British is turning into the Wells Fargo of airlines for its tricky ways. It started last month when they ducked me on my flight to the South of France. Now, I’m trying to book a flight from St. Petersburg to Amman and the website shows that the routing is invalid. This means the only way to book the award ticket is to call that terrible company and be put on hold indefinitely. From there, I’ll have to do the math to see if it is worth using points or paying the $270 outright.
That inconvenience is not a big deal. The big deal is the discovery I made while searching for ways to redeem Avios on S7. I learned from LoyaltyLobby that BA no longer shows availability on Cathay or Dragon online for flights within four days of departure. Executive Club members have to call in to inquire as to availability.
Why is this a big deal?
Glad you asked.
Last May when I had my visa issue in Shanghai, I was told by the friendly immigration man that I could go to Hong Kong to rectify the situation. Instinctively, I searched for flights from PVG-HKG on BA.com and came up with nothing. With no alternative, I paid for the worst flight on earth aboard Spring Airlines. It cost $650 RT for two passengers. One way the cost would’ve been $13 and 7500 Avios.
What the duck British! What the duck!