compare that to the experience of boarding an A380 @ T5 C-Gate where you can’t even get close enough to the gate to see where the group lines start and finish.
I still think BA could allow First passengers to pre-board with families and the walking wounded!in reply to: British Airways Club Class boarding chaotic3 Jun 2018
It’s branded as FIRST.
I experienced the First bus last week on a return from Boston. Actually was better than a C gate and a train ride.
The bit they need to sort out is on the outbound which was also a bus from gate 10. I was in first and crammed on a bus with everyone else. Completely Rubbish – nothing elegant or refined about that!!!!
I’m travelling to LAX at end of week so will wait with baited breath for my priority luggage on my return to LHR.in reply to: BA FIRST priority bag delivery21 May 2018
If the unfortunate lady who was almost pushed out of the aircraft had been wearing a seatbelt, would she have at least stayed in her seat? Or could the pressure be so great that she could slip out of the seatbelt? Often wondered if the seatbelt could withstand such forces.in reply to: Southwest Airlines accident18 Apr 2018
I recently booked LHR/SEA on aa.com flying direct on BA flights. First Class on aa.com was £1 more expensive than Club on ba.com. Strangely AA also showed First as £400 cheaper than Club with the same fare rules/change fee. Guess it’s all about inventory with each of the One World partner airlines.
I always now check code share partners whenever I book – you can’t always rely on company travel agent to do that automatically. I’ve found its also always worth asking them to check business and first fares as there is often no logic to the fares they quote!2 Apr 2018
I have experience of the Special Services Team at LAX and SFO. At LAX in particular they have been great, walking me through security to the lounge, early boarding of a/c. Feels like a personalised service.
At LHR, I’ve never had any kind of personalised service. In fact when I checked into the soon to be renamed “M&S Simply Average” Concorde Room last week, I had to wait for the receptionist to put her Hello Magazine down to check in, and the lack of recognition and general sense of indifference continued through my visit to the lounge.
Who actually gets “special services” at LHR? Just curious as I’m 3 months into my membership year and at just short of 5,000 tier points and this doesn’t seem to have triggered anything “bespoke” in the BA systems.in reply to: BA – Concorde team23 Feb 2018