We made it! We are currently in the UK with two small boys – and we have 5 weeks ahead to enjoy cooler weather, rainy days, family fun, and reunions with friends! We’ve literally been counting down the days since there was about 30 sleeps, so it feels like it’s been a long time coming, but we are really enjoying being back in Blighty…
So how did we book that flight? A while ago, I told you about how my family was saving with Air Miles Middle East so that our biannual flights home. You can read the post here if you didn’t catch it. Well after saving thousands of dirhams by simply shopping where we usually do, we have now taken that flight – and I just wanted to tell you about how easy it was to book and travel.
Once we had collected all the miles we could, we simply logged onto the Air Miles Middle East website and browsed for flights on the days we wanted. Every flight qualifies – so it’s not like we had to scrawl through lots of flights until we found one that allowed us to redeem miles. A little like booking on an airline website or somewhere like Expedia.com, you get a run down of the flights available and what they cost in miles – and when you have chosen the one you want, you simply click ‘Select Departure’.
You need a minimum of 30,000 Air Miles in your account to book a flight – and if you don’t have enough to cover the full cost of your flight (which we didn’t), the online system will work out what you need to pay in cash to make it up. Simples.
On the day that we booked, the online system was having a hitch – so I rang up and we did it all on the phone. This is always an option if you prefer talking to a human!
Within 30 minutes of booking the flight, I received confirmation from Air Miles Middle East and got an email from British Airways too, with our booking reference. From that point onwards, I did everything online on the British Airways website – it was as simple as if I’d booked directly on their site.
Let’s be honest; flying with children is never as easy as those blissful, easy days of flitting across the globe with just a small rollalong case as company (in hindsight, of course, as it never felt too easy at the time).
But it was a really smooth flight, the boys behaved impeccably, and we were seriously impressed with both British Airways and Air Miles Middle East.
If you are interested in our journey, check out my latest Vlog here.
To find out more about Air Miles Middle East, visit www.airmilesme.com