So I have a BA voucher that expires in April 2022

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1. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

British Airways voucher, expires April 2022, had it since August 2020...

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I can of course switch it to another IATA member airline, I forget how much exactly, but, it's enough to be useful to me; so I do want to use it.

Now...

I've always wanted to go to:

A lot of places...

I'm looking at Gibraltar just because it's like England but in the sun, they accept £ and the police there in Gibraltar look more like how the police in London do than the police in Brighton does, so that just fascinates the H' out of me; being British but being sunny too.
I also like how you can walk from the airport to the town.

But if I were to go right now, it being in the common travel area, I'd need a valid reason for travel and quarantine for 10 days..

I hope all this changes in 2022.

I also...

Am considering Venice.

Always wanted to see Italy, always wanted to see Venice, Rome etc...
But, with rising sea levels and floods; I might jet off to Venice instead of Gibraltar and use my voucher to help me pay for that.
I've never been to Germany before; I've always wanted to do Oktoberfest; which I guess means flying into Munich for, according to Google, the world's largest one!

All I have to do is book before April 2022, but I believe I can book dates afterwards; I may have to wait until tickets go one sale for then before my voucher's expiry date.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 00:59 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2525 posts) 6d 2 Star this if you like it!

You haven't actually asked a question (that's what location travel forums are for) but here are a few factual points/corrections to help others who may come across your post via google etc:

1. >I can of course switch it to another IATA member airline,

No you can't. You can only use BA vouchers on routes sold by BA (that includes their partner airlines). The vast majority of world airlines are members of IATA: BA is a partner in the Oneworld Alliiance.

Voucher terms & conditions: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/latest-information#faqvoucher

BA partners: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/partners-and-alliances#:~:text=We%20are%20a%20member%20of,S7%20Airlines%20and%20SriLankan%20Airlines.

2. >All I have to do is book before April 2022, but I believe I can book dates afterwards

No you can't. You must book specific flights on specific dates when you use the voucher. You may well have to 'top up' the voucher amount. Whether you can freely change flight dates (not route) after booking depends on the ticket type you choose.

All the places you mention are short-haul flights from the UK.

Types of tickets: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/travel-classes/economy/our-short-haul-fares

3. > Gibraltar.......being in the common travel area,'

Gibraltar is not in the Common Travel Area. The CTA is made up of the Republic of Ireland, the UK and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory.

4 >I've always wanted to do Oktoberfest

2020 Oktoberfest was cancelled and it's not yet certain 2021 will go ahead.

The 2021 date is 18th September to October 3rd. I suggest you book fully-refundable accommodation as soon as possible: Munich very quickly gets booked out. www.booking.com is a reliable site which lists almost all accomm. Its reviews can only be posted by people who have booked through the site and completed their stay.

https://www.oktoberfest.de/en/information/when-is-oktoberfest

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 07:52 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

You haven't actually asked a question (that's what location travel forums are for) but here are a few factual points/corrections to help others who may come across your post via google etc:

1. >I can of course switch it to another IATA member airline,

No you can't. You can only use BA vouchers on routes sold by BA (that includes their partner airlines). The vast majority of world airlines are members of IATA: BA is a partner in the Oneworld Alliiance.

Voucher terms & conditions: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/latest-information#faqvoucher

BA partners: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/partners-and-alliances#:~:text=We%20are%20a%20member%20of,S7%20Airlines%20and%20SriLankan%20Airlines.

2. >All I have to do is book before April 2022, but I believe I can book dates afterwards

No you can't. You must book specific flights on specific dates when you use the voucher. You may well have to 'top up' the voucher amount. Whether you can freely change flight dates (not route) after booking depends on the ticket type you choose.

All the places you mention are short-haul flights from the UK.

Types of tickets: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/travel-classes/economy/our-short-haul-fares

3. > Gibraltar.......being in the common travel area,'

Gibraltar is not in the Common Travel Area. The CTA is made up of the Republic of Ireland, the UK and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory.

4 >I've always wanted to do Oktoberfest

2020 Oktoberfest was cancelled and it's not yet certain 2021 will go ahead.

The 2021 date is 18th September to October 3rd. I suggest you book fully-refundable accommodation as soon as possible: Munich very quickly gets booked out. www.booking.com is a reliable site which lists almost all accomm. Its reviews can only be posted by people who have booked through the site and completed their stay.

https://www.oktoberfest.de/en/information/when-is-oktoberfest

Well naturally I mean the EU common travel area where I'd have to have a valid reason and quarantine for 10 days. (Why would you think I meant the UK common travel area for a place like Gibraltar when the only reason I'm not going this year is because of Covid).

What's this you say that only certain flights? You mean I can only use the same route as the original 2020 flights or something like that?! (That doesn't seem fair).

If I book with with BA or a One World Alliance partner before April 2022, they better accept my voucher that says I can use it with BA or One World Alliance partner before April 2022.

What's wrong with short haul?

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 12:52 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2525 posts) 6d 2 Star this if you like it!

It's best not to copy & paste or 'quote' whole posts. It's unnecessary and also means people have to scroll through the same post twice........

1. >I mean the EU common travel area

There is no such thing as an 'Eu common travel area'. You are thinking of the Schengen Zone which is made up of both EU and non-EU countries. It's a commonly-held misunderstanding and that's why I corrected your statement.

The Schengen Zone is never referred to as a 'common travel area'.

2. >What's this you say that only certain flights? You mean I can only use the same route as the original 2020 flights or something like that?!

I said no such thing. Please read other people's posts carefully.

You wrote 'I can of course switch it to another IATA member airline'. I made it clear that you cannot just use your voucher on any IATA airline. You can only use it on a BA or other Oneworld Alliance airline.

You wrote: All I have to do is book before April 2022, but I believe I can book dates afterwards

I made it clear that when you use your voucher you need to book a specific flight on a spcific date. I said nothing at all about 'certain flights' or certain routes.

3. >What's wrong with short haul?

Nothing I wrote suggested that there is anything 'wong' with short-haul flights! You only mentioned short-haul locations so I provided the BA information link for ticket types available on short-haul flights.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 13:45 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Can I book in March 2022 for a September 2022 flight with a voucher that expires in April 2022 as part payment?

I don't see why this isn't allowed, personally.

Email says my voucher can be used before April 2022, it didn't say that bookings it was used for had to be before April 2022; and with Covid, I'm looking at 2022).

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 15:40 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

6. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Also, where's best in Europe?

Where's the best climate weather wise for nice warm weather?

Where the most beautiful snow capped mountains for skiing trips?

What's fun in Europe?

I've already seen hotels in Dublin sell out for St. Patricks Day 2022 and early bird deals for Oktoberfest 2022...

Where in Europe is my question, is fun?

I was thinking about random things like Geneva to see CERN at a hotel 1 mile away there; since I was saving money seeing one circle by not basing myself in Amesbury, to travel to CERN and use voucher at the same time in doing that (as I have it to use).

I'm just wondering, where in Europe; from beaches to winter holidays to tours and seeing things.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 15:48 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2286 posts) 6d 2 Star this if you like it!

Trebor Illusion, can I again draw your attention to our "how to get the best from your forum post" (link here )

I'm thinking of the points where it asks you to be specific and not to be a leech. Asking wide open questions asks people to devote considerable time to giving you a quality answer. Could you go back and be more specific, as you're contradictory in asking about mountains, beaches and fun all across Europe.

8. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Well seasoned travellers should be able to tell me where's good in Europe.

I don't care if it's snow capped mountain/skiing, or sunny beach and warm climate.

It is an open question; where to go in Europe?

Perhaps people should post if they feel I'm leeching but insisting I know where I want to go first is patronising.

If people here travel but can't tell me the best beach or skiing holidays Europe has to offer; the warmest nicest weather cities - then I wonder why people insist on correcting people rather than sharing where they've been and using their own experience to help.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 16:59 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2525 posts) 6d 1 Star this if you like it!

1. >Can I book in March 2022 for a September 2022 flight with a voucher that expires in April 2022 as part payment?

I refer you again to the BA voucher info link I gave in my first reply. It clearly says:

>If you have an existing voucher with an expiry date prior to 30 April 2023, please note that your voucher will automatically be extended to 30 April 2023.

2. > I wonder why people insist on correcting people rather than sharing where they've been and using their own experience to help.

As I have already explained, inaccuracies cannot be allowed to stand uncorrected because non-TP members come across TP answers when googling.

I'd also point out that I, and others, have already helped by giving you a huge amount of useful info and links about Whitby, Stonehenge and Amesbury!

If you don't like being corrected you should make sure that your statements are factually accurate before you post. If you don't know if your statements are factually correct either a) google to make sure they are or b) pose the content as a question.

3 >Where in Europe is my question, is fun?

Everybody's idea of 'fun' is different. I could happily tell you about a myriad of European places I consider to be fun but there's very little point in me doing so without having any idea of your interests apart from fast food, Oktoberfest and Dracula. Do you consider historical sites and sights 'fun'? Museums? Art? Lying on the beach all day? Walking in the mountains? Clubbing, pubbing, shopping and theme parks? 'Adventure' activities?

Tell us a bit about what you want and we'll give you a myriad of ideas.

If you're asking about a skiing holiday we need to know whether you a) can ski and b) are a competent skiier.

4. >Where's the best climate weather wise for nice warm weather?

The southern European countries are the best bet for warm/hot weather from roughly April to the end of September/beginning of October: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia.......

Some more northerly European countries generally have warmer, drier and more pleasant summers than the UK: France, Switzerland, Austria..even Belgium and the Netherlands.

5. >Perhaps people should post if they feel I'm leeching but insisting I know where I want to go first is patronising.

Nobody on any of your posts has insisted or even suggested that you know where you want to go first and nobody would expect you to know! What people need is an idea of your interests and preferences (e.g. English widely spoken, hotel rather than hostel, lots of options for clubbing, pubbing and shopping) as well as, sometimes, a rough idea of your budget.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 17:28 GMT by leics2 ]

10. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 234 posts) 6d 3 Star this if you like it!

Here's the problem, Trebor -
My 'good places in Europe' are very likely not yours. I've a hunch that you're really not very interested in the sorts of things that I am. So why would I spend a lot of time listing them out, along with all the reasons why they're 'good', only to have you come back and say, "Hmm, well, I'm not really interested in doing/seeing those things"?

That has happened to me too many times before. It has happened to too many of us who've populated travel forums for umpty years.

What with the wealth of travel information easily at hand via guidebooks and the net (including blogs on this website) people are unlikely to respond to such wide open-ended questions from individuals seemingly unwilling to do some of their own research up FIRST, or at least filling out a profile. How can anyone make useful suggestions for you when we know almost nothing about you?

My guess as well is that very, very few will bother even reading down the thread to this point. Anyway, to add to Andy and Leics' good advice, I'll mention very kindly that few really need or want to hear about all the trip changes you're making regarding your hotel reservations, cancellations, meals, shopping, attire, etc. Do a blog, offer advice or otherwise go on at length about Whitby AFTER you've been there, OK?

Editing to add: the net is simply loaded with 'Best' lists such as this one linked below. Takes, oh, about 2 seconds to find 'em.
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-beaches-europe

[ Edit: Edited on 2 May 2021, 17:35 GMT by goodfish ]