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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2010, 12:13:30 PM »
Nicely done.
If only there were an accurate way to check Swiss online, life would be much simpler!

There is. ExpertFlyer.com

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2010, 12:28:57 PM »
There is. ExpertFlyer.com
I'm too cheap to pay for info that should be free  ;)

Honestly, if they had more airlines' award availability I might consider buying a subscription.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2010, 12:58:42 PM »
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ANA told me they don't charge fuel surcharges for travel on CO, UA, and US.
I wonder if this is a new change or maybe I just spoke to an incompetent rep a few months ago when they told me a CO redemption would be about $100 in fees through ANA...

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2010, 01:25:04 PM »
I wonder if this is a new change or maybe I just spoke to an incompetent rep a few months ago when they told me a CO redemption would be about $100 in fees through ANA...
Just called ANA.
They really did not want to figure out the taxes as I have no ANA miles in my account, but after some prodding ("I'm not transferring points from AMEX until I know the taxes") they said it was $79 for EWR-TLV on CO.

Directly from CO it's $43, but they also charge an expedite fee within 21 days and charge 75K miles instead of 60K miles with ANA.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2010, 01:31:16 PM »
Thats still not too bad and definitly worth it.
 The biggest downside as far as I am concerned with ANA is the transfer time. If you dont have the points in your account then you take a big chance that the availability might not be there a few weeks later once the transfer is complete, so the options are just transfering now for a future reservation that will hopefully work out, or just taking a big risk once you have available dates and you want to book.

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2010, 01:44:29 PM »
Thats still not too bad and definitly worth it.
 The biggest downside as far as I am concerned with ANA is the transfer time. If you dont have the points in your account then you take a big chance that the availability might not be there a few weeks later once the transfer is complete, so the options are just transfering now for a future reservation that will hopefully work out, or just taking a big risk once you have available dates and you want to book.
This is the primary advantage of AMEX-instant transfers.
Of course with SPG you get a 25% mileage bonus to more then compensate for that.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2010, 11:08:32 AM »
you can try checking with aeroplan.com , however, always check segment by segment, and a return trip
When I tried checking award availability through aeroplan it only showed me availability with AC and not any partners. Am I checking it wrong or is it that those dates (a few months worth) that I checked really didnt have any availability except on AC?

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2010, 11:27:36 AM »
When I tried checking award availability through aeroplan it only showed me availability with AC and not any partners. Am I checking it wrong or is it that those dates (a few months worth) that I checked really didnt have any availability except on AC?
there's a tab to select all partner airlines there.

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2010, 11:55:09 AM »
I'm too cheap to pay for info that should be free  ;)

Honestly, if they had more airlines' award availability I might consider buying a subscription.

They give 5 free days I believe, so if you don't mind creating new accounts as needed, and the ethical issue, it can be "free"

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2010, 12:24:29 PM »
When I tried checking award availability through aeroplan it only showed me availability with AC and not any partners. Am I checking it wrong or is it that those dates (a few months worth) that I checked really didnt have any availability except on AC?
It works for Swiss on some routes, like ZRH-CDG, but not for JFK-ZRH.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2010, 03:21:50 PM »
I wrote a couple of times already on DD.
On aeroplan you always need to search segment by segment ans always return trip

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2010, 03:43:28 PM »
So why cant I find any availability for JFK-ZRH-JFK? I checked a few months worth of dates.

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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2010, 03:55:55 PM »
So why cant I find any availability for JFK-ZRH-JFK? I checked a few months worth of dates.
I haven't been able to pull up any transatlantic Swiss flights (BOS, ORD, JFK, MIA, LAX, and YUL) on Aeroplan
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2010, 04:09:37 PM »
They give 5 free days I believe, so if you don't mind creating new accounts as needed, and the ethical issue, it can be "free"
I had no idea that you didn't need to use a credit card to try expertflyer.
I'm just trying it now and it's very cool!
If they just had more airlines it would be worth paying for.
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Re: Availability on Swiss or Lufthansa
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2010, 04:51:45 PM »
I had no idea that you didn't need to use a credit card to try expertflyer.
I'm just trying it now and it's very cool!
If they just had more airlines it would be worth paying for.

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