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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2190 on: January 28, 2015, 08:53:36 PM »
Thinking about flying to Israel this summer. trying to understand my options in regards to stopover rules (and maybe an open jaw)
Since I live in NY I would like to do.

1. LAX - EWR (stopover for a couple months)(return trip from pesach in LA)
2. EWR - TLV
3. TLV - EWR (stopover for a couple months)
4. EWR - LAX (likely Dec 25ish)

Couple questions though.

Can I book open jaws/stopovers on partner airlines also

For leg 1 there is no availability as of now since it is the day after peach. I have other flights booked, however I assume if something opens up last minute I can switch and use the united ones. Wait till then to book the entire itinerary? Otherwise its risky that I won't be able to take the first leg from LAX-EWR and that would ruin the rest of the trip?

Assuming I can't do leg 1 is just doing legs 2,3,4 a valid routing? I Can't get it to show on the website so I assume I need to call in.

and finally. Do I need to fly out of the same NY airport every time? i.e. something like. LAX-JFK, EWR-TLV, TLV-EWR, and then JFK-LAX would work or not?


Stopover rules depend on which miles you use. Since you posted in this thread, I'm assuming you're using UA miles.

--Cannot have more than one stopover on a RT award. You have two, so invalid.
--No guarantee leg one opens, so if you book another date now, hoping to switch closer in, and nothing opens, you'd be stuck paying a change fee to delete leg one.
--Waiting to book the entire itin until leg one is open is very risky because (i) it may never open, and (ii) your other legs may be gone at that point.
--Yes, doing 2, 3, and 4 is valid.
--Using UA miles, on this itin, they're co-terminals and interchangable.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2191 on: January 28, 2015, 09:02:31 PM »
Stopover rules depend on which miles you use. Since you posted in this thread, I'm assuming you're using UA miles.

--Cannot have more than one stopover on a RT award. You have two, so invalid.
--No guarantee leg one opens, so if you book another date now, hoping to switch closer in, and nothing opens, you'd be stuck paying a change fee to delete leg one.
--Waiting to book the entire itin until leg one is open is very risky because (i) it may never open, and (ii) your other legs may be gone at that point.
--Yes, doing 2, 3, and 4 is valid.
--Using UA miles, on this itin, they're co-terminals and interchangable.

Perfect thanks so much.

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2192 on: January 28, 2015, 09:28:24 PM »
Ok got everything to show nicely. If the last leg NYC-LAX doesn't have availability for when I need it, I assume I should just book a far out date and then either something opens up that I can use and I switch it or lose the flight worst case scenario. Assuming it would be free to change the final leg just like changing a simple NYC-LAX leg?


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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2193 on: January 28, 2015, 09:59:54 PM »
Ok got everything to show nicely. If the last leg NYC-LAX doesn't have availability for when I need it, I assume I should just book a far out date and then either something opens up that I can use and I switch it or lose the flight worst case scenario. Assuming it would be free to change the final leg just like changing a simple NYC-LAX leg?
Date change they will charge, IME.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2194 on: January 28, 2015, 10:31:24 PM »
If I take a flight from EWR-FRA on UA and LH from FRA-BUD would it be 57,500 or 70K?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2195 on: January 28, 2015, 10:36:06 PM »
If I take a flight from EWR-FRA on UA and LH from FRA-BUD would it be 57,500 or 70K?
The former.

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2196 on: January 28, 2015, 10:40:45 PM »
The former.
But they never seem to release the seats on UA with UA from EWR-FRA!

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2197 on: January 28, 2015, 11:01:51 PM »
Need to cancel reservations for an award flight on sunday morning - best way to avoid/minimize fees?
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2198 on: January 29, 2015, 06:09:49 AM »
Double-checking a few things I want to make sure I understand correctly from upthread:

a) the one SO can also be one of the OJs? i.e. TLV-EWR (stop) YYZ-TLV is good?

b) I've been checking availability the last couple weeks for the summer and it seems that in general there is more TLV-YYZ availability than TLV-EWR both direct and stopover (and in either direction). Do people find that to be true in general (@Ergel?)?

ETA: I was referring to Y availability, btw
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2199 on: January 29, 2015, 06:25:18 AM »
Stopover rules depend on which miles you use. Since you posted in this thread, I'm assuming you're using UA miles.

--Cannot have more than one stopover on a RT award. You have two, so invalid.
--No guarantee leg one opens, so if you book another date now, hoping to switch closer in, and nothing opens, you'd be stuck paying a change fee to delete leg one.
--Waiting to book the entire itin until leg one is open is very risky because (i) it may never open, and (ii) your other legs may be gone at that point.
--Yes, doing 2, 3, and 4 is valid.
--Using UA miles, on this itin, they're co-terminals and interchangable.
Do you usually book a complex itinerary in steps, and wait to make changes until what you're looking for opens up + there was a change in schedule that allows you to ask them to waive the change fee (based off your TRs)?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2200 on: January 29, 2015, 11:06:31 AM »
If I book a flight with standard award and then saver opens up, will I be able to switch to saver award?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2201 on: January 29, 2015, 11:16:06 AM »
If I book a flight with standard award and then saver opens up, will I be able to switch to saver award?
Good Q but why would you want to book in standard award?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2202 on: January 29, 2015, 11:20:48 AM »
Good Q but why would you want to book in standard award?

If i need a certain flight and hope that saver will open up

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2203 on: January 29, 2015, 11:22:04 AM »
If i need a certain flight and hope that saver will open up
Does standard award come out cheaper then actually buying the ticket?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2204 on: January 29, 2015, 11:29:07 AM »
Does standard award come out cheaper then actually buying the ticket?

The one way that is standard is 394 plus 48 taxes.  Back out the taxes and value is 1.4 per point, which is ok,  but not great.  I am hoping that saver will open up