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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2070 on: June 08, 2018, 09:10:29 AM »
I'm glad to hear that someone was able to get it. I guess that changes what I wrote.
I guess it's a good thing I didn't know it was officially over

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2071 on: June 08, 2018, 09:12:29 AM »
I guess it's a good thing I didn't know it was officially over
For sure its a good thing. Knowing we can still HUCA and get it done. Now lets see about getting AC fixed with LO.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2072 on: June 08, 2018, 10:11:34 AM »
For sure its a good thing. Knowing we can still HUCA and get it done. Now lets see about getting AC fixed with LO.
over the phone they can book it?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2073 on: June 08, 2018, 10:14:26 AM »
over the phone they can book it?
Book what? LO no.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2074 on: June 12, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
If I cancel an LX J award made by United will it generally go back to inventory? No current saver availability  and flight is in 1 month.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2075 on: June 21, 2018, 01:01:08 PM »
Any chance for a plan B tlv-sfo mid July?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2076 on: June 28, 2018, 02:58:58 PM »
AC/UA/Expertflyer all show BR award space but ANA does not.  Any tips on getting it booked on ANA?  Tried calling three times with no luck.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2077 on: June 29, 2018, 06:05:21 PM »
Is there a more recent post on DDMS or DDF that explains all things ANA? Is ANA still the best search engine? Is there no way to search ITA and limit to award availability?

I'm trying to book a bunch of tickets to Israel.


-A great search engine is ANA.
-You need to first signup for an ANA account:
https://cam.ana.co.jp/psz/amc/jsp/regist0_e.jsp

-You can then use this link to search for Star Alliance award flights:
https://aswbe-i.ana.co.jp/p_per/sky_ip_per_en/preAwdSearchLogin.do

-Click "Use Star Alliance Member Airlines"
Perform the search, for example type in JFK to TLV.


-ANA search is far from exhaustive, it does not search all possibilities.  To really search all options do a regular fare search on Orbitz and find all of the Star Alliance options.  Then enter in each leg separately into ANA.
For example search for JFK-IST and then IST-TLV to go on Turkish via Istanbul, or JFK-MUC and then MUC-TLV to go on Lufthansa via Munich, etc.

-If a flight is found on ANA it can be booked with the miles from any Star Alliance carrier.  The only exception is United which intentionally blocks availability when they feel like it, this is called Starnet blocking.  The mileage rate will be whatever the carrier you are redeeming with charges, not what the airline you are flying on charges.

-ANA is the best Star Alliance search engine, but it is worth also using Continental.com.  There are definitely times that Continental.com finds an option that ANA doesn't You do not need to be logged in, just enter the cities and click "reward search." 

-Once you find flights that work you need to call up the carrier on which you have the miles to book the ticket.  Tell them that you called in earlier and already found flights that worked for you, and ask if you can give them the flight numbers.  Sometimes they will let you do this other times they'll want to find the flights themselves. 

-Many agents are unfortunately incompetent and don't know how to properly look for partner availability.  When you get an agent like this just politely hang up and call again (repeat as necessary)

-Every ticketing airline has their own stopover, connection, and routing rules.  They are not always enforced.  Air Canada and USAirways are both pretty lenient and allow for multiple connections/stopovers.  United is pretty strict.

There's lots more, but that's all I have time for now...post your own tips here!
« Last Edit: June 29, 2018, 06:18:18 PM by Thingywingy »
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2078 on: July 12, 2018, 12:46:24 PM »
If I see saver availability on united, will I be able to book it on Aegean?-Before transferring spg I called rep and she couldn't see it.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2079 on: July 12, 2018, 01:33:17 PM »
You're not logged in to United, right?

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« Reply #2080 on: July 12, 2018, 01:42:43 PM »
You're not logged in to United, right?
I am,  is that why they don't have it?

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« Reply #2081 on: July 12, 2018, 01:59:54 PM »
I am,  is that why they don't have it?
It's probably showing the expanded space for elites and cardholders. Sign out and see if you see it.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2082 on: July 12, 2018, 02:01:30 PM »
It's probably showing the expanded space for elites and cardholders. Sign out and see if you see it.
You're right, it is. Aegean won't have that space?

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« Reply #2083 on: July 12, 2018, 02:10:30 PM »
You're right, it is. Aegean won't have that space?
If you don't see it when you are signed out then Aegan or other partners can't see it either.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2084 on: July 12, 2018, 05:34:40 PM »
If you don't see it when you are signed out then Aegan or other partners can't see it either.
Have they considered opening a united credit card?