British Airways

Surveying Scotland: Introduction

Two kids creates more than twice the work. That holds true for regular life and travel. Nonetheless, we took it upon ourselves to travel to the United Kingdom to celebrate our son's first birthday. Just kidding, it's just when we were free. As always, we paid for the majority of our flight with points. We even booked our first transatlantic flights in coach for the first time in five years. Slumming it! Just kidding, I'm just practicing what I've been preaching in my family travel hacking guide. Read below for details of what we booked and the thought process behind it all. I wrote about booking our flights to the UK awhile back. Man, can't believe I booked this trip back in August 2015. Either way, Delta availability still remains [...]

Seven reasons I prefer the Alaska Airlines award search tool to British Airways

Update: Proof that I am an idiot. I swear I saw CX space but it must have been in my dreams or something, sigh. Anyway, I'm gonna leave all my stupid text in here for posterity, but I've edited the post. British Airways website has long been touted as the go to award search engine for Oneworld award space. I don't dispute that, but being that I am looking at flights to Asia a lot (even though the idea of taking a preschooler and a lap infant seems insane right now), I am often searching for Cathay Pacific award space and it's nice that you can get it on one award using Emirates. I have long used British Airways site to search for Oneworld award space, but a funny thing happened [...]

British Airways Avios Suddenly Missing from Accounts

Most notably, MINE! Apparently, British Airways has to decided to further enhance their customer service by making a bunch of people's Avios go missing. Since I'm not on Twitter at work, I just discovered this randomly myself half an hour ago. Here is pretty much what happened: 10:20 AM - I need to search some Cathay Pacific award space for a client, so I go to log into britishairways.com 10:21 AM - The website tells me my username and password are not recognized 10:24 AM - After multiple log in attempts, I start getting concerned I've been hacked and click on the forgot/reset password link. 10:25 AM - I reset my password, log in, and see this beauty: 10:26 AM - FREAK OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! 10:27 AM - FREAK OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! 10:28 AM [...]

A Silly Post about my Airline Pajama Collection

My wife has been reading a new book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Normally this wouldn't be relevant to this blog, except this book combined with being snowed in have created a state where she has been passionately cleaning out our closets for the last week. I now have three garbage bags full of clothes to donate/trash - and much to my chagrin there are a few sets of pajamas in there. I am a person who has never bought a real set of pajamas in my life, but somehow I am also semi-obsessed with airline pajamas. Maybe it's that they're "free" (yeah right). Anyway, here are my impressions of the various pajama sets I have, listed in order of accrual. Oh, and did you know I'm giving away [...]

How much will British Airways Executive Club Program Changes hurt?

Every time there is a devaluation in the miles and points world, the general message out there is that the sky is falling. While British Airways' most recent Executive Club changes certainly may fall into that category for some people, these changes aren't too big deal a deal to me. Summary of Avios Earning Changes - You'll earn less less for low cost economy fares and more for high cost premium ones - The minimum Avios you can earn on a flight are going down for the lower fare classes - Minor devaluation to earning tier points (major if you fly JFK-LHR regularly for business), which I've never bothered to understand in depth anyway Summary of Avios Redemption Changes Old chart: New chart: - Peak and off-peak rates have been introduced [...]

Creating a British Airways Household Account – Why and How

Creating a British Airways household account is a simple, relatively painless process that I personally thinks makes a lot of sense for many families. I was recommending a friend do this for himself and his wife the other day so thought I'd do a quick refresher on why you might want to create a household account and how to do it. Pros and Cons of a Household Account For the unfamiliar, a BA Household account gives you the ability to pool miles with another member of your household living at the same address. This is particularly useful when you have miles split up between spouse/family accounts, since you can minimize "orphaned" miles. Example: my wife wants to take a flight from Boston to Charlotte that will cost her 7500 Avios. [...]

Lazy Weekend in Lyon: British Airways First Class and the Ghost Terminal at Heathrow

Thanks to our changed flights, we departed from Boston at 7:45 PM instead of 3:00 PM, which was great because we got to spend a few extra hours with our daughter. After saying our goodbyes, we made our way to the airport by around 6:00 PM. Since we slept for most of the flight, I'll only touch upon British Airways first class in brief here (and go into some more detail for the return). The executive summary is that despite some quirky design choices it's a really nice first class product that I'd be happy flying more often if there weren't any fuel surcharges. But alas, there are. After checking in at the airport, we made our way to the British Airways First Class lounge in Terminal E. The First [...]