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British Airways got it right with the Premium Economy

Earlier this year, I sent some of my Europe travel business to British Airways because of the convenient timings I had for travel to Europe (twice daily) rather than once daily. It involved backtracking as well, and the pains of getting a visa, but that added so much flexibility to my travel plans as well, because I could spend another night at home rather than having to necessarily take a midnight flight out of India all the time to go to continental Europe. One of my earlier trips this year, British Airways bumped me up from Economy to Premium Economy, due to the Economy cabin being overbooked. And that was the first time I really started to appreciate the Premium…

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British Airways offering double miles for India–London travel till July 31, 2014

British Airways is offering double Avios for travel between India to London and return, on all trips originating from India between June 5, 2014 to July 31, 2014. You can be booked on a longer trip to another destination in the UK, or onwards to North America or Europe, and you will get Double Avios credited on your India to London sector. You need an Indian address in your Executive Club account to be able to benefit from this promotion. Now, a regular BOM-LHR-BOM flight in economy would net you 8,938 Avios excluding any tier and cabin bonuses. Using this promotion, you get a double bonus Avios, which nets you 17,876 Avios. If you are a BA Gold, you get…

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Excellent savings on British Airways for UK/Europe/North America fares

I have to admit, British Airways is becoming one of my flights of choice this year, as I reattempt my growth back to American Airlines Executive Platinum and route some of my Europe travel via London which adds flexibility into my schedule (2 flights a day to Mumbai, as compared to one a day with Jet Airways at Brussels which is my evergreen option). They have been running an excellent promotion for a while, which was highlighted to me sometime back but I failed to write about because I thought it was useless. I changed my mind last night. British Airways has had a tie-up with Groupon in India to sell promotional vouchers, where they are offering the following deals…

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British Airways offering free UK visas from India this summer

British Airways seems to be training all its guns to get traffic from India to fly with them. They consider India to be one of their biggest markets outside the UK, and they are focussing their marketing budgets to get that share of Indian traffic. First, it was the Silent Picturehouse last December, and then the new Facebook campaign this Valentines Day. I never wrote about the fare sales with Citibank and HSBC, but there is something or the other coming from BA in India. The newest promotion they’ve done, is to offer complimentary UK visas to people travelling on British Airways in this year. While this is a promotion being offered only via offline travel agents and I don’t…

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British Airways’ new mushy video & up to 70% discount for 2

First and foremost, get that pack of tissues handy. British Airways released a new video commercial this morning, targeted at the Indian market called Go further to Get Closer. Have a look: British Airways has clearly stepped up their India efforts over the past year, having recognised India is the second biggest market for them outside the UK, the other big one being USA. Now, here comes along an interesting offer as well, where BA claims to give you up to 70% off on tickets for 2 to the UK. This isn’t an online offer, so I made a friend make a call BA, and for a random date in June 2014, the offer price was at about INR 45,000…

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Giving away 2 passes to the British Airways Silent Picturehouse Gala in Mumbai…tonight!

British Airways brought their Silent Picturehouse to Mumbai earlier this week, the second country after the UK that it was organised. The intention of this event was the familiarise people about the on-ground and in-air BA experience, considering India is one of the 3 biggest markets for BA globally. I popped in yesterday to see the show myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at the magnificence of the event. See, I’ve loved BA from the time I visited their headquarters a couple of years back, and that was the airline that introduced me to the Champagne Taittinger, something I still look forward to when transiting London at the BA Terminal 5 Lounge. And it was the free flowing beverage of…

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British Airways offering Club World fares from India to USA at 25% off

British Airways’ business class is available at a 25% off from India to the US routes, if you booked up your travel before 31 July 2013. The promotion is valid for booking uptil 31 July 2013 and outward travel uptil 30 September 2013. However, if you’re headed to New York or Toronto, the promotion is offering tickets up to 31 December 2013. You can book your tickets from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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British Airways and Indigo discuss interlining, and why this may be a dream!

Indigo has been one of India’s best run airline operation, with typical LCC discipline running in their blood. I’ve written a bit about them in the past and how they grew to be India’s biggest domestic airline by marketshare about 6 months back. Yesterday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that Indigo and British Airways were in talks for an interlining agreement. Media quickly ramped up the discussion to an investment deal by BA’s parent IAG into Indigo, talking about how Indigo was the best deal for an investment into Indian aviation. Here is what is apparently happening as per the news report, already moving into speculation. The same reporter filed a report with Reuters, where he stated, an interlining…

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I’m back, my bag is not! British Airways … aaargh!

First & foremost, let me take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2013. Now, over to business. Like I mentioned here, I was out trying to make sure I wrap up 2012 on Executive Platinum status on American Airlines. Here was my entire routing, and I started to find my way back on December 30, only to land into Mumbai a shade after midnight on January 1 with the stiff upper-lipped British Airways. Going to the cold zone for a week, I thought it was prudent to check-in a bag, with some clothes for various circumstances (snow included!). The bag held up pretty well with my pace till it was time for to come…

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8 days for Amex transfer bonuses to British Airways Avios / Etihad Guest miles

Beginning of the month I had alerted all of you regular readers about the promotions going on with American Express, where there is an offer to transfer Membership Rewards (their reward currency) for cards issued in India. There are two promotions: Transfer your Amex Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios, and you could earn a 30% bonus on these transfers. Amex MR transfer to Avios at the rate of 1.6 MR = 1 Avios, which translates, with this bonus, to 1.23 MR  = 1 Avios. While British Airways is one of the more expensive airlines due to their fuel surcharges to use Avios on, you could use them with so many of the oneworld airlines. Transfer your Amex MR to…

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