by Sebastian Powell -
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For the past 12 months or so, Malaysia Airlines periodically runs excellent promotional fares in Business Class ex Bangkok to various destinations within Asia. Those are great for the collection of Status Miles/Credits, especially if you collect with British Airways Executive Club.

I have been anxiously awaiting these fares to return due to an upcoming trip to Beijing and ‘today was the day’ so to speak.

MASFrontpage

Generally there are many destinations which I will list below, however for the purpose of maximizing your status credits with British Airways it is key to select flights that are over a certain threshold to jump from just 40 Tier Points for shorter flights (such as the feeder BKK-KUL) to 140 Tier Points for the connection.

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by John Ollila -
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When I was checking in at the first class area of the Terminal 5 couple of weeks back, I came across this fantastic cheat sheet that the check in personnel are using for baggage allowances and exemptions.

British Airways Frequent Flyer Extra Allowance & Heavy Bag Charge Exemptions

The chart is from 2013 and there have been some developments on countries that allow two free checked bags that I have noted below. Why not have a simple chart like this on BA.com? [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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Here are five reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions & Comments June 13 2015

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by John Ollila -
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Marriott Rewards has launched a promotion for British Airways and Iberia frequent flier program member stays in Europe between June 1 – September 13, 2015.

Marriott Rewards 2000 Bonus Avios Europe Summer 2015

Member can earn 2,000 bonus Avios per two night stay that include Friday and/or Saturday nights. You must make the booking using promotional code M11 and book the rate associated with this offer. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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Here are seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions May 30

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by John Ollila -
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When I had booked my trip to London for the last weekend, I had no idea that the following Monday was a public holiday and had booked a flight out at 7:20AM to Berlin.

Fabulous Fridays Last Minute Award Availability

My original plan was to stay the night at some Heathrow area hotel, but ended up staying in the city to catch some entertainment on Sunday night. Woke up at 6AM that was too late to catch the BA flight. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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No wonder why British Airways has recently been dumping it’s Club World product ex-Europe trying to compete with the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways on price (cannot do such on their hard/soft product).

Whine Wednesdays British Airways Club World (Bloody Awful) A380

Last week, I found myself taking the British Airways A380 in Club World “Business” class (more like Premium Economy really) to Singapore and was extremely disappointed with the cabin. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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Here are five seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

READER QUESTIONS April 25 2015

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by John Ollila -
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Seems that the loyalty program hackers have jumped over the pond and have now targeted thousands of British Airways Executive Club members that have found their accounts frozen as a precaution.

British Airways Avios Hack

Members are not able to use their Avios before British Airways unfreezes their accounts. It is unclear if hackers on this British Airways case were able to use Avios in an unauthorized way like on the Hilton HHonors case. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -
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Here are five reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions March 14

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