When I did my sums for this trip, I worked out that we were a minescule number of points short of achieving BA Silver status with the trip. Thanks to LATAM who flew us from Santiago to Easter Island and back changing their reward policy, it seems that, by the end of this trip, both of us will be prestigious holders of the aforementioned status until the end of next year.
The benefits are lounge access when travelling peasant class with one of fifteen airlines (importantly for me, that includes Qantas down under), additional Avios points on flights and other frills like free seat booking. I’m quite excited. Although most of my flying this year has been on budget airlines.
Thinking of my Australia trip it also means lounge access prior to my Finnair hops between Manchester and Helsinki.
It’s also helpful for Chris if he does any solo travel or heads off somewhere exotic with his Mum using BA, Iberia, American Airlines and a few others.
Definitely good news. Completely unexpected. And raises the question of cancelling my AMEX Platinum card which gives me free lounge access after paying a £450 fee. Partial refunds are available.
The irony of it all is that I haven’t set foot on a British Airways plane this year.