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Since moving back to Kuwait I am flying less often with BA.  My frequent-flyer card changed from Gold to Silver and this week back to BLUE! Only two days ago!  I know it’s only fair, but it sounds crazy that after all the money I spent with BA over five years, I now have a card that one can get by simply filling in a form 🙂

I have to admit that T5 is wonderful.  You don’t need to have access to a lounge here.  I had to kill three hours.  However,  a nice meal, good coffee (I’m travelling!), a newspaper and a walk around the shops, made it feel much shorter.  The views, from inside the terminal building, of the runways and taxi ways, are the best I’ve seen from many airports.

Now that I fly around the Middle East more than I do around Europe, I have to make a new friend – Emirates.

I already miss BA.


  1. Change is the only constant

  2. Very true…

    • Raith
    • Posted 12 September 2008 at 5:26 am
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    I cant believe you would publish that.. I wouldnt 🙂
    But to add salt to an already wounded wound —-> I still have my Gold with BA 🙂 Need me to put in a good word for you, M.?

    Shakhbarik? Long time wallah. My bro told me of you joining into his forum and I jumped at the opportunity to come into your blog (he fwd’d it to me) and drop a hello note.

    Hope all is well with you and you can always contact me via email or through his blog. My contact info should be there 🙂

    Hope Yousef and his mom and everyone else are all doing well.. ad imbarak 3alaik il shahar (well ok.. maybe it might be a bit late for this now seeing we are close to trick and treat part of Ramadan.. but what the heck) 🙂

  3. Hala Wallah…
    Great comment… Thanks.

    Will send you an email.

  4. LOL! I have the same problem! Honestly, I think the rules have changed. I was Platinum (!) on KLM; everyone always came by to ask how my flight was, made a big deal out of me – my father had been dying and I had made six trips back to the US, also one for our son’s wedding, so there I was, platinum. A few months ago, they notified me I was now only Gold. And now they are warning me I am about to lose my Gold status. I have made three R/T trips this year – I can’t believe that doesn’t count for something.

    But I also notice that my flights aren’t earning the same mileage and bonus points they used to. They are not adding extra miles all the time for using lounges, etc. The airlines are hurting, and they are quietly revising their frequent flier programs, and not telling us about it.

  5. Sorry to hear about your father… Glad one of the trips was for a nice occasion.

    You’re right about airlines feeling the squeeze and the fact that airmiles are sitting on their balance sheets as growing liabilities. Having said this, it’s a little crazy to think I had spent almost 50,000 Pounds Sterling in 5 years with BA on business/leisure flights. Two years later I have a blue card… and no-one asks me if I need another pillow 🙂

    • teachthemasses
    • Posted 26 September 2008 at 8:29 pm
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    Just booked our December trip- Kuwait- London- Belfast. I am really hoping the transfer from T5 to T1 for the Aer lingus connection a) isn’t too long or difficult and b) doesn’t include picking up luggage…………………I’m ‘blue’ too……………lol

  6. The fact that you have a domestic flight from T1 probably means you’re clearing baggage at T5. Check with BA in advance. T5 is a little far away from the others and there is a bus service between the terminals… Take that into account when planning hand luggage.

    ‘blue’ is not a colour they chose by accident!

    Have a great trip.

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