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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #135 on: October 07, 2010, 02:42:16 PM »
Would creating a new account under the same name and putting the ticket on Hold, then merge the accounts 2 days later work?
No need to merge. You can hold a ticket under one account and ticket with miles from another...
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #136 on: October 07, 2010, 03:29:09 PM »
Ok so that gives you 3 days. Any way to get a bit more?
Once 3 days is up would they extend it?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #137 on: October 24, 2010, 06:37:45 PM »
If I book a flight to Israel on Continental using ANA points will I get Continental EQMs? Or is it the same as using COntinental points- the one who flies doesn't get new points. Thanks.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #138 on: October 24, 2010, 07:11:12 PM »
If I book a flight to Israel on Continental using ANA points will I get Continental EQMs?
Wishful thinking  ;D
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #139 on: October 24, 2010, 09:45:37 PM »
If I use my AMEX card to buy amex gift cards can I use these cards to pay off other credit cards that are not AMEX? Will vendors take them? Trying to make $10,000 purchases for the 50,000 + 10,000 points. Thanks.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #140 on: October 24, 2010, 11:47:21 PM »
If I use my AMEX card to buy amex gift cards can I use these cards to pay off other credit cards that are not AMEX? Will vendors take them? Trying to make $10,000 purchases for the 50,000 + 10,000 points. Thanks.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #141 on: October 26, 2010, 12:10:47 AM »
Im not having any luck getting CO to sell me a simple CLE-EWR-FRA-BKK-SYD-BKK-FRA-EWR-CLE itinerary.
Has anyone here actually gotten CO to book a ticket to Australia via Europle and Asia?
Bump.
Anyone figured this out or know someone who managed to book it?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #142 on: October 26, 2010, 02:09:07 AM »
Trying to get a couple business class tickets for my grandparents, MEL-TLV.
So far I've got,
OUTBOUND:
12/19, TG462 MEL-BKK, 23:00-4:10+1
12/20, TG920 BKK-FRA, 13:15-19:05
12/20, LH690 FRA-TLV, 22:25-03:25+1
INBOUND:
12/27, LX 257 TLV-ZRH, 5:30-8:50
MISSING
12/28, TG461 BKK-MEL, 8:10-21:20

Any tips on how to fill the gap? I've checked the basics (FRA, MUC, IST etc.) but with no luck.
Any ideas of which routes may open up?
Thanks for any help.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #143 on: October 26, 2010, 11:23:26 PM »
Trying to get a couple business class tickets for my grandparents, MEL-TLV.
So far I've got,
OUTBOUND:
12/19, TG462 MEL-BKK, 23:00-4:10+1
12/20, TG920 BKK-FRA, 13:15-19:05
12/20, LH690 FRA-TLV, 22:25-03:25+1
INBOUND:
12/27, LX 257 TLV-ZRH, 5:30-8:50
MISSING
12/28, TG461 BKK-MEL, 8:10-21:20

Any tips on how to fill the gap? I've checked the basics (FRA, MUC, IST etc.) but with no luck.
Any ideas of which routes may open up?
Thanks for any help.

OK, This may be a little crazy but after A LOT of searching I was able to peace this together. Although I am not sure if your Grandparents will appreciate it  ;D

Tel Aviv
05:30 (12-26)
Zurich
08:50 (12-26)
LX 257

ZRH 12:40 (12-26)
IST  16:30 (12-26)
LX 1804

IST 23:40 (12-26)
PVG 16:05 (12-27)
TK 26


PVG
19:15 (12-27)
MEL
09:00 (12-28)
CA 177
« Last Edit: October 26, 2010, 11:35:16 PM by Mikeoracle »

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #144 on: October 26, 2010, 11:26:29 PM »
No need to merge. You can hold a ticket under one account and ticket with miles from another...
How exactly? How will they allow someone else's miles to come and take away a reservation that person A already has on hold?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #145 on: October 26, 2010, 11:29:05 PM »
How exactly? How will they allow someone else's miles to come and take away a reservation that person A already has on hold?
Probably just call up and say I have the following on hold under my account but the points didnt come through on time please ticket booking# xxx using the following account (friends/relative's...) which the account holder may need to verify.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #146 on: October 26, 2010, 11:45:56 PM »
Probably just call up and say I have the following on hold under my account but the points didnt come through on time please ticket booking# xxx using the following account (friends/relative's...) which the account holder may need to verify.
True. But the truth is that every time that a ticket is booked in someone else's name they have a ch'shash that it was sold or bartered, but they are forced to usually go along with it. But in this case, wouldn't it be slightly more suspicious? After all, I was not going to get the GIFT from person B at the beginning, and only now that my miles didn't work out will suddenly person B appear and GIFT it to me. Doesn't it set off a little more scrutiny?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #147 on: October 26, 2010, 11:50:43 PM »
Trying to get a couple business class tickets for my grandparents, MEL-TLV.
So far I've got,
OUTBOUND:
12/19, TG462 MEL-BKK, 23:00-4:10+1
12/20, TG920 BKK-FRA, 13:15-19:05
12/20, LH690 FRA-TLV, 22:25-03:25+1
INBOUND:
12/27, LX 257 TLV-ZRH, 5:30-8:50
MISSING
12/28, TG461 BKK-MEL, 8:10-21:20

Any tips on how to fill the gap? I've checked the basics (FRA, MUC, IST etc.) but with no luck.
Any ideas of which routes may open up?
Thanks for any help.
If your dates are little flexible try CDG-BKK.
The CDG-BKK route is usually operated on a dry-leased plane from Jet Airways, so it should be great!
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #148 on: November 16, 2010, 10:59:05 AM »
Not sure if this is the correct place for my question.

I am trying to book a one way in first class from ORD-LAS on 12/26.

CO shows 2 "saverpass" routings available (on US) with a stop in CLT. CO doesn't allow for on-way bookings.
US does not show ANY availability on 12/26 at all.
UA doesnt show any availability either at all. Even if i look at the regular award availabilty (as in 50k for each leg) there is no routing showing through CLT.

I called both US and UA and they are able to find the availability on the phone. Is it possible that UA only allows one-way award bookings on their own metal to be made on United.com and one must call in to book a one-way award on a partner?

The only one of the 3 that does one-way awards is UA and they told me i have to pay $25 per person for booking it on the phone. How does that make sense if they wont allow me to book it online because the availability doesn't come up? Is there any way around it?

Even if i pretend to book a this US flight as a RT ticket on united.com, the availability wont show up.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #149 on: November 16, 2010, 11:59:35 AM »
I called both US and UA and they are able to find the availability on the phone. Is it possible that UA only allows one-way award bookings on their own metal to be made on United.com and one must call in to book a one-way award on a partner?
Yes, one-way *A is only bookable on the phone with UA, so you'll pay the fee unless you get a very nice sepervisor.
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