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Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:43:16 PM »
For all your beginners out there, here's a thread for all your questions-
 Welcome!

       For all your "experts" out there. Please only post helpful and patient responses without degrading people and making them feel bad for being a beginner!

Try to keep your responses as simple and detailed as possible!!



                             
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 10:53:46 PM »
And of course this thread wouldn't be complete without

1. Topic: Signing up for multiple cards help - here, here, here, here
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Re: Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 10:57:01 PM »
And of course this thread wouldn't be complete without

Lol..what a way to overwhelm everybody. :)
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 01:37:44 AM »
Let me start off with a couple of questions. If I donít get flamed I would say it is safe for anyone to ask a question.  :)

I just booked a ticket on BA flying on AA. One day between booking and flying. I was charged 20k points and a $5 fee. I was surprised I wasnít charge some sort of fee for booking so late. Is this the way most programs work?

If I transfer points from one BA account to another family members BA account will this extend the time of expiation?
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 01:40:00 AM »
I just booked a ticket on BA flying on AA. One day between booking and flying. I was charged 20k points and a $5 fee. I was surprised I wasnít charge some sort of fee for booking so late. Is this the way most programs work?
Most is a very strong word.
Some programs charge close-in booking fees and some don't.
Its part of the whole rubric of how to figure out which FF program to use.
BTW, the $5 was taxes, not a fee.

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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 01:42:27 AM »
Let me start off with a couple of questions. If I donít get flamed I would say it is safe for anyone to ask a question.  :)

I just booked a ticket on BA flying on AA. One day between booking and flying. I was charged 20k points and a $5 fee. I was surprised I wasnít charge some sort of fee for booking so late. Is this the way most programs work?

If I transfer points from one BA account to another family members BA account will this extend the time of expiation?

All programs are different.  BA happens to have no "close-in" fees, which make it an excellent value for last-minute tickets.  In general it's an excellent program for short-haul nonstop flights but a terrible program if you're trying to fly across the pond due to bogus fuel surcharges.

I'm not an expert on family accounts, but are you sure it's possible to actually transfer points like that?
Anyway any activity (redeem/earn) should extend everything for 36 months.
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 01:52:17 AM »
Great thread idea! This way DDf'ers wont get annoyed when n00bs ask simple questions and whoever wants to ask can have a shot in this thread.
Although I doubt this will keep spam off other threads.
Maybe there should be a sticky of this on each of the forum sections so n00bs can try their luck there before spamming and OTing good threads.
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2012, 03:18:17 AM »
I hate to rain on the parade, but this thread is growing way too fast for a noob to follow, unless a just a quenstion and answer thread with additional patience.
I thought it would be a kind of DDF 4 Dummies, teaching them how to use the site, and the basics of the popular subjects so that they can jump in the regular threads.

I don't mind doing it, but would need a way to edit (my) first post of the thread, so that it can be updated, based on the posts later on in the thread. (A bit like the trip report master thread)

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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2012, 06:55:16 AM »
I don't mind doing it, but would need a way to edit (my) first post of the thread,

In other words...

I wanna be a mod too...

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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2012, 07:22:51 AM »
In other words...


No, in other words, despite my overfull schedule, I'm willing to give beginners a fair chance.

I just need to be able to edit the first post of the thread, and update with fresh or corrected info.

I help way more people off ddf than on the forum, so I'm not looking for status or gratification of some sort.

I sleep an average of 3 hours a night, so i'm really not looking for extra duties.

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Re: Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2012, 10:17:58 AM »
No, in other words, despite my overfull schedule, I'm willing to give beginners a fair chance.

I just need to be able to edit the first post of the thread, and update with fresh or corrected info.

I help way more people off ddf than on the forum, so I'm not looking for status or gratification of some sort.

I sleep an average of 3 hours a night, so i'm really not looking for extra duties.

Sorry I left out the '/jk'...

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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2012, 11:09:57 AM »
If I transfer points from one BA account to another family members BA account will this extend the time of expiation?
This is not called tranferring, is called pooling in a household account, which means everybody stays with their own account, the only thing is that the system will take out per portion from every account every time you book.
So, this will NOT extend the expiration date.
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2012, 11:37:40 AM »
Sorry I left out the '/jk'...

No problem, as I have a busy schedule, I dont really have the time to start getting upset at people  ;-)

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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2012, 12:42:10 PM »
Great thread idea! This way DDf'ers wont get annoyed when n00bs ask simple questions and whoever wants to ask can have a shot in this thread.
Although I doubt this will keep spam off other threads.
Maybe there should be a sticky of this on each of the forum sections so n00bs can try their luck there before spamming and OTing good threads.
Mods?
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