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Fly In Style (without splashing out)

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Co-presented with Marek Matulka at one of Inviqa's Enlightening Lunches.

How to fly in style without splashing out. With so many competing airlines and travel agents, it is hard to find flights at the right price, or the right level of comfort and convenience. Ciaran and Marek will show us how to "exploit" the system to get the best deals, travel in style, and maximise your benefits.

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Fly In Style (without splashing out)

  1. 1. Fly in style without splashing out Ciaran McNulty & Marek Matulka
  2. 2. Cost Spending as little as possible
  3. 3. LHR-JFK £419.55
  4. 4. LHR-JFK £419.55 BA ticket cost: £100.00
  5. 5. LHR-JFK £419.55 BA ticket cost: £100.00 UK government fees: £114.65 US government fees: £41.90
  6. 6. LHR-JFK £419.55 BA ticket cost: £100.00 UK government fees: £114.65 US government fees: £41.90 BA fuel surcharge: £163.00
  7. 7. Pricing is demand-driven ● Scheduled 10-12 months in advance ● Aircraft positioning crucial to operations ● Inconvenient for the airline to cancel
  8. 8. Airlines hide pricing
  9. 9. Google flights https://flights.google.com ● Very fast ● Great for direct flights ● Includes nearly all economy airlines ● Can’t search ranges / multiple destinations
  10. 10. ITA Matrix (owned by Google) https://matrix.itasoftware.com ● Slow(er) ● Very wide searches ● No budget airlines ● HUGELY powerful extra options
  11. 11. Example: LHR-LAX in July?
  12. 12. Codeshares: Same flight; different airline
  13. 13. Finding more deals
  14. 14. Convenience Vary travel time and route
  15. 15. LHR-SIN direct for Easter
  16. 16. LHR-SIN with a layover for Easter
  17. 17. Don’t fly from the UK! ● Different pricing models in different markets ● Tax/Duty differences ● Exchange rate differences ● On sale at different times ● Public holidays at different times
  18. 18. DUB (Dublin) ● 1 hour from London Gatwick, Heathrow, City ● English-speaking ● US customs pre-clearance
  19. 19. AMS (Amsterdam) ● KLM Hub ● 5-6 flights/day to major UK Cities ● ~ 1hr flight time
  20. 20. LHR-LAX in July from £984 All prices in economy. - 2 weeks - travel with BA or OW
  21. 21. DUB-LAX in July from £774 All prices in economy. Pros: - Instant £200 saving per person - US Immigration passed at DUB Cons: - Needs to pay for travel to DUB - Overnight accommodation may be required
  22. 22. Positioning flights Unlinked tickets: ● LON -> DUB ● DUB -> LAX ● Give a buffer between your positioning flight and the main fare (night before?) ● or try going back-to-back ● Make sure your travel insurance handles missed departures!
  23. 23. DUB-LAX in July from £774 All prices in economy. Pros: - Instant £200 saving per person - US Immigration passed at DUB Cons: - Needs to pay for travel to DUB - Overnight accommodation may be required
  24. 24. DUB-LAX in July from £874 All prices in business. Pros: - Instant £100 saving per person - US Immigration passed at DUB - Business not Economy! Cons: - Needs to pay for travel to DUB - Overnight accommodation may be required
  25. 25. DUB-LAX-LHR in July
  26. 26. Dropping last legs ● Go hand baggage only ● or make sure there’s an overnight before the last leg ● or make sure there’s an airport change ● or just make a fuss and get your bags back ● Don’t book via a travel agent
  27. 27. Read the Fare Rules
  28. 28. Adding stops Transfers ● Defined as <24h ● Limited number allowed ● Normally free Stopovers ● Defined as >24h ● Normally chargeable ● Sometimes free
  29. 29. Adding Transfers DUB->LAX->HNL->LAS->LHR
  30. 30. Adding Stopovers FRA-LHR-SIN-BKK-HKG-LHR-FRA
  31. 31. Adding Stopovers FRA-LHR-SIN-BKK-HKG-LHR-FRA
  32. 32. Adding Stopovers CPH-LHR-JFK-LHR-CPH
  33. 33. Comfort Have the most enjoyable experience while flying
  34. 34. Free upgrades
  35. 35. Free upgrades
  36. 36. Paid upgrade
  37. 37. POUGs Promotional Online Upgrades - check emails from the airline - check MMB often Cost? - ET to CE - £59-139 - WT to WT+ - £85-250 - WT+ to CW - £400-599 - CW to F - £400-599
  38. 38. AUGs Airport Upgrades - usually offered at check-in desk - more expensive than POUGs Cost? - ET to CE - £75-150 - WT to WT+ - £229 - WT+ to CW - £400-800 - CW to F - £599
  39. 39. Upgrade with miles
  40. 40. British Airways Executive Club Avios - awarded based on miles flown - class bonuses (up to 300%) - tier bonuses (up to 100%) - can be used to spend on flights, car hire, hotels, etc. Tier Points - fixed amount per flight segment - different to different classes - reset every year - collect to get / retain status
  41. 41. LCY-AMS Example avios and tier points earning table.
  42. 42. LHR-SIN Example avios and tier points earning table.
  43. 43. - oneworld alliance - airline partners - hotels - credit cards - tesco - shopping at avios.com Collecting avios
  44. 44. Spending avios
  45. 45. 8000 avios + £35 will get you...
  46. 46. 13000 avios + £35 will get you...
  47. 47. 17000 avios + £35 will get you...
  48. 48. Standard Redemptions Avios + applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges
  49. 49. Upgrades with Avios
  50. 50. Status
  51. 51. Blue - collect avios - spend avios Bronze - 25% bonus avios - free advance (7 days) seat selection - business class check-in - priority boarding
  52. 52. Silver - 50% bonus avios - free advance seat selection - lounge access + guest - additional checked bag when flying economy - overweight baggage fee waived Gold - 100% bonus avios - free advance seat selection (including front row seats) - First Class lounge access + guest - extra bag in all classes - Arrivals lounge access (no guest) - Additional redemption availability
  53. 53. Status progress Free to join 2 BA flights + 300 tier points or 25 flights 4 BA flights + 600 tier points or 50 flights 4 BA flights + 1500 tier points
  54. 54. Airline alliances
  55. 55. oneworld - 15 members; 155 countries / 1010 airports served
  56. 56. Star Alliance - 27 members; 193 countries / 1321 airport served
  57. 57. Sky Team - 20 members; 171 countries / 1052 airports served
  58. 58. Seat Selection Seat Guru - Covers all airlines The BA Source - Very detailed on BA flights
  59. 59. ex-EU business cheaper than UK economy
  60. 60. LHR-SXM £836.41 in coach Tier points earned: 100 Avios earned: 5883
  61. 61. MAD-SXM £868.60 in Business Class Tier points earned: 420 Avios earned: 14709
  62. 62. MAD-SXM £889.97 in Business Class Tier points earned: 360 Avios earned: 14064
  63. 63. LHR-SXM £2,599.31 in Business Class Tier points earned: 400 Avios earned: 15298
  64. 64. LHR-SXM £891.07 in Business Class Tier points earned: 420 Avios earned: 14065
  65. 65. LHR-SXM earning 420 TPs
  66. 66. Tier Point runs
  67. 67. LHR-LAX earning 280 TPs
  68. 68. LHR-LAX earning 560 TPs
  69. 69. LHR-LAS earning 280 TPs
  70. 70. LHR-LAS earning 860 TPs
  71. 71. LHR-HNL earning 700 TPs
  72. 72. LHR-HNL earning 1120 TPs
  73. 73. CPH-HNL earning 1360 TPs
  74. 74. LAX-PTY earning 980 TPs
  75. 75. Summary
  76. 76. Thanks!

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