Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2550 times:
I just checked fares from HAM to LHR and back on a weekend in January. On the British Airways site I found a good deal, 22.00 EUR oneway + tax and fees which is 95.44 EUR altogether (the cheapest deal on a full frills airline since Craphansa introduced their outrageous Ticket Service Charge aka the Ticket Rip-Off Charge.
I was already satisfied with the fare but then, after I clicked "confirm", I got even a better offer: An upgrade to Club Europe (BA's Business Class) was only 78.00 EUR more expensive per oneway flight (or 163.00 EUR for a return flight). I decided for a return flight in Club because of many reasons:
I can check out BA's Terrace Lounge at LHR before departure
I can check out BA's Biz Class service on flights within Europe (only flew intercontinental in Club until now
I will earn more miles for the flight
This is freaking awesome, you can upgrade on a oneway or on your entire flight and you can upgrade without spending much money. But even better is that BA offers you this upgrade opportunity while you are booking online, I don't know any other airline website where you got offered an upgrade for a bargain while booking. Kudos to BA for this innovative booking system!
Anyone noticed that? Anyone made good or bad experience with that?
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2486 times:
Sounds like a great deal! BA recently upgraded their online booking system so that now, as you experienced, it will always show you a price to upgrade to the next cabin or to increase the flexibility of your ticket. Coupled with the ability to select a seat immediately after you book (if you're a registered Exec Club member) and to do online check-in up to 24 hours before departure I'd say BA's online service is now the best around.
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2464 times:
The BA booking engine still has a long way to go, it struggles with anything more than just a simple return trip! There are some more changes planned for the next month or so that will allow you change your booking online, etc...
I can't believe you paid the 78EUR for that upgrade! Even flying on full Y or B bare tickets on BA, I'll rarely pay the upgrade (about £20 usually) to fly C unless I'm short of tier points or need the miles for something. On a flight that short - less than an hour - the extra 'service' just isn't worth it! And as for the lounge... maybe at LHR this would be worth paying something extra for, but the HAM lounge really isn't great to be honest!
Just my opinion though, hope you have a good trip!
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2446 times:
Coupled with the ability to select a seat immediately after you book (if you're a registered Exec Club member)
Damn, I should have done this before, I love it when you can select your seat (from a seat map) while booking.
For next year I am planning to get an elite status with another airline (beside AF), I couldn't decide between LH (Star) and BA (oneworld). Now I took my decision, of course will I go for Executive Club, I have planned two long-haul flights which would give me enough points to get ExClub Silver, and BA is always the cheapest offer when I search for Business Class flights to these destinations. Furthermore I would do such a day/weekend trip to LHR more often when I would get similar deals (t earn additional miles).
The BA booking engine still has a long way to go, it struggles with anything more than just a simple return trip!
Here I agree, I tried to build a HAM-LHR-YYZ/YVR-LHR-DUS flight, maybe I am too stupid, but I couldn't figure out how to use this confusing booking mask for multi-stop flights on the BA website. This could definitely improove.
I can't believe you paid the 78EUR for that upgrade!
Quite cheap if you ask me. Try to book a HAM-LHR-HAM flight on LH, you will note that it is not possible via their poor booking system (you can only choose one service class for the entire trip), and you will also note their "strange" fares.
...unless I'm short of tier points or need the miles for something.
As I wrote in the reply to Trident2e, I am planning to become elite in another FFP, so it comes quite welcome for me.
...the extra 'service' just isn't worth it!
I am a freak, I like to try out different service classes on different airlines. Until now I only flew BA Club on an intercontinental flight (EWR-LHR), so I am courious how their Club Europe product is.
maybe at LHR this would be worth paying something extra for, but the HAM lounge really isn't great to be honest!
I thought the same, so I only booked the return in Club to get their "flagship" lounge in LHR (as you can read in the thread starter ).
VS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1014 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2362 times:
Guess where BA got the idea for the upgrade offers while booking - same place BA goes to get other ideas - Virgin Atlantic. VS's site has had this functionality for quite some time, even before the launch of the newest site. BA does not seem to innovate but rather steal competitors' ideas.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
VS11 - I wouldn't crow too much about VS's booking engine, it's based on practically stone-age technology (ie. SHARES), seat assignment is a complete horror, and so far no sign of online check in AFAIK.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 45 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
IMHO 78 EUR is well worth that upgrade. Looks like a great system too. The BA Terraces Lounge in T1 is rather nice in my opinion - I assume that's where your flight is leaving?
I'm at the Malaysian F class lounge at KUL at the moment. This place is out of this world... The food area resembles a fine restaurant... The champagne is great... The decor and views are fantastic. No wonder this has been voted the best lounge in the world. Lots of fun looking at the AK 737s taxiing out - I hope the pax to SIN via Johor are having a nice flight and bus ride! This F class luxury cost me the extraordinary sum of 79 EUR :D
Richardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3732 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
I noticed this BA website upgrade a few weeks ago, some of the off peak flights operated by GB Airways have very resonable upgrade fees, even for just one way.
It is still annoying that you can't do multistop journeys, say LGW-MRS, returning MPL-LGW and you have to go to expedia or opodo to book these and pay the £5 or so admin charge.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
That's weird... I used pound signs when I posted, these got changed to question marks when checking the post, then the post appeared in the thread and they came out as garbage - yet MYT332 managed to get his ones to work! What am I missing?
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
Don't worry, I'm sure all normal persons are fine in Bahrein. MYT332 is a WHOLE other matter, no doubt he would mortally offend virtually everyone in the Sultanate simply by existing, and be executed immediately for being an affront to humanity in general (at least we can hope so).
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 17 Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1977 times:
Glad to see you enjoying the BA online booking, it is excellent in terms of cost and offers provided you don't want anything too complex. Now, fire away and book you JNB trip with them asap, before the price goes up .
@Kaz - BA777 and I booked an FRA trip with BA online last month for next April for £88.40 return Y class, 757s both ways .
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14 Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
of course will I go for Executive Club, I have planned two long-haul flights which would give me enough points to get ExClub Silver
Be careful with BA - unless they changed their Executive Club rules. I used to be an Exec Club Gold member for a couple of years until they decided not to accept certain (most) reduced fares any more for tier points. At that time the difference between an eligible and an ineligible TXL-LHR fare was about 80-100%. As I didn't consider the BA air miles that valuable, I said goodbye to BA and flew with KLM, later with LH, where I still hold a FTL card.
About the BA booking function on the website: earlier this year I tried to book flights from MAN to IOM, but the online booking system did not accept my credit card as it has to be issued in the country of departure! Great... so when I want to book e.g. a flight out of Accra, I first need to get a Credit Card account in Ghana?? I really hope that that BA changed this rule - at least within the EU - in the meantime.
CrossChecked From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 252 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
QUOTE : Guess where BA got the idea for the upgrade offers while booking - same place BA goes to get other ideas - Virgin Atlantic. VS's site has had this functionality for quite some time, even before the launch of the newest site. BA does not seem to innovate but rather steal competitors' ideas.
Guess why VS and many of the world's other airlines decided to install flat-bed seating onboard their aircraft in business class.... BECAUSE WE DID IT FIRST!!!!!!
British Airways IS an industry leader and Sabena332, I thank you for your support.
GVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
Well said CrossChecked.
VS grab all the cheap and tacky PR stunts they can get to make themselves out to look like innovators but when it comes down to it the vast majority of their features are 'stolen'. They don't create the new ideas - just take the ideas of others and make them out to be their own.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1709 times:
Jeez, wake up everybody, all the airlines do the same thing! VS, BA, they're all at it! It's the only way to stay in the business. Luckily you can't patent ideas like that, else there'd be no real innovation at all.
Monkeyboi From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 457 posts, RR: 3 Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1678 times:
The booking tool was recently changed at BA for two reasons. Firstly, to attempt to increase revenue by offering upgrades at the last stage of the booking process. And secondly, to give passengers more info on what to expect on board. BA has got itself in quite a bit of trouble lately with it's top exec card holders because of issues with code sharing. For examply, BA offers free food and drink on its flights to Spain. However we also code-share with Iberia on these routes. Passengers were booking what they thought was a BA flight via ba.com and arriving at the airport to find in fact their flight was operated by Iberia. And what more, that free food and drink they were expecting never materialised as Iberia charges for food and drink. We also had the same problems with our codeshare (now ceasing) with SWISS to Switzerland. With the improved online booking tool, when you reach the final stage (and before payment) you will be advised who actually operates the flight and also details of the on-board service and whether or not it needs to be paid for. This also extends to advising passengers booking CLUB WORLD seats whether their flight has the 'flat bed' in Club or not. Today we also rolled out 'home/office printed boarding cards' for flights from LHR.