British Airways Executive Club: Beware Of The 4 Segment Requirement To Obtain Gold & Silver Status!

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Many frequent flyer programs including British Airways Executive Club have a requirement that the member has to fly a certain minimum number of segments of the programs own airline in order to achieve Elite status.

While some programs had this rule for years and never enforced it (American AAdvantage recently dropped that rule), BAEC still does enforce it rigidly and it put me in sort of a bind for this year.

British Airways Buy Up To 100,000 Avios At 1.1+ Euro Cents Each

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British Airways has teamed up with Vente Privee France (again) to offload Avios for consumers wishing to purchase some with a discount through September 1, 2017.

Vente Privee British Airways Executive Club Avios

Avios has launched separate packages from 2,000 to 35,000 Avios that you can purchase (max amount is 100,000 Avios).

Le Club AccorHotels British Airways Triple Avios October 1 – December 31, 2017

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched new promotion for British Airways Executive Club member stays that are both booked and consumed between October 1 – December 31, 2017.

Le Club AccorHotels British Airways Executive Club Triple Avios October 1 - December 31 2017

Executive Club members can earn triple Avios for all their stays during the promotional period.

British Airways Newest Feature: Economy Class Seats With Wet Urine Stains (Crew Can’t Be Bothered)

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A rather disgusting case of a British Airways passenger en route to South Africa currently makes headlines as he was forced to sit in an Economy Class seat soaked with urine.

The crew apparently couldn’t be bothered to either reseat the passenger or clean up the mess in whatever way, resulting in the man sitting on it during the entire 11 hour ride.

British Airways Gold Guest List Partner Card Expiry

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British Airways Gold Guest List members can gift one Gold (Oneworld Emerald) and two Silvers (Oneworld Sapphires) to those on Household Account or Friend & Family list every membership year.

British Airways Executive Club Gold Guest List Partner Card

I haven’t paid any attention previously when these gifted statuses have actually expired. I just asked from a friend of mine that signed up for for BA back in July that I gifted BA Silver the other. His status seems to be actually valid for two years.

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike August 16 – 30, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)

British Airways is facing it’s umpteenth strike by the Mixed Fleet flight attendants (their previous one just ended). Their current strike is for two weeks between August 16 – 30, 2017 (both dates inclusive).

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Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out of London’s Heathrow airport.

Why I Made €500 Donation To The BA Mixed Fleet Strike Fund (You Can Too!)?

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Last week, I decided to make a donation to the striking British Airways Mixed Fleet flight attendants and wired 500 Euros to support their cause.

BA MFU Donation

BA has a number of flight attendant unions and the Mixed Fleet was formed to replace the more expensive Worldwide (WW) in the long term. It seems that the pay promises that BA made to the Mixed Fleet FAs was not kept.

Airfare of the Day: AA/BA/AY/IB New York City to Zurich ECONOMY CLASS $350 (Round Trip)

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines/British Airways/Finnair/Iberia shoulder season round trip instant purchase Economy Class fares between New York City and Zurich.

The Guardian: “Armed police called to Heathrow over British Airways flight delay”

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Seems that British Airways had some very unfortunate issue with its flight to Las Vegas this past Sunday that got canceled two days in a row (same flight!) first for mechanical issue and second time for baggage.

Reader Question Compensation For British Airways Service Issues

Passengers were rightfully not very happy that British Airways was not getting them to their destinations and tensions were running so high that armed police had to be called.

British Airways Potential Mixed Fleet Strike August 16 – 30, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)

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British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants has given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for additional two weeks between August 16 – 30, 2017 (both dates inclusive). This would be 12th strike since the dispute began in 2016.

BA Strikes

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out from London’s Heathrow airport.

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike August 2 – 15, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)

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British Airways is facing it’s umpteenth strike by the Mixed Fleet flight attendants (their previous one just ended). Their current strike is for two weeks between August 2 – 15, 2017 (both dates inclusive).

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Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out of London’s Heathrow airport.

Award Success: British Airways London (LHR) – Reykjavik (KEF) Economy Return Using Avios (Gold Guest List Override)

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British Airways Executive Club Gold members have expanded reward seat availability in economy on BA operated flights and something called Gold Priority Rewards for booking award flight minimum of 30 days out by paying double Avios (when no reward seats available).

Award Success BA LHR-KEF

Gold Guest List members, however, have an additional award option called Gold Guest List Redemption where member can book an award twice during membership year for up to five passengers that only requires certain revenue bucket to be available.

A Tale of Two Transatlantic Carriers – Iberia vs British Airways Business Class

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Last week, I wrote a review of Finnair’s transatlantic business class service on my previous trip to Europe. The weekend before last I took another trip “across the pond” and flew two of the other major oneworld transatlantic carriers.

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Having never flown Iberia on a longhaul flight before, I figured I’d give them a try, so I flew out from LA to Madrid on Iberia, and back to the US on BA from London to Baltimore.  I have to say the experience was quite different between the two, and I was surprised at the lack of consistency between two of the airlines that operate a joint venture (along with AA and Finnair) on transatlantic routes.

Airfare of the Day: Iberia MAD/BCN-LHR-DXB/AUH 340 € (RT Premium Economy)

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Iberia’s Premium Economy advanced purchase fares between Spain and the United Arab Emirates

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