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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #180 on: December 19, 2010, 03:02:47 AM »
Still on hold with the same aagent?
I had one really nasty agent earlier who I hung up on.
But I've been on hold with the new agent for a couple hours already.  She seems OK (she got less frosty when I asked for her help is salvaging my honeymoon :) ) but she keeps leaving on hold for extremely long periods of time.  Which is frustrating as I know the alternate flight options much better than she does...
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #181 on: December 19, 2010, 03:04:55 AM »
SFO-BKK in F available?
SFO-HKG in CX F and HKG-BKK on my original CX J flight.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #182 on: December 19, 2010, 04:46:26 AM »
Let the people at the airport rebook you, with your flight suggestions.
You can always enfoorce some flights on them, with some terets of a wedding you will miss or such.

The people at the airport are way too busy to rebook on a mileage class, but will just rebook you on a full fare = the full mileage.
Giving in a BA or other card, should put you well on the way to elite.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #183 on: December 19, 2010, 06:27:44 AM »
Update?

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #184 on: December 19, 2010, 03:24:21 PM »
Paging Dan, are you still on hold with AA after 12 hours, what are your new flights now

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #185 on: December 19, 2010, 03:27:40 PM »
Update?
After spending probably 10 hours on the phone they rerouted at the 11th hour to:
CLE-JFK, AA Y
JFK-SFO, AA F
SFO-HKG, CX F
HKG-BKK, CX J

They literally finished that as I was walking into the airport.
5 minutes later they announced CLE-JFK was canceled and that second I got an automated call from AA that I had been rebooked in Y via ORD.
I don't think I've ever had such bad luck when flying...

Anyway I finally convinced the AAgent to rebook us (only with the help of the AA Plat agent, otherwise the airport agent was refusing to change anything) as:
CLE-DFW, AA F
DFW-SFO, AA F
SFO-HKG, CX F
HKG-BKK, CX J

We checked our bags with literally 25 minutes before boarding, but they held the plane for our bags! 
Go AA!

The ticketing agent didn't assign us seats so at the podium I asked for seats and the system spit out Y seats.  When I asked for F the GA said it would be $50.  I pointed out that I was in "paid" F and he apologized.  Later on the plane I heard the GA and FA saying they had never seen anyone actually in paid F on CLE-DFW...I didn't bother correcting them...maybe I'll earn miles  :)

Anyway we're chilling in the AAdmirals club in DFW with a 4 hour connection and then we have a 4.5 hour connection in SFO. 

The bummer is not getting to try out BA F and not getting kosher meals on any of the flights. Oh well...
They had better refund the YQ I paid to fly BA!
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #186 on: December 19, 2010, 03:32:50 PM »
The bummer is not getting to try out BA F and not getting kosher meals on any of the flights. Oh well...

I hope you guys have tons of food packed in your carry-ons.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #187 on: December 19, 2010, 03:36:29 PM »
Was there a reason you didnt take these flights from the beginning? Was it a better option to connect via JFK?

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #188 on: December 19, 2010, 03:51:31 PM »
I hope you guys have tons of food packed in your carry-ons.
Thanks to Mrs. Dan, I think they will be fine on the culinary side of things.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #189 on: December 19, 2010, 03:51:37 PM »
I hope you guys have tons of food packed in your carry-ons.
We do, BH.

Although I do have half a mind to go to a restaurant in SFO.
Any that are worthwhile that are accessible via public transport?

Was there a reason you didnt take these flights from the beginning? Was it a better option to connect via JFK?
A.  There was nothing available during the entire month I had the ticket on hold via the Pacific.
Once ticketed, no route changes are permitted.
B. I planned to go to a cousin's wedding in LHR Monday night, but after booking found out I wasn't invited and wasn't particularly wanted.  And here I thought it would've been a nice gesture as my parents couldn't make it.  :o :P  Either way, there's some level of irony as ain't noone making that wedding if they need to fly into LHR!
So I changed LHR from a stopover to a connection point which gave the AA OW desk a heart attack and took days to resolve.
C. We still get into BKK at the exact same time whether we went TPAC or TATL, so really not a big difference.

Either way I'm satisfied with how it all worked out.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #190 on: December 19, 2010, 03:52:37 PM »
Thanks to Mrs. Dan, I think they will be fine on the culinary side of things.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #191 on: December 19, 2010, 04:00:31 PM »


The ticketing agent didn't assign us seats so at the podium I asked for seats and the system spit out Y seats.  When I asked for F the GA said it would be $50.  I pointed out that I was in "paid" F and he apologized.  Later on the plane I heard the GA and FA saying they had never seen anyone actually in paid F on CLE-DFW...I didn't bother correcting them...maybe I'll earn miles  :)

Anyway we're chilling in the AAdmirals club in DFW with a 4 hour connection and then we have a 4.5 hour connection in SFO. 

The bummer is not getting to try out BA F and not getting kosher meals on any of the flights. Oh well...
They had better refund the YQ I paid to fly BA!
Be sure to put a separate mileage number on the Mrs.'s ticket. I think the probability is very high that with all the last minute switches, you will accrue full mileage for (full-fare) F, hopefully on the cathay flight too :-)

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #192 on: December 19, 2010, 04:02:17 PM »
Be sure to put a separate mileage number on the Mrs.'s ticket. I think the probability is very high that with all the last minute switches, you will accrue full mileage for (full-fare) F, hopefully on the cathay flight too :-)
Yup, did that before all the shenanigans started.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #193 on: December 19, 2010, 04:03:23 PM »
We do, BH.

Although I do have half a mind to go to a restaurant in SFO.
Any that are worthwhile that are accessible via public transport?


When I was there a year ago, there was a Sabra Grill in the city: falafel place, nothing to write home about.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #194 on: December 19, 2010, 05:24:40 PM »
Murphy strikes again:
Flight #567 - DELAYED
But in the good news department:
GoGo Wi-Fi Available
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #195 on: December 19, 2010, 05:48:50 PM »
If wifi became good news, then you are in a bad shape. ;-)

If they just rebooked you as a stranded passenger, vs checking the booking classes, you should be okay with the miles. If they change it in the airport, its almost a definite ok.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #196 on: December 19, 2010, 05:55:47 PM »
If wifi became good news, then you are in a bad shape. ;-)

If they just rebooked you as a stranded passenger, vs checking the booking classes, you should be okay with the miles. If they change it in the airport, its almost a definite ok.
They were only willing to book CX in a mileage class.  But I should get credit for CLE-DFW-SFO.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #197 on: December 19, 2010, 06:00:18 PM »
Alright Dan. One more such a trick, and you are getting banned.

Why didn't you do it in the airport like I wrote?

They have 30 people in the cue before you, and 160 behind you.

They just rebook you, and are glad if they find seats + if you help them by "guessing" an alternative routing, they will love you for it.

Not receiving KSML, should have as a direct result of receiving @ least 5k miles into your acc per flight.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #198 on: December 19, 2010, 06:16:36 PM »
Alright Dan. One more such a trick, and you are getting banned.

Why didn't you do it in the airport like I wrote?

They have 30 people in the cue before you, and 160 behind you.

They just rebook you, and are glad if they find seats + if you help them by "guessing" an alternative routing, they will love you for it.

Not receiving KSML, should have as a direct result of receiving @ least 5k miles into your acc per flight.
Because I wasn't going to wait until I got to the airport to get rebooked if I could help it.  Better to get where I need to go then to get a few more miles.

Anyway as it is the airport agent wouldn't even route me in F from CLE-DFW-SFO, they wanted me to stay in Y via ORD.
I had to call the Plat line while in line at the airport to get it done.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #199 on: December 19, 2010, 06:18:24 PM »
Because I wasn't going to wait until I got to the airport to get rebooked if I could help it.  Better to get where I need to go then to get a few more miles.

Anyway as it is the airport agent wouldn't even route me in F from CLE-DFW-SFO, they wanted me to stay in Y via ORD.
I had to call the Plat line while in line at the airport to get it done.
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