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Old 8 Sep 21, 08:09 PM  
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If it helps you can book your outbound as soon as itís available with your FTV and 241. They will then hold the flight until the return is available and then put them together.
Oh well I didn't realise this

So, I found this online "For a booking 355 days out, you should look to book your outbound flights on the day they become available. Do NOT wait until the return flights come up. You then call British Airways on the day that the return flights becomes available and add it to the booking. You should not be charged a change fee for this."

So when my outward flights come out I can book these 4 with my 241 and FTV voucher and then ring on the date my return flight is available - so that implies I would still get these on my 241 basis (as it is 4 club seats I am a bit panicky as I only just have enough for 2 x off peak avios club seats) Doing it this way would make me feel better about securing the outward seats (I don't mind losing sleep!)
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Old 8 Sep 21, 08:13 PM  
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Oh well I didn't realise this

So, I found this online "For a booking 355 days out, you should look to book your outbound flights on the day they become available. Do NOT wait until the return flights come up. You then call British Airways on the day that the return flights becomes available and add it to the booking. You should not be charged a change fee for this."

So when my outward flights come out I can book these 4 with my 241 and FTV voucher and then ring on the date my return flight is available - so that implies I would still get these on my 241 basis (as it is 4 club seats I am a bit panicky as I only just have enough for 2 x off peak avios club seats) Doing it this way would make me feel better about securing the outward seats (I don't mind losing sleep!)
Yes, you will get the return on the same 241 as the outbound, as long as there are enough available Avios seats when you call.
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Old 8 Sep 21, 08:20 PM  
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Book the outbound with your vouchers. When the inbound is released, call to book/add them to your outbound booking, which will also include the vouchers. No extra Avios needed.
Wow that's great news, I didn't realise I could do this so thank you so much!

Fingers crossed!
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Old 8 Sep 21, 08:23 PM  
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Iím not entirely sure. I just know that I waited for my return flight to be available then couldnít get the date I wanted for my outbound flight. Now going 4 days later than I wanted.

The agent said as I had a 241 voucher (also FTV) I should have phoned as soon as my outbound was available, they then hold the flight and you phone back to add on the return. He said when I did the return flight they would then calculate the Avios and taxes.
Thats so useful to know! So glad you are all so helpful on here, off to do more planning now !
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perfect thanks !
I had to call at 1am this morning as I couldnít book my return flights took about a minute to get through but got flights sorted. Good luck when you need to call
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I had to call at 1am this morning as I couldnít book my return flights took about a minute to get through but got flights sorted. Good luck when you need to call
great news, how exciting!
did you use the australia number?
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great news, how exciting!
did you use the australia number?
Yes the call took 20 mins though, god knows the cost. The guy said I will just put you on hold for a few mins, 10 mins later but all booked
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Yes the call took 20 mins though, god knows the cost. The guy said I will just put you on hold for a few mins, 10 mins later but all booked
great news! I will hopefully be doing the same soon and already checked the cost per min to aus through my telephone provider !
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great news! I will hopefully be doing the same soon and already checked the cost per min to aus through my telephone provider !
Hope you didnít have a shock at the cost! Donít know why I couldnít book, gatwick flights you could but not the Heathrow ones. The longer he was keeping me on hold the more I thought he is going to come back and say sorry flights gone. But he put the return flight on same booking as outward, letís hope we can actually get there next year
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Hope you didnít have a shock at the cost! Donít know why I couldnít book, gatwick flights you could but not the Heathrow ones. The longer he was keeping me on hold the more I thought he is going to come back and say sorry flights gone. But he put the return flight on same booking as outward, letís hope we can actually get there next year
I know- after all this planning with flights/reward seats it will be a right pain if we still cant go

so online the flights were not showing then (you were booking your returns after already booking outwards?)

Tampa flights seem to have really low availability at the mo when I have been checking daily
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