Anyone here based in AU but are BAEC members?

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TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Anyone here based in AU but are BAEC members?

With the introduction of BA lifetime Gold (OWE) and the recent changes to Aadvantage, I'm seriously considering a switch. Still love Aadvantage but lifetime Emerald and the fact that BA doesn't discriminate when awarding TP is quite compelling. Any thoughts?

banker

Member since 30 Apr 2013

Total posts 11

Me and my partner switched to BA about 2 years ago after QF changed rules for OW airlines earnings. No issues so far. You got to have 4 BA flights (doesn't have to be BA metal) to get to tiers so if you are not traveling to Europe, it may be an issue. After earning 2500 SC in year you get upgrade voucher. Got one recently but not sure how easily it will be redeemed. 

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Thanks banker. I still need to do an analysis of the "purchasing power" of avios against a basket of redemption routes to assess the wisdom of a move. But my instincts are telling me that the tide has changed a little against AA...don't have the facts yet to support such a claim...it's just a hunch for now....

jamby

Member since 08 May 2014

Total posts 16

Hi TRB, 

I'm an BA Exec Club Gold - contrasted my experience with a friend of mine on Qantas, not AA I'm afraid. It seems as if reward redemption options are more frequent. Anecdotally he thought that the earnings to purchasing ratio was better than on Q. I don't know whether this is true. 

I have found the 2500 TP vouchers difficult to redeem and in the two occassions I have earned them previously I have had to contact a UK TA or BA in London. Plenty on the BA Flyertalk forum on how this works! The lifetime gold is great but is a hard slog - you obviously travel extensively, and much more than me I'm sure, but I'm 3/4 the way there after fifteen years of LH travel with BA.

There are also rumours about further tinkering with the BA Exec Club structure (which always seems to penalise the traveller somehow!)

J

 

 

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