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Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« on: March 10, 2010, 04:24:52 PM »
I have points on US Air for 2 economy tickets to Israel and they dont have space on the dates that I need - I checked Air Canada and Continental as well and they dont have space...

How do I check Swiss or Lufthansa??

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 04:45:21 PM »
ANA has Star Alliance award search.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010, 04:54:34 PM »
ANA has Star Alliance award search.

I couldnt find it on their website.. Can you post a link?

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010, 05:49:56 PM »
Did you open an ANA account?
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 06:29:58 PM »
Ana does not show swiss availi.

Please also note, that Lufthansa gives more seats to members of their own programm then to star alliance members. But Ana is good for Lufthansa

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 06:32:14 PM »
So anyone know tricks to checking Swiss availability? I saw something about checking with JetFriends, anyone know how this works?

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 10:01:57 AM »
you can try checking with aeroplan.com , however, always check segment by segment, and a return trip

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 10:57:00 AM »
you can try checking with aeroplan.com , however, always check segment by segment, and a return trip

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010, 10:54:25 AM »
In the end, I found through ANA space on Lufthansa. WhenI called US Airways to book, they found me availability one way on Swiss.

So I'm going the way there on Swiss and the way back on Lufthansa.

Thanks for all your help

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2010, 11:11:19 AM »
In the end, I found through ANA space on Lufthansa. WhenI called US Airways to book, they found me availability one way on Swiss.

So I'm going the way there on Swiss and the way back on Lufthansa.

Thanks for all your help
Nicely done.
If only there were an accurate way to check Swiss online, life would be much simpler!
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2010, 11:13:39 AM »
How much if any are the taxes and fees?

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2010, 11:14:13 AM »
Nicely done.
If only there were an accurate way to check Swiss online, life would be much simpler!
I think someone with a travel agent program could.

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2010, 11:15:57 AM »
$93 + $50 per ticket

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2010, 11:33:36 AM »
Not bad, I guess that is a perk of redeeming through US instead of ANA (when that option is available, i.e. when transfering *points)which would have had higher fees. Last time I spoke to ANA they estimated the fees on Swiss and LH at 300-400 per ticket.

The *point cost will be 15K more on US (65K = 80K US as opposed to 50K = 60K ANA for econ)  with a savings of about $250 or so in fees, comes to about 1.7 cents per *point and also a much quicker transfer time to US than ANA- might be worth it in certain situations esp when time is an issue.

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2010, 11:37:43 AM »
Not bad, I guess that is a perk of redeeming through US instead of ANA (when that option is available, i.e. when transfering *points)which would have had higher fees. Last time I spoke to ANA they estimated the fees on Swiss and LH at 300-400 per ticket.

The *point cost will be 15K more on US (65K = 80K US as opposed to 50K = 60K ANA for econ)  with a savings of about $250 or so in fees, comes to about 1.7 cents per *point and also a much quicker transfer time to US than ANA- might be worth it in certain situations esp when time is an issue.
ANA told me they don't charge fuel surcharges for travel on CO, UA, and US.
But for travel on the other *A partners ANA is not so worthwhile.
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