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  • FaroFlyer
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    To fly to surf

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    FaroFlyer
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    Pleased to read this Marcus. I wondered if it was me not understanding FB new system. On another post I commented on the value of BA Avios and Martin Synclair had valued them totally differently to me. This made me look at the planned booking for later this month and AF is about €2,100 to central China compared with BA €2,650. I pay my own airfares so I can choose.

    On the face of it BA is quite expensive until you factor in Avios. I would earn ~ 70,000 Avios but I was amazed to discover that now, on AF, I will earn only 3,900 FB miles, for a business class ticket, compared with the 15,800 that I earned on a similar routing 3 years ago. The redemption cost seems unchanged so the FB miles are virtually worthless.


    FaroFlyer
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    Hmmmm, so they won’t have Trolley Dollies any more. What will they call them?

    Alex’s Angels?

    Cost Cutters?

    Penny Pinchers?

    Cheap and Cheerless?

    A BA stewardess once told me that she would rather be called the Dolly with the Trolley than the Tart with the Cart


    FaroFlyer
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    70,000 have a rough value of €425 so is significant

    @faroflyer – not sure how you value 70,000 avios at Euros 425.

    Based on 4,500 per sector in Y (northern Europe), fares can be around Euros 200 per sector, to me the value of 70,000 avios is well over Euros 3,000+

    Martyn, yes, you are correct if you make several trips around Europe, but my UK base is the Midlands so LHR & LGW are a challenge to use. My calculation was based on a BA fare discount of €213 off a €2,500 fare, and this €213 costs 34,000 Avios, hence 70,000 Avios = ~ €425


    FaroFlyer
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    Does anyone know if the BA double Avios promotion includes Avios earned on CX? 70,000 have a rough value of €425 so is significant, if paying your own airfare. My feeling is that it would not apply to CX as this is what the e-mail that I received said:

    “From today, until the end of the year, you can collect double Avios on your next ten flights.
    So whether it’s visiting loved ones, a last minute work trip, or sneaking in the last weekend away of 2018, your time away will be even more rewarding.
    This includes double Avios on all domestic flights in the UK and within southern Africa, as well as British Airways flights operated by our partners, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair when travelling between Europe and North America.”

    I had been looking at Hainan Airlines ex UK, but CX would have the most suitable times. BA would also work.

    Interesting to see Martyn’s comments re BA seats. Flew back from HKG on Monday on CX A350 and I thought the seats were better than BA for sleeping, but not as good for sitting. We all have different backs and posture.


    FaroFlyer
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    If the return inbound is HKG>LHR>AMS why not book the last sector LGW>AMS then traffic on the M25 caused you to miss your flight.

    I have “missed” several last sectors without penalty.


    FaroFlyer
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    Hi openfly, I shall be passing through AMS tomorrow and will see how it goes.

    Perhaps he was misunderstanding your “stage name”? I got in trouble once when a lady had a badge with Press:-}


    FaroFlyer
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    Yes, there is an anomaly here which I have noticed. The avisba.com website has different prices. Try ba.com and, after logging in, click book car hire. Sometimes that works.

    Similar situation with Europcar and easyJet cars, which is also Europcar.

    Sometimes Skyscanner works out also as they only re-direct, compared to, for example, HolidayAutos who are a booking site.

    in reply to: BA and Avis

    FaroFlyer
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    I cannot remember the last time my checked baggage was verified on arrival against the bag tag issued at check in, I think it might have been in Saudi Arabia in about 2005. It used to be done regularly when inbound at ZA airports, this certainly doesn’t happen any longer.

    With international flights it would mostly be difficult for a thief to obtain access from landside to the baggage area, but there are some airports where you can walk into domestic baggage reclaim and out again with no check taking place.

    It happens in China, and is good.

    Reminds me that about 15 years ago when we were in the UK, our neighbour’s son had a summer job at BHX in baggage handling. The old hands trained the youngsters to identify bags going to the same hotel at holiday destination, open the bags and swap towels around. They explained this as a great laugh that everyone could enjoy. Not theft, but…..


    FaroFlyer
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    Which airline group where they part of before the disastrous merger with AF?

    It was a mutually agreed merger. It was in the follow up to 9/11 when all airlines were still struggling and trying to find a way to survive, and avoid the fate that befell Sabena and Swiss.

    The only realistic way that KLM could exit AF/KLM is if an outside party paid an awful lot of money to acquire KLM, and this is very unlikely to happen.

    Wikipedia has an interesting history of AF/KLM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France%E2%80%93KLM


    FaroFlyer
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    Capetonian, I looked a little deeper and it seems that they have a more or less fixed charge for miles tickets. I also checked FRA and MXP as destinations on different dates.

    The revenue charges are €15 Fare + €25 Airline surcharges plus Taxes, Fess to airport €26.04 so total €66.04. For miles bookings the Taxes, Fees are same at €26.04 but there is an airline surcharge €26 (compared €25 revenue ticket), and they charge a ticket fee of €17 (but no fare €15) to total €69.04.

    If you book a business class miles ticket the costs are €139.04, so €70 more, plus 5,000 miles more. If you upgrade a revenue ticket to business it is 5,000 miles but no additional fees. Figure that out.

    Going to lie down now. Is that a rabbit over there? I think I’ll follow it down that hole…..

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    FaroFlyer
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    I am confused as to why you would be told to buy another seat when the middle seat is blocked anyway in C.

    Openfly comments remind me that in the early days of flying to Faro, one of the airlines, I think it was easyJet, used to allow an item of sports equipment in the hold free. We bought a couple of golf bags and carried an immense amount of stuff, but never golf clubs:-)

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    in reply to: BA. I'm in a quandary.

    FaroFlyer
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    As suggested by MartynSinclair I am adding a new topic dedicated to people who make no difference between a business traveller forum and a political meeting and need a place to curse those who disagree with them.

    When a post on any topic makes you feeling angry, just answer “please refer to the Being Angry Together Topic” (or PRBATT), then click on this topic and make your speech !

    Not sure it would work, but worth a try. Rather than Being Angry Together Topic I suggest Angry Together Topic then we can just type PRATT

    in reply to: Being Angry Together

    FaroFlyer
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    Flew FAO to BHX yesterday. Inbound to FAO early but delayed 45 mins departing FAO because of a shortage of French ATC. Captain wondered if it was a consequence of France winning the night before:-)


    FaroFlyer
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    I have to ask why you didn’t buy a through / connecting ticket. Also, why didn’t you check in online? If you had baggage then presumably you had to clear immigration first, then go to check in?

    And, I believe that I am correct in saying that Air Nostrum, operating as Iberia, also fly to / from Portugal and Italy, at least they used to.

    in reply to: Kicked off Iberia
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