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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2310 on: November 19, 2019, 01:27:41 PM »
Award flights from Toronto to Orlando are available for the dates i'm looking.
I already looked up on United and it's 12.5k + $47.95.

I don't have any airline status or cards but I have points with Chase (no premium cards) and Amex points (Amex biz plat).

Which star alliance partner would be best/cheapest to transfer and book with? there's also the added tax/fees to consider when departing from Toronto

I have only used points for flights within the US so any advice and what's the best way to use points for an AC flight would be helpful
TIA

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2311 on: December 11, 2019, 04:23:09 AM »


I need advice from experienced users.

I have 135,820 ANA miles.


I would like to fly Business NYC-TLV non stop end of January.


What's better? Booking a regular United flight and then use the mileage for an award upgrade to Business or purchase a Business award?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2312 on: December 11, 2019, 06:47:44 PM »

I need advice from experienced users.

I have 135,820 ANA miles.


I would like to fly Business NYC-TLV non stop end of January.


What's better? Booking a regular United flight and then use the mileage for an award upgrade to Business or purchase a Business award?
Wouldn’t you need United miles to upgrade a revenue ticket?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2313 on: December 11, 2019, 07:02:27 PM »

I need advice from experienced users.

I have 135,820 ANA miles.


I would like to fly Business NYC-TLV non stop end of January.


What's better? Booking a regular United flight and then use the mileage for an award upgrade to Business or purchase a Business award?
Its hard to find availability with UA.
Wouldn’t you need United miles to upgrade a revenue ticket?
U can upgrade *A with certain fare class purchases, not sure details with ANA and usually fair class requirements dont make it a viable deal.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2314 on: December 12, 2019, 03:26:44 AM »
Wouldn’t you need United miles to upgrade a revenue ticket?

I really don't know how award tickets & upgrades work.

I wish someone can help me with this.


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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2315 on: December 12, 2019, 03:28:06 AM »
Its hard to find availability with UA. U can upgrade *A with certain fare class purchases, not sure details with ANA and usually fair class requirements dont make it a viable deal.

I did find award availability on UA but I have ANA miles which IMO means that I have to book it with ANA. Am I missing something?


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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2316 on: December 12, 2019, 04:04:57 AM »
I did find award availability on UA but I have ANA miles which IMO means that I have to book it with ANA. Am I missing something?
Just book it before it's gone.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2317 on: December 12, 2019, 08:34:38 PM »
I did find award availability on UA but I have ANA miles which IMO means that I have to book it with ANA. Am I missing something?
You can book UA flights with ANA miles. Call ANA -they are very helpful 800-235-9262

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #2318 on: December 30, 2019, 12:54:01 AM »
is it worth to fly LOT Ewr/Tlv vs UA in order to save the $1k difference in ticket and try to make it to platinum quicker than using the new UA PQP? or is it only on AC that the PQP beats the system not on any other airline? Economically looking at it using an ABP to pay for it, it would come up to 3,130-35%=2,034.5 vs 4152-35%=2,698.8 PQP on UA would be 4049 but i cant seem to find the way to calculate the PQP earned on LOT or any other partner/carrier for this purpose. Thanks for your help