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gardner1
10th June 2008, 11:23
just been looking on airmiles site as i have 2000 airmiles which ive had for a while but not bothered using.when did airmiles stop charging taxes etc,it seems they have increased miles needed to cover the difference

markat
10th June 2008, 11:54
Was about two months ago I think, the zones were simplified and taxes removed - no hidden surprises to pay if you have enough airmiles for your flight.

gardner1
10th June 2008, 13:10
i wish ba miles would include/ajust miles needed to include taxes everytime i look taxes/fuel surcharges have gone up

Raffles
10th June 2008, 15:09
This is certainly not a freebie since the redemption rates have gone up. However, with fuel surcharges going up even faster, I now see some value in Air Miles for the first time in a LONG time.

If you're travelling to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin or anywhere in the UK, you can do it for 750 miles which is 31.25 of Tesco vouchers. Even booking well ahead, you will struggle to find a BA flight for less than 90-100 on these routes including all the taxes, and if you book at short notice you can be paying 200+.

Yes, I know you could fly EasyJet for less than this, but if Heathrow is convenient for you and you have BA lounge access, allowing for a few glasses of champagne and a nice snack before the flight, then its not a bad deal.

Note that for longer hauls (Italy, Spain etc) Air Miles remains a relatively poor deal because of the extra number of miles needed versus the cost of the flight if paying cash.

Raffles
10th June 2008, 15:09
i wish ba miles would include/ajust miles needed to include taxes everytime i look taxes/fuel surcharges have gone up

Interestingly, Lufthansa has just brought in an option whereby they will pay all of your taxes in return for you paying an extra 10,000 miles for your flight. If flying from the UK, this is not a bad option.

navara
11th June 2008, 10:38
This is certainly not a freebie since the redemption rates have gone up. However, with fuel surcharges going up even faster, I now see some value in Air Miles for the first time in a LONG time.

If you're travelling to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin or anywhere in the UK, you can do it for 750 miles which is 31.25 of Tesco vouchers. Even booking well ahead, you will struggle to find a BA flight for less than 90-100 on these routes including all the taxes, and if you book at short notice you can be paying 200+.

Yes, I know you could fly EasyJet for less than this, but if Heathrow is convenient for you and you have BA lounge access, allowing for a few glasses of champagne and a nice snack before the flight, then its not a bad deal.

Note that for longer hauls (Italy, Spain etc) Air Miles remains a relatively poor deal because of the extra number of miles needed versus the cost of the flight if paying cash.


Never thought I would have seen you write that Raffles:D
I have just put together a list of simple ways to collect airmiles below for those who don't know how it can work
Airmiles
Due to the many ways miles can be collected I thought I would list some of the ways to gain an alterative holiday to Tesco Deals once you have joined Airmiles
Shopping on line(including ebay)
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/onlineshop/onlineshophome.do?from=collectbox2

Shell Fuel
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/collect/partner.do?partner=Shell&from=collectbox5

Homebase
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/collect/partner.do?partner=Homebase

Hilton Hhonors
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/collect/partner.do?partner=Hilton+HHonors

Business Spending
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/content/generatePage.do?destination=Business+Spend&bid=BAN_col_busspend&poo=HM_BL&from=hintsandtips

And the rest
http://www.airmiles.co.uk/collect/home.do

sammybear
11th June 2008, 10:46
Great post Navara ...really useful .
S:)

Trolley Dash
11th June 2008, 11:50
This is certainly not a freebie since the redemption rates have gone up. However, with fuel surcharges going up even faster, I now see some value in Air Miles for the first time in a LONG time.

If you're travelling to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin or anywhere in the UK, you can do it for 750 miles which is 31.25 of Tesco vouchers. Even booking well ahead, you will struggle to find a BA flight for less than 90-100 on these routes including all the taxes, and if you book at short notice you can be paying 200+.

Yes, I know you could fly EasyJet for less than this, but if Heathrow is convenient for you and you have BA lounge access, allowing for a few glasses of champagne and a nice snack before the flight, then its not a bad deal.

Note that for longer hauls (Italy, Spain etc) Air Miles remains a relatively poor deal because of the extra number of miles needed versus the cost of the flight if paying cash.


thanks for this - an easy to read explanation.

How do I get access to the BA lounge?

I am intending to book Manchester to LHR flights using Tesco points converted to Air Miles.

Many thanks

Raffles
11th June 2008, 12:55
thanks for this - an easy to read explanation.

How do I get access to the BA lounge?

I am intending to book Manchester to LHR flights using Tesco points converted to Air Miles.

Unfortunately you don't. Sorry!

I do because I've got a BA Gold Card .... :D

navara
11th June 2008, 13:53
Unfortunately you don't. Sorry!

I do because I've got a BA Gold Card .... :D

You can get in with a BA Silver Card ;)

Trolley Dash
12th June 2008, 08:45
what are these gold / silver cards - credit cards? or membership cards?

navara
12th June 2008, 09:34
what are these gold / silver cards - credit cards? or membership cards?

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/echome/public/en_gb

Trolley Dash
19th October 2008, 00:38
What do you get by having a silver / gold card other than access to some of the lounges? Just wondering whether it is worth applying for a card. Thanks.

zaqwert
19th October 2008, 11:17
What do you get by having a silver / gold card other than access to some of the lounges? Just wondering whether it is worth applying for a card. Thanks.

Unfortunately you can't just apply, you have to earn it by flying (and not on cheap fares either !!!)

Raffles
19th October 2008, 13:22
Lounge access (if Gold you can use a BA lounge even if not flying BA)
Priority check-in desks
Fast Track security lanes at Terminal 5
Extra luggage allowance
Bonus BA Miles on flights
Ability to select a seat when you book
Access to Arrivals Lounge at Heathrow (long-haul arrivals only)