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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #80 on: June 15, 2010, 05:28:09 PM »
You are allowed 2 stopovers. Stopever is more then 24 hours. Less then that is a connection and the the amount of them they'll allow probably depends on the agent you speak to. They don't allow back-tracking and in general it has to be more or less the direct route.
 

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2010, 05:33:32 PM »
thanks, could you answer the other 2 questions i had?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #82 on: June 15, 2010, 05:47:25 PM »
thanks, could you answer the other 2 questions i had?
You're kidding me, right?
You write in your post 60/80/100 and you don't know what y/j/f is?
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #83 on: June 15, 2010, 05:53:49 PM »
im not kiddin ive never seen that ever!
why would air canada let this jfk-nrt-fra-jfk be 60/80/120 but charge 75/etc for jfk/fra/nrt/jfk? something doesnt make sence unless that the perk about air canada that you could get away with such a booking

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #84 on: June 16, 2010, 01:22:17 PM »
now they finally have the miles posted but they are making a problem with the 50% bonus. They are telling me up to a week!?! that means ill loose the new reservation that i have

 saw this elsewhere http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/14059000-post30.html  did your bonus post yesterday?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #85 on: June 16, 2010, 01:55:19 PM »
no and they told me that that it takes "up to a week"
If its done on tuesdays then why wasnt it done when the miles posted on tuesday????
i guess i will loose the reservation again and then have to hope something opens up again

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #86 on: June 20, 2010, 02:24:38 AM »
i was just able to rebook my reservation which  means i will have the bonus miles posted beforw the booking expires.
It was not available anymore however when the aagent tried breaking it up and doing it segment by segment thats when it worked

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #87 on: June 22, 2010, 04:41:08 PM »
I followed the instructions in Dans opening email. I found an itiniery via Continental award search engine that was available for miles. I called US Air  and tried booking this flight but they told me it was not available for miles!!! From reading these posts I was under the impression that if it shows availiability on ANA or Continental it shouldbe available via US too. What am I missing???

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #88 on: June 22, 2010, 04:43:37 PM »
I followed the instructions in Dans opening email. I found an itiniery via Continental award search engine that was available for miles. I called US Air  and tried booking this flight but they told me it was not available for miles!!! From reading these posts I was under the impression that if it shows availiability on ANA or Continental it shouldbe available via US too. What am I missing???

1) Is it still available

2) There are some discrepancies, between different star alliance members. I booked today a zrh-tlv in eco, which according to ANA wasn't available... (and I wasn't using LX miles)
« Last Edit: June 22, 2010, 04:50:15 PM by SuperFlyer »

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #89 on: June 22, 2010, 04:47:50 PM »
I followed the instructions in Dans opening email. I found an itiniery via Continental award search engine that was available for miles. I called US Air  and tried booking this flight but they told me it was not available for miles!!! From reading these posts I was under the impression that if it shows availiability on ANA or Continental it shouldbe available via US too. What am I missing???
Did it show available on CO as Saverpass or was it an Easypass ticket?

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #90 on: June 22, 2010, 04:57:28 PM »
What am I missing???
Assuming you're not logged in as an elite and it was saverpass you just need to call again.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #91 on: June 22, 2010, 04:59:29 PM »
@ SuperFlyer: It is still Available

@ Mikeoracle: it is available via Easypass not saverpass. Is that the problem?

My itiniery is as follows: Sunday 8/15 NYC to WAW. Must get there before 10:30AM. Returning on 8/23 evening from VIE to NYC.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #92 on: June 22, 2010, 05:01:14 PM »
Assuming you're not logged in as an elite and it was saverpass you just need to call again.

Laav davke my friend, I believe that besides the fact that every airline allows some more space for their own kind of miles, that there are 2 types of star alliance partners (at least).

Say, where air canada finds availability (on say LH) CO or BMI might not find it.

US has a longer delay till seats reopen compared to ana, and so on.

Just things you notice along the way.

You might find different theories to what I said, but those things happened.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #93 on: June 22, 2010, 05:02:12 PM »
@ SuperFlyer: It is still Available

@ Mikeoracle: it is available via Easypass not saverpass. Is that the problem?

My itiniery is as follows: Sunday 8/15 NYC to WAW. Must get there before 10:30AM. Returning on 8/23 evening from VIE to NYC.

Available on CO? or ANA? your original comment suggested being available on both.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #94 on: June 22, 2010, 05:07:54 PM »
@ Mikeoracle: it is available via Easypass not saverpass. Is that the problem?
Of course that's the problem.
You can only book easypass tickets by using the miles of that carrier.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #95 on: June 22, 2010, 05:21:00 PM »
There was another Business Class flight that was available with both Easypass and ANA but US Air still showed no availability. I did not push it because its gets me to WAW at 1:55 PM and I need to be there by 10:30 AM. But I was surprised that US Air told me that it is not available for miles .(They showed no availability with any carrier on 8/15)

It is Flight # LO16 from EWR to WAW on 8/15

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #96 on: June 22, 2010, 05:35:26 PM »
There was another Business Class flight that was available with both Easypass and ANA but US Air still showed no availability. I did not push it because its gets me to WAW at 1:55 PM and I need to be there by 10:30 AM. But I was surprised that US Air told me that it is not available for miles .(They showed no availability with any carrier on 8/15)

It is Flight # LO16 from EWR to WAW on 8/15

 flight #016 with LOT is not EasyPass but SaverPass and Im very surprised US didnt have it available

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« Reply #97 on: June 22, 2010, 05:36:54 PM »
flight #016 with LOT is not EasyPass but SaverPass and Im very surprised US didnt have it available

confirming my point...

Laav davke my friend, I believe that besides the fact that every airline allows some more space for their own kind of miles, that there are 2 types of star alliance partners (at least).

Say, where air canada finds availability (on say LH) CO or BMI might not find it.

US has a longer delay till seats reopen compared to ana, and so on.

Just things you notice along the way.

You might find different theories to what I said, but those things happened.

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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #98 on: June 22, 2010, 05:40:11 PM »
confirming my point...

Or confirming that BrooklynCPA had a lazy tuchus agent who just said no availability that day.
Call back, find a good agent, and I'll bet they'll magically find availability on that flight.

Be sure to use my standard line...another agent found availability on xxx flight earlier but I wasn't ready to book can you please see if it's still available.  Works like a charm once you have find a good agent.
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Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« Reply #99 on: June 22, 2010, 05:42:54 PM »
Or confirming that BrooklynCPA had a lazy tuchus agent who just said no availability that day.
Call back, find a good agent, and I'll bet they'll magically find availability on that flight.

Be sure to use my standard line...another agent found availability on xxx flight earlier but I wasn't ready to book can you please see if it's still available.  Works like a charm once you have find a good agent.

this theory of yours works, when I ask for a flight from CLE to OUA.

When you give them one specific flight, what else is there to do?


(on oneworld its a different story, as some flights don't search 'well' together, and need to be searched manually = separately)