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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #760 on: August 20, 2014, 12:18:02 AM »
That's an AS route folks, basics...
Yes I realized that by now....
I am just finding it suprising that there's so many direct flights available for purchase for pretty cheep, and there's no flights available for points.....

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #761 on: August 20, 2014, 04:06:57 PM »
Was just told on the phone that although a flight appears on American airlines saver they are still not able to book Becca AA limits the amount BA can take.  Is this true and is there anything I can do?

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #762 on: August 20, 2014, 07:03:25 PM »
Was just told on the phone that although a flight appears on American airlines saver they are still not able to book Becca AA limits the amount BA can take.  Is this true and is there anything I can do?
They always say this...
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #763 on: August 20, 2014, 07:08:55 PM »
They always say this...
Is it a lie?

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #764 on: August 20, 2014, 11:09:39 PM »
Can we start to gather data points to figure out when is the best time to look for domestic AA availability (i.e. how far in advance)?

My experiences are 5-7 weeks out...

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #765 on: August 21, 2014, 03:02:31 PM »
Was just told on the phone that although a flight appears on American airlines saver they are still not able to book Because AA limits the amount BA can take.  Is this true and is there anything I can do?
i see this flight availible on alaska's website, can it be availible to alaske but not BA?

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #766 on: August 21, 2014, 04:07:31 PM »
Was just told on the phone that although a flight appears on American airlines saver they are still not able to book Becca AA limits the amount BA can take.  Is this true and is there anything I can do?
Told by 1 rep or many?  HUCA?
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #767 on: August 21, 2014, 04:09:13 PM »
Told by 1 rep or many?  HUCA?
One its hard to huca when its a 45 min wait

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #768 on: August 21, 2014, 04:20:35 PM »
One its hard to huca when its a 45 min wait
I agree, but since around this thread all SAAver availability is supposed to show up on BA and you even found it on Alaska, It's probably worth the wait.
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #769 on: August 21, 2014, 08:25:46 PM »
I agree, but since around this thread all SAAver availability is supposed to show up on BA and you even found it on Alaska, It's probably worth the wait.
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just to report good news i was able to get the ticket, i dont know if todays rep was more competent or its because i told them i saw it on alaska

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #770 on: August 25, 2014, 04:00:11 PM »
Why is it that there are never a "nice amount" of flights/seats whenever I search for flights?

For example, most recently, I've been looking at NYC-PIT RT for 9/12-14 for 2 people and there are literally 2 options. I wouldn't think that that's a particularly high-demand route. When searching for just 1 seat, a few more options pop up, but that doesn't help me.

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #771 on: August 25, 2014, 04:04:46 PM »
Why is it that there are never a "nice amount" of flights/seats whenever I search for flights?

For example, most recently, I've been looking at NYC-PIT RT for 9/12-14 for 2 people and there are literally 2 options. I wouldn't think that that's a particularly high-demand route. When searching for just 1 seat, a few more options pop up, but that doesn't help me.
Just book two singles, one on the flight you want and one on the flight before. Show up to the airport for the second flight and you'll both get on
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #772 on: August 25, 2014, 04:05:46 PM »
Just book two singles, one on the flight you want and one on the flight before. Show up to the airport for the second flight and you'll both get on
What? That's not risky? They won't just say - "you missed your flight, too bad?" and "there are not enough seats on the second flight?"

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #773 on: August 25, 2014, 04:06:00 PM »
Why is it that there are never a "nice amount" of flights/seats whenever I search for flights?

For example, most recently, I've been looking at NYC-PIT RT for 9/12-14 for 2 people and there are literally 2 options. I wouldn't think that that's a particularly high-demand route. When searching for just 1 seat, a few more options pop up, but that doesn't help me.

It's called devaluing the award chart. Even though the mileage options are still the same per se, the awards can sometimes be impossible to book. Sometimes it makes your avios "bank accounts" useless.
Best bet is to use aa to search for oneworld awards. But BA might be blocking award inventory for that very reason i listed above.

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #774 on: August 25, 2014, 04:07:43 PM »
It's called devaluing the award chart. Even though the mileage options are still the same per se, the awards can sometimes be impossible to book. Sometimes it makes your avios "bank accounts" useless.
Best bet is to use aa to search for oneworld awards. But BA might be blocking award inventory for that very reason i listed above.
I always use AA.com to search for BA. I don't think this is a matter of devals. I've never had success finding an array of options for using my Avios (neither has my family that has had Avios for longer than I have) like I often do when looking for UA flights.

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #775 on: August 25, 2014, 04:08:41 PM »
What? That's not risky? They won't just say - "you missed your flight, too bad?"
Unlikely. I've done it numerous times
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and "there are not enough seats on the second flight?"
Possible. Depends on the route/time of flight. Again, it's never happened to me
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #776 on: August 25, 2014, 04:11:50 PM »
I always use AA.com to search for BA. I don't think this is a matter of devals. I've never had success finding an array of options for using my Avios (neither has my family that has had Avios for longer than I have) like I often do when looking for UA flights.
I have used it many times... Just look every day till you get what you want

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #777 on: August 25, 2014, 04:15:07 PM »
Unlikely. I've done it numerous timesPossible. Depends on the route/time of flight. Again, it's never happened to me
So you show up at the check-in counter with the other person and say to them, "I missed my flight can I get on with my friend who's flying the next flight?"

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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #778 on: August 25, 2014, 04:19:47 PM »
So you show up at the check-in counter with the other person and say to them, "I missed my flight can I get on with my friend who's flying the next flight?"
Flat tire rule.
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Re: BA.com Award Search Help Master Thread
« Reply #779 on: August 25, 2014, 04:26:18 PM »
Flat tire rule.
Which brings up the question of yashrus if there wasn't really an emergency :-/

ETA: Unless the idea is that for simply showing up and saying, sorry I missed that flight, they often will just call it the FTR and let you standby.