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Boddingtons
Post subject: Using BA miles for cheap Australian domesitc flights
PostPosted: 19:38 on 24th Jul 2012

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
I found Qantas flights to be priced somewhat steadily above the competition last time around and those flights that were 'cheap' were departing at silly o'clock in the morning.

For the average traveller, a great way to offset these high airfares is by redeeming British Airways air miles. And I find Qantas to be relatively generous for award seats on domestic flights meaning you can have more flexibility in choosing your preferred departure time rather than being dictated by the lowest fare.

Some of you may already have a stash of BA miles, others may not, but by signing up to the bmi credit card, issued by MBNA, you will earn 20,000 bmi miles which will convert to 20,000 BA miles just by spending £250.00 on the card within 90 days. A great way to get off the ground. And by signing up now, you'll ensure that you'll have the miles to spend ready when the airlines first release the inventory.

Let's look at the maths....

Brisbane to Adelaide
Economy: 7,500 miles + £12.20 Taxes
Business: 15,000 miles + £12.20 Taxes

Adelaide to Perth
Economy: 10,000 miles + £12.00 Taxes
Business: 20,000 miles + £12.00 Taxes

Perth to Melbourne
Economy: 10,000 miles + £8.40 Taxes
Business: 20,000 miles + £8.40 Taxes

Melbourne to Sydney
Economy: 4,500 miles + £8.30 Taxes
Business: 9,000 miles + £8.30 Taxes

You'll also get your 23kg baggage allowance included (30kg for Business).

The card is issued as a combined American Express and Visa card. And on top of the 20,000 miles sign up bonus, you'll earn 1.5 miles per £1 spent on the Amex, 0.75 miles per £1 spent on the Visa card.

MBNA cards tend to be somewhat easy to acquire, so as long as you don't have a really bad credit rating you should be able to nab one rather easily. You'll also benefit from 3 months interest free purchases and 12 months of interest free balance transfers, though it's important to get the £250 minimum spend out of the way before transferring the balance.

To apply, click here: http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/loyalty ... count.aspx
(It's the card on the left hand side, without the annual fee)

You should open yourself a bmi diamond club account first if you don't have one already as you'll be required to enter this number on the application in order for the miles to post to your account. Once they post here, you simply transfer them over to BA.

To open a diamond club account, click here: https://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/loyalt ... rec=1WCNNL

Time is of the essence here as the bmi brand will cease to exist very shortly (no flights after 28OCT once it has been fully integrated into BA operations) so it's not known how long MBNA will keep this offer open. Rest assured though that the miles you earn will be safe.

Feel free to ask any questions.
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invisibleman
Post subject: Re: Using BA miles for cheap Australian domesitc flights
PostPosted: 11:47 on 29th Jul 2012

Joined: 13:02 on 27th Sep 2011
Posts: 52
Excellent idea, thanks. With my tesco points converting to BA miles as well will hopefully accumulate enough for a flight to Oz.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Using BA miles for cheap Australian domesitc flights
PostPosted: 15:05 on 29th Jul 2012

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
invisibleman Wrote:
Excellent idea, thanks. With my tesco points converting to BA miles as well will hopefully accumulate enough for a flight to Oz.


There's a 50% transfer bonus when you convert Tesco to BA until the end of August.

http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/product.aspx?R=236

If you have any vouchers saved up which you haven't yet converted from previous quarters, now is perhaps the time to do so.

Here's the maths under the current 50% bonus window.

£12.50 Tesco = Melbourne to Sydney

£21.00 Tesco = Brisbane to Adelaide

£28.00 Tesco = Adelaide to Perth or Perth to Melbourne

Every little helps...
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Boddingtons
Post subject: 44,500 BA miles for 150
PostPosted: 15:46 on 29th Jul 2012

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
British Airways offer a selection of their own American Express branded credit cards.

The latest sign up offer, which ends 1st August, is for 40,000 BA miles if you spend £3,000 on the card within 3 months. The card comes with an annual fee of £150, however, if you spend £10,000 on the card within the first 12 months, you earn a 2-4-1 voucher than can be redeemed on all British Airways flights in any cabin.

Note that Amex requires an annual household income of at least £30,000 for this card.

Offer Link: http://www.americanexpress.com/uk/briti ... =100042613
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jannjulie
Post subject: Re: Using BA miles for cheap Australian domesitc flights
PostPosted: 13:58 on 20th Sep 2012

Joined: 19:59 on 26th Mar 2009
Posts: 27
Location: shetland
one other useful tip, if you are hoping to use avios for cheap flights to OZ, they release flights 355 days in advance, if you don't call in very early on release day the chance of a flight around Christmas is slim, and make sure you book the outbound flight on the 355 day limit, you can then pay a change fee of about £25 and change it to a return 355 days from the return flight date; if you wait until 355 days from the return date you haven't a hope of getting the outbound flights.
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hooperman
Post subject: Re: Using BA miles for cheap Australian domesitc flights
PostPosted: 15:52 on 2nd Apr 2013

Joined: 18:15 on 21st Oct 2008
Posts: 73
Boddingtons Wrote:
I found Qantas flights to be priced somewhat steadily above the competition last time around and those flights that were 'cheap' were departing at silly o'clock in the morning.

For the average traveller, a great way to offset these high airfares is by redeeming British Airways air miles. And I find Qantas to be relatively generous for award seats on domestic flights meaning you can have more flexibility in choosing your preferred departure time rather than being dictated by the lowest fare.

Some of you may already have a stash of BA miles, others may not, but by signing up to the bmi credit card, issued by MBNA, you will earn 20,000 bmi miles which will convert to 20,000 BA miles just by spending £250.00 on the card within 90 days. A great way to get off the ground. And by signing up now, you'll ensure that you'll have the miles to spend ready when the airlines first release the inventory.

Let's look at the maths....

Brisbane to Adelaide
Economy: 7,500 miles + £12.20 Taxes
Business: 15,000 miles + £12.20 Taxes

Adelaide to Perth
Economy: 10,000 miles + £12.00 Taxes
Business: 20,000 miles + £12.00 Taxes

Perth to Melbourne
Economy: 10,000 miles + £8.40 Taxes
Business: 20,000 miles + £8.40 Taxes

Melbourne to Sydney
Economy: 4,500 miles + £8.30 Taxes
Business: 9,000 miles + £8.30 Taxes

You'll also get your 23kg baggage allowance included (30kg for Business).

The card is issued as a combined American Express and Visa card. And on top of the 20,000 miles sign up bonus, you'll earn 1.5 miles per £1 spent on the Amex, 0.75 miles per £1 spent on the Visa card.

MBNA cards tend to be somewhat easy to acquire, so as long as you don't have a really bad credit rating you should be able to nab one rather easily. You'll also benefit from 3 months interest free purchases and 12 months of interest free balance transfers, though it's important to get the £250 minimum spend out of the way before transferring the balance.

To apply, click here: http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/loyalty ... count.aspx
(It's the card on the left hand side, without the annual fee)

You should open yourself a bmi diamond club account first if you don't have one already as you'll be required to enter this number on the application in order for the miles to post to your account. Once they post here, you simply transfer them over to BA.

To open a diamond club account, click here: https://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/loyalt ... rec=1WCNNL

Time is of the essence here as the bmi brand will cease to exist very shortly (no flights after 28OCT once it has been fully integrated into BA operations) so it's not known how long MBNA will keep this offer open. Rest assured though that the miles you earn will be safe.

Feel free to ask any questions.


Top tip thanks mate. Just booked Adelaide to Perth for £12 + miles as oppose to the £250 online fare.
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