Category Archives: Status chasing

British Airways or London Airways?

A lot of the air travel I write about has used British Airways so far, but looking at my flights over the next eight weeks, I’m starting to realise that the flag carrier doesn’t provide the best connections from the regions.

The flights MAN-LHR-ZAG will take me to exactly 600 tier points (I’m currently at 585), the number required to renew Silver, and are four days before my collection year ends. Coming back with BA would require an overnight stay in Heathrow, or heading into central London and getting the train up (if I made the train, which would be by no means certain).

Now that I’m living in Manchester, has the time come to start seeing if I can get SkyTeam status instead of BA?

You can tell I’m not a serious traveller

I have just checked my IHG status. To get to “Gold Elite” (the first non-basic level, despite how fancy it might sound) requires 10,000 points.

This year I have 9,940.

If I was a serious traveller I’d be trying to find a way to get that final 60, but to be honest, even though I’m pretty sure that any one-night stay in any of the IHG brands would net that, I’m not sure the ‘benefits’ are worth another night away from home. Ah, well, I shall have to settle myself with being 99.4% of the way to status.